Super sub Bob puts seal on stunning ’Well revival
MOTHERWELL moved into second place in the SPL after a remarkable second half comeback at Easter Road on Saturday.
A double from Jamie Murphy and Bob McHugh’s late strike cancelled out Eoin Boyle’s brace as the visitors stunned Hibs.
It had all looked so promising for the hosts as they peppered Darren Randolph’s goal with shots at regular intervals.
The best of the chances saw Doyle shoot just wide from inside the box, Randolph save after Nicky Law gave the ball away to Leigh Griffiths 25 yards out and James McPake send a free header wide from a Griffiths free kick.
The closest ’Well could come was a Michael Higdon volley that was high and wide and Tom Hateley free kick that was just over - but at no time seriously troubling Ben Williams in goal.
There was a certain inevitability when four minutes from the break Hibs took the lead. David Wotherspoon got to the byeline and clipped the ball back for DOYLE to head past Randolph.
There was still time before the interval for Randolph to save from Griffiths and Doyle to attempt to lob the goalkeeper from the halfway line, but send the ball sailing over.
Ten minutes after the restart it was 2-0 as Paul Cairney’s hooked ball forward split the defence and DOYLE ran on to fire past Randolph from the edge of the box.
On 64 minutes ’Well pulled one back as Chris Humphrey’s low cross was turned in by MURPHY from eight yards out.
Hibs manager Pat Fenlon’s response was to take off Griffiths and send on midfielder Gary Deegan and, with one of the home side’s danger men gone, ’Well seized control quickly.
Striker Bob McHugh replaced defender Adam Cummins to give more impetus up front as Henrik Ojamaa shot across the face of goal, Higdon failed to connect properly after a nice turn and Murphy jinked into the box only to be blocked by Ryan McGivern - all within the space of a minute.
Despite the fact they were still winning it appeared Hibs had given up, a point further confirmed when two-goal Doyle was replaced by teenager Ross Caldwell.
Ten minutes from the end the equaliser came as Hateley’s corner was headed back across goal by Higdon and MURPHY stretched to nod in.
McHugh should have given his side the lead as he somehow failed to slide in Humphrey’s cross from a yard out, buthe made amends two minutes from time as Ojamaa drove in the from the left and McHUGH diverted the ball past Williams.
Hibs’ misery was further compounded in stoppage time as McPake was shown a second yellow for barging Murphy in the air.
Hibernian: Williams, McGivern, Hanlon, McPake, Claros, Griffiths (Deegan 70), Doyle (Caldwell 77), Cairney (Handling 87), Wotherspoon, Maybury, Taiwo. Subs not used: Murdoch, Stevenson, Stanton, Kuqi.
Motherwell: Randolph, Hammell, Law, Hutchinson, Hateley, Humphrey, Ojamaa (Francis-Angol 90), Higdon, Murphy, Lasley (Ramsden 84), Cummins (McHugh 73).
Referee: Steven McLean.
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