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Scottish Championship: Hibernian 4-0 Dumbarton

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland at Easter Road

Hibernian drew level on points with Falkirk in the battle to secure second place in the Scottish Championship after a comfortable win over Dumbarton.

James Keatings scored twice in the opening 13 minutes.

The Sons steadied themselves but fell further behind to a Kevin Cawley own goal and Anthony Stokes' late strike.

Alan Stubbs' side remain in third spot in the table as Falkirk have a three-goal advantage going into the final league games on Sunday.

The home side came flying out of the traps and were one up after only seven minutes.

Stokes and Fraser Fyvie combined to set up Keatings, who had started ahead of rested top scorer Jason Cumming, and he thundered a shot into the roof of the net from the angle of the 18-yard box.

Hibs were denied a second when a Liam Henderson free-kick was parried away by Jamie Ewings, but the Dumbarton goalkeeper was helpless when the lead was doubled after 13 minutes.

A Niklas Gunnarsson effort was blocked, but the Norwegian hammered the rebound across goal, where Keatings was waiting to tap the ball home.

Henderson and Stokes both came close to adding to the tally for rampant Hibs, while Scottish Cup hero Conrad Logan, given his chance in goal, did well to keep out a Calum Waters effort in a rare attack by the visitors.

Hibernian's Anthony Stokes and Dumbarton's Mark Docherty clash
Tensions flaired as Hibernian's Anthony Stokes clashed with Dumbarton's Mark Docherty

Gunnarson missed a glorious chance for number three when he had a clear sight of goal from six yards out.

Dumbarton looked better in the early stages of the second half, but there was a real let-off for Stephen Aitken's side when Martin Boyle fired the ball across the six-yard box.

With the goal gaping, on-loan Celtic striker Stokes fired straight at Ewings and the chance was gone.

Stokes almost made amends with a free-kick from 22 yards out, but Ewings produced a fine save.

With 15 minutes left, the home side scored a third thanks to a fair slice of good fortune.

Keatings chased the ball down the left, was challenged by Kevin Cawley and the Sons striker's block soared over his own goalkeeper and into the net.

As the home side laid siege, Ewings once again denied Stokes and Lewis Stevenson cracked a shot off the post after Boyle was also denied by the goalkeeper.

However, the scoring was completed in stoppage time when Stokes reacted first after Ewings had saved a Paul Hanlon header.

The battle for second continues on Sunday when Hibs host Queen of the South, while Falkirk entertain Greenock Morton.

Line-ups

Hibernian

Formation 4-4-2

  • 25Logan
  • 27Gunnarsson
  • 24McGregor
  • 4Hanlon
  • 16Stevenson
  • 17Boyle
  • 3Henderson
  • 8Fyvie
  • 18McGinn
  • 19Keatings
  • 28StokesBooked at 72mins

Substitutes

  • 2Gray
  • 5Fontaine
  • 14Handling
  • 29Dagnall
  • 30Thomson
  • 32Virtanen
  • 35Cummings

Dumbarton

Formation 4-5-1

  • 19Ewings
  • 4Saunders
  • 5Buchanan
  • 22WrightBooked at 40mins
  • 3Docherty
  • 7Cawley
  • 17RoutledgeBooked at 72mins
  • 14Barr
  • 8GallagherBooked at 57minsSubstituted forFlemingat 63'minutes
  • 16WatersSubstituted forWalshat 77'minutes
  • 21HeffernanSubstituted forNadeat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Brown
  • 2Taggart
  • 9Fleming
  • 15McCallum
  • 18Lindsay
  • 23Walsh
  • 27Nade
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
6,686

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamDumbarton
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home20
Away5
Shots on Target
Home9
Away1
Corners
Home12
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hibernian 4, Dumbarton 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hibernian 4, Dumbarton 0.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Hibernian 4, Dumbarton 0. Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Frazer Wright.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Darren Barr.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Kevin Cawley.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Christian Nade (Dumbarton) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  8. Post update

    Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) hits the right post with a left footed shot from long range on the left.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Jon Routledge (Dumbarton).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jamie Ewings.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  13. Post update

    Foul by James Keatings (Hibernian).

  14. Post update

    Gregor Buchanan (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Niklas Gunnarsson (Hibernian) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam Henderson (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Dumbarton. Tom Walsh replaces Calum Waters.

  18. Goal!

    Own Goal by Kevin Cawley, Dumbarton. Hibernian 3, Dumbarton 0.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jamie Ewings.

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers35255586325480
2Falkirk351813460342667
3Hibernian35207857342367
4Raith Rovers35178105146559
5Morton351110143941-243
6Queen of Sth35126174654-842
7St Mirren35118164251-941
8Dumbarton35106193465-3136
9Livingston3587203750-1331
10Alloa3548232166-4520
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