Kilmarnock downed by Doyle
Wed, 15 May 2013 23:08:00
Eoin Doyle struck twice in the last five minutes to earn Hibernian a 3-1 victory over Kilmarnock in their rearranged SPL fixture at Rugby Park.
The original meeting 10 days ago was abandoned early in the second half when a Killie fan collapsed in the stands after a suspected heart attack and later died in hospital.
After a minute of applause as a tribute to the fan, Jim Haswell, the game got under way and Hibs went ahead with their first chance in the 10th minute.
Lewis Stevenson's free-kick was nodded down by Jordan Forster, and Scott Robinson just beat Cammy Bell to the ball to poke home his first goal for the club.
Killie responded with a Rory McKenzie shot which dipped over the bar, but the hosts were then dealt a blow when Ross Barbour was stretchered off with what appeared to be a serious ankle injury.
Robertson had the ball in the net again just before the interval only for the referee to rule he had used his arm to control the ball.
Hibernian's debutant goalkeeper Sean Murdoch saved well from Lee Ashcroft after the restart, while David Wotherspoon's powerful drive grazed the outside of the post at the other end.
Ashcroft then levelled the scores with a looping header from Chris Johnston's corner on 57 minutes, and substitute Borja Perez almost snatched the lead for the hosts when his drive beat Murdoch but cannoned off the post.
Hibs then had another goal disallowed, referee Craig Charleston ruling that Doyle was offside when heading home, but Doyle was celebrating in the 86th minute when he slid in to steer home a low cross from Harris.
Doyle then drilled past Bell from 12 yards in added time to secure all three points and lift Hibs to seventh in the table.