Hibernian were forced to dig deep as they had to come back twice from a goal down to beat Motherwell 3-2 at Fir Park. Kevin van Veen scored on debt to give the hosts the lead after 12 minutes. Hibernian scored shortly after before Bevis Mgabi put the hosts ahead once again with a header.
Hibernian turned on the pressure in the second half with Christian Doidge scoring just a few minutes after coming on. They were then awarded a penalty when Stephen O’Donnell was adjudged to have handled the ball. Martin Boyle stepped up to ensure that Hibernian got their campaign off to a winning start.
Motherwell: Kelly (6), Stephen O’Donnell (6), Mugabi (6), Lamie (6), Carroll (7), Slattery (7), Donnelly (7), Maguire (7), Woolery (6), van Veen (8), Watt (7).
Subs: Lawless (n/a), Amaluzor (n/a).
Hibernian: Macey (6), McGinn (7), Porteous (6), Hanlon (6), Stevenson (7), Magennis (7), Gogic (5), Newell (6), Boyle (8), Nisbet (7), Murphy (6).
Subs: Doidge (7), Doyle-Hayes (6), Campbell (n/a)
Man of the match: Kevin van Veen.
Motherwell boss Graham Alexander: “It’s frustrating as I thought we’d done enough to get something out of the game.” he added after his Motherwell side was beaten by Hibernian. ”The players were excellent against a top opponent and we more than punched above our weight. But for a couple of bizarre things going on, we might have got something.”
Hibernian boss Jack Ross: “It’s a continuation of what that group showed last season.” he added. ”They finished where they did in the table and that’s because they’re a good side and have a good character about them. I thought we played well again today and my only criticism at halftime was that we hadn’t defended our box well enough on a couple of occasions.”
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