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Game of two halves as Killie triumph over high flying Hibs

Hibernian FC 1

Cummings

Kilmarnock FC 4

Paterson (2), Whittaker, I. Wilson
Kilmarnock were the guests against Hibernian at Oriam and both teams had a chance to win the game and advance higher in the SPFL Development League. Hibs went into the match near the top of the table and Kilmarnock near the bottom, but this can count for little with the ever changing squads made available in this competition.
 
Although Hibs went 1-0 up and featured players that have made appearances from the first team this could not make up for a Jason Cummings sending off before half time, which gave Kilmarnock the opportunity to turn the game on its head, ending with a 4-1 result in the favour of the away team.
 
Hibs got off to a shaky start to the match as Kilmarnock striker, Florent Bojaj went past Hibernian keeper Patrick Martin only to have his shot cleared off the line from Hibs centre back Jordan Forster.
 
Hibs managed to shake this off as just 4 minutes later Jason Cummings intercepted a scrappy pass and ran through on goal, placing it over the keeper to make it 1-0 to the hosts.
 
Hibernian were dominant for the next 20 minutes until Kilmarnock put a dangerous cross in. Hibs managed to deal with the first ball but the clearance fell to Whittaker who slotted it into the far bottom left corner making it 1-1 with 20 minutes of the half to be played.
 
The rest of the half saw many chances from Killie but none that could beat Martin. Shortly before the half ended Hibs' Jason Cummings was sent off for abusive comments made to the referee, meaning the second half would be even harder for Hibs.
 
The second half started much as the first did as Innes Murray found his way into the box and hit a shot only for him to hit the crossbar. Although Hibernian had the first chance of the game, Killie were very much in control of the game, with an extra yard of space due to the numerical advantage.
 
The possession the visitors enjoyed resulted in them taking the lead in the 51st minute. McLean's ball across goal found Wilson, who slotted home at the back post, much to the delight of the away side. 
 
Around 10 minutes later the lead was extended. Martin rushed out of his box and was beaten by Boraj, who had the goal at his mercy but for a second time was denied by a brilliant clearance from Jordan Forster. However, the loose ball landed at the feet of young substitute Jack Paterson, who hit it into the bottom corner extending Killie's lead to 3-1. 
 
Hibs still had some chances throughout the rest of the game but nothing came of them, as they threw bodies forward to try and salvage something from the match. In the 77th minute all hope was lost as 16 year old Paterson picked up the ball 20 yards from goal and struck it well. It was helped in from a deflection causing it to loop over Martin.
 
Hibs tried desperately to get a goal back with chances from McGeouch, Crane and Gullan but none of them could hit the target. Causing Hibs to lose the match 4-1. The result sees Kilmarnock jump a few places in the tightly packed table.

Lineups

Hibernian FC
Kilmarnock FC
P. Martin
Donaldson
Stirling
Forster
Porteous
S. Martin
McGeouch
Crane
I. Murray
Shaw
Cummings
Gullan
McKay
McLean
Bojaj
Liddington
I. Wilson
Whittaker
Wilson
Frizzelli
Clark
Graham
Dempsie
Paterson
Star Player
Hibernian FC
Kilmarnock FC
Although Hibernian lost the game 4 goals to one their star man was goalkeeper, Patrick Martin was one performance that was not easy to forget, with a number of fine saves.
Scott McLean was unstoppable down the left wing causing trouble for Hibs defence with his tricky feet.
Magic Moment
Hibernian FC
Kilmarnock FC
Martin denied Kilmarnock a goal when he came out to save Scott McLean's shot which bounced out to Bojaj and Martin raced back into his goal to keep the second shot out spectacularly.
McLean made a pacy run down the right wing going past two players and providing a tap in for team mate Iain Wilson.
Club Views
Hibernian FC
Kilmarnock FC
Fraser Murray said: "Obviously I’m disappointed in the result, we’re always disappointed to lose any game. It always becomes difficult when you go down to ten men, but it’s just one of these things."

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