Hibs in relegation play-off

  • Last Updated: May 10 2014, 17:54 BST

A review of Saturday's action in the Scottish Premiership.

Hibernian face a relegation play-off
Hibernian face a relegation play-off

Kris Boyd's 22nd goal of the Scottish Premiership season secured Kilmarnock's safety and consigned Hibernian to a relegation play-off.

Boyd volleyed home from the edge of the area in the 44th minute to seal a 1-0 victory for Killie in a match that Hibs needed to win to avoid an unwanted extension to their season.

The match was subjected to a television black-out after Hibs refused permission for BT Sport to screen the play-off decider because they had hosted their quota of live games this season.

But there was no hiding their continuing run of dreadful results which leave them in danger of joining Edinburgh rivals Hearts in next season's Championship.

The Leith side now have until May 21 to find some confidence for a trip to Falkirk or Hamilton in the first leg of their play-off.

Position Player Score
7 Ross Co 40
8 St Mirren 39
9 Kilmarnock 39
10 Partick 38
11 Hibernian 35
12 Hearts 8

Hearts brought the curtain down on 31 years in the Scottish Premiership with a 1-1 draw against St Mirren.

The already-relegated Tynecastle outfit fought back from Conor Newton's 27th-minute opener to level through Dale Carrick just a minute-and-a-half into the second period.

It was another encouraging display for boss Gary Locke's side as they prepare for life in the Championship next season.

But after failing to get the win they needed to claim seventh-place and their highest top-flight finish since 1989, St Mirren are expected to part company with boss Danny Lennon.

Substitute Melvin de Leeuw's strike gave Ross County a 3-2 win over Partick Thistle in a thrilling gameat Firhill.

Jordan Slew shot the visitors into the lead in the 22nd minute with his first goal since joining on loan from Blackburn in January and Yoann Arquin added a second three minutes after the interval when he headed in a Graham Carey free-kick.

Lyle Taylor reduced the deficit two minutes later and substitute George Moncur, on for Chris Erskine, levelled in the 73rd minute with a drive for his first Thistle goal since arriving on loan from West Ham.

But de Leeuw, on for Arquin, restored County's lead in the 77th minute with a deflected drive with the visitors holding on for three points which left them in seventh place in the table, with the Jags dropping down to 10th.


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