Scottish Championship
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Falkirk 0-3 Hibernian

Hibernian secured second place in the Championship and a Premiership play-off semi-final berth by beating Falkirk.

Alan Stubbs' side knew a win would guarantee them the runners-up spot and took an early lead through Martin Boyle's shot.

Jason Cummings tapped in a second just before the break.

Dominique Malonga rounded off the scoring and Hibs will face Rangers or Queen of the South over two legs later this month.

Third-placed Rangers - who needed to beat Hearts and hope Hibs lost in Falkirk - will play Queens on 9 and 17 May, with the semi-final dates set for 20 and 23 May.

The final, which will feature the team finishing second bottom of the Premiership, will be played on 28 and 31 May.

With Rangers starting the day a point behind Hibs, Stubbs' men got off to the ideal start when Boyle intercepted a pass near halfway, exchanged passes with Scott Allan before tucking home.

Falkirk attempted to bounce back quickly and former Hibs midfielder Tom Taiwo fired in a shot that looked destined for the bottom corner before being deflected wide.

John Baird and Craig Sibbald, who recently scored the Bairns' winner over Hibs in the Scottish Cup semi-final, were unsuccessful with headed attempts.

The Falkirk defence failed to clear a cross and Cummings calmly collected and rounded Jamie MacDonald to score with ease, by which time Rangers were two up on Hearts.

Hibs lost Jordon Forster to an ankle injury early in the second half but it did not upset their rhythm.

Falkirk manager Peter Houston had tried to rally his players but the Hibs rearguard stood firm.

And with the Bairns pushing more and more men forward, Malonga raced clear on to Cummings' pass and confidently placed beyond MacDonald for Hibs' third and Hearts' late comeback to draw 2-2 with Rangers gave the Easter Road side a three-point advantage over the Ibrox side.

Hibs now have 18 days to prepare for their first play-off match.

Martin Boyle scores for Hibernian against Falkirk
Boyle got Hibs' early opener
Hibernian players celebrating
Hibs had more cause to celebrate before half-time when Cummings scored
Liam Dick and Jason Cummings
Falkirk struggled to compete with their visitors
Dominique Malonga scores for Hibernian against Falkirk
Malonga put the seal on Hibs' win
Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs
Stubbs is targeting promotion in his first season in charge of Hibs

Line-ups

Falkirk

  • 1MacDonald
  • 2Duffie
  • 5McCracken
  • 14Grant
  • 15Dick
  • 11KerrSubstituted forSmithat 73'minutes
  • 6VaulksSubstituted forShepherdat 65'minutesBooked at 69mins
  • 7Taiwo
  • 8Alston
  • 10SibbaldBooked at 83mins
  • 35Baird

Substitutes

  • 3Muirhead
  • 9Smith
  • 12Bowman
  • 20Cooper
  • 22Blair
  • 23Shepherd
  • 36Morgan

Hibernian

  • 1Oxley
  • 6ForsterSubstituted forGrayat 48'minutes
  • 4Hanlon
  • 5Fontaine
  • 17BoyleSubstituted forStantonat 72'minutes
  • 20Allan
  • 8Robertson
  • 10CraigBooked at 82mins
  • 16Stevenson
  • 35CummingsSubstituted forFyvieat 84'minutes
  • 24MalongaBooked at 52mins

Substitutes

  • 2Gray
  • 11Stanton
  • 19Handling
  • 22Fyvie
  • 29Dja Djedje
  • 30Cerny
  • 39Martin
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
7,672

Match Stats

Home TeamFalkirkAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home5
Away11
Shots on Target
Home1
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Falkirk 0, Hibernian 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Falkirk 0, Hibernian 3.

Attempt saved. Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Foul by Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian).

John Baird (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Fraser Fyvie replaces Jason Cummings.

Booking

Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Liam Craig (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Falkirk 0, Hibernian 3. Dominique Malonga (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jason Cummings.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.

Foul by Scott Robertson (Hibernian).

Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. David Smith replaces Mark Kerr.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Samuel Stanton replaces Martin Boyle.

Attempt saved. Scott Robertson (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Scott Shepherd (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Scott Shepherd replaces Will Vaulks.

Jason Cummings (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mark Kerr (Falkirk).

Foul by Scott Robertson (Hibernian).

Tom Taiwo (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Blair Alston (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Will Vaulks (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Craig Sibbald.

Scott Allan (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mark Kerr (Falkirk).

Booking

Dominique Malonga (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Dominique Malonga (Hibernian).

John Baird (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Liam Craig.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. David Gray replaces Jordan Forster because of an injury.

Second Half

Second Half begins Falkirk 0, Hibernian 2.

Half Time

First Half ends, Falkirk 0, Hibernian 2.

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

Foul by Kieran Duffie (Falkirk).

Liam Craig (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Will Vaulks (Falkirk).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts36294396267091
2Hibernian36217870323870
3Rangers361910769393067
4Queen of Sth361791058411760
5Falkirk361411114848053
6Raith Rovers36127174265-2343
7Dumbarton3697203679-4334
8Livingston3688204153-1227
9Alloa3669213456-2227
10Cowdenbeath3674253186-5525
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