Scottish Championship
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Queen of the South 1-0 Hibernian

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland at Palmerston Park
Queen of the South players celebrating

Ian McShane's first goal of the season was enough for Queen of the South to beat Hibernian, who continue to stutter in the Scottish Championship.

Midfielder McShane's run from deep was rewarded when Gavin Reilly squared to tee up a simple finish.

Matthew Kennedy had earlier missed an excellent chance to put Hibs ahead, scuffing a shot when well positioned.

It was a game of few chances, but the Doonhamers held on to record their first league win over Hibs since 1964.

Queens, who hope to announce their new manager over the next week, remain fourth and are now five points clear of seventh-place Hibs.

And caretaker player-manager James Fowler must have improved his chances of securing a job that chairman Billy Hewittson says has attracted 30 "serious" applicants.

For Fowler's counterpart Alan Stubbs, a League Cup third-round tie against Ross County on Tuesday becomes even more important.

Hibernian forward Jason Cummings
Hibs have lost four of their six Scottish Championship matches

Early on, eyes were not only drawn to the bright orange boots of Hibs midfielder Jake Sinclair, but also the quick and intricate things the Southampton loanee was doing with them.

The 19-year-old threaded a lovely pass through for midfielder Kennedy, who did well to nip in behind the defence, but his tame shot was far too easy for home goalkeeper Zander Clark to repel.

For all Queen of the South's play in the opening 20 minutes had an energy about it, nothing seriously penetrated a Hibs back-line which had Jordon Forster and Paul Hanlon at its core. But those two were about to get busier.

Doonhamers defender Andy Dowie side-footed over to give the visitors a warning that something more fruitful might be on its way, and 60 seconds later it arrived.

Reilly made the most of a fine through-ball and unselfishly squared to allow McShane to cap a run from deep in midfield with an easy finish past Mark Oxley in front of Hibs' away support.

A wayward free-kick by Congo international Dominique Malonga that hit the top of the stand behind the goal summed up the Leith men's half.

Hanlon's glanced header over from Kennedy's cross suggested Hibs might have had an equaliser in them after the break, with substitute Jason Cummings also having an effort cleared for a corner.

Dumfries lad Iain Russell had Queens' best chance of the second half, rushing in to head narrowly over after a bit of dithering by Hanlon.

Oxley was thrown up front at a set piece as the game ticked towards its close, but the goalkeeper, who has already scored this season, could not bring a leveller.

Line-ups

Queen of Sth

  • 1Clark
  • 6Higgins
  • 5Durnan
  • 4Dowie
  • 3HoltBooked at 45mins
  • 18McShane
  • 26FowlerBooked at 62minsSubstituted forDzierzawskiat 74'minutes
  • 17Carmichael
  • 11RussellBooked at 90mins
  • 10ReillySubstituted forBairdat 90'minutes
  • 19LyleBooked at 45minsSubstituted forKiddat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Baird
  • 12Kidd
  • 16Dzierzawski
  • 20Atkinson
  • 21Slattery
  • 22Hooper
  • 23Smith

Hibernian

  • 1Oxley
  • 4Hanlon
  • 11StantonSubstituted forHandlingat 79'minutes
  • 6ForsterBooked at 82mins
  • 2Gray
  • 16Stevenson
  • 23McGeouch
  • 8RobertsonSubstituted forAllanat 87'minutes
  • 30Kennedy
  • 24Malonga
  • 18SinclairSubstituted forCummingsat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Fontaine
  • 10Craig
  • 19Handling
  • 20Allan
  • 22Booth
  • 31Perntreou
  • 35Cummings
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
3,083

Match Stats

Home TeamQueen of SthAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home8
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Queen of the South 1, Hibernian 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Queen of the South 1, Hibernian 0.

  3. Post update

    Iain Russell (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Handling (Hibernian).

  5. Post update

    Andy Dowie (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Forster (Hibernian).

  7. Booking

    Iain Russell (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Iain Russell (Queen of the South).

  9. Post update

    Daniel Handling (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Kidd (Queen of the South).

  12. Post update

    Scott Allan (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Queen of the South. John Baird replaces Gavin Reilly.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Scott Allan replaces Scott Robertson.

  16. Post update

    Kevin Holt (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by David Gray (Hibernian).

  18. Post update

    Daniel Carmichael (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

  20. Booking

    Jordan Forster (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.