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  • Date:29 Aug 2010
  • Kick-off:14:15
  • Venue:St Mirren Park
  • Dargo (57)
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89:57

Anthony Stokes gives away a for an unfair challenge on Gareth Wardlaw. David van Zanten on for Marc McAusland.

89:57

Foul by Anthony Stokes on Gareth Wardlaw, free kick awarded. David van Zanten comes on in place of Marc McAusland. Free kick taken by Jure Travner.

87:34

Foul by Edwin De Graaf on Jure Travner, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Garry Brady.

84:47

Foul by Daniel Galbraith on Marc McAusland, free kick awarded. Paul Gallacher takes the direct free kick.

83:00

Chris Hogg challenges Paul McGowan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Gallacher restarts play with the free kick.

78:00

Paul McGowan takes a shot. Save by Mark Brown.

74:08

Shot from outside the area by Anthony Stokes misses to the left of the target.

72:12

Hugh Murray fouled by John Rankin, the ref awards a free kick. The ball is swung over by Garry Brady, Darren McGregor has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

70:40

Steven Thicot leaves the field to be replaced by John Rankin. Derek Riordan goes off and Ian Murray comes on.

69:12

Craig Dargo goes off and Sean Lynch comes on.

68:09

Edwin De Graaf is ruled offside. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.

66:05

Inswinging corner taken by Derek Riordan, save made by Paul Gallacher.

60:09

Daniel Galbraith comes on in place of Paul Hanlon.

59:21

Edwin De Graaf challenges Garry Brady unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee shows Edwin De Graaf a yellow card. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Garry Brady from left channel.

57:38

Craig Dargo fires in a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. St Mirren 1-0 Hibernian.Assist by Darren McGregor.

57:10

Unfair challenge on Gareth Wardlaw by Souleymane Bamba results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Garry Brady.

52:59

Unfair challenge on Souleymane Bamba by Gareth Wardlaw results in a free kick. Gareth Wardlaw booked for unsporting behaviour. Mark Brown restarts play with the free kick.

49:56

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Thicot on Gareth Wardlaw. John Potter restarts play with the free kick.

47:26

Lee Mair challenges David Wotherspoon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Derek Riordan restarts play with the free kick.

46:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Mair on Edwin De Graaf. Liam Miller takes the direct free kick.

43:00

Header from deep inside the penalty area by Gareth Wardlaw goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

42:09

Liam Miller gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hugh Murray. Hugh Murray takes the free kick.

39:58

Marc McAusland challenges Paul Hanlon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Caution for Marc McAusland. Free kick crossed right-footed by Derek Riordan from left by-line, save by Mark Brown.

38:19

David Wotherspoon is caught offside. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.

37:35

Corner taken right-footed by Derek Riordan.

31:45

Floated corner taken by David Wotherspoon from the right by-line.

30:32

Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren McGregor on Derek Riordan. Derek Riordan fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Paul Gallacher.

27:17

Anthony Stokes challenges Lee Mair unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by John Potter.

25:28

Garry Brady concedes a free kick for a foul on Souleymane Bamba. Garry Brady booked for unsporting behaviour. Chris Hogg takes the direct free kick.

22:49

Shot from just outside the area by Anthony Stokes goes over the bar.

21:04

Gareth Wardlaw gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Hogg. Free kick taken by Mark Brown.

20:36

Paul Hanlon concedes a free kick for a foul on Gareth Wardlaw. Direct free kick taken by Darren McGregor.

19:13

Unfair challenge on Chris Hogg by John Potter results in a free kick. Derek Riordan has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

18:20

Hugh Murray challenges Colin Nish unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Hogg.

15:09

Shot from just outside the box by Edwin De Graaf goes over the bar.

14:39

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Derek Riordan from the left by-line, clearance by Garry Brady.

14:04

Unfair challenge on Steven Thicot by Gareth Wardlaw results in a free kick. Mark Brown takes the free kick.

12:15

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Mair by Steven Thicot. Direct free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.

10:37

Gareth Wardlaw fouled by Souleymane Bamba, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Hugh Murray.

6:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Colin Nish by Hugh Murray. Direct free kick taken by Chris Hogg.

5:11

Lee Mair is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. The ball is swung over by Derek Riordan, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Souleymane Bamba goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

2:55

Corner taken by Derek Riordan, Headed effort from inside the area by Souleymane Bamba misses to the left of the goal.

The match has kicked off.

The second half begins.

The whistle is blown to end the first half.

The referee ends the match.

Match Preview

Buddies in good shape St Mirren are close to full strength for the Clydesdale Bank Premier League home match against Hibernian on Sunday. Gareth Wardlaw will return following a groin injury while Paul McQuade and Steven Thomson are also approaching full fitness. However, David Barron remains on the sidelines with a knee injury. St Mirren manager Danny Lennon has challenged his players to show the courage to play their way to their first victory of the season. Lennon suffered an early setback in his Saints career when his team crashed out of the Co-operative Insurance Cup on penalties against Ross County in midweek after a 3-3 draw in Dingwall. The Paisley club host a Hibernian side renowned for their attacking threat and Lennon wants his players, many of them new to the SPL, to show the inner strength to match such ambition. The former Cowdenbeath manager said: "I need players who are brave and bold enough to make things happen; bold and brave enough to make mistakes, but more importantly to go and get the ball after it and make another mistake. "If they make another mistake then fine but at least it tells me they have enough about them to make something happen. That's the type of characters and leaders that we need at this football club." Hibernian manager John Hughes is hopeful that striker Anthony Stokes will be in his squad for their trip, with the Republic of Ireland international having emerged as a transfer target for Celtic ahead of Tuesday's deadline. The Edinburgh side will definitely be without goalkeeper Graham Stack because of a back injury and full-back Michael Hart, who damaged his hamstring in last weekend's meeting with Rangers, but Derek Riordan is expected to be passed fit after sustaining a knee injury in the 3-0 defeat to the Light Blues. Midfielder Kevin McBride, controversially sent off against the SPL champions, is suspended but defender Ian Murray is free to return after serving a two-match ban. Hibs defender Paul Hanlon is desperate for the club to hang on to Celtic target Anthony Stokes - but insists there are players waiting to step into the Irishman's boots if he does end up at Parkhead. The Old Firm outfit are on the trail of the former Arsenal and Sunderland striker, who finished last season as the SPL's second top scorer behind Rangers' Kris Boyd with 23 goals. Hanlon confesses any successful bid from Celtic would leave a huge void in the Easter Road team, but he is adamant the likes of Colin Nish and Derek Riordan could step into the 22-year-old's scoring breach. He said: "It would be a huge loss. If you take 23 goals out of the team obviously it would be a big loss. But, even without the goals, his all-round play is good. He's strong enough, he can hold the ball up and bring other players into the game. "So obviously if we lose him it will be a big loss. But we've got enough players there that will take up that role as well. "If Derek and Colin can lift both their games then it will be all the better for the club. "Obviously, we would be happy to keep Stokesy at the club and still scoring goals, but if that doesn't happen we've got enough to cover."

Formation:442Manager: Danny Lennon

St Mirren

Formation: 442Manager: John Hughes

Hibernian

  • Paul Gallacher
  • Marc McAusland
  • Lee Mair
  • John Potter
  • Jure Travner
  • Garry Brady
  • Hugh Murray
  • Darren McGregor
  • Craig Dargo
  • Paul McGowan
  • Gareth Wardlaw
  • SUBS
  • Craig Samson
  • David van Zanten
  • Steven Robb
  • Sean Lynch
  • Ally Love
  • Mark McLennan
  • Jamie McKernon

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Match Report

Dargo hinders Hibs Craig Dargo's second-half goal gave St Mirren their first victory of the season in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League at the expense of Hibernian. The striker netted from a Garry Brady free-kick just before the hour, following a challenge on Gareth Wardlaw, to move Danny Lennon's side off the bottom of the table. Hibs had had the better of the first half and twice came close through Derek Riordan free-kicks, but were unable to find an equaliser. St Mirren and Hibs both made two changes to their starting line-ups. Home manager Lennon welcomed back striker Wardlaw from injury and also started with Brady, who had played at Celtic the previous Sunday but missed the midweek penalty shootout defeat at Ross County in the Co-operative Insurance Cup. Sean Lynch dropped to the St Mirren bench while Michael Higdon was missing from the squad. John Hughes included Celtic target Anthony Stokes in his squad but the Hibs manager made two enforced changes - defender Steven Thicot came in to replace the injured Michael Hart and Colin Nish started in place of suspended Kevin McBride, sent off in last week's 3-0 defeat by Rangers. Hibs won the first corner on four minutes and Riordan flighted in the delivery from the right, but Sol Bamba's commanding header went harmlessly wide of the far post. St Mirren took a quick free-kick on 10 minutes after Bamba held back Wardlaw, Marc McAusland trying a speculative effort from the right touchline but Mark Brown clutched it easily at the opposite corner of his goal. The visitors had another attempt on goal on the quarter-hour when Riordan's corner from the left ran right through the box and fell for Edwin de Graaf on the edge of the area, but his drive continued rising over the bar. Riordan almost put his side in front as the first half reached its midway point. The forward curled a free-kick from just outside the left corner of the box past the five-man St Mirren wall but agonisingly just to the wrong side of the near post. Paul McGowan launched a promising attack for the hosts on 28 minutes, taking possession on the halfway line and turning for goal before releasing Jure Travner on the left, but his cross was hooked clear by Bamba on the six-yard line. Riordan again came close with another free-kick, this time further out than his earlier effort, but on this occasion his low drive to the bottom-right corner was beaten away by Paul Gallacher. The home goalkeeper also punched away to safety a Riordan free-kick five minutes from the break. Brady sent in a free-kick from the right after Hugh Murray was brought down but Lee Mair, arriving at pace in the six-yard box, was unable to connect, while Wardlaw headed onto the roof of the net a moment later. De Graaf had the first effort of the second half, heading wide following good link-up play between Nish and Riordan. Wardlaw was then floored twice in as many minutes by midfield challenges from Thicot and Chris Hogg. The Hibs players escaped bookings, but the St Mirren man found himself yellow-carded moments later for his challenge on Bamba as tempers frayed. Bamba also escaped a booking for another heavy challenge on Wardlaw on 58 minutes. However, the Paisley side responded in style from the free-kick, when Brady's ball in from the right touchline was flicked on through the box by Darren McGregor to Dargo, who slotted into the bottom-left corner. Gallacher comfortably caught another Riordan corner in a busy box eight minutes later as the visitors attempted to restore parity. Liam Miller hit a cross onto the roof of the net as the game entered its final quarter, while Darren McGregor came close with a downward header from Brady's free-kick which sneaked wide. McGowan then tried his luck with a rising effort from outside the box, but it was easily claimed by goalkeeper Brown, as was a promising cross from the left by substitute Sean Lynch. Hibs had plenty of possession in and around the opposing penalty area in the closing minutes, but were met by stout defending and were unable to make the breakthrough.

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