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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 Celtic 37 89
2 Aberdeen 37 75
3 Inverness CT 37 65
4 St Johnstone 37 54
5 Dundee United 37 53
6 Dundee 37 45
7 Hamilton Academical 38 53
8 Partick Thistle 38 46
9 Ross County 38 44
10 Kilmarnock 38 41
11 Motherwell 38 36
12 St Mirren 38 30

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