By: Hibernian Media on 31 Aug, 2019 18:00
Goals from Sherwin Seedorf, Liam Donnelly and Jermaine Hylton were enough to earn Motherwell all three points at Fir Park to cap a disappointing afternoon for Hibernian.
With Hibs ultimately undone by defensive lapses and a lack of penetration in attack, the hosts ran out deserved winners.
New signing Melker Hallberg made a first appearance in the matchday squad.
The Swedish midfielder won a place amongst the substitutes as he works his way towards full fitness, having not played a game since May.
Hallberg got an up-close look at the passionate travelling Hibernian support, who were in vocal form from the off to encourage the team.
They were on their feet within a minute as a fired-up Flo Kamberi drew a smart stop from Mark Gillespie in the Motherwell goal.
Play raged to the other end of the park, with Ofir Marciano in imperious form to deny Christopher Long after he looked certain to score when left one-on-one with the Israeli international shot-stopper.
With eight minutes on the clock it was Stevie Mallan’s turn to test Gillespie.
After Scott Allan was brought down some 25 yards out, Mallan fired low to Gillespie’s right and the Englishman was equal to it, tipping the ball round for a corner.
Kamberi tried his luck from distance but Gillespie was able to deal with it comfortably, before Christopher Long dragged wide for Motherwell as the game swung from end to end.
Steven McLean dished out the first booking of the afternoon to Liam Donnelly for a late lunge on Vykintas Slivka, who was able to run off his knock after treatment.
With 23 minutes gone the hosts edged in front thanks to a moment of quality from newcomer Seedorf.
Picking the ball up on the left he cut inside and guided the ball low beyond the reach of the diving Marciano’s outstretched left arm.
Daryl Horgan forced a corner from the restart but Mallan’s delivery was punched clear by Gillespie.
There was a let-off for Hibs as Seedorf again wriggled free on the left before cutting back to James Scott, but he blazed over when well-placed to do better.
Marciano’s quick reflexes were evident again with a great reaction stop on 49 minutes.
Liam Polworth’s corner found Declan Gallagher, whose powerful header looked goal-bound until Marciano threw out a right arm.
Marciano, again, kept Hibs in the game with another one-on-one stop – this time from Long.
Oli Shaw took the place of Glenn Middleton on 61 minutes as Hibs pushed for a leveller.
Donnelly doubled ’Well’s advantage from the spot on 80 minutes after Adam Jackson was adjudged to have handled the ball.
Hylton lashed home to rub salt in the wounds and round off the afternoon’s scoring.
Thanks to every one of the 1660 travelling supporters who got behind the team throughout.
Motherwell: Gillespie, Grimshaw, Gallagher, Hartley, Carroll, Scott (Maguire 87), Campbell, Donnelly, Polworth, Long (Cole 66), Seedorf (Hylton 66). Unused substitutes: Carson, Tait, Ilic, Dunne.
Hibernian: Marciano, Whittaker, Jackson, Hanlon, Stevenson, Horgan, Slivka, Mallan, Allan, Middleton (Shaw 61), Kamberi. Unused substitutes: Maxwell, Vela, Doidge, Newell, Hallberg, Porteous.
Referee: Steven McLean.