Motherwell 2-2 Hibernian (6-7 pens)

Hibs prevailed as a thrilling League Cup tie was decided after a nail-biting penalty shoot-out at Fir Park.

'Well led at half time with strikes from Keith Lasley and Michael Higdon overhauling Garry O'Connor's opener.

The visitors created several second-half openings and O'Connor steered in a late Leigh Griffiths delivery for his seventh goal of the season.

Mark Brown then saved from Jamie Murphy and Nicky Law as Hibs converted six of their seven penalties.

The victory sends Colin Calderwood's side into the last eight of the tournament and will lift some of the pressure on the manager after a poor start to the season.

Hibs made all of the early running with O'Connor and Griffiths linking up well and the pair combined for the opening goal on 19 minutes.

The on-loan Wolves forward sent in a precise cross for O'Connor, who neatly converted at the near post.

Griffiths then tried to loft a close range shot over Darren Randolph but the home goalkeeper stretched to make the save.

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However, Motherwell immediately responded with their best spell of the game, with winger Chris Humphrey causing mayhem every time he surged forward.

And the hosts were level on the half hour as Lasley struck from 16 yards, Higdon laying on the pass following a Tom Hateley corner.

Law shot narrowly wide but the Fir Parkers were soon in front when the same player found Higdon at the end of a slick one-touch passing move, allowing the striker to sidefoot home from the edge of the penalty area.

Hibs started the second half like a whirlwind and Randolph stretched to parry a Martin Scott shot.

Griffiths tried his luck with a shot from 20 yards that forced another good save from Randolph and was again denied by the goalkeeper from six yards after slipping past Tim Clancy on the right.

Higdon had the chance to add to Motherwell's lead just after the hour but headed over from a Humphrey cross.

Hibs thought they had equalised on 65 minutes after a calamitous mix up from the home defence but O'Connor had pushed the ball into the net with his hand and was duly booked.

Randolph made further saves to thwart substitute Junior Agogo and Victor Palsson but O'Connor equalised by running onto Griffiths' pass three minutes from time and slipping the ball low into the net.

Visiting goalkeeper Brown twice made saves from Law in extra time and Agogo tested Randolph once again, although the tempo had dropped markedly.

'Well substitute Robert McHugh had the ball in the net for Motherwell but was ruled offside ahead of the dramatic shoot-out.

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall: "Hibs started well and we didn't, but once we got going and into our stride we played some smashing stuff. We needed that third goal after coming in at 2-1 at half-time.

"There's no doubt that Hibs deserved to take it to extra-time, as Darren Randolph made two or three excellent saves.

"We had chances to win the game in extra time.

"I've seen Robert McHugh's goal and he was a yard onside and that adds to the pain, but that's football. I understand how tough a job linesmen and referees have and they handled it well tonight."

Hibernian manager Colin Calderwood: "We showed terrific guts to come back in that situation; we lost the game for 20 to 25 minutes after we got the lead but the way we started the game, we should have got to half-time ahead.

"As the second half was going on we looked as if we were maybe exposed a wee bit. The players went for it and it was more or less simplicity in the end - when we did that we were better.

"We had tried too many extravagant balls and ignored easy passes but when we went back to that, were able to move the ball quickly and looked as if we had energy in the team, and we'd have felt aggrieved or anxious if we hadn't scored in that second half as we created chances."

Match Stats

Shots

15 16

On target

8 11

Corners

11 12

Fouls

14 10

Live Text Commentary

127:24

Penalty taken by Nicky Law is saved by Mark Brown.

127:03 Penalty

Richie Towell scores a penalty. Motherwell 6-7 Hibernian on penalties.

126:29 Penalty

Stevie Hammell scores a penalty. Motherwell 6-6 Hibernian on penalties.

126:11 Penalty

Penalty scored by David Wotherspoon. Motherwell 5-6 Hibernian on penalties.

125:38 Penalty

Penalty scored by Tim Clancy. Motherwell 5-5 Hibernian on penalties.

125:02 Penalty

Sean O'Hanlon scores a penalty. Motherwell 4-5 Hibernian on penalties.

124:39 Penalty

Robert McHugh scores a penalty. Motherwell 4-4 Hibernian on penalties.

124:02

Placed penalty taken by Callum Booth saved by Darren Randolph.

123:32 Penalty

Penalty scored by Ross Forbes. Motherwell 3-4 Hibernian on penalties.

123:03 Penalty

Leigh Griffiths scores a penalty. Motherwell 2-4 Hibernian on penalties.

122:41 Penalty

Tom Hateley scores a penalty. Motherwell 2-3 Hibernian on penalties.

122:28 Penalty

Junior Agogo scores a penalty. Motherwell 1-3 Hibernian on penalties.

121:50

Penalty taken by Jamie Murphy saved by Mark Brown.

121:09 Penalty

Penalty scored by Victor Palsson. Motherwell 1-2 Hibernian on penalties.

120:45 Penalty

Penalty scored by Michael Higdon. Motherwell 1-1 Hibernian on penalties.

120:03 Penalty

Penalty scored by Garry O'Connor. Motherwell 0-1 Hibernian on penalties.

120:01

The drama of the penalty shoot-out is about to begin.

120:00 +0:35

The match is going to penalties.

117:58

Free kick taken by Paul Hanlon.

117:58 Substitution

Substitution Ross Forbes is brought on as a substitute for Keith Lasley.

117:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Craigan on Garry O'Connor.

117:44

Nicky Law takes a shot. Save by Mark Brown.

115:26

The referee blows for offside against Robert McHugh. Free kick taken by Mark Brown.

114:34

Foul by Leigh Griffiths on Stephen Craigan, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.

113:02

Keith Lasley produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.

112:03

Corner taken by David Wotherspoon, Sean O'Hanlon takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.

110:24

Jamie Murphy produces a drilled left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

109:06

Free kick awarded for a foul by Robert McHugh on Martin Scott. Leigh Griffiths has an effort direct from the free kick, save by Darren Randolph.

107:48

The offside flag is raised against Junior Agogo. Tom Hateley restarts play with the free kick.

107:28

The assistant referee flags for offside against Michael Higdon. Mark Brown restarts play with the free kick.

106:07

Shot by Keith Lasley from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

105:20

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Martin Scott. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Martin Scott played to the near post, clearance made by Jamie Murphy.

105:03 Substitution

Substitution Callum Booth is brought on as a substitute for Daniel Galbraith.

105:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half of extra time.

105:00 +2:55

Effort from 12 yards by Omar Daley. Paul Hanlon gets a block in.

105:00 +1:26

Junior Agogo takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save.

105:00 +0:33

Corner taken by Martin Scott.

104:27

Corner from the left by-line taken by Martin Scott, clearance by Stephen Craigan.

102:25

Jamie Murphy takes a shot. Save by Mark Brown.

90:00 +7:44

Nicky Law takes a shot. Save by Mark Brown. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley.

90:00 +7:14

Daniel Galbraith is adjudged to have handled the ball. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.

90:00 +4:32

Unfair challenge on Paul Hanlon by Michael Higdon results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Brown.

90:00 +4:07

Junior Agogo challenges Tim Clancy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darren Randolph takes the indirect free kick.

90:00 +3:55 Substitution

Substitution (Motherwell) makes a substitution, with Robert McHugh coming on for Steve Jennings.

86:17

The assist for the goal came from Leigh Griffiths.

86:17 Goal scored

Goal! - Garry O'Connor - Motherwell 2 - 2 Hibernian Garry O'Connor gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Motherwell 2-2 Hibernian.

84:27

Corner from right by-line taken by Leigh Griffiths.

83:40

Effort from 20 yards by Victor Palsson. Save made by Darren Randolph.

82:20

Corner taken by Tom Hateley from the right by-line to the near post, Sean O'Hanlon makes a clearance. Corner from right by-line taken by Tom Hateley.

82:00

Garry O'Connor takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save.

81:00 Substitution

Substitution Omar Daley joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Humphrey.

76:51

Shot from 25 yards by Tom Hateley.

73:11

Free kick taken by Paul Hanlon.

73:11 Substitution

Substitution (Hibernian) makes a substitution, with Junior Agogo coming on for Ian Murray.

73:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by Keith Lasley on Daniel Galbraith.

70:35

David Wotherspoon challenges Stephen Craigan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stevie Hammell takes the indirect free kick.

69:19

Effort on goal by Keith Lasley from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

67:59

Keith Lasley is caught offside. Mark Brown takes the free kick.

65:59 Booking

Booking Booking for Garry O'Connor.

64:55

Daniel Galbraith fouled by Michael Higdon, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Hanlon takes the indirect free kick.

62:09

Chris Humphrey delivers the ball.

60:26

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Humphrey by Ian Murray. Tom Hateley takes the free kick.

58:53

Leigh Griffiths takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Daniel Galbraith. Outswinging corner taken by Martin Scott from the left by-line.

56:50

Daniel Galbraith takes a shot.

55:18

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley from the left by-line, save by Mark Brown.

53:19

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicky Law by Garry O'Connor. Stevie Hammell takes the free kick.

52:54

Leigh Griffiths takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save.

51:18

Michael Higdon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Galbraith. Shot on goal comes in from Leigh Griffiths from the free kick.

50:49

Corner taken right-footed by Daniel Galbraith to the near post, clearance made by Stephen Craigan.

50:34

Martin Scott takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph.

45:04

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Higdon on Leigh Griffiths. Mark Brown restarts play with the free kick.

45:04 Substitution

Substitution Daniel Galbraith comes on in place of Ivan Sproule.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +0:47 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

44:10

Corner taken by Tom Hateley from the right by-line played to the near post.

42:15

Corner taken by Tom Hateley from the left by-line to the near post.

42:00

Michael Higdon takes a shot. Save made by Mark Brown.

41:32

Jamie Murphy takes a shot. Save by Mark Brown.

39:40

Nicky Law provided the assist for the goal.

39:40 Goal scored

Goal! - Michael Higdon - Motherwell 2 - 1 Hibernian Michael Higdon fires in a goal from just outside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Motherwell 2-1 Hibernian.

38:52

Victor Palsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Steve Jennings. Tim Clancy takes the free kick.

38:24

Outswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley.

38:08

Nicky Law takes a shot. Save by Mark Brown.

37:39

Martin Scott challenges Jamie Murphy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.

36:39

The referee blows for offside against Michael Higdon. Mark Brown restarts play with the free kick.

32:43

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Martin Scott. Sean O'Hanlon concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Higdon. Darren Randolph takes the indirect free kick.

31:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Keith Lasley on Garry O'Connor. Free kick taken by Paul Hanlon.

30:54

Corner from the left by-line taken by Martin Scott, Michael Higdon makes a clearance.

29:50

The assist for the goal came from Michael Higdon.

29:50 Goal scored

Goal! - Keith Lasley - Motherwell 1 - 1 Hibernian Keith Lasley gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Motherwell 1-1 Hibernian.

29:21

Tom Hateley takes the outswinging corner,

27:03

The assistant referee signals for offside against Leigh Griffiths. Indirect free kick taken by Darren Randolph.

25:47

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Humphrey on Ivan Sproule. Free kick taken by Mark Brown.

24:54

Tom Hateley takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Chris Humphrey takes a shot. Blocked by Ian Murray.

21:06

Leigh Griffiths takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.

18:59

The assist for the goal came from Leigh Griffiths.

18:59 Goal scored

Goal! - Garry O'Connor - Motherwell 0 - 1 Hibernian Garry O'Connor gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Motherwell 0-1 Hibernian.

18:29

Garry O'Connor takes a shot.

18:13

Unfair challenge on Sean O'Hanlon by Michael Higdon results in a free kick. Paul Hanlon takes the indirect free kick.

16:50

Tim Clancy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Garry O'Connor. Indirect free kick taken by Martin Scott.

12:31

Garry O'Connor concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Higdon. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.

10:42

Foul by Tim Clancy on Garry O'Connor, free kick awarded. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Leigh Griffiths. Inswinging corner taken by Martin Scott from the right by-line.

6:38

Corner taken by Tom Hateley.

5:59

Corner taken by Tom Hateley from the left by-line, clearance by Ian Murray.

3:39

Ivan Sproule fouled by Keith Lasley, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Hanlon takes the indirect free kick.

2:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Higdon by Sean O'Hanlon. Steve Jennings restarts play with the free kick.

1:36

Leigh Griffiths takes a shot.

0:24

Michael Higdon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Wotherspoon. Free kick taken by Richie Towell.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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