Scottish Championship
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Hibernian 0-1 Queen of the South

Queen of the South boosted their Scottish Championship play-off hopes and consigned second-placed Hibernian to a third straight defeat.

The visitors had the better of the first half, without being able to open the scoring.

However, Mark Durnan netted from close range early in the second period to give Queens the advantage.

Hibs tried to respond without success, Dominique Malonga having a header saved by Zander Clark.

Rangers, who have played two games less, will move above Alan Stubbs' faltering side if they avoid defeat at home to champions Hearts on Sunday.

The game ended with a corner to the hosts, with every player, bar the taker, inside the penalty box but goalkeeper Mark Oxley could not find his second goal of the season.

Copying the successful formula recently adopted by Rangers at Easter Road, the visitors lined up in a 3-5-2 formation and Hibs were too ponderous in possession to find any gaps, allowing the Dumfries team their first away win since 31 January.

Queen of the South striker Gavin Reilly went close to giving the visitors the lead inside the opening minute and visiting defender Kevin Holt was also wayward with two efforts.

Queens striker Derek Lyle blazed wide before the break and after the restart substitute Lewis Kidd lashed an effort over the crossbar before the visitors made the breakthrough in the 47th minute.

Durnan finished emphatically from close range, low into the centre of goal, following fine build-up play by the Doonhammers.

Hibs striker Malonga rifled a shot over the crossbar when well placed in the 63rd minute and had a header well saved by Clark, who also denied home substitute Farid El Alagui in a frantic closing spell.

Line-ups

Hibernian

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Oxley
  • 18WatsonBooked at 85mins
  • 4Hanlon
  • 5Fontaine
  • 16Stevenson
  • 11Stanton
  • 8Robertson
  • 20AllanBooked at 75mins
  • 22FyvieSubstituted forDja Djedjeat 80'minutes
  • 24Malonga
  • 35CummingsSubstituted forEl Alaguiat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Forster
  • 9El Alagui
  • 10Craig
  • 17Boyle
  • 19Handling
  • 29Dja Djedje
  • 30Cerny

Queen of Sth

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Clark
  • 4Dowie
  • 5Durnan
  • 6Higgins
  • 3Holt
  • 17Carmichael
  • 18McShaneBooked at 90mins
  • 14McKennaBooked at 10minsSubstituted forPickardat 80'minutes
  • 15PatonSubstituted forKiddat 45'minutes
  • 19LyleSubstituted forSmithat 88'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10Reilly

Substitutes

  • 2Mitchell
  • 12Kidd
  • 20Atkinson
  • 22Hooper
  • 23Smith
  • 24Smith
  • 28Pickard
Referee:
Calum Murray
Attendance:
8,773

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamQueen of Sth
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away1
Fouls
Home7
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Liam Fontaine (Hibernian).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Lewis Kidd.

  6. Booking

    Dean Smith (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Dominique Malonga (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Mark Durnan (Queen of the South).

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Farid El Alagui (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  10. Booking

    Ian McShane (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Keith Watson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jake Pickard (Queen of the South).

  13. Post update

    Dominique Malonga (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jake Pickard (Queen of the South).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Queen of the South. Dean Smith replaces Derek Lyle.

  16. Booking

    Keith Watson (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Keith Watson (Hibernian).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Franck Dja Djedje (Hibernian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts30263186186881
2Hibernian31167856292755
3Rangers29167655292655
4Falkirk32141084540552
5Queen of Sth31148950371350
6Raith Rovers31126133850-1242
7Dumbarton3196163167-3633
8Cowdenbeath3264222678-5222
9Alloa3148192547-2220
10Livingston3047193047-1714
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