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MATCH REPORT | HIBERNIAN 2-2 ST MIRREN

MATCH REPORT | HIBERNIAN 2-2 ST MIRREN

By: Hibernian Media on 02 Feb, 2020 12:49

Hibernian again showed their battling attributes after fighting back from going two goals down to earn a share of the spoils with St Mirren at a rain-soaked Easter Road Stadium.

Conor McCarthy and Tony Andreu both scored inside the opening 18 minutes as The Buddies raced into a deserved two-goal lead.

Scott Allan and Christian Doidge both netted before half-time as the hosts hit back.

Hibernian looked much improved after the break and took the match to their opponents, with St Mirren goalkeeper Vaclav Hladky producing a string of fine saves.

Allan hit the crossbar late on direct from a corner kick, but a draw was perhaps the fairest outcome.

Jack Ross made three changes to the side that dumped Dundee United out of the William Hill Scottish Cup in midweek.

Out went Tom James, Adam Jackson and Steven Whittaker and their places in the starting line-up were taken up by David Gray, Darren McGregor and Stephane Omeonga.

Deadline-day recruits Paul McGinn, Marc McNulty and Greg Docherty all had to be content with a place on the substitutes’ bench.

St Mirren started the brighter of the two teams and carved out the first opportunity of the game, however Junior Morais’ effort was wild and off target.

The Buddies deservedly opened the scoring in the 13th minute when McCarthy evaded the clutches of McGregor to head Cameron Macpherson’s corner kick into the back of the Hibernian net.

The home side attempted to respond positively and went close to an equaliser when Martin Boyle was played in on the right, however his shot from a tight angle was beaten away by Hladky at his near post.

If Easter Road was stunned by St Mirren’s early breakthrough, then it was left speechless when the Paisley club doubled their lead after Andreu slotted home from an Ilkay Durmus cut back.

Against the run of play Hibernian pulled one back when Allan burst forward, fed Boyle on the right before collecting the return pass and slotting the ball under Hladky to score his ninth goal of the campaign.

The goal did little to change the pattern of play with the visitors looking the more threatening in the final third ad Durmus coming close to restoring his side’s two-goal lead.

As the half-time interval approach Hibernian survived another scare when Morais’ low cross was beaten away by Marciano but only as far as Andreu, who blasted his shot over the bar when he should have done better.

It would prove a costly miss as Hibernian raced up the park to level the match when Daryl Horgan slipped the ball into Omeonga and from his cross Doidge headed home his 15th goal of the season.

The final chance of the half fell to the visitors with Andreu hooking over a cut-back from Calum Waters.

Head Coach Ross replaced Gray with McGinn during the break, with the former St Mirren man making his Easter Road debut against his former club.

The wet conditions made the playing surface difficult and St Mirren almost profited when a driven cross bobbled up in front of Marciano who gathered at the second attempt before Andreu could score.

Docherty and McNulty both came on for the debuts and in between those changes Horgan went close with an angled drive that flashed wide of the far post.

St Mirren then went agonisingly close to their third goal when Morais’ glancing headed drifted just wide of the far post.

At the other end McGinn nearly returned to haunt his former club with a powerful header from Allan’s free-kick, only for Hladky to turn it round his post for a corner kick.

Hibs kept pressing and went close when Boyle’s shot on the turn took a wicked deflection to wrong-foot Hladky only to end inches wide of goal.

From the resultant corner kick the St Mirren goalkeeper bizarrely punched the ball across the face of his goal, however there were no green shirts close enough to punish the mistake.

In the 77th minute another Hibernian corner kick caused panic for St Mirren when Allan’s delivery crashed back off the crossbar.

In the closing minutes of the match Akin Famewo attempted to catch out Marciano with a lob that the goalkeeper gathered comfortably, and McGregor headed wide from a corner kick at the other end as the match finished level.

Hibernian: Marciano, Gray (McGinn 46), Hanlon, Horgan (McNulty 58), Doidge, Boyle, Newell (Docherty 51), Stevenson, Allan, McGregor, Omeonga. Unused substitutes: Bogdan, James, Hallberg, Murray.

St Mirren: Hladky, Waters, McCarthy, Flynn, Obika, Andreu (McGrath 63), Durmus (Hodson 78), Foley, Morias (Jakubiak 63), Famewo, Macpherson. Unused substitutes: McAllister, Cooke, Lyness, Mullen.

Referee: Donald Muir.

Attendance: 16,325.

Report: Richard Payne.

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