Scottish Championship
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Hibernian 1-1 St Mirren

Rory Loy celebrates scoring
Rory Loy's goal ensured St Mirren preserved their Championship status

St Mirren preserved their Scottish Championship status with a final-day draw against league winners Hibernian.

The point ensured Saints finish in seventh place, avoiding the relegation play-off berth.

The visitors had to come from behind after veteran Grant Holt nudged the champions ahead four minutes into the second half.

Rory Loy fired low into the Hibs net on the hour mark, and the Buddies held on to remain a Championship club.

The result completed a remarkable Saints turnaround under boss Jack Ross - who succeeded Alex Rae in October - with the Paisley side propping up the table as recently as late March.

For Neil Lennon's champions, with the title already secured, this day marked the culmination of a three-year slog in the second tier. Roared on by a huge home support in celebratory mood, Hibs flew into action and should have been ahead after just three minutes.

John McGinn floated a cross into the box which was knocked down by Holt to the onrushing Andrew Shinnie, but the midfielder's effort from eight yards soared high over the crossbar.

Hibs winger Martin Boyle then utilised his searing pace to speed clear of his marker, but slipped just as he was poised to pull the trigger.

Knowing a point would keep them safe, St Mirren rarely threatened the home goal, but the visitors did have claims for a penalty waved away by referee Alan Muir when Lewis Morgan tumbled to the ground under David Gray's challenge.

The dynamic changed less than five minutes after the interval when Holt reacted first to McGinn's ball into the box, and although there may have been a touch by Saints defender Gary McKenzie, the Hibernian striker will claim the opening goal.

Grant Holt celebrates scoring
Grant Holt put champions Hibs ahead shortly after half-time

Ross reacted with a tactical switch, pushing last weekend's hat-trick scorer Stevie Mallan further forward to support striker Loy - a move that paid off with half an hour to play.

Kyle Magennis drove into the box and played in Mallan, who in turn found Loy, with the on-loan Dundee forward firing home from 16 yards out.

With 10-man Raith Rovers beating Ayr United, that strike - joyously greeted by the 1,800-strong travelling support - ensured Saints escaped a second-bottom finish, and a relegation play-off.

Hibs' top scorer Jason Cummings came close to a dramatic late winner but his shot whistled inches wide of Billy O'Brien's left-hand post, and as Muir blew the full-time whistle, both sets of fans were able to celebrate for very different reasons.

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 1Marciano
  • 2GraySubstituted forForsterat 46'minutes
  • 24McGregor
  • 25Ambrose
  • 16Stevenson
  • 22ShinnieSubstituted forKeatingsat 76'minutes
  • 6BartleySubstituted forFyvieat 47'minutes
  • 7McGinn
  • 17Boyle
  • 9HoltBooked at 45mins
  • 35Cummings

Substitutes

  • 8Fyvie
  • 19Keatings
  • 23Forster
  • 27Humphrey
  • 29Graham
  • 31Laidlaw
  • 48Martin

St Mirren

  • 21O'Brien
  • 6Mackenzie
  • 15Baird
  • 3IrvineBooked at 30minsSubstituted forDemetriouat 43'minutes
  • 44Eckersley
  • 22McGinn
  • 10Mallan
  • 16LoyBooked at 83minsSubstituted forSuttonat 88'minutes
  • 11SmithSubstituted forQuinnat 84'minutes
  • 42Magennis
  • 17Morgan

Substitutes

  • 1Langfield
  • 2Demetriou
  • 4Webster
  • 8Quinn
  • 9Sutton
  • 23Fjelde
  • 25Todd
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
19,764

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home6
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Hibernian 1, St. Mirren 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hibernian 1, St. Mirren 1.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. John Sutton replaces Rory Loy.

Grant Holt (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jack Baird (St. Mirren).

Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren).

Foul by Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian).

Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Rocco Quinn replaces Cameron Smith.

Booking

Rory Loy (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rory Loy (St. Mirren).

Attempt missed. Efe Ambrose (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Stelios Demetriou.

Attempt missed. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Rory Loy (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. James Keatings replaces Andrew Shinnie.

Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

Rory Loy (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Martin Boyle (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Adam Eckersley (St. Mirren).

Foul by Grant Holt (Hibernian).

Gary Mackenzie (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kyle Magennis (St. Mirren).

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Martin Boyle.

Foul by Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian).

Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Gary Mackenzie.

Foul by Grant Holt (Hibernian).

Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Gary Mackenzie.

Attempt saved. Martin Boyle (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 1, St. Mirren 1. Rory Loy (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stephen Mallan.

Attempt missed. Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Ofir Marciano.

Attempt saved. Rory Loy (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Jack Baird (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian361914359253471
2Falkirk361612858401860
3Dundee Utd36151295042857
4Morton361313104441352
5Dunfermline361212124643348
6Queen of Sth361110154652-643
7St Mirren36912155256-439
8Dumbarton36912154656-1039
9Raith Rovers36109173552-1739
10Ayr36712173362-2933
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