Leigh Griffiths' 27th goal of the season gave Hibernian a point in a thrilling six-goal draw against St Mirren, who could still be relegated.

Griffiths hit the top corner to give Hibs the lead but St Mirren levelled through Esmael Goncalves.

Ross Caldwell edged the hosts back in front before a Marc McAusland double put Saints in the driving seat.

But Griffiths turned in the equaliser from close-range despite cries of offside from the visitors.

Dundee's win at home to Hearts means they are eight points adrift of 11th-place St Mirren with three games left to play in the Scottish Premier League.

Hibs, meanwhile, again relied on the inspiration of Griffiths to rescue something from a match they were losing with five minutes of normal time remaining.

Saints had the first attempt on goal when Hibs captain James McPake's headed clearance fell to Gary Teale, whose volley was just over the crossbar of Ben Williams in the home goal.

Hibs had lots of possession and Eoin Doyle's effort from 10 yards, after the Saints defence failed to clear a corner, sailed over.

The home side began to take control with Griffiths having a major influence on the game.

The Easter Road side's top scorer sent a free kick across the six yard box but both Doyle and Paul Hanlon failed to connect.

St Mirren players congratulate Marc McAusland after his first goal in the match

St Mirren players congratulate Marc McAusland after his first goal in the match

Tom Taiwo then played in Griffiths inside the 18-yard box but his shot on the angle was well blocked by Craig Samson in St Mirren's goal.

The breakthrough came on the half hour mark and once again it was Griffiths who found the net, ghosting in from the right wing to fire home an unstoppable high shot from 16 yards.

Doyle passed up a glorious opportunity to double Hibs' advantage before the break. Danny Handling cut the ball back to the Irishman who thundered the ball high over the crossbar from close range.

The home side continued to dominate into the second period.

Handling found himself in space just outside the 18 yard box but blasted the ball wide of the target.

Saints boss Danny Lennon decided to make a change and replaced John McGinn with Sam Parkin.

And against the run of play the visitors found themselves on level terms.

Teale broke away down the right and cut the ball back for Goncalves, who passed to Thompson before his blocked rebounded for the Portuguese striker to despatch low into the corner.

Hibs substitute Caldwell then put the Edinburgh side in front with his first touch. He fired in a shot from the edge of the 18-yard box that flew past Samson and into the bottom corner.

Saints equalised for the second time when McAusland headed home his second of the season and then the defender sensationally put the Paisley side in front with eight minutes left, finishing off good work by Paul McGowan.

But Hibs talisman Griffiths fired home his 27th of the season after David Wotherspoon delivered a cross into the six-yard box.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (3)

Hibernian

  • 01 Williams
  • 03 McGivern
  • 04 Hanlon
  • 06 McPake
  • 18 Maybury
  • 08 Claros Booked
  • 20 Taiwo
  • 33 Harris
  • 09 Griffiths
  • 10 Doyle (Caldwell - 66' )
  • 24 Handling (Wotherspoon - 84' )

Substitutes

  • 41 Grant
  • 07 Deegan
  • 14 Wotherspoon
  • 16 Stevenson
  • 17 Done
  • 28 Robertson
  • 29 Caldwell

St Mirren

  • 01 Samson
  • 02 van Zanten
  • 03 Dummett
  • 14 McAusland
  • 10 McGowan
  • 11 Carey
  • 21 Teale
  • 24 Newton
  • 09 Thompson
  • 29 J McGinn (Parkin - 57' )
  • 77 Goncalves Booked

Substitutes

  • 16 Adam
  • 05 Mair
  • 08 Robertson
  • 17 Mclean
  • 88 Puri
  • 19 Parkin
  • 27 Guy
Ref: Crawford
Att: 9,264

Match Stats

Shots

13 11

On target

7 5

Corners

6 5

Fouls

10 6

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:11 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +1:51

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James McPake by Sam Parkin. Ben Williams takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:09

Corner taken by Gary Teale, Strike by Steven Thompson from inside the six-yard box clear the bar.

88:29

Tom Taiwo produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.

85:36

Tom Taiwo produces a cross,

85:07

Assist on the goal came from Tom Taiwo.

85:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Leigh Griffiths - Hibernian 3 - 3 St Mirren A goal is scored by Leigh Griffiths from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hibernian 3-3 St Mirren.

83:19 Substitution

Substitution David Wotherspoon replaces Danny Handling.

81:59

The assist for the goal came from Gary Teale.

81:59 Goal scored

Goal! - Marc McAusland - Hibernian 2 - 3 St Mirren Marc McAusland grabs a brilliant headed goal from close in. Hibernian 2-3 St Mirren.

81:13

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gary Teale, clearance by Jorge Claros.

80:17

Sam Parkin is caught offside. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.

78:23

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

78:12

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

77:01

Steven Thompson provided the assist for the goal.

77:01 Goal scored

Goal! - Marc McAusland - Hibernian 2 - 2 St Mirren Marc McAusland grabs a headed goal from close in. Hibernian 2-2 St Mirren.

76:16

Gary Teale decides to take the corner short.

76:08

A cross is delivered by Gary Teale, clearance by Paul Hanlon.

75:28

Esmael Goncalves produces a cross, save made by Ben Williams.

72:49

Jorge Claros takes a shot. Save made by Craig Samson.

72:11

Leigh Griffiths takes a shot. Save by Craig Samson.

70:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Teale on Leigh Griffiths. Free kick crossed by Leigh Griffiths, clearance made by Paul Dummett.

69:35

Corner from the right by-line taken by Leigh Griffiths, Gary Teale manages to make a clearance.

66:53

The assist for the goal came from Danny Handling.

66:53 Goal scored

Goal! - Ross Caldwell - Hibernian 2 - 1 St Mirren Ross Caldwell scores a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hibernian 2-1 St Mirren.

65:22 Substitution

Substitution Ross Caldwell joins the action as a substitute, replacing Eoin Doyle.

64:05

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

63:28

Corner taken by Gary Teale from the right by-line, Jorge Claros makes a clearance.

62:46

Sam Parkin has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Save made by Ben Williams.

62:04

Eoin Doyle has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

59:44 Booking

Booking Esmael Goncalves receives a caution for leaving the field of play without the referee's permission.

59:19 Goal scored

Goal! - Esmael Goncalves - Hibernian 1 - 1 St Mirren Esmael Goncalves finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hibernian 1-1 St Mirren.

57:47

Gary Teale takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Danny Handling. Conor Newton has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.

57:23

Paul Hanlon concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul McGowan. Marc McAusland restarts play with the free kick.

56:41 Substitution

Substitution Sam Parkin comes on in place of John McGinn.

56:41

Centre by Alex Harris.

54:14

Paul McGowan has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

52:19

Shot by Danny Handling from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target. Alex Harris takes a shot. Blocked by James McPake.

46:07

Eoin Doyle fouled by Conor Newton, the ref awards a free kick. Leigh Griffiths crosses the ball in from the free kick, Steven Thompson makes a clearance.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +0:12 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

44:44

Esmael Goncalves concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Maybury. Leigh Griffiths takes the direct free kick.

44:06

Shot from outside the box by Eoin Doyle misses to the left of the target.

43:01

Foul by Tom Taiwo on Paul McGowan, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Gary Teale from left channel, Paul Hanlon makes a clearance.

42:14

Foul by Danny Handling on John McGinn, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Paul Dummett.

41:33

The ball is sent over by Danny Handling, Jorge Claros takes a shot. Save by Craig Samson.

40:48

The referee blows for offside. Craig Samson restarts play with the free kick.

39:23

The ball is crossed by John McGinn, clearance made by Ryan McGivern.

37:18

Leigh Griffiths takes the outswinging corner, Conor Newton makes a clearance.

36:55

The offside flag is raised against Esmael Goncalves. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Williams.

34:51

Graham Carey produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

34:51 Booking

Booking Caution for Jorge Claros.

34:29

Foul by Alex Harris on Conor Newton, free kick awarded.

33:51

Unfair challenge on David van Zanten by Jorge Claros results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Marc McAusland.

32:55

Esmael Goncalves is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Ben Williams.

30:02

Assist by Danny Handling.

30:02 Goal scored

Goal! - Leigh Griffiths - Hibernian 1 - 0 St Mirren Leigh Griffiths scores a fantastic goal from the edge of the area to the top right corner of the goal. Hibernian 1-0 St Mirren.

28:08

Leigh Griffiths takes a shot. Save by Craig Samson.

25:34

Paul McGowan is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.

24:51

Corner taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths, clearance by Conor Newton.

21:53

Unfair challenge on Alex Harris by David van Zanten results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Leigh Griffiths, Steven Thompson produces a cross. Ryan McGivern delivers the ball, clearance by Craig Samson.

20:28

Tom Taiwo challenges Esmael Goncalves unfairly and gives away a free kick. Graham Carey takes the direct free kick.

18:50

Paul Hanlon concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Thompson. Free kick taken by Paul McGowan.

17:26

Eoin Doyle challenges Paul McGowan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Craig Samson restarts play with the free kick.

15:56

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Leigh Griffiths from the right by-line to the near post, Eoin Doyle takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.

15:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by Esmael Goncalves on Danny Handling. Alan Maybury restarts play with the free kick.

14:16

John McGinn takes a shot. Save made by Ben Williams.

11:14

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David van Zanten by Eoin Doyle. David van Zanten takes the direct free kick.

7:56

Shot by Gary Teale from outside the box goes over the net.

7:37

Paul McGowan fouled by Eoin Doyle, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Marc McAusland.

6:00

Corner taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths from the right by-line, clearance made by Paul Dummett.

3:54

The assistant referee signals for offside against Leigh Griffiths. Marc McAusland takes the free kick.

2:15

A cross is delivered by Leigh Griffiths, clearance made by Paul Dummett. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths, clearance by Conor Newton.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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