Dunfermline were relegated from the Scottish Premier League after Hibernian's first-half goal rush helped consign the bottom club to defeat.

Hibs, needing only a draw to ensure survival and send the Pars down, went ahead with Matt Doherty's header.

Eoin Doyle nodded a quick second and Garry O'Connor's 15th-minute penalty provided further comfort for the hosts.

Hibs were awarded a fourth goal late on but Paul Hanlon's shot did not cross the line after it had struck the bar.

The East End Park side will return to the Scottish First Division after one season in the top flight.

With a five-point gap existing between the sides before kick-off, Dunfermline knew they had to win to take the relegation battle to Saturday's final league fixtures.

But it was Hibs who got off to the perfect start as Tom Soares' deep free-kick was helped on by the head of James McPake and Doherty nipped in to beat Smith with the aid of the post.

Doherty was the provider for the hosts' second, getting the break of the ball on the right and chipping across for Doyle to head home.

Dunfermline players look dejected after their relegation from the SPL is confirmed

Dunfermline return to the Scottish First Division after one season in the top flight

And it got worse for Jim Jefferies' side when Austin McCann was penalised for grappling with Hanlon and O'Connor stroked the spot-kick into the net.

Shell-shocked Dunfermline tried to respond and right-back Jordan McMillan joined the attack to force a fine save from Mark Brown.

McMillan then met Paddy Boyle's back-post cross with a powerful header into the arms of Brown.

Pat Fenlon's men weathered the storm and Lewis Stevenson's shot on the break was gathered by Smith near half-time.

O'Connor twisted and turned before firing wide and Doherty was unable to make a good connection on another Soares free-kick early in the second period.

Isaiah Osbourne laid the ball on a plate for Doyle to tap in but the unmarked striker completely missed the ball as it whizzed across the six-yard box.

A free-kick from distance gave Martin Hardie the chance to test Brown and the veteran's shot rebounded off the post, back off the goalkeeper and out for a corner.

Doyle's glancing header was cleared off the line by Gary Mason before Hanlon's well-struck volley from Osbourne's delivery hit the crossbar and bounced down in front of the line but the assistant referee awarded a goal.

And the Scottish Cup finalists made sure of a clean sheet in Fenlon's first home league win when Brown clutched Hardie's dangerous driven ball on the line.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Hibernian

  • 31 Brown
  • 02 Doherty
  • 04 Hanlon
  • 15 McPake
  • 19 Kujabi (Francomb - 46' )
  • 08 Claros
  • 13 Soares
  • 16 Stevenson
  • 24 Osbourne
  • 09 O'Connor (O'Donovan - 69' )
  • 10 Doyle (Sproule - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 41 Grant
  • 05 O'Hanlon
  • 06 Murray
  • 22 Francomb
  • 25 Towell
  • 17 Sproule
  • 18 O'Donovan

Dunfermline

  • 20 Smith
  • 03 McCann Booked (Cardle - 46' )
  • 13 Boyle
  • 15 Dowie
  • 26 McMillan Booked
  • 02 Kerr
  • 04 Mason
  • 08 Hardie Booked
  • 24 Hutton (Buchanan - 69' )
  • 10 Kirk (Barrowman - 61' )
  • 11 Graham

Substitutes

  • 27 Fernandez
  • 39 Young
  • 07 Cardle
  • 22 Willis
  • 09 Barrowman
  • 12 McDougall
  • 19 Buchanan
Ref: Norris
Att: 15,281

Match Stats

Shots

9 12

On target

5 8

Corners

3 5

Fouls

6 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:03 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +1:14

Andrew Barrowman takes a shot. Save by Mark Brown.

88:59

Effort from the edge of the box by Liam Buchanan goes wide of the right-hand upright.

87:25

Martin Hardie takes a shot. Save made by Mark Brown.

86:29

Ivan Sproule is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Chris Smith takes the indirect free kick.

85:20

Martin Hardie fouled by George Francomb, the ref awards a free kick. Martin Hardie crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, James McPake makes a clearance.

84:08

Liam Buchanan is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Mark Brown restarts play with the free kick.

83:45

Liam Buchanan takes a shot. James McPake gets a block in.

83:10

Ivan Sproule gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jordan McMillan. Chris Smith takes the free kick.

82:25 Substitution

Substitution Ivan Sproule joins the action as a substitute, replacing Eoin Doyle.

80:43

Assist on the goal came from Isaiah Osbourne.

80:43 Goal scored

Goal! - Paul Hanlon - Hibernian 4 - 0 Dunf'mline Goal scored by Paul Hanlon from deep inside the penalty area high into the middle of the goal. Hibernian 4-0 Dunfermline.

78:59

The referee blows for offside against Liam Buchanan. Mark Brown takes the indirect free kick.

76:31

David Graham takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

73:25

Outswinging corner taken by Tom Soares from the right by-line, Martin Hardie makes a clearance.

72:06

Corner taken by Tom Soares from the left by-line to the near post, Eoin Doyle takes a shot. Clearance by Gary Mason.

70:05

Corner taken right-footed by Joe Cardle, Paul Hanlon makes a clearance.

69:12

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martin Hardie by Paul Hanlon. Martin Hardie has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

68:00

Indirect free kick taken by Chris Smith.

68:00 Substitution

Substitution Roy O'Donovan comes on in place of Garry O'Connor.

68:00 Substitution

Substitution Liam Buchanan comes on in place of Kyle Hutton.

68:00

The official flags Eoin Doyle offside.

66:31 Booking

Booking Martin Hardie goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

66:29

Unfair challenge on Lewis Stevenson by Martin Hardie results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Hanlon.

64:10

The referee blows for offside. Chris Smith takes the free kick.

61:50

The ball is swung over by Joe Cardle.

59:52

Chris Smith takes the free kick.

59:52 Substitution

Substitution (Dunfermline) makes a substitution, with Andrew Barrowman coming on for Andy Kirk.

59:52

The referee blows for offside.

58:54

Corner taken by Joe Cardle, Matt Doherty makes a clearance.

58:30

Corner taken by Joe Cardle played to the near post.

57:34

George Francomb restarts play with the free kick.

57:34 Booking

Booking Jordan McMillan is given a yellow card.

57:26

Unfair challenge on Garry O'Connor by Jordan McMillan results in a free kick.

55:47

The ball is delivered by Lewis Stevenson.

52:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Mason on Garry O'Connor. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Tom Soares.

52:12

The ball is crossed by George Francomb, Chris Smith makes a save.

51:01

Corner taken right-footed by Joe Cardle, save made by Mark Brown.

50:50

Andy Kirk crosses the ball, Matt Doherty manages to make a clearance.

49:45

Close range effort by Garry O'Connor goes wide of the left-hand post.

49:11

Tom Soares gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Mason. Chris Smith takes the direct free kick.

48:28

The ball is crossed by George Francomb, Andy Dowie manages to make a clearance.

46:50

Paul Hanlon fouled by Martin Hardie, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Brown restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Joe Cardle replaces Austin McCann.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution George Francomb replaces Pa Saikou Kujabi.

45:00 +1:04 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

43:35

The ball is swung over by David Graham.

42:48

The ball is delivered by Isaiah Osbourne.

40:56

Mark Kerr crosses the ball.

40:20

Lewis Stevenson takes a shot. Save by Chris Smith.

39:13

Unfair challenge on Eoin Doyle by Austin McCann results in a free kick. Matt Doherty takes the free kick.

36:10

The referee penalises Eoin Doyle for handball. Chris Smith takes the free kick.

35:12

Foul by Martin Hardie on James McPake, free kick awarded. Matt Doherty takes the direct free kick.

34:36

The ball is delivered by James McPake, Headed effort from inside the box by Garry O'Connor misses to the right of the target.

33:23

The ball is sent over by Patrick Boyle, Jordan McMillan takes a shot. Blocked by Lewis Stevenson.

28:18

Patrick Boyle produces a cross, Jordan McMillan takes a shot. Save by Mark Brown.

21:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jorge Claros by Gary Mason. Mark Brown restarts play with the free kick.

19:27

Jordan McMillan takes a shot. Save by Mark Brown.

17:27

Paul Hanlon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Mason. Jordan McMillan delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Mark Brown makes a save.

15:30

The ball is crossed by Kyle Hutton, Mark Brown makes a save.

14:27

Paul Hanlon provided the assist for the goal.

14:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Garry O'Connor - Hibernian 3 - 0 Dunf'mline Garry O'Connor scores a placed penalty. Hibernian 3-0 Dunfermline.

13:58 Booking

Booking Austin McCann is cautioned.

13:55

Austin McCann concedes a Penalty for a foul on Paul Hanlon.

13:45

Garry O'Connor takes a shot. Blocked by Andy Dowie.

13:00

Eoin Doyle fouled by Austin McCann, the ref awards a free kick. Tom Soares takes the direct free kick.

12:43

Patrick Boyle takes a shot. Save made by Mark Brown.

10:27

The assist for the goal came from Matt Doherty.

10:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Eoin Doyle - Hibernian 2 - 0 Dunf'mline Eoin Doyle finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Hibernian 2-0 Dunfermline.

10:26

The ball is swung over by Matt Doherty,

8:59

Gary Mason sends in a cross.

8:07

Pa Saikou Kujabi crosses the ball, clearance by Austin McCann.

7:19

Unfair challenge on Jordan McMillan by Lewis Stevenson results in a free kick. Andy Dowie takes the free kick.

6:29

Effort on goal by James McPake from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.

6:02

Mark Kerr takes a inswinging corner.

4:51

The assist for the goal came from Eoin Doyle.

4:51 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Doherty - Hibernian 1 - 0 Dunf'mline Matt Doherty finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Hibernian 1-0 Dunfermline.

4:15

Lewis Stevenson fouled by Jordan McMillan, the ref awards a free kick. Tom Soares delivers the ball,

3:09

Mark Kerr crosses the ball, clearance made by Matt Doherty.

2:13

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Mason on Paul Hanlon. Paul Hanlon takes the free kick.

1:20

Kyle Hutton has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.

0:51

Gary Mason takes a shot. Save by Mark Brown.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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