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Easter Road Stadium (ATT 9,417) 21st September 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: Steven Mclean

Hibernian Hibernian vs St Mirren St Mirren

Hibernian 2

J Collins (10)
P Heffernan (61)

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St Mirren 0

D Grainger (S/O 89)

Scottish Premiership: Hibernian beat St Mirren 2-0 thanks to Collins and Heffernan goals

Last Updated: 21/09/13 6:14pm

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James Collins: Nods Hibernian ahead against St Mirren

James Collins: Nods Hibernian ahead against St Mirren

Paul Heffernan struck his second goal in two starts as Hibernian overpowered St Mirren 2-0 in the Scottish Premiership at Easter Road.

The summer arrival from Kilmarnock sealed the points on the hour-mark to lift the hosts to fifth in the table after James Collins had fired them into a deserved early lead.

Liam Craig fired the first warning shot as he dragged wide and Collins soon opened the scoring in the 10th minute - nodding home Michael Nelson's flick-on from a free-kick.

Collins was close to doubling the advantage in the aftermath when he fired over from distance, and Scott Robertson was inches off-target with a header as Saints struggled to cope with the pressure.

Visiting goalkeeper Christopher Dilo had to be at his best to deny first Craig and then Robertson either side of half-time with the one-way traffic continuing into the second period.

It was left to Heffernan to grab the crucial second goal in the 61st minute - easily tapping home an excellent cross from Robertson with the Saints defence conspicuous by their absence.

Only an offside flag denied the striker a quick-fire second, and Collins had the ball in the net 15 minutes before time only for the referee's assistant to once again spoil the party.

It got worse for Saints when Danny Grainger was shown a second yellow card and a consequent red five minutes from time but there were no further goals, with Dilo saving well from substitute Rowan Vine at the death.

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Scottish Premiership

Scottish Premiership
Pos Team P Pts
1 Celtic 38 92
2 Aberdeen 38 75
3 Inverness CT 38 65
4 St Johnstone 38 57
5 Dundee United 38 56
6 Dundee 38 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