Hibernian 3-0 St Mirren: Lee Johnson’s side up to third with emphatic win

Mikola Kukharevic
Mikola Kucharovic scored the second goal for Hibs

Hibernian ended a three-game losing streak with an emphatic win at home to St Mirren and moved up to third in the Scottish Premiership.

Martin Boyle’s first-half stoppage-time penalty put them back in front after Mikola Kucharovic’s early strike was ruled out for offside following a VAR review.

Kucharovic finished off a superb Hibs move after the break and then Ewan Henderson’s fine strike killed the game as St Mirren struggled.

Stephen Robinson’s side have dropped to fifth, but are just one point behind Hibs with a game in hand.

Only Celtic and Rangers have won more in the Premier League in 2022 than St Mirren, who have been quietly consistent this season and arrive at Easter Road with six wins from their last nine.

But after a back-to-back game in which Jonah Ionga and Curtis Main produced good saves from David Marshall, they struggled to seriously test Hibs and did not show their usual defensive discipline.

Instead it was Hibs, under pressure after three successive defeats, who played some eye-catching football.

They were unlucky when Kucharovic’s effort was disallowed after Joe Newell’s defensive pass to Marijan Cabraja. But a lengthy review found the Croat had gone too early.

But VAR ruled in Hibs’ favor before the end of the first half when referee Don Robertson penalized Richard Tait for handball following a review on the pitch.

Boyle scored a penalty for his first goal in five league games, but worryingly for Hibs he had to leave in the second half with an injury.

However, that didn’t derail them as they got the second goal they wanted. A lovely one-touch combination past Kukharevic and the Ukrainian beat Alex Gogic before heading into the far corner.

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Evan Henderson added the final flourish when he stroked a beautiful shot into the top corner after substitute Elias Melkersen’s cross on the edge of the box was headed into his path.

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Compositions

Hibernian

formation 3-5-2

  • 1MarshallReservation in 49 minutes
  • 5porousBooked in 71 minuteswas replacedFishAt 79′minutes
  • 33Bushiri
  • 4Hanlon
  • 12Kaden
  • 18Hendersonwas replacedCampbellAt 68′minutes
  • 6tick
  • 11Newell
  • 3Cabrajawas replacedStevensonAt 78′minutes
  • 77Boylewas replacedMelkersenAt 54′minutes
  • 99Kukharevicwas replacedYou are oneAt 79′minutes

Alternatives

  • 10Vera Tavares
  • 13Schofield
  • 16Stevenson
  • 20Melkersen
  • 23You are one
  • 24McGregor
  • 25Fish
  • 32Campbell
  • 47icon

St Mirren

formation 5-3-2

  • 1Carson
  • 23racewas replacedFlynnAt 73′minutes
  • 22freezer
  • 13GojikBooked in 38 minutes
  • 18donBooked in 72 minuteswas replacedHendersonAt 81′minutes
  • 2TaitReservation in 45 minuteswas replacedshahnasiAt 45′minutes
  • 17Bacchuswas replacedKiltyAt 73′minutes
  • 16Arhun
  • 6O’Hara
  • 7Ayungawas replacedcryAt 70′minutes
  • 10Main

Alternatives

  • 4shahnasi
  • 8Flynn
  • 9Brophy
  • 11Kilty
  • 12Henderson
  • 15Reid
  • 21cry
  • 27Orminsky
  • 32Kenny

Referee:
Don Robertson

Presence:
15,256

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Hibernian

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  2. Team number5Player nameporous

  3. Team number33Player nameBushiri

  4. Team number4Player nameHanlon

  5. Team number12Player nameKaden

  6. Team number18Player nameHenderson

  7. Team number6Player nametick

  8. Team number11Player nameNewell

  9. Team number3Player nameCabraja

  10. Team number77Player nameBoyle

  11. Team number99Player nameKukharevic

  1. Team number16Player nameStevenson

  2. Team number20Player nameMelkersen

  3. Team number23Player nameYou are one

  4. Team number25Player nameFish

  5. Team number32Player nameCampbell

St Mirren

  1. Team number1Player nameCarson

  2. Team number23Player namerace

  3. Team number22Player namefreezer

  4. Team number13Player nameGojik

  5. Team number18Player namedon

  6. Team number2Player nameTait

  7. Team number17Player nameBacchus

  8. Team number16Player nameArhun

  9. Team number6Player nameO’Hara

  10. Team number7Player nameAyunga

  11. Team number10Player nameMain

  1. Team number4Player nameshahnasi

  2. Team number8Player nameFlynn

  3. Team number11Player nameKilty

  4. Team number12Player nameHenderson

  5. Team number21Player namecry



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