Hibernian's relegation problems were compounded as St Mirren held on for victory thanks to a Kenny McLean strike as both sides finished with 10 men.

Eoin Doyle missed two great chances for Hibs either side of the break.

McLean slotted a low drive into the corner of the net after 65 minutes.

Buddies defender Marc McAusland was sent off 13 minutes later for a second yellow card, but Hibs were unable to make their advantage tell and Lewis Stevenson saw red in stoppage time.

With that departure went Hibs' last chance of an equaliser, leaving the Edinburgh side only three points ahead of Dunfermline Athletic, who won their first home game of the season by beating Aberdeen 24 hours earlier.

Hibs had been denied the services of top scorer Garry O'Connor through illness, so Doyle joined George Francomb and the fit-again Tom Soares in starting, with Ivan Sproule and Jorge Claros dropped to the bench.

St Mirren, for whom left-back Jeroen Tesselaar returned from suspension to replace Dougie Imrie, threatened first with a 25-yard Jim Goodwin drive being deflected wide.

But Hibs settled and Leigh Griffiths forced Craig Samson to concede a corner with a low shot towards the goalkeeper's near post from a tight angle.

Francomb squandered a decent opportunity when he fired well over from the edge of the penalty box after the ball fell to him in space following a corner.

Last-week's hat-trick hero for the Buddies, Steven Thompson, headed Graham Carey's deep inswinging corner just wide from eight yards.

Griffiths sent a powerful, 25-yard drive curling wide of the far post, while Hibs defender James McPake had to head clear from in front of his goal after a fine run and cross from Nigel Hasselbaink.

Hibs missed a great chance to end the half on top when Doyle ran unchallenged onto a Matt Doherty through ball, but the Irishman lobbed the ball well wide with Samson having exposed himself by rushing well wide of his unguarded goal.

St Mirren winger Carey finally forced Mark Brown into a save with a drive shortly after the break, but it was Hibs who were now the more dangerous.

Doyle pounced on a loose ball in the Buddies defence, evaded a couple of challenges but from 12 yards fired straight at Samson, who managed to push the ball wide for a corner.

Hibs paid for those misses when Tesselaar broke down the left before playing it into the path of McLean to sidefoot home from the edge of the box.

Hibs claimed for a penalty when Griffiths was tackled by Imrie, but the substitute appeared to make contact with the ball.

St Mirren were looking comfortable but were reduced to 10 men when McAusland was shown a second yellow card for pulling back Griffiths.

With the home side content to hold on, Stevenson also left the scene after a second booking, ruling out the versatile midfielder for at least one vital game of the run-in.

Lineup, Bookings (8) & Substitutions (6)

St Mirren

  • 01 Samson
  • 02 van Zanten
  • 05 Mair
  • 14 McAusland Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 22 Tesselaar
  • 06 Goodwin Booked (McGregor - 75' )
  • 17 Mclean
  • 23 Carey (Imrie - 61' )
  • 09 Thompson
  • 10 McGowan Booked
  • 11 Hasselbaink (Thomson - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Smith
  • 04 McGregor
  • 07 Murray
  • 08 Thomson
  • 21 Teale
  • 27 Imrie
  • 39 Reilly

Hibernian

  • 31 Brown
  • 02 Doherty
  • 04 Hanlon
  • 15 McPake
  • 19 Kujabi Booked (Wotherspoon - 86' )
  • 22 Francomb (Sproule - 77' )
  • 13 Soares
  • 16 Stevenson Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 24 Osbourne
  • 10 Doyle (O'Donovan - 73' )
  • 28 Griffiths Booked

Substitutes

  • 41 Grant
  • 05 O'Hanlon
  • 06 Murray
  • 07 Wotherspoon
  • 08 Claros
  • 17 Sproule
  • 18 O'Donovan
Ref: Finnie
Att: 3,305

Match Stats

Shots

8 14

On target

4 7

Corners

8 6

Fouls

18 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:29 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +2:33

Douglas Imrie fouled by Isaiah Osbourne, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Lee Mair.

90:00 +2:14

Unfair challenge on David Wotherspoon by Steven Thompson results in a free kick. Mark Brown takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +1:35

Direct free kick taken by David van Zanten.

90:00 +1:35 Dismissal

Dismissal Lewis Stevenson shown a red card.

90:00 +1:20

Lewis Stevenson challenges Paul McGowan unfairly and gives away a free kick.

90:00 +0:09

Short corner worked by Douglas Imrie.

89:59

Douglas Imrie delivers the ball, Matt Doherty gets a block in.

88:49

Leigh Griffiths produces a volleyed left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

88:43

A cross is delivered by Ivan Sproule, David van Zanten gets a block in.

86:28

Paul McGowan fouled by Ivan Sproule, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Douglas Imrie.

85:43 Substitution

Substitution David Wotherspoon replaces Pa Saikou Kujabi.

84:41

Centre by Ivan Sproule, clearance by Darren McGregor.

84:36

The ball is crossed by Isaiah Osbourne, Darren McGregor makes a clearance.

82:39

Leigh Griffiths takes a shot. David van Zanten gets a block in.

81:46

Leigh Griffiths is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Craig Samson.

78:48

David van Zanten takes the direct free kick.

78:48 Booking

Booking The referee shows Pa Saikou Kujabi a yellow card.

78:43

Paul McGowan fouled by Pa Saikou Kujabi, the ref awards a free kick.

77:04

The free kick is delivered left-footed by Leigh Griffiths from left wing, Steven Thompson manages to make a clearance.

77:04 Dismissal

Dismissal Marc McAusland is sent off.

76:44

Unfair challenge on Leigh Griffiths by Marc McAusland results in a free kick.

76:21 Substitution

Substitution Ivan Sproule comes on in place of George Francomb.

75:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Thompson on James McPake. Mark Brown takes the free kick.

74:50 Substitution

Substitution Darren McGregor is brought on as a substitute for Jim Goodwin.

74:10

Free kick awarded for a foul by Leigh Griffiths on David van Zanten. Direct free kick taken by Craig Samson.

72:34

Jeroen Tesselaar takes the free kick.

72:34 Substitution

Substitution Eoin Doyle goes off and Roy O'Donovan comes on.

72:34 Booking

Booking Lewis Stevenson goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

72:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Douglas Imrie by Lewis Stevenson.

72:03

Paul Hanlon takes a shot. Jim Goodwin gets a block in.

71:19

Foul by David van Zanten on Pa Saikou Kujabi, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by George Francomb.

70:25

Centre by Isaiah Osbourne, clearance by Douglas Imrie.

68:02

Direct free kick taken by George Francomb.

68:02 Booking

Booking Paul McGowan booked for unsporting behaviour.

67:47

Foul by Paul McGowan on Lewis Stevenson, free kick awarded.

66:53

Corner taken by George Francomb from the left by-line, save by Craig Samson.

66:45

Matt Doherty takes a shot. Blocked by Kenny McLean.

64:57

Assist on the goal came from Jeroen Tesselaar.

64:57 Goal scored

Goal! - Kenny McLean - St Mirren 1 - 0 Hibernian Kenny McLean gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. St Mirren 1-0 Hibernian.

64:02

Unfair challenge on Tom Soares by Douglas Imrie results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Matt Doherty.

62:51

Douglas Imrie delivers the ball, Header from deep inside the area by Kenny McLean goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

60:45 Substitution

Substitution Steven Thomson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nigel Hasselbaink.

60:45 Substitution

Substitution Douglas Imrie comes on in place of Graham Carey.

60:35

Matt Doherty takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

60:03

Corner taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths from the right by-line, Jim Goodwin makes a clearance.

58:41

Corner from the right by-line taken by Leigh Griffiths, Close range header by Matt Doherty goes over the bar.

58:30

The ball is sent over by Leigh Griffiths, clearance by Marc McAusland.

58:18

Short corner taken by Leigh Griffiths.

58:00

Pa Saikou Kujabi sends in a cross, Eoin Doyle takes a shot. Craig Samson makes a save.

56:35

Graham Carey produces a cross.

54:29

Centre by Nigel Hasselbaink.

53:31

Jim Goodwin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Isaiah Osbourne. Paul Hanlon takes the free kick.

52:42

Foul by Leigh Griffiths on Paul McGowan, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Craig Samson.

52:32

The ball is crossed by Pa Saikou Kujabi, Marc McAusland manages to make a clearance.

52:11

A cross is delivered by Isaiah Osbourne, Marc McAusland makes a clearance.

52:06

Tom Soares produces a cross, clearance by Marc McAusland.

51:32

Centre by Matt Doherty, Jeroen Tesselaar makes a clearance.

47:51

Unfair challenge on Leigh Griffiths by Marc McAusland results in a free kick. Matt Doherty delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left by-line, clearance by Lee Mair.

47:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Doherty on Graham Carey. Jeroen Tesselaar takes the direct free kick.

46:44

The referee penalises Tom Soares for handball. Lee Mair takes the direct free kick.

46:15

Kenny McLean takes a shot from 30 yards. Save made by Mark Brown.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +0:36 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +0:15

Outswinging corner taken by Graham Carey from the left by-line played to the near post, Eoin Doyle makes a clearance.

44:04

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Mair on James McPake. Mark Brown takes the free kick.

43:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul McGowan by Pa Saikou Kujabi. Graham Carey crosses the ball in from the free kick, James McPake makes a clearance.

43:11

The ball is sent over by Nigel Hasselbaink, clearance made by James McPake.

39:50

Eoin Doyle has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.

38:20

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Graham Carey from the left by-line.

38:14

The ball is delivered by Nigel Hasselbaink, clearance by James McPake.

37:50

The ball is sent over by Graham Carey, Eoin Doyle gets a block in.

37:21

Corner taken by Graham Carey from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by James McPake.

35:44

Shot by Leigh Griffiths went wide left of the target.

35:04

George Francomb takes the free kick.

35:04 Booking

Booking Marc McAusland goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

34:47

Marc McAusland gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Isaiah Osbourne.

34:02

Graham Carey challenges George Francomb unfairly and gives away a free kick. George Francomb crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, save by Craig Samson.

32:51

Tom Soares concedes a free kick for a foul on David van Zanten. Free kick taken by Craig Samson.

30:22

George Francomb produces a drilled right-footed shot from 35 yards. Blocked by Lee Mair.

29:38

Nigel Hasselbaink is caught offside. Mark Brown takes the free kick.

28:07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James McPake by Nigel Hasselbaink. Mark Brown takes the direct free kick.

27:21

Steven Thompson delivers the ball.

27:03

Corner from left by-line taken by Graham Carey.

26:58

The ball is crossed by Graham Carey, George Francomb gets a block in.

24:44

Paul Hanlon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Thompson. Graham Carey restarts play with the free kick.

24:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marc McAusland by James McPake. Craig Samson takes the free kick.

24:01

Direct free kick taken by George Francomb.

24:01 Booking

Booking Jim Goodwin receives a caution.

23:45

Jim Goodwin concedes a free kick for a foul on Isaiah Osbourne.

23:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David van Zanten by Pa Saikou Kujabi. Free kick taken by Marc McAusland.

23:02

David van Zanten challenges Isaiah Osbourne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Pa Saikou Kujabi.

19:38

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jeroen Tesselaar on Tom Soares. Leigh Griffiths delivers the ball, Paul Hanlon produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

19:00

Kenny McLean crosses the ball.

18:52

The ball is sent over by Kenny McLean, Isaiah Osbourne manages to make a clearance.

17:26

Corner from the right by-line taken by Graham Carey, Steven Thompson has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.

16:53 Booking

Booking Leigh Griffiths goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

16:38

Steven Thompson produces a cross, Paul Hanlon makes a clearance.

15:59

Unfair challenge on Nigel Hasselbaink by James McPake results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Graham Carey, clearance by James McPake.

14:52

Foul by Paul McGowan on Pa Saikou Kujabi, free kick awarded. George Francomb delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.

14:39

Nigel Hasselbaink concedes a free kick for a foul on Matt Doherty. Direct free kick taken by George Francomb.

12:53

Effort on goal by George Francomb from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

12:31

Leigh Griffiths takes a inswinging corner.

12:20

Leigh Griffiths takes a shot. Blocked by Lee Mair.

10:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on George Francomb by Jim Goodwin. Leigh Griffiths takes the free kick.

10:29

Effort on goal by Paul McGowan from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.

9:44

Corner from the right by-line taken by Graham Carey, Tom Soares manages to make a clearance.

9:19

Paul McGowan takes a shot. Blocked by James McPake.

8:51

Corner taken by George Francomb from the left by-line, clearance made by Lee Mair.

8:38

Leigh Griffiths takes a shot. Save by Craig Samson.

8:07

The offside flag is raised against Nigel Hasselbaink. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Brown.

6:55

Centre by Matt Doherty, clearance by David van Zanten.

6:09

Matt Doherty crosses the ball, Lee Mair manages to make a clearance.

2:45

Graham Carey takes the outswinging corner, Marc McAusland has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

2:25

Effort on goal by Jim Goodwin from 25 yards. Blocked by Pa Saikou Kujabi.

2:21

Kenny McLean delivers the ball, clearance by Paul Hanlon.

1:56

Centre by Graham Carey, Paul Hanlon manages to make a clearance.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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