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St Mirren   1 - 0   Hibernian

Garry Brady, Craig Dargo and John Potter celebrate
Dargo (centre) scored the only goal of the game against Hibs

By Clive Lindsay

Craig Dargo showed Celtic target Anthony Stokes the way to goal as St Mirren stunned Hibernian to record their first win of the season.

Derek Riordan sent one free-kick into the side-netting and forced Paul Gallacher into a good save with another as Hibs dominated the first half.

But the tenacious Buddies were denying the visitors clear sights at goal.

And Dargo poked home the winner after 60 minutes after Darren McGregor headed on a Garry Brady free-kick.

The victory lifted St Mirren off the bottom of the Scottish Premier League and meant a second defeat in a row for the visitors.

Hibs manager John Hughes had included Stokes in his starting line-up despite the striker being the subject of transfer negotiations with Celtic.

Anthony Stokes is disappointed at St Mirren Park
Stokes is the subject of a transfer bid from Celtic

But he was forced to bring Steven Thicot into defence in place of the injured Michael Hart, while Colin Nish started in place of the suspended Kevin McBride.

Hibs were looking to bounce back from last weekend's 3-0 defeat by Rangers and dominated the early possession.

Edwin De Graaf bulleted a drive over from 25 yards and Derek Riordan sent a free-kick into the side-netting.

The Buddies were looking to recover from their own Old Firm mauling, a 4-0 loss to Celtic, followed by a Co-operative Insurance Cup exit at the hands of First Division side Ross County.

They had Gareth Wardlaw back from injury - while the experienced Brady returned to midfield, with Sean Lynch and Michael Higdon dropping out - but the striker was being given little supply.

When Jure Travner eventually sent in a dangerous cross, Sol Bamba was able to clear athletically from in front of his own goal under little pressure.

And Hibs ended the half on top, with Riordan forcing Paul Gallacher into a fine, one-handed save with another free-kick.

The Edinburgh side were the better team again after the break, but their frustration started to show through in what was becoming an ever more towsy affair.

Even so, St Mirren had not threatened goalkeeper Mark Brown until they went ahead after 60 minutes.

Brady sent a free-kick to the edge of the penalty area, where McGregor headed the ball behind the Hibs defence and Dargo stole in to slot the ball wide of the exposed Brown.

Hibs came close to an equaliser when Nish latched on to a quick throw to the front post, but the angle was too acute for the striker to find the net.

However, it was St Mirren who came closest to adding to the scoreline.

A powerful McGregor header flew wide then Paul McGowan fired a 30-yard drive straight at goalkeeper Brown.

Riordan angrily stormed straight to the dressing-room after being replaced with John Rankin as Hughes attempted to inspire a fightback, the talented forward's reaction summing up a disappointing afternoon for the Edinburgh side.

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Sunday, 29 August 2010

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
St Mirren 1-0 Hibernian FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Dargo 58

    St Mirren

    • 01 Gallacher
    • 05 Mair
    • 06 Potter
    • 14 McGregor
    • 16 Travner
    • 17 McAusland yellow card (van Zanten 90+1)
    • 04 Brady yellow card
    • 07 Murray
    • 09 Dargo (Lynch 70)
    • 18 Wardlaw yellow card
    • 19 McGowan

    Substitutes

    • 12 Samson,
    • 02 van Zanten,
    • 25 Love,
    • 11 Robb,
    • 20 Lynch,
    • 29 McLennan,
    • 43 McKernon

    Hibernian

    • 31 Brown
    • 04 Hogg
    • 15 Thicot (Rankin 71)
    • 20 Hanlon (Galbraith 61)
    • 26 Bamba
    • 08 De Graaf yellow card
    • 24 Wotherspoon
    • 33 Miller
    • 09 Nish
    • 10 Riordan (Murray 71)
    • 18 Stokes

    Substitutes

    • 21 Smith,
    • 06 Murray,
    • 25 Stephens,
    • 34 Currie,
    • 11 Rankin,
    • 16 Stevenson,
    • 22 Galbraith
    Ref: O'ReillyAtt: 4,480
    ST MIRREN
    HIBERNIAN

    Possession

    • St Mirren 49%
    • Hibernian 51%

    Attempts on target

    • St Mirren 2
    • Hibernian 1

    Attempts off target

    • St Mirren 2
    • Hibernian 6

    Corners

    • St Mirren 0
    • Hibernian 5

    Fouls

    • St Mirren 11
    • Hibernian 13
    • Final Result
    • 94:22 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:19 Attacking throw-in by David van Zanten (St Mirren).
    • 90:00 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
    • Correction - 89:57 Direct free kick taken by Jure Travner.
    • Correction - 89:57 Substitution Marc McAusland goes off and David van Zanten comes on.
    • Correction - 89:57 Anthony Stokes concedes a free kick for a foul on Gareth Wardlaw.
    • 89:57 Direct free kick taken right-footed by Jure Travner (St Mirren) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 89:57 Substitution David van Zanten replaces Marc McAusland.
    • 89:57 Gareth Wardlaw fouled by Anthony Stokes, the ref awards a .
    • 89:34 Attacking throw-in by Marc McAusland (St Mirren).
    • 87:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jure Travner by Edwin De Graaf. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Garry Brady from left wing.
    • 84:47 Daniel Galbraith challenges Marc McAusland unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
    • 83:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul McGowan by Chris Hogg. Paul Gallacher restarts play with the free kick.
    • 81:54 Attacking throw-in by Marc McAusland (St Mirren).
    • 81:09 Goal kick taken long by Paul Gallacher (St Mirren).
    • 81:02 Attacking throw-in by Chris Hogg (Hibernian).
    • 78:39 Attacking throw-in by David Wotherspoon (Hibernian).
    • 78:00 Paul McGowan takes a shot. Save by Mark Brown.
    • 75:24 Attacking throw-in by Jure Travner (St Mirren).
    • 74:43 Attacking throw-in by Marc McAusland (St Mirren).
    • 74:08 Effort from outside the penalty area by Anthony Stokes goes wide left of the goal.
    • 73:39 Attacking throw-in by Ian Murray (Hibernian).
    • 72:12 John Rankin concedes a free kick for a foul on Hugh Murray. Garry Brady delivers the ball, Headed effort from close range by Darren McGregor goes wide left of the goal.
    • 71:55 Attacking throw-in by Marc McAusland (St Mirren).
    • 70:40 Substitution Derek Riordan goes off and Ian Murray comes on.
    • 70:40 Substitution John Rankin replaces Steven Thicot.
    • 69:12 Substitution Sean Lynch joins the action as a substitute, replacing Craig Dargo.
    • 68:09 The referee blows for offside against Edwin De Graaf. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.
    • 66:05 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Derek Riordan, save by Paul Gallacher.
    • 65:31 Attacking throw-in by Daniel Galbraith (Hibernian).
    • 64:39 Attacking throw-in by Marc McAusland (St Mirren).
    • 64:00 Goal kick taken long by Paul Gallacher (St Mirren).
    • 63:05 Goal kick taken long by Mark Brown (Hibernian).
    • 62:17 Attacking throw-in by Jure Travner (St Mirren).
    • 61:34 Attacking throw-in by Daniel Galbraith (Hibernian).
    • 60:09 Substitution Daniel Galbraith on for Paul Hanlon.
    • 59:26 Free kick crossed right-footed by Garry Brady.
    • 59:26 Booking Edwin De Graaf goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 59:21 Edwin De Graaf gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Garry Brady.
    • 57:38 Assist by Darren McGregor.
    • 57:38 GOAL - Craig DargoSt Mirren 1 - 0 Hibernian Craig Dargo scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. St Mirren 1-0 Hibernian.
    • 57:10 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gareth Wardlaw by Souleymane Bamba. Garry Brady takes the free kick.
    • 56:01 Attacking throw-in by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).
    • 53:19 Mark Brown takes the direct free kick.
    • 53:19 Booking Booking for Gareth Wardlaw for unsporting behaviour.
    • 52:59 Gareth Wardlaw concedes a free kick for a foul on Souleymane Bamba.
    • 51:30 Goal kick taken long by Mark Brown (Hibernian).
    • 49:56 Unfair challenge on Gareth Wardlaw by Steven Thicot results in a free kick. Free kick taken by John Potter.
    • 49:15 Goal kick taken long by Paul Gallacher (St Mirren).
    • 48:49 Defending throw-in by Liam Miller (Hibernian).
    • 47:26 Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Mair on David Wotherspoon. Derek Riordan takes the direct free kick.
    • 46:52 Foul by Lee Mair on Edwin De Graaf, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Liam Miller.
    • 45:20 Goal kick taken long by Mark Brown (Hibernian).
    • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00 The referee blows for half time.
    • 43:00 Header from deep inside the penalty area by Gareth Wardlaw goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 42:09 Foul by Liam Miller on Hugh Murray, free kick awarded. Hugh Murray takes the direct free kick.
    • 41:32 Attacking throw-in by Jure Travner (St Mirren).
    • 40:10 Derek Riordan crosses the ball in from the free kick, Mark Brown makes a save.
    • 40:10 Booking Booking for Marc McAusland.
    • 39:58 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc McAusland on Paul Hanlon.
    • 38:19 The referee blows for offside against David Wotherspoon. Paul Gallacher takes the direct free kick.
    • 38:08 Attacking throw-in by David Wotherspoon (Hibernian).
    • 37:35 Corner taken right-footed by Derek Riordan.
    • 36:53 Attacking throw-in by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).
    • 32:42 Goal kick taken long by Mark Brown (Hibernian).
    • 32:00 Goal kick taken long by Paul Gallacher (St Mirren).
    • 31:45 Floated corner taken from the right by-line by David Wotherspoon.
    • 30:32 Darren McGregor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Derek Riordan. Derek Riordan produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Paul Gallacher.
    • 27:17 Unfair challenge on Lee Mair by Anthony Stokes results in a free kick. John Potter takes the direct free kick.
    • 25:38 Direct free kick taken by Chris Hogg.
    • 25:38 Booking Garry Brady booked.
    • 25:28 Garry Brady challenges Souleymane Bamba unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 24:43 Attacking throw-in by Jure Travner (St Mirren).
    • 22:49 Effort on goal by Anthony Stokes from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 22:08 Attacking throw-in by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).
    • 21:04 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Hogg by Gareth Wardlaw. Mark Brown restarts play with the free kick.
    • 20:36 Foul by Paul Hanlon on Gareth Wardlaw, free kick awarded. Darren McGregor takes the free kick.
    • 19:13 Free kick awarded for a foul by John Potter on Chris Hogg. Derek Riordan produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 18:20 Foul by Hugh Murray on Colin Nish, free kick awarded. Chris Hogg takes the direct free kick.
    • 18:00 Attacking throw-in by Jure Travner (St Mirren).
    • 17:39 Defending throw-in by Steven Thicot (Hibernian).
    • 16:53 Defending throw-in by Steven Thicot (Hibernian).
    • 16:00 Goal kick taken long by Mark Brown (Hibernian).
    • 15:09 Shot from just outside the area by Edwin De Graaf goes over the bar.
    • 14:39 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Derek Riordan from the left by-line, Garry Brady makes a clearance.
    • 14:04 Gareth Wardlaw concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Thicot. Mark Brown takes the free kick.
    • 13:48 Attacking throw-in by Marc McAusland (St Mirren).
    • 13:33 Attacking throw-in by Marc McAusland (St Mirren).
    • 12:49 Attacking throw-in by Marc McAusland (St Mirren).
    • 12:15 Steven Thicot challenges Lee Mair unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.
    • 10:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Souleymane Bamba on Gareth Wardlaw. Hugh Murray takes the free kick.
    • 9:53 Defending throw-in by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).
    • 8:14 Attacking throw-in by Jure Travner (St Mirren).
    • 7:18 Attacking throw-in by Jure Travner (St Mirren).
    • 6:28 Foul by Hugh Murray on Colin Nish, free kick awarded. Chris Hogg takes the free kick.
    • 5:11 The referee penalises Lee Mair for handball. A cross is delivered by Derek Riordan, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Souleymane Bamba goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 2:55 Corner from the right by-line taken by Derek Riordan, Headed effort from inside the area by Souleymane Bamba misses to the left of the goal.
    • 2:27 Attacking throw-in by David Wotherspoon (Hibernian).
    • 1:55 Goal kick taken long by Mark Brown (Hibernian).
    • 1:34 Attacking throw-in by Marc McAusland (St Mirren).

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    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Celtic 3 6 9
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