Dundee United left Easter Road with three Scottish Premier League points as Hibernian sustained a second straight defeat in the capital.

Hibs' Leigh Griffiths was denied by the post before United captain Jon Daly tested goalkeeper Graham Stack with a header.

Johnny Russell fired the visitors ahead midway through the second half.

And the impressive Gary Mackay-Steven claimed United's second with a shot that squeezed past Stack.

Fourth-place United remain ahead of St Johnstone on goal difference while Hibs' advantage over bottom club Dunfermline is reduced to three points.

An early United corner led to a chance for Gavin Gunning, but the defender's shot was straight at Stack.

Hibs came close in the 10th minute when Griffiths met George Francomb's corner and rattled the post with a powerful drive.

Another United set piece, this time a free-kick, caused Hibs problems as Daly rose to meet Paul Dixon's delivery and Stack palmed the ball to safety.

However, the first half did not continue in the same vein with few further openings before the interval.

The visitors started the second period on top and Mackay-Steven crossed for Daly, who looked well placed to score, but the striker did not connect with his head.

At the other end, Gunning was relieved to see his sliced clearance trundle past the United goal.

Mackay-Steven's deflected shot moments later bounced just past the post and the winger then forced Stack into a save as United tried to capitalise on uncertain Hibs defending.

The threat of Mackay-Steven continued to cause Hibs problems and the former Airdrie player skilfully escaped three defenders before lifting a shot over.

A crucial intervention by goalkeeper Dusan Pernis prevented Griffiths getting away a shot as the hosts tried to re-assert themselves.

Peter Houston's side got the goal their pressure merited on 66 minutes, Russell converting a rebound after John Rankin's initial shot had been saved by Stack.

Mackay-Steven netted the second in the 73rd minute, although Stack will be disappointed not to have saved the shot from the edge of the box.

Substitute Garry O'Connor forced a save from Pernis and Hibs were unable to mount a comeback in the closing stages.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Hibernian

  • 01 Stack
  • 02 Doherty Booked
  • 04 Hanlon
  • 19 Kujabi
  • 22 Francomb
  • 08 Claros (Wotherspoon - 77' )
  • 13 Soares (Sproule - 58' )
  • 16 Stevenson
  • 24 Osbourne
  • 18 O'Donovan (O'Connor - 64' )
  • 28 Griffiths

Substitutes

  • 31 Brown
  • 05 O'Hanlon
  • 25 Towell
  • 07 Wotherspoon
  • 17 Sproule
  • 09 O'Connor
  • 10 Doyle

Dundee United

  • 01 Pernis
  • 02 Dillon
  • 03 Dixon
  • 12 Watson (Kenneth - 84' )
  • 18 Gunning
  • 06 Flood (Swanson - 87' )
  • 08 Robertson
  • 11 Rankin
  • 17 Mackay-Steven
  • 09 Daly (Ryan - 70' )
  • 15 Russell

Substitutes

  • 13 Banks
  • 05 Kenneth
  • 14 Douglas
  • 07 Ryan
  • 10 Swanson
  • 16 Armstrong
  • 22 Dow
Ref: Salmond
Att: 9,161

Match Stats

Shots

4 11

On target

2 6

Corners

4 9

Fouls

10 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:10 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +2:18

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by George Francomb.

90:00 +2:06

The ball is crossed by Leigh Griffiths.

90:00 +0:17

Johnny Russell challenges Paul Hanlon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Graham Stack restarts play with the free kick.

88:54

Richie Ryan concedes a free kick for a foul on David Wotherspoon. Matt Doherty takes the free kick.

88:42

Foul by Leigh Griffiths on Gary Mackay-Steven, free kick awarded. Paul Dixon takes the free kick.

88:00

Shot from just outside the box by John Rankin goes over the target.

86:36 Substitution

Substitution Willo Flood leaves the field to be replaced by Danny Swanson.

86:22

David Wotherspoon produces a cross.

84:48

Garry O'Connor takes a shot. Save made by Dusan Pernis.

83:36 Substitution

Substitution Garry Kenneth comes on in place of Keith Watson.

83:17

Gary Mackay-Steven takes a shot. Graham Stack makes a save.

81:14

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Keith Watson by Pa Saikou Kujabi. Sean Dillon takes the direct free kick.

80:28

The ball is swung over by John Rankin, clearance made by Paul Hanlon.

79:11

A cross is delivered by Scott Robertson, save by Graham Stack.

76:09 Substitution

Substitution David Wotherspoon joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jorge Claros.

74:38

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Johnny Russell by Paul Hanlon. Keith Watson takes the free kick.

73:46

A cross is delivered by Lewis Stevenson, save made by Dusan Pernis.

72:15

Assist by Johnny Russell.

72:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Gary Mackay-Steven - Hibernian 0 - 2 Dundee U Gary Mackay-Steven gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Hibernian 0-2 Dundee Utd.

69:54 Substitution

Substitution Richie Ryan is brought on as a substitute for Jon Daly.

69:25

Gary Mackay-Steven takes the outswinging corner, Paul Hanlon makes a clearance.

66:58

Corner taken by Willo Flood from the right by-line.

65:01

The assist for the goal came from John Rankin.

65:01 Goal scored

Goal! - Johnny Russell - Hibernian 0 - 1 Dundee U Johnny Russell grabs a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Hibernian 0-1 Dundee Utd.

64:27

John Rankin takes a shot. Save by Graham Stack.

63:39 Substitution

Substitution (Hibernian) makes a substitution, with Garry O'Connor coming on for Roy O'Donovan.

62:47

Pa Saikou Kujabi sends in a cross, Dusan Pernis makes a save.

59:31

Unfair challenge on Johnny Russell by Matt Doherty results in a free kick. John Rankin restarts play with the free kick.

58:46

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Gary Mackay-Steven from the left by-line, clearance made by Matt Doherty.

57:30 Substitution

Substitution Ivan Sproule replaces Tom Soares.

56:09

Shot by Gary Mackay-Steven from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.

55:19

Roy O'Donovan is ruled offside. Gavin Gunning takes the indirect free kick.

54:19

Gary Mackay-Steven takes a shot. Comfortable save by Graham Stack.

53:52

Centre by Scott Robertson.

52:20

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by George Francomb from the left by-line.

52:11

Gary Mackay-Steven produces a cross.

51:33

Effort on goal by John Rankin from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.

51:08

Corner taken left-footed by Gary Mackay-Steven from the left by-line, Paul Hanlon manages to make a clearance.

50:53

Johnny Russell sends in a cross.

49:50

A cross is delivered by Keith Watson.

48:51

Gary Mackay-Steven produces a cross, Jon Daly has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.

47:20

Johnny Russell concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Soares. Graham Stack takes the free kick.

46:58

Gary Mackay-Steven sends in a cross.

45:52

Centre by Leigh Griffiths.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +0:06 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

42:12

Foul by Jorge Claros on Gary Mackay-Steven, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Paul Dixon.

40:07

Centre by Pa Saikou Kujabi, clearance made by Sean Dillon.

38:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Soares on Paul Dixon. Direct free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.

38:21

Jorge Claros fouled by John Rankin, the ref awards a free kick. George Francomb takes the free kick.

34:49

Centre by Isaiah Osbourne.

33:54

Leigh Griffiths is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Dusan Pernis restarts play with the free kick.

32:53

Matt Doherty fouled by Johnny Russell, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Graham Stack.

30:01

The ball is swung over by Pa Saikou Kujabi, clearance by Gavin Gunning.

29:19

Willo Flood concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Soares. Paul Hanlon takes the free kick.

27:23

Foul by Gary Mackay-Steven on George Francomb, free kick awarded. George Francomb takes the direct free kick.

27:08

Sean Dillon crosses the ball, clearance made by Matt Doherty.

26:36

Unfair challenge on Jon Daly by Pa Saikou Kujabi results in a free kick. Keith Watson restarts play with the free kick.

25:19

Corner taken by Willo Flood, Effort on goal by Sean Dillon from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

24:55

Leigh Griffiths delivers the ball, Dusan Pernis makes a save.

21:13

Isaiah Osbourne crosses the ball.

19:39

Gary Mackay-Steven gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jorge Claros. George Francomb restarts play with the free kick. The ball is delivered by George Francomb, blocked by Gavin Gunning.

18:48

Unfair challenge on Leigh Griffiths by Gary Mackay-Steven results in a free kick. Free kick taken by George Francomb.

17:43

The ball is sent over by Gary Mackay-Steven, save by Graham Stack.

16:07

Lewis Stevenson challenges Keith Watson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Willo Flood.

15:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Robertson on Jorge Claros. Direct free kick taken by Pa Saikou Kujabi.

14:41

Corner taken by Willo Flood from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Matt Doherty.

14:03

Unfair challenge on George Francomb by Gary Mackay-Steven results in a free kick. George Francomb takes the direct free kick.

13:31

The ball is swung over by Leigh Griffiths, Headed effort from inside the area by Isaiah Osbourne misses to the right of the target.

13:22

The ball is crossed by Leigh Griffiths, Gavin Gunning manages to make a clearance.

13:03

The referee blows for offside. Paul Hanlon takes the free kick.

12:29

Leigh Griffiths takes a shot. Save made by Dusan Pernis.

12:06

Corner taken right-footed by George Francomb from the right by-line, Gavin Gunning makes a clearance.

11:05

Corner taken by Gary Mackay-Steven from the left by-line played to the near post. Jon Daly challenges Paul Hanlon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Graham Stack.

10:15 Booking

Booking Matt Doherty booked for unsporting behaviour.

10:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Doherty on John Rankin. Paul Dixon takes the direct free kick.

9:02

George Francomb takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Leigh Griffiths strikes the post.

6:44

Foul by John Rankin on Isaiah Osbourne, free kick awarded. George Francomb restarts play with the free kick.

5:15

Corner taken by Gary Mackay-Steven, Isaiah Osbourne makes a clearance.

1:53

Unfair challenge on Gavin Gunning by Roy O'Donovan results in a free kick. John Rankin delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, clearance by Paul Hanlon.

0:34

Gary Mackay-Steven takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Gavin Gunning takes a shot. Save made by Graham Stack.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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