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Hibs are looking good for top six spot after gutsy victory at Killie

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Hibernian strengthened their grip on securing a top-six finish in the Ladbrokes Premiership with a vital 2-1 win at Kilmarnock.

Their first league win at Rugby Park since October 2017 enabled Hibs to open a four-point lead over their opponents and move a point behind fifth-placed Livingston.

A stunning strike from loan signing Greg Docherty opened the scoring but that was soon cancelled out by Chris Burke's equaliser.

On the stroke of half-time, Hibs restored their lead through Adam Jackson and the visitors withstood second half pressure, with goalkeeper Ofir Marciano pulling off some impressive saves to secure a three precious points.

When the deadlock was broken, it was through a moment of magic from Docherty, who cut inside from the left flank and curled a glorious right-footed shot from 20 yards into the top corner.

Hibs' lead lasted just three minutes.

Kilmarnock captain Gary Dicker displayed quick feet as he weaved his way into the Hibs penalty area and then passed to Niko Hamalainen, whose his low cross fell for Rory McKenzie.

McKenzie's drive from 12 yards was deflected into the path of Burke and the winger reacted well to send a diving header beyond Marciano.

The winner came when Joe Newell swung in a cross which Marc McNulty flicked on and Nicke Kabamba made a hash of clearing as it bounced off him into the path of Jackson for the defender to finish.

Belfast Telegraph