Scottish Premiership

Hibernian 0-1 Kilmarnock

By Alasdair LamontSenior football reporter, BBC Scotland

Kilmarnock assured themselves of top-flight football next season by beating Hibernian, consigning their opponents to a relegation play-off.

Kris Boyd got the crucial goal for the visitors in a match dominated for long spells by the home side.

The full-time whistle was greeted with understandable jubilation among the travelling fans.

But the Hibs support now have to endure a two-legged contest with a top Championship side to stay up.

It threatens to be a thoroughly miserable season for Edinburgh football, with Hearts already relegated to the second tier.

Boyd goal
Kris Boyd buries the all-important goal for Killie

This was Hibs' 13th match without a victory, dating back to mid-February, and there can be little doubt their form over that period is that of relegation fodder.

They sat seventh and six points clear of then-11th placed Kilmarnock when Terry Butcher took over in November, and apart from a short spell in which the new manager seemed to have turned things around, they have arguably looked an even more dispirited and shambolic outfit than under Pat Fenlon.

Toothless up front, their dominance of this match, particularly in the early stages, was undermined by an incapability in front of goal, coupled with some doughty defending by Kilmarnock when necessary.

Nonetheless, with a touch of good fortune, Hibs could have been ahead on two or three occasions, with Jordon Forster's top-corner-bound drive flicked past the post by the head of Vitalijs Maksimenko.

From the corner, Scott Robertson, who had already forced Craig Samson into a decent save, glanced a header goalwards only for Barry Nicholson to head off the line.

Hibernian's Jason Cummings
Hibs now face a two-legged play-off to stay up

Both sides had seemingly plausible penalty claims turned away by referee Craig Thomson - one for a shove on Michael Nelson, the other a trip on Boyd - before Killie got their noses in front.

Ross Barbour fired in a low cross and Boyd, who had an earlier strike chalked off for offside, swept a shot from just inside the box past the outstretched hand of Ben Williams and into the goalkeeper's bottom right-hand corner.

Kilmarnock had spells in the second half of good possession, but again their goal was the one under greater threat.

Hibernian captain Liam Craig came closest to the goal that would have given them a fighting chance, but his ferocious drive from 20 yards clattered off the underside of the bar and away to safety.

There were also a couple of almighty goalmouth scrambles, which Killie somehow survived without conceding, but in truth Hibernian's season-long problems in front of goal were their downfall once again.

Whichever of the Championship clubs makes it through to meet Hibs, they will be facing a side bereft of confidence.



Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Williams
  • 18Maybury
  • 3McGivern
  • 10CraigBooked at 80mins
  • 23Forster
  • 5Nelson
  • 22WatmoreSubstituted forCummingsat 80'minutes
  • 26StantonSubstituted forHarrisat 77'minutes
  • 24Heffernan
  • 14Collins
  • 8RobertsonSubstituted forTudur-Jonesat 67'minutes


  • 6McPake
  • 7Harris
  • 16Stevenson
  • 17Tudur-Jones
  • 19Handling
  • 21Murdoch
  • 35Cummings


Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Samson
  • 15Barbour
  • 2Tesselaar
  • 29PascaliBooked at 31mins
  • 30Ashcroft
  • 22MaksimenkoSubstituted forClinganat 34'minutes
  • 7NicholsonSubstituted forSlaterat 67'minutes
  • 20Eremenko
  • 9Boyd
  • 18McKenzieSubstituted forMuirheadat 67'minutes
  • 5Irvine


  • 8Clingan
  • 10Johnston
  • 11Gros
  • 12Reguero Chapinal
  • 28Slater
  • 33Muirhead
  • 83Bouzid
Craig Thomson

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamKilmarnock
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hibernian 0, Kilmarnock 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hibernian 0, Kilmarnock 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Ben Williams.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alexei Eremenko (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  5. Post update

    Liam Craig (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock).

  7. Post update

    Foul by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).

  8. Post update

    Robbie Muirhead (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Owain Tudur-Jones (Hibernian).

  10. Post update

    Robbie Muirhead (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alex Harris (Hibernian) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael Nelson (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Manuel Pascali.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Owain Tudur-Jones (Hibernian) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Sammy Clingan.

  16. Post update

    Owain Tudur-Jones (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Craig Slater (Kilmarnock).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Jason Cummings replaces Duncan Watmore.

  19. Booking

    Liam Craig (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Post update

    Hand ball by James Collins (Hibernian).

As It Stood

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5Inverness CT37159134244-254
6St Johnstone37158144840853
7Ross County38117204462-1840
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10Partick Thistle38814164665-1938
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