Scottish Championship
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St Mirren 1-4 Hibernian

James Keatings scored a hat-trick as Hibernian came from behind to beat St Mirren and stay within five points of Scottish Championship leaders Rangers.

Sean Kelly's strike put the Buddies ahead early on but Hibs quickly levelled through Jason Cummings' shot.

Keatings then netted twice with efforts from outside the box as the visitors took control before the break.

A foul on Liam Henderson led to a penalty for Hibs and Keatings completed his treble from the spot.

Two goals inside four minutes from Keatings put Hibs in the driving seat.

The forward drilled into the far corner following a quickly-taken free-kick and added another by curling into the top corner following a flowing move.

Earlier, Keatings had helped set up Cummings' 13th goal of the season, which followed Kelly's strike from inside the box.

St Mirren, who appointed former Hibs manager Alex Miller as assistant during the week, saw substitute Lawrence Shankland hit a post before Keatings claimed the match ball from the penalty spot.

The win extends Hibs' unbeaten run in all competitions to 13, winning 12 of them, while the Buddies are still searching for their first home league victory this season and remain third bottom.

Line-ups

St Mirren

  • 12Langfield
  • 33StewartBooked at 12mins
  • 4Webster
  • 15Baird
  • 3KellyBooked at 76mins
  • 6GoodwinBooked at 49mins
  • 16AgnewSubstituted forHowiesonat 57'minutes
  • 22GallagherSubstituted forShanklandat 57'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 14Mallan
  • 7McMullanSubstituted forMorganat 70'minutes
  • 9Thompson

Substitutes

  • 5Conlan
  • 10Carswell
  • 11Howieson
  • 17Morgan
  • 18Mclear
  • 25Shankland
  • 32Wilks

Hibernian

  • 1Oxley
  • 2Gray
  • 24McGregor
  • 4Hanlon
  • 16StevensonBooked at 52mins
  • 8Fyvie
  • 18McGinn
  • 19KeatingsSubstituted forFeruzat 82'minutes
  • 3Henderson
  • 35CummingsSubstituted forBoyleat 70'minutes
  • 7MalongaSubstituted forFontaineat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Fontaine
  • 6Bartley
  • 9El Alagui
  • 17Boyle
  • 20Feruz
  • 21Carmichael
  • 31Reguero
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
4,503

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home7
Away17
Shots on Target
Home4
Away8
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, St. Mirren 1, Hibernian 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, St. Mirren 1, Hibernian 4.

  3. Post update

    Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Darren McGregor.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam Fontaine (Hibernian) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jack Baird.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Darren McGregor (Hibernian) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

  7. Booking

    Lawrence Shankland (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Lawrence Shankland (St. Mirren).

  9. Post update

    Liam Henderson (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Islam Feruz replaces James Keatings.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Liam Fontaine replaces Dominique Malonga.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! St. Mirren 1, Hibernian 4. James Keatings (Hibernian) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  13. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Cameron Howieson (St. Mirren) after a foul in the penalty area.

  14. Post update

    Penalty Hibernian. Liam Henderson draws a foul in the penalty area.

  15. Booking

    Sean Kelly (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Sean Kelly (St. Mirren).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by David Gray.

  19. Post update

    Andy Webster (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Liam Henderson (Hibernian).