Hibernian 1-1 St Mirren: Match Report

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06 May 2017

Loy leveller keeps Saints up with point at Hibs

St Mirren guaranteed their Ladbrokes Scottish Championship status as they drew 1-1 away at champions Hibernian.

Rory Loy's second-half equaliser ensured St Mirren avoided a place in the relegation play-offs.

Hibs, who already had the title wrapped up, took the lead in the 49th minute through Grant Holt's volley as Neil Lennon's side finished the campaign with a 11-point gap over second-placed Falkirk.

After a subdued opening 45 minutes the hosts went in front as former Norwich striker Holt volleyed in from close range from John McGinn's cross.

St Mirren, who knew a point would keep them up, went on the front foot as Hibs defender Jordan Forster did well to block Loy's front-post effort.

But the visitors deservedly drew level on the hour mark as Loy found space in the Hibernian box before slotting past goalkeeper Ofir Marciano.

Hibs forward Martin Boyle's speculative volley from the edge of the area was well saved by Billy O'Brien, who managed to recover the rebound from the feet of Jason Cummings.

O'Brien was on hand to deny Hibernian again, this time from a Cummings free-kick from 25 yards, as St Mirren held on to earn a crucial point.


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