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Alloa Athletic 0-1 Hibernian

Scott Allan's free-kick squirmed under the defensive wall

A Scott Allan free-kick was enough to earn Hibernian maximum points in a drab encounter at Recreation Park.

The midfielder's clever effort found the bottom corner on 26 minutes, lighting up a contest low on thrills.

Allan grazed the crossbar with a 25-yard strike in the second half before substitute Martin Boyle forced Craig McDowall into a smart stop.

Boyle then spurned a great opportunity late on when he side-footed Jason Cummings' lay-off wide of the target.

Alloa pushed for an equaliser in the closing minutes but the visitors were rarely troubled defensively as they opened up a four-point gap on third-placed Rangers.

The only real moment of concern for Hibs came soon after the only goal when keeper Mark Oxley had to be alert to push away Philip Roberts' deflected strike.

Line-ups

Alloa

Formation 4-5-1

  • 21McDowall
  • 17Doyle
  • 4GordonBooked at 78mins
  • 15Marr
  • 5MeggattSubstituted forSpenceat 75'minutes
  • 29RobertsSubstituted forRutherfordat 87'minutes
  • 3Docherty
  • 7Cawley
  • 8McCord
  • 10HolmesBooked at 69mins
  • 26LayneSubstituted forBuchananat 52'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gibson
  • 2Tiffoney
  • 9Spence
  • 16Flannigan
  • 18Hetherington
  • 19Buchanan
  • 28Rutherford

Hibernian

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Oxley
  • 2Gray
  • 18Watson
  • 4Hanlon
  • 16Stevenson
  • 8Robertson
  • 22Fyvie
  • 23McGeouch
  • 20AllanSubstituted forCraigat 86'minutes
  • 29Dja DjedjeSubstituted forBoyleat 67'minutes
  • 24MalongaSubstituted forCummingsat 55'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Fontaine
  • 10Craig
  • 17Boyle
  • 19Handling
  • 30Cerny
  • 32Dunsmore
  • 35Cummings
Referee:
John McKendrick
Attendance:
2,024

Match Stats

Home TeamAlloaAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home2
Away5
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away9
Fouls
Home10
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Alloa Athletic 0, Hibernian 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Alloa Athletic 0, Hibernian 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Greg Rutherford.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Graeme Holmes (Alloa Athletic).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Greg Rutherford replaces Philip Roberts.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Liam Craig replaces Scott Allan.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Liam Buchanan (Alloa Athletic).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Kevin Cawley (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Martin Boyle (Hibernian).

  13. Booking

    Ben Gordon (Alloa Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Ben Gordon (Alloa Athletic).

  15. Post update

    Martin Boyle (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Greig Spence replaces Daryll Meggatt.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Lewis Stevenson.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Mark Docherty.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Craig McDowall.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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