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Brave Hibs Lose Out To Rangers In Petrofac Training Cup

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Ten man Hibs lost 2-1 to Rangers after extra time at Ibrox in the Petrofac Training Cup tonight after dominating the game throughout and despite the result the players were cheered off the park by the large travelling support.

Alan Stubbs retained the same starting XI who lost narrowly to Dundee United at Easter Road last weekend with no place in the team for new signing Scott Allan. Strikers Paul Heffernan and Jason Cummings who have both been side-lined with injuries also started on the bench. Continue reading

Fenlon happy with point as Motherwell stage late fightback

A late volley by Nicky Law denied Hibs their second home victory of the season after Garry O’Connor had given the Easter Road men a first half lead with a stunning 25 yard free kick.

Manager Pat Fenlon made one change from the team which beat Inverness Caledonian last Sunday with Tom Soares replacing Richie Towell. Winger Ivan Sproule who was carried off in the last few minutes with an ankle knock passed a late fitness test and retained his place in midfield.

Sproule justified Fenlon’s faith and created several chances before the home team took a deserved lead, when the  winger was brought down outside the penalty box after a mazy run. O’Connor took the resulting free kick and smashed it into the top left hand corner of the goal, leaving the Motherwell keeper helpless.

Two minutes later, Sproule tackled back and won the ball before splitting the defence with a 50 yard through ball to Leigh Griffiths whose shot was well saved.

Hibs almost doubled their lead just after half time when Soares struck the bar from thirty yards, with Randolph well beaten.

Referee Stevie O’Reilly infuriated the home support with a series of questionable decisions.

Both sides created chances as the Steelmen tried to get back into the game. Higdon soon had a great chance when Humphrey’s cross found him six yards out but the striker headed over. Lasley and Hutchinson had shots blocked as Motherwell pushed forward, and Randolph had to stretch to save from O’Connor.

Hibs left-back Pa Kujabi whose nickname is the African Roberto Carlos had an opportunity to demonstrate why, when he volunteered to take a direct free kick forty yards from the goal. The Easter Road faithful held their breath as he took a long run up before completely mishitting the ball causing much laughter from the crowd and also his team mates as the ball trickled just past the corner flag.

Motherwell levelled with 10 minutes left when Law volleyed home from the edge of the box after a Lasley cross was headed out by Soares.

Both sides had chances to win the match, but the game finished in a draw which both managers felt was fair.

After the game, Fenlon said; “We weathered a bit of a storm in the second half all right but a draw is probably a fair result. I thought we played really well first half. We passed the ball well and looked a bit sprightlier at home than we have done.

“The second half we came under a bit of a cosh but we are happy enough with a share of the points. We need spirit, fight and determination and in the last two games we have shown that.

“We are looking forward to next week. There’s been a lot of pressure on the players in the last few months in relation to the relegation battle and we have given ourselves a bit of a cushion”.

The result leave Hibs a comfortable seven points clear of Dunfermline with five games remaining. The Easter Road outfit also have a vastly superior goal difference.

Hibs: Stack, McPake, Kujabi, Hanlon, Doherty, Soares, Sproule, Stevenson, Osbourne, Griffiths, O’Connor, Doyle, Francombe, Brown, Claros, O’Hanlon. O’Donovan, Wotherspoon

Motherwell: Randolph, Hateley, , Hutchinson, Page Clancy, Carswell, Humphrey, Law, Lasley, Higdon, Ojamaa,  Subs: Saunders Murphy, McHugh, Forbes, Daley, Hollis, Halsman.

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