Nish and Riordan were both on the scoresheet in Hibernian's victory
Hibernian reclaimed third spot in the Scottish Premier League with a ruthless victory over Hamilton Academical at Easter Road.
Accies came close on several occasions while Hibs built up a three-goal lead, courtesy of strikes by Colin Nish, Anthony Stokes and Derek Riordan.
Riordan grabbed his second of the day with a well taken free-kick and Stokes fired Hibs' fifth on 53 minutes.
Flavio Paixao grabbed a consolation for Hamilton on 69 minutes.
Hamilton were prominent as an attacking force in the early stages with Simon Mensing's speculative shot tipped over by goalkeeper Graeme Smith.
And from the resulting corner, Marco Paixao's delivery was hooked goalwards by Mark McLaughlin, forcing Paul Hanlon to make a goal-line clearance.
Hibs settled themselves and came close to taking the lead when Stokes went through on goal and saw his shot saved at the last moment by Tomas Cerny.
The home side had the ball in the net after Nish and David Wotherspoon combined to set up Riordan, but the forward's effort was ruled out by the offside flag.
However, Hibs were not to be denied in the 19th minute as Liam Miller's revers pass found Nish and the striker clipped the ball over Cerny and into the net.
Accies went back on the attack and Mensing's cross was flicked towards goal by Mickael Antoine-Curier, only for the alert Smith to make a superb reflex save and keep Hibs ahead.
And Hibs soon doubled their lead as Stokes outmuscled Alex Neil and fired home a deflected shot from 18 yards out on 21 minutes.
Hamilton came close again when Richard Hastings' cross caught out Smith and struck the top of the crossbar.
Another effort by Mensing drifted just wide before the visitors fell further behind.
Stokes terrorised the Accies defence before hammering in a shot with the outside of his foot that Cerny touched onto the bar and Riordan followed up with a composed tap-in.
Undeterred by the deficit, Accies continued to press and Antoine-Curier forced a one-handed save from Smith with a powerful shot.
Alex Neil fouled John Rankin on the edge of the box and Cerny was powerless to prevent Riordan's accurate shot finding the net four minutes after the break.
Riordan missed a chance to complete his hat-trick before being involved in the build-up to Stokes' second, which saw the Republic of Ireland striker sweeping home after toying with the Accies defence.
Flavio Paixao pulled one back for the visitors when he converted Stuart Elliot's deflected cross and James McArthur and Mensing had further efforts for Accies late on.
Hibernian manager John Hughes: "We've got goals in this team and that was evident today, with the three strikers getting on target.
"Our goalkeeper made two great saves in the first 10 minutes and once we got the first goal we put the foot to the floor and really took the game to them.
"I think we got Hamilton at a good time, you could see they were heavy-legged.
"We were good for an hour but we're not getting carried away, we still have miles of work in front of us.
"We've come this far and I want that third place and a European spot."
Hamilton manager Billy Reid: "That was one of the strangest games I've been involved in for a long time.
"I thought we started well, we had the two best chances early doors and I didn't think it was a 3-0 first half.
"I'm proud of my players, they never gave in and we were the dominant team for the final half hour.
"We created chances but I think it's all credit to Hibs' goalkeeper, he was sensational."
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Saturday, 23 January 2010
Flavio Paixao 69
11 Rankin yellow card
17 McBride (Danny Galbraith 74)
24 David Wotherspoon
33 Miller (Cregg 68)
09 Nish (Benjelloun 62)
22 Danny Galbraith,
02 McClenahan (van Zanten 69)
06 McLaughlin yellow card
10 Neil yellow card (Wilkie 59)
18 Flavio Paixao
21 Marco Paixao (Elliott 69)
05 van Zanten,
Ref: WinterAtt: 11,481
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+0:30 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
89:10 Handball decision goes against Anthony Stokes. Tomas Cerny restarts play with the free kick.
88:51 David Wotherspoon takes the direct free kick.
88:51 Booking Mark McLaughlin receives a caution.
88:35 Unfair challenge on Anthony Stokes by Mark McLaughlin results in a free kick.
87:27 Anthony Stokes produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.
86:00 Danny Galbraith crosses the ball.
84:24 Richard Hastings gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Abdessalam Benjelloun. Free kick taken by David Wotherspoon.
81:07 James McArthur takes a shot. Save by Graeme Smith.
79:05 Shot by Simon Mensing from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
78:36 Curled right-footed shot by James McArthur. Save made by Graeme Smith.
77:47 James McArthur has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
76:29 Direct free kick taken by Martin Canning.
76:29 Booking John Rankin is booked.
76:14 Kyle Wilkie fouled by John Rankin, the ref awards a free kick.
75:49 David van Zanten delivers the ball.
74:38 Patrick Cregg fouled by James McArthur, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Rankin.
73:07 Substitution Danny Galbraith on for Kevin McBride.
72:27 Short corner taken by Flavio Paixao from the right by-line.
71:51 Patrick Cregg takes a shot.
68:20 GOAL - Flavio Paixao:Hibernian 5 - 1 Hamilton Flavio Paixao gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hibernian 5-1 Hamilton.
67:23 Substitution David van Zanten comes on in place of Trent McClenahan.
67:23 Substitution Stuart Elliott replaces Marco Paixao.
67:23 Substitution (Hibernian) makes a substitution, with Patrick Cregg coming on for Liam Miller.
64:25 James McArthur challenges Liam Miller unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Liam Miller.
62:56 Unfair challenge on Trent McClenahan by Kevin McBride results in a free kick. Richard Hastings takes the direct free kick.
61:57 Simon Mensing has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.
61:40 Substitution Abdessalam Benjelloun on for Colin Nish.
59:38 Substitution Alex Neil goes off and Kyle Wilkie comes on.
Correction - 57:44 Anthony Stokes sends in a cross.
57:44 The ball is crossed by Anthony Stokes.
57:02 Richard Hastings takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, save by Graeme Smith.
52:55 Derek Riordan provided the assist for the goal.
52:55 GOAL - Anthony Stokes:Hibernian 5 - 0 Hamilton Goal scored by Anthony Stokes from deep inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Hibernian 5-0 Hamilton.
52:34 Derek Riordan delivers the ball,
51:25 Foul by Paul Hanlon on Mickael Antoine-Curier, free kick awarded. Richard Hastings has a direct shot on goal from the free
kick, Graeme Smith makes a save. Marco Paixao has a drilled shot. Save made by Graeme Smith.
50:53 The official flags Anthony Stokes offside. Tomas Cerny takes the free kick.
48:59 GOAL - Derek Riordan:Hibernian 4 - 0 Hamilton Derek Riordan grabs a goal direct from the free kick from just outside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Hibernian
48:35 Alex Neil concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Miller.
48:12 Booking Alex Neil goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
45:32 Foul by Mark McLaughlin on Anthony Stokes, free kick awarded. Shot on goal comes in from Anthony Stokes from the free kick,
save by Tomas Cerny. Corner taken right-footed by Derek Riordan to the near post, Anthony Stokes has an effort at goal from
close in which goes wide left of the goal.
45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
45:00+0:20 The referee calls an end to the first half.
44:06 The ball is crossed by David Wotherspoon, clearance made by Martin Canning. John Rankin sends in a cross, Colin Nish has a
headed effort from close range and clears the bar.
43:39 Centre by John Rankin.
42:52 The ball is delivered by Richard Hastings, Chris Hogg manages to make a clearance.
41:35 Colin Nish takes a shot. Save by Tomas Cerny.
41:12 Derek Riordan is caught offside. Free kick taken by Mark McLaughlin.
39:05 Foul by Alex Neil on John Rankin, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Paul Hanlon.
38:26 Anthony Stokes has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
34:06 John Rankin takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
32:31 Unfair challenge on Flavio Paixao by Colin Nish results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Martin Canning.
31:54 The ball is swung over by Richard Hastings.
29:49 GOAL - Derek Riordan:Hibernian 3 - 0 Hamilton Goal scored by Derek Riordan from close range low into the middle of the goal. Hibernian 3-0 Hamilton.
29:10 Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Tomas Cerny makes a save.
28:49 John Rankin delivers the ball, Martin Canning makes a clearance.
26:54 Simon Mensing produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
25:28 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by John Rankin, save made by Tomas Cerny.
24:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Anthony Stokes on Richard Hastings. Tomas Cerny restarts play with the free kick.
22:54 Richard Hastings crosses the ball, save made by Graeme Smith.
21:31 Free kick awarded for a foul by Derek Riordan on James McArthur. Richard Hastings crosses the ball in from the free kick,
clearance made by Liam Miller.
20:34 GOAL - Anthony Stokes:Hibernian 2 - 0 Hamilton Goal scored by Anthony Stokes from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hibernian 2-0 Hamilton.
19:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark McLaughlin on Chris Hogg. Free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
17:30 Corner taken left-footed by Richard Hastings to the near post, Ian Murray makes a clearance. Mickael Antoine-Curier takes
a shot. Marco Paixao takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post. Graeme Smith makes a save.
15:56 Assist by Liam Miller.
15:56 GOAL - Colin Nish:Hibernian 1 - 0 Hamilton Colin Nish finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Hibernian 1-0 Hamilton.
14:03 The ball is delivered by David Wotherspoon, clearance made by Simon Mensing.
13:42 James McArthur challenges John Rankin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Derek Riordan takes the free kick.
13:09 Derek Riordan is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Tomas Cerny restarts play with the free kick.
11:53 Marco Paixao crosses the ball, Chris Hogg manages to make a clearance. Mark McLaughlin has an effort at goal from outside
the box which goes wide left of the goal.
10:53 Liam Miller has a curled shot. Save by Tomas Cerny.
8:23 Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Save by Tomas Cerny. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by John Rankin.
7:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Neil on Colin Nish. Free kick taken by Chris Hogg.
6:05 Flavio Paixao crosses the ball, Ian Murray gets a block in.
5:56 Flavio Paixao produces a cross.
4:48 Simon Mensing takes a shot. Graeme Smith makes a save. Corner taken right-footed by Marco Paixao from the right by-line, Graeme
Smith makes a save.
0:13 James McArthur fouled by Liam Miller, the ref awards a free kick. Mark McLaughlin takes the direct free kick.
0:00 The game kicks-off.
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