Socceroo Martin Boyle proved again to be Hibernian's match-winner in the Scottish Premiership on an afternoon which saw the on-song Australian at the heart of all the drama.

Boyle scored one goal, made another, missed a penalty and was also at the centre of the match-changing incident that saw an opposition defender sent off after just 11 minutes in Hibs' 2-0 win over Hamilton Academical at Easter Road on Saturday.

The 27-year-old Boyle, who says he's been re-energised since his father made a good recovery after suffering a stroke, proved the Edinburgh side's outstanding performer again, netting his 10th goal of the season.

Relegation-threatened Hamilton went down to 10 men when their teenage defender Jamie Hamilton was shown a straight red card for a clumsy lunge on Boyle, which left the winger flat out on the pitch even though it wasn't clear how much contact had been made.

Boyle certainly made Accies pay, though, just a minute later by curling a shot home from the edge of the box for his fifth goal in four games.

He should then have put the game to bed by converting a 33rd minute penalty but Hamilton's keeper Ryan Fulton made a superb save at full-stretch to tip his effort round the post.

Hibs made heavy weather of sealing the points against spirited opponents until Boyle's cross in the 69th minute came off a Hamilton defender into the path of 18-year-old defender Josh Doig, who nodded home his first goal for the club.

With a fourth straight win, Boyle's contribution, along with another useful display from his fellow Socceroo Jackson Irvine, has helped Hibs consolidate their third place in the league, four points clear of Aberdeen with a game in hand.