Scottish Championship
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Hibernian 3-1 St Mirren

By Liam McLeodBBC Scotland at Easter Road
Anthony Stokes celebrates with his Hibernian team-mates
Anthony Stokes (left) marked the beginning of his second Hibs spell with a goal

Hibernian moved to within two points of Rangers at the top of the Championship with a comfortable victory over St Mirren.

Liam Henderson opened the scoring with a terrific free-kick before John McGinn increased the lead against his former club.

Stevie Mallan pulled one back with a free-kick of his own before half-time.

Anthony Stokes played the final 20 minutes and marked his Easter Road return with a late third for the hosts.

Alan Stubbs, whose side moved two points clear of Falkirk, resisted the temptation to start Stokes following his arrival on loan from Celtic given the Irishman had not played first-team football since August.

His opposite number, Alex Rae, handed a debut to Rocco Quinn, who had arrived from Ross County since their last action more than a fortnight ago.

The pre-match headlines were about Stokes, but it was another on-loan Celt who brought the Hibs fans to their feet.

Henderson was brought down on the edge of the box by Jack Baird and though referee Don Robertson initially allowed the advantage, he brought it back.

The midfielder got back to his feet and whipped a wonderful shot into the top corner. It was an outstanding effort that arched over Buddies goalkeeper Jamie Langfield.

Hibs dominated proceedings for large spells and should have doubled their lead when Jason Cummings latched on to a long ball which dropped over his shoulder leaving him one-on-one with Langfield, who stood tall to deny the Easter Road top scorer.

Cummings and January signing Chris Dagnall tested Langfield, who was single-handedly preventing the roof from caving in.

The veteran could only stem the flow for so long and after good set-up play by Cummings, McGinn stroked home.

John McGinn scores for Hibernian against St Mirren
McGinn netted against his former club

St Mirren threatened very occasionally but gave themselves a lifeline with the last kick of the opening half and it was their main threat who provided it.

Stevie Mallan has a penchant for the spectacular and he found the bottom left of Mark Oxley's goal with a superb free-kick.

The pattern of Hibs dominance continued after the interval and Paul Hanlon had one header saved and another cleared off the line while a deflected McGinn drive just cleared the crossbar.

Stokes took his second Easter Road bow with 20 minutes to play and soon tapped home after good set-up play by fellow-sub James Keatings.

Line-ups

Hibernian

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Oxley
  • 2Gray
  • 4Hanlon
  • 5Fontaine
  • 16Stevenson
  • 8Fyvie
  • 6Bartley
  • 18McGinn
  • 3HendersonSubstituted forMcGregorat 88'minutes
  • 29DagnallBooked at 71minsSubstituted forStokesat 71'minutes
  • 35CummingsSubstituted forKeatingsat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Malonga
  • 17Boyle
  • 19Keatings
  • 24McGregor
  • 27Gunnarsson
  • 28Stokes
  • 31Reguero

St Mirren

Formation 4-4-2

  • 12Langfield
  • 20Watson
  • 15BairdBooked at 77mins
  • 4Webster
  • 3Kelly
  • 27Quinn
  • 16AgnewBooked at 58minsSubstituted forThompsonat 77'minutes
  • 14Mallan
  • 11HowiesonSubstituted forStewartat 71'minutes
  • 25ShanklandBooked at 88mins
  • 22GallagherSubstituted forMcMullanat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7McMullan
  • 8Gow
  • 9Thompson
  • 19Cuddihy
  • 32Wilks
  • 33Stewart
  • 37McAllister
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
10,160

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home13
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away0
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hibernian 3, St. Mirren 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hibernian 3, St. Mirren 1.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Hibernian 3, St. Mirren 1. Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Mirren. Paul McMullan replaces Calum Gallagher.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Darren McGregor replaces Liam Henderson.

  6. Booking

    Lawrence Shankland (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Stewart (St. Mirren).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. James Keatings replaces Jason Cummings.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam Fontaine (Hibernian) header from very close range is just a bit too high.

  11. Post update

    David Gray (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Stewart (St. Mirren).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Steven Thompson (St. Mirren) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  14. Post update

    Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Stewart (St. Mirren).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jordan Stewart.

  18. Booking

    Jack Baird (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Mirren. Steven Thompson replaces Scott Agnew.

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers20162261164550
2Hibernian21153337172048
3Falkirk22137238172146
4Raith Rovers208482225-328
5Queen of Sth208482127-628
6Morton196671921-224
7Dumbarton2154121839-2119
8St Mirren2046101931-1218
9Livingston2244142435-1116
10Alloa213216940-3111
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