Ten-man Killie fall to Hibs
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Hibernian moved to within a point of Hearts after beating Kilmarnock 2-0.
Hibernian moved to within a point of Edinburgh rivals Hearts in the SPL table after beating ten-man Kilmarnock 2-0 at Rugby Park.
John Collins side remain in fifth place but are now tantalisingly close to a European spot thanks to second-half goals from Ivan Sproule and Steven Fletcher.
Kilmarnock striker Gary Wales went close to giving Jim Jeffries' men the lead after 19 minutes when he drive a shot against the upright, but after the break Hibs took control of the game.
Northern Ireland international Sproule (pictured), summoned from the substitutes' bench, grabbed his ninth goal of the season on 51 minutes with a rifled finish past Alan Combe at his near post.
Then Wales added to Kilmarnock's troubles with his second yellow card on 74 minutes, with a two-footed lunge on Steven Whittaker following a handball just three minutes earlier.
Fletcher added gloss to the victory with three minutes to go when he slotted home after some superb work by Lewis Stevenson on the left wing.
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Kilmarnock 0-2 Hibernian