Raith 1-2 Hibs: Stubbs’ men narrow gap on Gers

By Derek Clark at Starks Park

Hibernian moved to within five points of Championship leaders Rangers with a hard fought win at Raith.

The Leith side looked to have been on easy street after two stunning first-half goals.

John McGinn opened the scoring with a sublime left-footed strike from the edge of the area that struck the inside of the post and into the back of the net after just four minutes.

Jason Cummings doubled their advantage on 26 minutes when he controlled a long kick out from Mark Oxley in the Raith box and lofted the ball over Kevin Cuthbert.

The home side struggled to impose themselves on the Hibs backline until a Jon Daly header on 65 minutes sparked the Kirkcaldy outfit into life.

Ray McKinnon’s men had strong claims for a penalty turned down on 82 minutes when a Daly overhead kick appeared to strike the hand of Paul Hanlon but referee George Salmond waved play on, a decision that incensed the Raith faithful.

They threw everything at the visitors with Scott Robertson coming closest with an effort blocked off the line in stoppage time.

There was also a blow for the Starks Park side in the second half when substitute Craig Wighton was stretchered off with a suspected cruciate injury after a crunching tackle in the Hibs box.

After the game Raith boss Ray McKinnon was full of praise for his players despite losing their unbeaten home record.

“We’ll take it on the chin and move on. I was pleased with the players response after losing the two goals.”

Hibs boss Alan Stubbs was delighted to come away with the victory.

“We defended really well, there was just one lapse in concentration which led to the goal.

“To a man we stood up to be counted and in all honesty I think we may have drew that game last year.”

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