St Mirren 1-2 Hibernian
Leigh Griffiths gave Hibernian their first win of the season as St Mirren endured a frustrating afternoon in the Paisley sunshine.
The striker's double delighted the visiting support as the hosts were made to regret a first-half penalty miss by Paul McGowan after Griffiths' opener.
Steven Thompson pulled one back but the Buddies could not avoid their first defeat of the campaign.
And an injury to Darren McGregor compounded St Mirren's misery.
Hibs and Griffiths, meanwhile, built on last week's battling performance in the 1-1 draw with Edinburgh rivals Hearts.
After a scrappy start from both sides, Griffiths received David Wotherspoon's crossfield pass, took on McGregor and arrowed a low shot into the left-hand corner of Craig Samson's net on the quarter-hour mark.
Griffiths was tormenting the hosts and could have added to his tally after turning inside Lee Mair, the on-loan Wolves forward smacking a shot into the side netting.
St Mirren needed a creative spark but Dougie Imrie and Paul McGowan were struggling to get on the ball.
And Kenny McLean's attempt to replicate last week's spectacular strike against Dundee was blocked by the Hibs defence.
But the Buddies were then awarded a penalty as James McPake was adjudged to have handled while jumping for a high ball with Sam Parkin.
McGowan stepped up to take but his shot low to the right was palmed away by Ben Williams before Hibs scrambled clear.
Hibs finished the first half strongly with Eoin Doyle's downward header kept out by Samson before the forward nodded over at the end of a sweeping passing move moments later.
Parkin headed over for the home side just before the interval and Lennon sought a change in fortunes with a double substitution at the break, Jim Goodwin and Graham Carey making way for Jon Robertson and Gary Teale.
A shot on the turn by McGowan swerved away from the far post and gave the St Mirren fans some encouragement but there was soon concern as McGregor lay injured on the turf after a goal-mouth collision.
The defender was applauded off the park on a stretcher as David Barron came on from the bench.
Hibs then doubled their lead as Doyle meandered his way across the box and touched the ball through to Griffiths, who was clinical on the turn.
St Mirren responded quickly though with Thompson converting Imrie's low drive across the six-yard box.
And Thompson was denied a leveller when Williams stood up well to block the striker's half-volley.
A free-kick gave Griffiths the chance to complete his hat-trick but the striker's curling shot clipped the crossbar on its way over.
Shefki Kuqi was given his Hibs debut as a replacement for Doyle, with the travelling support giving the Finnish forward a warm welcome and Griffiths also received a loud cheer as he made way for Ross Caldwell moments later.
The announcement of six minutes of added time gave the St Mirren fans a second wind as they willed their players on in search of an equaliser.
But Hibs survived the late rally to claim all three points.
- 01 Samson
- 04 McGregor (Barron - 59' )
- 05 Mair
- 14 McAusland
- 06 Goodwin Booked (Teale - 46' Booked )
- 10 McGowan
- 11 Carey (Robertson - 46' )
- 17 Mclean Booked
- 07 Imrie
- 09 Thompson
- 19 Parkin
- 12 Smith
- 02 van Zanten
- 23 Barron
- 08 Robertson
- 21 Teale
- 28 Smith
- 29 McGinn
- 01 Williams
- 02 Clancy
- 04 Hanlon
- 06 McPake
- 18 Maybury
- 07 Deegan
- 08 Claros
- 11 Cairney (Sproule - 75' )
- 14 Wotherspoon
- 09 Griffiths Booked (Caldwell - 90' )
- 10 Doyle Booked (Kuqi - 84' )
- 21 Antell
- 05 O'Hanlon
- 17 Sproule
- 26 Stanton
- 24 Handling
- 29 Caldwell
- 32 Kuqi
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.90:00 +4:38
The assistant referee flags for offside against Sam Parkin. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.90:00 +4:15
Kenny McLean takes a shot. Blocked by Dougie Imrie.90:00 +3:02
Corner from left by-line taken by Gary Teale.90:00 +2:30
Corner taken by Dougie Imrie, clearance by Ben Williams.90:00 +1:55
Corner taken by Gary Teale from the left by-line played to the near post, David Wotherspoon manages to make a clearance.90:00 +0:58
Centre by Gary Teale.89:59
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sam Parkin by Alan Maybury. Gary Teale delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance made by Ben Williams.89:13 Substitution
Substitution (Hibernian) makes a substitution, with Ross Caldwell coming on for Leigh Griffiths.88:48
Kenny McLean produces a left-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the target.88:09
Gary Teale crosses the ball, save by Ben Williams.87:18
Effort on goal by Leigh Griffiths from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.86:51
The ball is swung over by Dougie Imrie, clearance made by Jorge Claros.85:19
Leigh Griffiths is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Craig Samson takes the direct free kick.84:43
The ball is crossed by Dougie Imrie, clearance made by Jon Robertson.83:18 Substitution
Substitution Eoin Doyle leaves the field to be replaced by Shefki Kuqi.81:10 Booking
Booking Kenny McLean goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.80:57
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kenny McLean on Ivan Sproule. Free kick taken by Paul Hanlon.79:55
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul McGowan by James McPake. Free kick taken by Lee Mair.76:55
Inswinging corner taken by Dougie Imrie.
Steven Thompson takes a shot. Save by Craig Samson.75:42
Gary Teale sends in a cross, Sam Parkin takes a shot.74:45 Substitution
Substitution Ivan Sproule replaces Paul Cairney.73:47
Free kick awarded for a foul by Dougie Imrie on Paul Cairney. Strike comes in from Leigh Griffiths from the free kick,73:27
Kenny McLean delivers the ball, clearance made by Ben Williams.72:48
Gary Teale takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Ben Williams.72:29
The ball is sent over by Dougie Imrie.69:45
Gary Deegan challenges Dougie Imrie unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Barron restarts play with the free kick.68:32
Dougie Imrie sends in a cross, clearance made by James McPake.67:57
The referee blows for offside against Leigh Griffiths. Craig Samson takes the free kick.66:29
Gary Deegan delivers the ball.65:26
Kenny McLean crosses the ball, blocked by David Wotherspoon.65:06
The ball is crossed by Gary Teale, clearance made by Paul Hanlon.63:46
Kenny McLean concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Deegan. Paul Hanlon restarts play with the free kick.62:03
Assist by Dougie Imrie.62:03 Goal scored
Goal! - Steven Thompson - St Mirren 1 - 2 Hibernian Steven Thompson fires in a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. St Mirren 1-2 Hibernian.61:59 Booking
Booking Gary Teale goes into the book.61:29
David Wotherspoon challenges Dougie Imrie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dougie Imrie takes the direct free kick.61:00 Booking
Booking Leigh Griffiths is shown a yellow card for leaving the field of play without the referee's permission.60:46 Booking
Booking The referee books Eoin Doyle for leaving the field of play without the referee's permission.60:05
Eoin Doyle provided the assist for the goal.60:05 Goal scored
Goal! - Leigh Griffiths - St Mirren 0 - 2 Hibernian Leigh Griffiths fires in a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. St Mirren 0-2 Hibernian.58:15
Header by Steven Thompson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.58:15 Substitution
Substitution Darren McGregor goes off and David Barron comes on.58:15
Inswinging corner taken by Dougie Imrie,54:20
Unfair challenge on Dougie Imrie by Tim Clancy results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Gary Teale from left by-line, clearance made by James McPake.53:42
Effort from deep inside the area by Eoin Doyle clears the bar.51:58
Paul McGowan has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.51:18
Dougie Imrie crosses the ball, save by Alan Maybury.48:21
Foul by David Wotherspoon on Dougie Imrie, free kick awarded. Shot comes in from Dougie Imrie from the free kick.45:14
Gary Teale produces a cross.45:01
The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.45:01 Substitution
Substitution Graham Carey leaves the field to be replaced by Jon Robertson.45:01 Substitution
Substitution (St Mirren) makes a substitution, with Gary Teale coming on for Jim Goodwin.45:00 +1:41
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Wotherspoon by Graham Carey. David Wotherspoon takes the direct free kick.45:00 +1:31 Half time
Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.45:00 +1:18
Alan Maybury concedes a free kick for a foul on Sam Parkin. Sam Parkin restarts play with the free kick.44:33
Unfair challenge on Tim Clancy by Kenny McLean results in a free kick. Tim Clancy restarts play with the free kick.43:10
Inswinging corner taken by Gary Deegan from the right by-line, Close range headed effort by Sam Parkin goes wide of the left-hand upright.42:20
Cross/shot by Alan Maybury.41:05
Eoin Doyle is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Craig Samson takes the direct free kick.39:00
Corner from right by-line taken by Dougie Imrie.33:38
Graham Carey takes a inswinging corner to the near post.33:38 Penalty
Penalty taken by Paul McGowan is saved by Ben Williams. St Mirren 0-1 Hibernian.32:49
David Wotherspoon is adjudged to have handled the ball.31:53
Leigh Griffiths takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.31:26
The ball is crossed by David Wotherspoon, Graham Carey makes a clearance.31:05
Jim Goodwin concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Deegan. Direct free kick taken by David Wotherspoon.30:49
The assistant referee signals for offside against Sam Parkin. Free kick taken by Ben Williams.30:22
Kenny McLean takes a shot. Blocked by Sam Parkin.26:09
Tim Clancy fouled by Dougie Imrie, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Williams takes the direct free kick.25:30
The ball is crossed by Dougie Imrie.24:14
Eoin Doyle is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Craig Samson restarts play with the free kick.22:43
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Wotherspoon by Dougie Imrie. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.21:32
Marc McAusland delivers the ball, clearance made by James McPake.20:24
Dougie Imrie fouled by James McPake, the ref awards a free kick. Graham Carey produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Gary Deegan gets a block in.18:07
Effort on goal by Leigh Griffiths from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.16:59
Paul Cairney fouled by Marc McAusland, the ref awards a free kick. Tim Clancy fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.16:25 Booking
Booking Jim Goodwin is given a yellow card.14:15
Assist on the goal came from David Wotherspoon.14:15 Goal scored
Goal! - Leigh Griffiths - St Mirren 0 - 1 Hibernian Leigh Griffiths fires in a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. St Mirren 0-1 Hibernian.13:36
Sam Parkin fouled by Paul Hanlon, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Darren McGregor.11:21
Corner taken left-footed by Dougie Imrie, Ben Williams makes a save.10:59
Sam Parkin takes a shot. Tim Clancy gets a block in.9:11
The ball is crossed by Tim Clancy, Lee Mair manages to make a clearance.6:14
Paul Cairney challenges Dougie Imrie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Graham Carey from right wing, James McPake makes a clearance.5:38
Steven Thompson sends in a cross.5:03
Paul McGowan takes a shot. Save by Ben Williams.4:39
Jorge Claros gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Thompson. Graham Carey takes the free kick.3:42
Paul Cairney has a shot on goal from long range that goes wide left.2:41
The ball is sent over by Graham Carey, clearance made by James McPake.1:33
The ball is delivered by Dougie Imrie, Ben Williams makes a save.0:48
Graham Carey produces a cross, James McPake manages to make a clearance.0:00
The game gets underway.
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