Scottish Championship
HibernianHibernian4AlloaAlloa Athletic1
Martin Boyle scores for Hibernian against Alloa Athletic
Martin Boyle opened the scoring for the hosts

Hibernian moved up to second in the Scottish Championship after beating Alloa Athletic, who slipped to the bottom of the table.

Martin Boyle stylishly gave Hibs the lead and Liam Craig doubled their advantage.

Jason Cummings added a third before Iain Flannigan struck for the Wasps.

But Dominique Malonga's tap-in ensured victory for the hosts, who capitalised on Rangers' draw with Falkirk to move up the table.

Hibs now lead Rangers by a point ahead of next week's final round of league fixtures. Alan Stubbs' side visit Falkirk when Rangers will be up against title winners Hearts at Tynecastle.

The team finishing third will face Queen of the South over two legs to decide who meets the division's runners-up in the Premiership play-off semi-final double-header.

Hibernian players celebrating
Hibs will finish second if they win next week

The winner will then meet the team finishing second-bottom in the Premiership, again over two legs, with a place in the top flight the prize.

Danny Lennon's Alloa can still escape automatic relegation and indeed the relegation play-off spot if they beat Cowdenbeath next week and Livingston drop points to Queen of the South.

Hibs dominated from the first whistle against the Wasps, Jordon Forster having a header cleared off the line.

And the opener came when Boyle collected a pass from Scott Allan, raced into the box and finished low across goalkeeper John Gibson.

Craig then netted with a cross that found its way into the net.

The second goalscorer hit a post with a swerving shot from distance before Malonga raced away and picked out Cummings for Hibs' third.

Flannigan rifled in Alloa's response from the edge of the box but Forster headed back across goal for Malonga to complete the scoring.

Dominique Malonga scores for Hibernian against Alloa Athletic
Malonga netted late in the match

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 1Oxley
  • 6Forster
  • 4Hanlon
  • 5Fontaine
  • 17Boyle
  • 20AllanSubstituted forHandlingat 78'minutes
  • 8RobertsonSubstituted forMartinat 88'minutes
  • 10Craig
  • 16Stevenson
  • 24Malonga
  • 35CummingsSubstituted forStantonat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9El Alagui
  • 11Stanton
  • 19Handling
  • 29Dja Djedje
  • 30Cerny
  • 32Dunsmore
  • 39Martin

Alloa

  • 1Gibson
  • 30FergusonBooked at 20minsSubstituted forRutherfordat 39'minutes
  • 4Gordon
  • 14Benedictus
  • 3Docherty
  • 17Doyle
  • 16FlanniganBooked at 22mins
  • 10Holmes
  • 8McCordSubstituted forChopraat 84'minutes
  • 7Cawley
  • 19BuchananSubstituted forLayneat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Tiffoney
  • 9Spence
  • 18Hetherington
  • 25Chopra
  • 26Layne
  • 28Rutherford
  • 31Couser
Referee:
John McKendrick
Attendance:
8,328

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamAlloa
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home21
Away4
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home4
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hibernian 4, Alloa Athletic 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hibernian 4, Alloa Athletic 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Kyle Benedictus.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Scott Martin replaces Scott Robertson.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Michael Doyle.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Michael Chopra replaces Ryan McCord.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Dominique Malonga (Hibernian) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Martin Boyle (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Daniel Handling replaces Scott Allan.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Isaac Layne replaces Liam Buchanan.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kevin Cawley (Alloa Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Hibernian 4, Alloa Athletic 1. Dominique Malonga (Hibernian) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Liam Fontaine.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by John Gibson.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Martin Boyle (Hibernian) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

  15. Post update

    Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Greg Rutherford (Alloa Athletic).

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is close, but misses to the right.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Samuel Stanton replaces Jason Cummings.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Hibernian 3, Alloa Athletic 1. Iain Flannigan (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Mark Docherty with a cross.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Hibernian 3, Alloa Athletic 0. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dominique Malonga.