Griffiths penalty boosts Hibs

Hibernian ended a run of two successive Clydesdale Bank Premier

League defeats with a 1-0 victory over St Mirren at St Mirren

Park.

Leigh Griffiths netted the winning goal from the penalty spot in

the 72nd minute after referee Willie Collum had penalised Jim

Goodwin for a challenge on Matt Done, a decision which stunned

Goodwin.

The home side, who were unbeaten in four games, started on the

front foot but were kept at bay by some solid defending from Jorge

Claros and Paul Hanlon for the visitors.

Griffiths had the first decent chance of the match for Hibs when

he headed wide, while Graham Carey fired a free-kick straight at

visiting keeper Ben Williams at the other end.

A decent period of pressure from Hibernian saw Griffiths clip

the post, after surging past two defenders, and Claros send a shot

wide.

But it was St Mirren who finished an even first half the

stronger with Paul Dummett heading wide before Esmael Goncalves

drew a smart save from Williams after a marauding run forward.

Griffiths threatened again for Hibs just past the hour after an

uneventful start to the second half but his free-kick was safely

gathered by Buddies goalkeeper Craig Samson.

Samson could then do nothing to keep out Griffiths’ spot-kick

although he did deny the striker with a smart save shortly

afterwards.

St Mirren pushed hard for an equaliser in the closing stages but

the visitors held firm for three welcome points as they moved up to

fourth place.