Dundee U 1 – 3 Hibernian

Hibernian remain fifth in the Premiership standings with a comfortable 3-1 win over Dundee United at Tannadice.

Shaun Maloney’s men opened the scoring in the first half with Kevin Nisbet with Chris Cadden scoring the second after half-time.

United substitute Declan Glass scored what proved to be a late consolation goal for the home side before Jamie Murphy hit three for Hibs in injury time.

The win was the Edinburgh club’s third straight Premiership win, but United have lost five straight games and slipped to seventh in the standings.

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Chris Cadden scored Hibs’ second goal against Dundee United

There was a first chance for Hibs winger Drey Wright only in the second minute, but he dragged his 22-yard shot away from Benjamin Siegrist’s right post.

Maloney’s men take control of the game, dominating possession but without creating clear chances.

The turning point, however, came in the 38th minute.

Cadden had a shot blocked by Scott McMann but the ball stopped at Martin Boyle whose shot was shot at home from close range by Nisbet.

United, however, got enraged that the goal was conceded, claiming for offside. However, after consulting with his assistant David Roome, referee Willie Collum kept his original decision with Hibs taking the lead at half-time.

Hibs goalkeeper Matt Macey finally had a save to make in the 49th minute after Nicky Clark was knocked down by Paul Hanlon just outside the visitors’ area.

The United striker stepped forward to take the free-kick and tried to reach Macey, hitting the low ball around the wall, but the keeper was alert to danger and made a save at his left post.

Boyle then had a chance on the other side when he cut from the left along the edge of the United area, but his low shot was easily picked up by Siegrist.

Macey was called into action again in the 71st minute when Adrian Sporle hit a fierce angled shot which the keeper managed to shove safely at the expense of a corner.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 22: Hibs new manager Shaun Maloney celebrates full time during a Cinch Premierhsip match between Hibernian and Aberdeen at Easter Road, December 22, 2021, in Edinburgh, Scotland.  (Photo by Paul Devlin / SNS Group)
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It’s two out of two wins for the new Hibernian manager Shaun Maloney

United had used all three substitutions when Charlie Mulgrew was out injured in the 77th minute, and a minute later Hibs scored double against the Tangerines in 10 men.

Boyle broke into the United area and cut the ball to Cadden who clinically practiced a low shot behind Siegrist in the bottom corner.

Glass pulled back a goal in the 90th minute when he cut from the right to whip the ball past Macey, but Hibs ensured there would be no late comebacks as they added a third deep in injury time thanks to Murphy’s curling effort. .

Dundee United will be at home to St Mirren when the Scottish Premiership returns after the winter break.

On 17 January Hibernian will face Celtic, the former team of manager Shaun Maloney.

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