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Hibernian vs Raith Rovers. Scottish Premiership Play-offs Quarter-Final.

Easter RoadAttendance11,133.

Hibernian 2

  • J McGinn (8th minute)
  • D McGregor (12th minute)

Raith Rovers 0

    2-1

    Premiership play-off: Hibernian through to semi-final after beating Raith

    Allan Valente

    Saturday 7 May 2016 16:01, UK

    Hibernian's John McGinn (middle) celebrates after he scores his side's opener against Raith Rovers
    Image: Hibernian's John McGinn (middle) celebrates after he scored his side's opener against Raith Rovers

    Hibernian will play Falkirk in the Scottish Premiership play-off semi-final after they beat Raith Rovers 2-0 at Easter Road to complete a 2-1 aggregate win.

    The quarter-final tie was slightly tipped in the visitors' favour going into the match after on-loan Leicester striker Harry Panayiotou scored the only goal of the game in the first leg at Stark's Park.

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    However, two goals in the opening 12 minutes from John McGinn and Darren McGregor in Edinburgh ensured the home side progressed.

    Hibernian's John McGinn (centre) scores his side's first goal against Raith Rovers
    Image: John McGinn (centre) scores Hibernian's first goal against Raith Rovers

    The tension among the home support was palpable as their side exerted early pressure but that gave way to relief and optimism in the eighth minute when McGinn's shot from the edge of the box, while he was being tackled by Iain Davidson, looped over goalkeeper Kevin Cuthbert and went in off the bar.

    Rovers boss Ray McKinnon, linked heavily with the vacant managerial post at Dundee United, had to rethink totally four minutes later when McGregor rose in a packed penalty area to head in Liam Henderson's corner.

    Hibernian's Darren McGregor (24) scores his side's second goal at Easter Road
    Image: Hibernian's Darren McGregor scores his side's second goal at Easter Road

    The Kirkcaldy men had no option but to emerge from their shell and 10 minutes before the break only a McGregor tackle prevented Louis Longridge getting his shot away after he rounded goalkeeper Conrad Logan.

    Hibs bossed the start of the second half and Cuthbert was called into action to make a crucial save from Henderson's curling shot. However, as the second period unfolded further, Hibs' slender lead meant the nerves began to return.

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    Hibernian's Darren McGregor (middle) celebrates after he scores his side's second goal.
    Image: Hibernian's Darren McGregor (middle) scores his side's second goal

    Rovers, hungrier and quicker to the ball, were dominating and in the 73rd minute defender Lewis Toshney headed a Rory McKeown cross past the far post when it looked like he should have hit the target.

    The home side came roaring back with Hibs skipper David Gray heading a McGinn free-kick against the post with six minutes remaining.

    Hibernian's James Keatings (left) and Raith Rovers Harry Panayioutou challenge for possession
    Image: Hibernian's James Keatings (left) and Raith Rovers' Harry Panayioutou challenge for possession

    Alan Stubbs' side ended the match mostly on the back foot, however, and there was some anxiety in the four minutes of added-on time but Rovers could not find a way through.

    The semi-final first leg will take place on Tuesday, May 10 at Easter Road, with the second leg on May 13 in Falkirk. 

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