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Scottish Premiership

Easter Road Stadium (ATT 6,350) 15th August 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A Muir

Hibernian Hibernian vs St Mirren St Mirren

Hibernian 2

D Wotherspoon (39)
A Benjelloun (83)

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St Mirren 1

S Thomson (S/O 17)
S McGinn (38)

Hibs down 10-man St Mirren

Benjelloun bags late winner on opening day

Last Updated: 15/08/09 7:07pm

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Benjelloun: Late winner

Benjelloun: Late winner

Substitute Abdessalam Benjelloun kept his promise to new manager John Hughes and netted a dramatic late winner to clinch a 2-1 opening-day victory for Hibernian over 10-man St Mirren.

The Buddies had to play almost all of the SPL match a man down after midfielder Steven Thomson was red-carded for a wild lunge on former Falkirk team-mate Patrick Cregg.

Despite their disadvantage, the visitors took the lead in the 38th minute when Stephen McGinn capitalised on defensive disarray in the home ranks.

However, the Easter Road men restored parity within 60 seconds as youngster David Wotherspoon side-footed home to set the scene for Benjelloun's winning strike eight minutes from time.

Benjelloun spent last season on loan in Belgium and sparked controversy when he tried to engineer a move away from the club in the summer as he refused to return for pre-season training.

However, after arriving back in Edinburgh this week, the Moroccan repaid Hughes' faith in him by earning his manager the perfect start to his new era.

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Scottish Premiership

Scottish Premiership
Pos Team P Pts
1 Hamilton Academical 11 23
2 Inverness CT 11 23
3 Dundee United 11 22
4 Kilmarnock 10 20
5 Aberdeen 11 19
6 Celtic 9 17
7 Dundee 11 16
8 Partick Thistle 10 11
9 St Johnstone 11 10
10 St Mirren 11 8
11 Motherwell 11 7
12 Ross County 11 5

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