Hibs' trio see off Terrors
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Hibernian got three second-half goals to see off Dundee United 3-0 at Tannadice.
Hibernian got three second-half goals to see off struggling Dundee United 3-0 at Tannadice Park.
Chris Killen (pictured), Dean Shiels and Ivan Sproule all found the scoresheet on Tayside on Sunday afternoon, as Hibs move into the top six with victory.
The first half saw both sides struggle to make their chances count, with The Terrors having claims for a penalty after Hibs defender Rob Jones brought down Noel Hunt in the visitors' box.
Abdessalam Benjelloun squandered a couple of chances for Tony Mowbray's side in the opening 45 minutes, while Jones inexplicably missed the target from six yards out after striking Merouane Zemmama's free kick over the United crossbar.
At the other end, Collin Samuel forced Hibs goalkeeper Zbigniew Malkowski into an important save to keep the match scoreless at the half-time break.
The Edinburgh club broke the deadlock seven minutes after half time when New Zealand international Killen struck Shelton Martis's forward pass past United goalkeeper Derek Stillie.
As The Hibees applied more pressure, Stillie was called on again to stop efforts from Killen and Benjelloun, while Samuel missed target with a header at the other end.
Nine minutes from the end, Shiels doubled Hibs' advantage when he neatly chipped the ball over the onrushing Stillie from an acute angle after the Terrors keeper spilled a long-range shot.
Substitute Sproule sealed a deserved win for the Easter Road club with a third goal in the dying stages with a fine curling effort past Stillie.
United's woeful day was summed up when their player-manager missed two quality chances late on after replacing Hunt in attack.
Click below for a match summary:
Dundee United 0-3 Hibernian