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.
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.
More to follow.
- 1MarshallReservation in 49 minutes
- 5porousBooked in 71 minuteswas replacedFishAt 79′minutes
- 18Hendersonwas replacedCampbellAt 68′minutes
- 3Cabrajawas replacedStevensonAt 78′minutes
- 77Boylewas replacedMelkersenAt 54′minutes
- 99Kukharevicwas replacedYou are oneAt 79′minutes
- 10Vera Tavares
- 23You are one
- 23racewas replacedFlynnAt 73′minutes
- 13GojikBooked in 38 minutes
- 18donBooked in 72 minuteswas replacedHendersonAt 81′minutes
- 2TaitReservation in 45 minuteswas replacedshahnasiAt 45′minutes
- 17Bacchuswas replacedKiltyAt 73′minutes
- 7Ayungawas replacedcryAt 70′minutes
- Don Robertson
Full time, Hibernian 3, St Mirren 0.
End of second half, Hibernian 3, St Mirren 0.
Aleksandros Gogić (St. Mirren) header from the center of the box misses to the right. With the help of Ethan Erhoon, he went to the ground by sending a corner.
Corner, St Mirren. Submitted by Louis Stevenson.
Foul by Rocky Bushiri (Hibernians).
Alex Grieve (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Hibernian. Ryan Flynn conceded.
Substitution, Saint Mirren. Jay Henderson replaced Charles Dunn due to injury.
Substitution, Hibernian. Elli Yuan replaced Mikola Kokharevic due to injury.
Substitution, Hibernian. William Fish replaces Ryan Porteous.
Substitution, Hibernian. Luis Stevenson replaces Marijan Cabraja.
Foul by Joe Newell (Hibernian).
Greg Kilty (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Joe Newell (Hibernian).
Greg Kilty (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Curtis Mayne (St Mirren).
Foul by Elias Melkersen (Hibernian).
Ryan Flynn (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Saint Mirren. Ryan Flynn replaced Ryan Strain.
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