Pars go down
Dunfermline were relegated from the Clydesdale Bank Premier League after an early implosion helped Hibernian triumph 4-0 at Easter Road.
The Pars conceded three times in the opening 15 minutes as Matt Doherty exposed their defensive failings, firstly heading in after five minutes before crossing for Eoin Doyle to apply the second six minutes later.
Garry O'Connor converted on his 29th birthday for his 16th goal of the season after Austin McCann fouled Paul Hanlon, who volleyed in a fourth after 81 minutes, although replays suggested the strike should not have been allowed.
After Martin Hardie and Kyle Hutton shot weakly from long range for Dunfermline, James McPake made a crucial contribution to set up the opening goal. McPake flicked on Tom Soares' free-kick and Doherty stole in at the back post to head across goal and in off the upright.
It was the kind of set-piece goal Dunfermline have been conceding all season and right-back Doherty's second since joining on loan from Wolves, who dropped out of the English top flight.
Andy Dowie shot over from a corner as the Pars sought an immediate response, but soon they were two down as Doherty turned provider. After evading attempted tackles from Paddy Boyle and McCann, Doherty crossed for an unmarked Doyle to head in.
Four minutes later Hibs had a penalty after McCann was booked for manhandling Hanlon and O'Connor sent Chris Smith the wrong way from the spot.
Mark Brown saved with his legs from Jordan McMillan and denied the Pars right-back again when he met a Boyle cross from the left before a fine McPake cover tackle denied David Graham.
Brown scrambled clear a Martin Hardie free-kick which bounced back off the post moments later.
Hibs were more fortunate after hitting the woodwork when Hanlon was awarded a goal for his spectacular volley, which came down off the underside of the bar. There was a momentary delay before the officials awarded the goal, but replays suggested the ball had not crossed the line.
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