By: Hibernian Media on 05 Dec, 2018 22:35
Hibernian twice came from behind on Wednesday evening to share the spoils with a spirited St Mirren side, writes Richard Payne.
Adam Hammill stunning early opener handed the visitors the perfect start before Hibernian penned Oran Kearney’s side back for the remainder of the half.
Youngster Oli Shaw leveled shortly after the break before Paul McGinn’s header restored St Mirren’s ill-deserved lead.
Hibernian hit-back once more through Ryan Porteous but could force a winning goal on a bitterly cold evening in the capital where the performance merited more than the point they got.
Neil Lennon made five changes to the side from the weekend with Marvin Bartley, Daryl Horgan, Lewis Stevenson and Shaw all returning to the starting XI, whilst Charalampos Mavrias was handed his debut.
Bartley was given the responsibility of leading the side out as the team sought to right the wrongs of their weekend performance, however they got off to the worst possible start.
Just six minutes were gone when Hammill spotted Adam Bogdan off his line and let fly with an audacious effort from just inside his own half that found the back of the Hibs net.
The goal completed an Edinburgh double for Hammill, who scored a similar effort against Heart of Midlothian recently.
Hibernian attempted to respond quickly and went close to a leveler with a Martin Boyle volley from the edge of the box that flashed wide of Danny Rogers goal.
Former Buddies midfielder Stevie Mallan created the next opportunity, showing terrific close control to wrong-foot two St Mirren defenders before firing just wide of the far post.
Next, a Stevenson piledriver on the angle was tipped over the crossbar by Rogers as the home side continued to threaten.
In the 40th minute a terrific floated cross from Horgan found Shaw’s run in between two St Mirren defenders, only for the youngster to guide his header wide of goal from close.
The final opportunity of the first period also fell to Hibernian when Horgan driving forward before finding Shaw, who cut inside and struck a right foot shot towards goal that Rogers saved comfortably.
Hibernian continued to carve out opportunities after the interval with Horgan spurning a good opportunity seconds after the restart when he sliced a Boyle knockdown wide from close range.
The hosts were dealt a blow three after the restart when Bartley pulled up injured and had to be replaced by Mark Milligan.
An equaliser was coming and duly arrived on 55 minutes when a quick throw-in released Boyle on the right and his low, driven cross was clinically turned in by Shaw.
The goal was no more than Hibernian deserved for their efforts however they quickly found themselves trailing once more as Paul McGinn headed home from a Hammill free kick to the delight of the 305 St Mirren supporters behind the goal.
Again, Hibernian had to find a way to restore parity and they almost had it inside three minutes as Boyle’s rising shot from 25-yards had thee beating of Rogers only to finish just over the crossbar.
On 72 minutes Porteous rose brilliantly to head in from Mallan’s corner kick to level the match once more.
Hibernian pressed hard for a late winner but couldn’t find a way through the sea of red and black jerseys as St Mirren clung on for a point and extended the hosts winless run to seven matches.
Hibernian: Bogdan, Bartley (Milligan 48’), Horgan (Maclaren 87’), Boyle, Mallan, Stevenson, Kamberi (Slivka 53’), Mavrias, Ambrose, Shaw, Porteous. Substitutes not used: Marciano, Nelom, McGregor, Gullan.
St Mirren: Rogers, P. McGinn, S. McGinn, Magennis (Willock 57’), Mullen (Smith 16’, (Baird 79’)), Jones, Hodson, Edwards, Ferdinand, Erhahon, Hammill. Substitutes not used: Lyness, McShane, MacPherson, Eckersley.
Referee: Euan Anderson.