Hibs celebrate a dramatic late winner at Easter Road
An own goal from Jack Ross in time added on gave Hibs their second last-gasp win over St Mirren this season.
Hibs keeper Graeme Smith made a great early save to deny Billy Mehmet before home defender Sol Bamba diverted a cross into his own net on nine minutes.
Mehmet shot wide with the goal gaping before Hibs levelled when Liam Miller raced through to finish in style.
Hibs dominated after the break and St Mirren were finally undone when Ross headed into his own net.
Easter Road will not be on St Mirren fans' list of favourite grounds, having seen their team fall to a late Abdessalam Benjelloun goal on the opening day of the campaign.
On that occasion the Buddies also scored first but were pegged back and failed to hang on.
Hibs, who have strengthened their grip on third place, have made a bad habit of starting sluggishly but they have also found a knack for scoring late to win games, as they did at Celtic Park on Wednesday.
On two minutes, a quick corner from Ross caught the home side cold and Garry Brady picked out Mehmet in the six-yard box only to see Smith make a wonderful point-blank save, while Hugh Murray could only knock the rebound over from close range.
Hibs were looking jittery and disjointed and fell behind soon after when Bamba stuck out a leg to divert a Steven Robb cross into his own net
The Ivory Coast defender, who only flew back to Edinburgh from Africa this week after over a month away, was under little pressure but did not appear to get a shout from the stunned Smith.
St Mirren should have increased their lead when Brady's back-post cross was headed down by Michael Higdon to Mehmet, who side-footed wide from 14 yards, with the goal gaping.
Hibs were presented with a great opportunity to level when a bobbling ball deceived the Saints defence but both Chris Hogg and Bamba failed to convert from close range amid a furious goalmouth scramble.
The home fans were growing restless at the number of misplaced passes but were celebrating a goal out of the blue on 33 minutes.
St Mirren left-back David Barron allowed a long ball to bounce and was then out-muscled by Colin Nish, allowing Miller to nick the ball off his team-mate's toes and race through to place a composed strike beyond Paul Gallacher.
The first half closed with Nish slamming a shot against the post after connecting with an excellent David Wotherspoon delivery. The big striker was first to the loose ball but could only scoop his second effort over the crossbar.
Nish hit another shot too high early in the second half after an effort from Anthony Stokes had been blocked.
John Rankin then had a good sight of goal but the Hibs midfielder's shot from 15 yards lacked fizz and Gallacher got down to make the save.
Leading goal-scorer Stokes was having a very quiet game but burst into life to whip a great cross on to the head of Nish, who could not find the target from a promising position.
With St Mirren dropping deeper and deeper, Stokes then saw his rasping shot expertly saved by Gallacher after a good knock down from Nish.
Benjelloun, on as a late replacement for Stokes, sent Derek Riordan scampering towards goal but Barron got back to make a super challenge, taking the sting out of the shot, which floated into the arms of Gallacher.
The busy Benjelloun then blazed a venomous delivery into the danger zone but Nish could not direct his header on target from six yards.
Hibs continued to pour forward and were rewarded for their efforts when Ross had the misfortune to head a cross from Ian Murray into his own net.
Hibernian manager John Hughes:
"We got fortunate. I really feel for St Mirren because they put so much into the game.
"Second half, we played most of the game in their half but we need to be slicker than that.
"But after the week we've had, it's always draining after games at the Old Firm, I'm delighted to pick up three points."
St Mirren manager Gus MacPherson:
"It's extremely frustrating to lose at that stage of the game.
"It was open; with both teams looking to win the game and I thought we defended really well.
"I have to praise the players for their effort and commitment and, if they continue to work as hard, we'll be okay.
"There are some occasions in football when you don't get what you deserve."
Live text and stats
Saturday, 30 January 2010
Ross (og) 90+3
Bamba (og) 9
24 David Wotherspoon
18 Stokes (Benjelloun 75)
22 Danny Galbraith,
15 Robb (Dorman 59)
11 Higdon (Loy 76)
Ref: CollumAtt: 11,476
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+3:45 The referee brings the game to a close.
90:00+2:31 GOAL - Jack Ross:Hibernian 2 - 1 St Mirren Headed own goal by Jack Ross. Hibernian 2-1 St Mirren.
90:00+0:21 The ball is sent over by Andy Dorman.
89:13 Free kick awarded for a foul by Abdessalam Benjelloun on Jack Ross. Paul Gallacher restarts play with the free kick.
88:51 Centre by David Wotherspoon, John Potter makes a clearance.
Correction - 88:43 The ball is swung over by David Wotherspoon, John Potter makes a clearance.
88:43 Souleymane Bamba produces a cross, clearance by John Potter.
87:27 Inswinging corner taken by Derek Riordan, clearance by Paul Gallacher.
86:29 Foul by Colin Nish on Hugh Murray, free kick awarded. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.
85:49 David Barron handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Liam Miller takes the free kick.
84:09 Centre by Abdessalam Benjelloun.
82:48 Colin Nish concedes a free kick for a foul on Hugh Murray. Direct free kick taken by John Potter. Garry Brady takes a shot.
Save by Graeme Smith.
82:01 Derek Riordan takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.
80:43 Colin Nish fouled by Lee Mair, the ref awards a free kick. Liam Miller takes the free kick.
79:51 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Thomson by John Rankin. Paul Gallacher takes the direct free kick.
79:19 Corner taken by Derek Riordan from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Jack Ross.
78:42 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by John Rankin played to the near post.
77:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Rory Loy on Souleymane Bamba. Kevin McBride takes the direct free kick.
77:00 Abdessalam Benjelloun produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
75:10 Substitution Rory Loy joins the action as a substitute, replacing Michael Higdon.
74:47 Substitution Abdessalam Benjelloun is brought on as a substitute for Anthony Stokes.
74:38 Corner taken by Jack Ross.
74:15 Shot by David Wotherspoon. Save by Paul Gallacher.
73:57 The official flags Garry Brady offside. Graeme Smith takes the free kick.
73:39 John Rankin takes a shot. Hugh Murray gets a block in.
73:34 David Wotherspoon crosses the ball, Jack Ross manages to make a clearance.
71:14 The ball is swung over by Jack Ross, John Rankin manages to make a clearance.
69:39 The offside flag is raised against Colin Nish. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
64:17 The referee blows for offside against Derek Riordan. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
63:00 Billy Mehmet sends in a cross, clearance made by Souleymane Bamba.
59:41 Centre by Anthony Stokes.
58:21 Substitution Andy Dorman joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steven Robb.
55:41 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Billy Mehmet by John Rankin. Jack Ross takes the direct free kick.
55:21 John Rankin takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.
53:09 Ian Murray challenges Hugh Murray unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Robb restarts play with the free kick.
Correction - 52:25 Foul by Anthony Stokes on Lee Mair, free kick awarded. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.
52:25 Anthony Stokes concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Mair. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
51:28 Effort on goal by Anthony Stokes from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
49:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Souleymane Bamba by Billy Mehmet. Liam Miller takes the free kick.
47:34 The referee blows for offside against Billy Mehmet. Ian Murray restarts play with the free kick.
45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
45:00+1:08 The ref blows to end the first period.
45:00+0:01 David Wotherspoon delivers the ball, save by Billy Mehmet.
44:43 The ball is crossed by Ian Murray, John Potter manages to make a clearance.
43:47 Steven Robb takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.
42:46 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Steven Robb, Graeme Smith makes a save.
41:09 Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Miller on Hugh Murray. Jack Ross takes the direct free kick.
40:27 Colin Nish takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
Correction - 38:59 Free kick awarded for a foul by Souleymane Bamba on Billy Mehmet. Direct free kick taken by Steven Robb.
38:59 Unfair challenge on Billy Mehmet by Souleymane Bamba results in a free kick. Hugh Murray takes the direct free kick.
Correction - 37:25 The referee blows for offside against Billy Mehmet. Direct free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
37:25 The offside flag is raised against Billy Mehmet. Direct free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
37:01 The ball is crossed by John Rankin, save made by Paul Gallacher.
35:52 The assistant referee flags for offside against Ian Murray. Paul Gallacher restarts play with the free kick.
32:53 Assist by Colin Nish.
32:53 GOAL - Liam Miller:Hibernian 1 - 1 St Mirren Liam Miller scores a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hibernian 1-1 St Mirren.
32:32 A cross is delivered by Kevin McBride, clearance made by Lee Mair.
28:47 The ball is crossed by David Wotherspoon, clearance made by John Potter.
27:40 The ball is swung over by Ian Murray, clearance made by John Potter.
24:29 The ball is delivered by Liam Miller. John Rankin takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.
Corner taken left-footed by John Rankin.
20:42 John Rankin concedes a free kick for a foul on John Potter. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.
20:14 David Wotherspoon produces a cross, clearance made by Jack Ross.
20:02 The ball is sent over by Ian Murray.
19:12 Billy Mehmet gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Wotherspoon. Graeme Smith restarts play with the free
18:42 Souleymane Bamba produces a cross, clearance made by John Potter.
17:42 Liam Miller fouled by Steven Thomson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Souleymane Bamba.
15:31 Unfair challenge on Anthony Stokes by Lee Mair results in a free kick. Anthony Stokes takes the direct free kick.
12:27 Billy Mehmet produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
12:00 Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.
8:57 GOAL - Souleymane Bamba:Hibernian 0 - 1 St Mirren An own goal is conceded by Souleymane Bamba. Hibernian 0-1 St Mirren.
8:48 The ball is delivered by Steven Robb.
6:59 John Potter concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Stokes. Chris Hogg restarts play with the free kick.
6:39 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Wotherspoon on Steven Robb. Direct free kick taken by Jack Ross.
5:21 The ball is sent over by Steven Robb, save by Graeme Smith.
4:57 Souleymane Bamba challenges Billy Mehmet unfairly and gives away a free kick. Hugh Murray restarts play with the free kick.
4:25 Derek Riordan produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
2:46 Centre by Colin Nish, clearance made by David Barron.
1:24 Souleymane Bamba takes a shot. Paul Gallacher makes a save.
0:45 Corner taken by Derek Riordan from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by John Potter.
0:00 The referee gets the game started.
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