St Mirren held their nerve to earn a victory that hauls Hibernian into the midst of the play-off battle.

Kenny McLean caught the visitors cold with a goal in only 12 seconds then Paul McGowan added a second.

Jim Goodwin's dismissal offered a glimmer of hope for Hibs, but Terry Butcher's side did not have the wherewithal to capitalise.

In the end, St Mirren were resolute and professional enough to see out the victory.

But it was also further evidence of the decline of Hibs, who were bereft.

The visitors' fragilities were immediately exposed. Straight from kick-off, St Mirren struck out for the vulnerabilities of their opponents when a straight up-field ball was deftly headed down by Steven Thompson into McLean's path.

With admirable composure, the midfielder drilled a shot beyond Ben Williams and, with only 12 seconds having been played, Hibs were faced with the full extent of their pessimism.

Kenny McLean (left) put St Mirren ahead after 13 seconds

McLean (left) put St Mirren ahead after only 13 seconds in Paisley

In the way that Thompson showed the strength and determination to win the ball, and that nobody tracked the run of McLean, it was possible to see clearly the deficiencies of Butcher's side.

Hibs had to find a way to redeem their season, but instead they could only look on haplessly at their hosts' confident assurance.

St Mirren were not inhibited by the game's significance, rising instead to the opportunity to gain the momentum that might carry them from danger.

There were some glimpses of aplomb to some of their touches, but it was enough to be dynamic against a Hibs defence that was capable of being riven with doubt and fecklessness.

Jordon Forster ought to have cleared the ball rather than carry it out at his feet and he was robbed by McLean, who then slid a pass through to McGowan. He shot, quickly and assuredly, into the far corner.

St Mirren had, through their own conviction and the lacklustre nature of Hibs' display, taken command of the game but also perhaps of their own destiny.

They have their own flaws, though, and one flashed to the surface when Goodwin recklessly and needlessly left his foot in after being beaten to the ball by Kervin Thomson.

The late challenge, in the 29th minute, seemed to leave a bloody mark on Thomson's knee and it led referee Kevin Clancy to show Goodwin the red card.

Hibs ought to have taken advantage of having the extra man, but the team lacks the confidence or the fluency to create clear-cut chances.

There was anger from the away support, and exasperation from Butcher on the touchline, but the best Hibs could muster was a long-range shot from Sam Stanton that Christopher Dilo saved - and another Stanton effort that he scooped over the bar from close range.

Little changed after the interval, other than Hibs enjoying even more of the possession.

Still, though, they lacked the ideas or the ability to break down some doughty St Mirren defending.

Kyle McAusland sliced over his own crossbar, Owain Tudur Jones was one of a number of Hibs players to head tamely at Williams, and Duncan Watmore shot over.

Recovery was beyond Hibs, though, and they are now a team nearing crisis point.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

St Mirren

  • 30 Dilo
  • 22 Naismith
  • 18 Kelly
  • 24 Newton
  • 04 McGregor
  • 14 McAusland Booked
  • 11 McLean
  • 06 Goodwin Dismissed
  • 09 Thompson (Wylde - 75' )
  • 10 McGowan (Magennis - 55' )
  • 07 McGinn (Teale - 91' )

Substitutes

  • 02 van Zanten
  • 12 Campbell
  • 16 Magennis
  • 21 Teale
  • 28 Kello
  • 39 Wylde
  • 99 Djemba-Djemba

Hibernian

  • 01 Williams
  • 18 Maybury
  • 16 Stevenson
  • 17 Tudur Jones Booked (Watmore - 70' )
  • 23 Forster Booked
  • 05 Nelson
  • 07 Harris
  • 38 Thomson Booked
  • 33 Haynes
  • 14 Collins (Cummings - 57' )
  • 26 Stanton

Substitutes

  • 10 Craig
  • 15 Boateng
  • 19 Handling
  • 20 Taiwo
  • 21 Murdoch
  • 22 Watmore
  • 35 Cummings
Ref: Kevin Clancy
Att: 5,287

Match Stats

Shots

7 14

On target

4 4

Corners

2 13

Fouls

13 19

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, St Mirren 2, Hibernian 0.

90:00 +4:05 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, St Mirren 2, Hibernian 0.

90:00 +0:47 Booking

Booking Jordan Forster (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +0:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Mirren. Gary Teale replaces John McGinn.

90:00 +0:05

Josh Magennis (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:52

Foul by Jordan Forster (Hibernian).

88:41

Attempt missed. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

87:21

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Kenny McLean.

86:56

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Marc McAusland.

86:04

Attempt missed. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

83:14

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Sean Kelly.

82:36

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Darren McGregor.

82:03

Foul by Josh Magennis (St Mirren).

82:03

Michael Nelson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:10

Attempt missed. Duncan Watmore (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

79:45

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Darren McGregor.

79:28

Attempt blocked. Duncan Watmore (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

77:54

Attempt missed. Jordan Forster (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

77:10

Foul by Marc McAusland (St Mirren).

77:10

Jordan Forster (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:34

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Michael Nelson.

75:53

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Lewis Stevenson.

75:27

Attempt saved. Michael Nelson (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

75:07

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Conor Newton.

74:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Mirren. Gregg Wylde replaces Steven Thompson.

73:38

Attempt saved. Alex Harris (Hibernian) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

70:40

Kenny McLean (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:40

Foul by Kevin Thomson (Hibernian).

70:15

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Marc McAusland.

69:56

Attempt blocked. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

69:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. Duncan Watmore replaces Owain Tudur-Jones.

67:53 Booking

Booking Kevin Thomson (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

67:38

John McGinn (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:38

Foul by Kevin Thomson (Hibernian).

66:19

Attempt missed. Steven Thompson (St Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

65:36

Attempt saved. Owain Tudur-Jones (Hibernian) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal.

65:15

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Darren McGregor.

63:13

Attempt missed. Alan Maybury (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

62:50

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Sean Kelly.

61:29

(St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:29

Foul by Michael Nelson (Hibernian).

61:00

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Marc McAusland.

59:54

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Darren McGregor.

57:48

Hand ball by Samuel Stanton (Hibernian).

57:29

Foul by John McGinn (St Mirren).

57:29

Alan Maybury (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. Jason Cummings replaces James Collins.

56:11

Attempt saved. Josh Magennis (St Mirren) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

55:09

Attempt saved. Conor Newton (St Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

54:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Mirren. Josh Magennis replaces Paul McGowan.

54:28 Booking

Booking Owain Tudur-Jones (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

54:13

John McGinn (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:13

Foul by Owain Tudur-Jones (Hibernian).

52:51

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jason Naismith.

51:24

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Darren McGregor.

50:49

Attempt blocked. Kevin Thomson (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

50:15

Foul by Darren McGregor (St Mirren).

50:15

James Collins (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:19

Hand ball by Danny Haynes (Hibernian).

48:12

Steven Thompson (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:12

Foul by Jordan Forster (Hibernian).

47:06

Darren McGregor (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:06

Foul by James Collins (Hibernian).

45:54

John McGinn (St Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:54

Foul by Owain Tudur-Jones (Hibernian).

45:00

Second Half begins St Mirren 2, Hibernian 0.

45:00 +1:19 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, St Mirren 2, Hibernian 0.

45:00 +1:02

Attempt missed. Sean Kelly (St Mirren) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

45:00 +0:03

Attempt missed. Kenny McLean (St Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

44:38

Sean Kelly (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:38

Foul by Danny Haynes (Hibernian).

40:46

Attempt missed. Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

38:21

Foul by Kenny McLean (St Mirren).

38:21

Kevin Thomson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:05

John McGinn (St Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

37:05

Foul by James Collins (Hibernian).

35:11

Attempt blocked. Owain Tudur-Jones (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

34:39 Booking

Booking Marc McAusland (St Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

34:26

Foul by Marc McAusland (St Mirren).

34:26

James Collins (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:30

Steven Thompson (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:30

Foul by Jordan Forster (Hibernian).

33:08

Darren McGregor (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:08

Foul by Samuel Stanton (Hibernian).

31:10

Kenny McLean (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:10

Foul by Alex Harris (Hibernian).

29:05 Dismissal

Dismissal James Goodwin (St Mirren) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

29:00

Kevin Thomson (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

28:47

Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

28:19

James Goodwin (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:19

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

27:24

Marc McAusland (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:24

Foul by James Collins (Hibernian).

25:31

Attempt saved. Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

22:41

Foul by Sean Kelly (St Mirren).

22:41

Danny Haynes (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:16

Foul by Paul McGowan (St Mirren).

22:16

Kevin Thomson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! St Mirren 2, Hibernian 0. Paul McGowan (St Mirren) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kenny McLean.

11:00

John McGinn (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:59

Foul by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).

7:00

Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

6:58

Foul by Jason Naismith (St Mirren).

5:02

Foul by John McGinn (St Mirren).

5:02

Alan Maybury (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:19

Foul by Kevin Thomson (Hibernian).

4:19

Paul McGowan (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:42

Foul by Conor Newton (St Mirren).

2:42

Owain Tudur-Jones (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:31

Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

1:31

Kevin Thomson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! St Mirren 1, Hibernian 0. Kenny McLean (St Mirren) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Steven Thompson.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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