Motherwell moved to within three points of second-placed Rangers after beating Hibernian at Fir Park.

Isaiah Osbourne tapped home Hibs' opener early on, but Michael Higdon levelled from the penalty spot.

Jamie Murphy gave Well the lead for the first time only for Matt Doherty's deflected shot to equalise for Hibs.

Higdon completed his hat-trick with an overhead kick and another spot-kick before Ivan Sproule's late consolation for the visitiors.

Stuart McCall's side have now played the same number of Scottish Premier League games as administration-hit Rangers. Hibs remain level on points with bottom club Dunfermline, but Pat Fenlon's men have a better goal difference and a game in hand over the Fife side.

In a lively start, Griffiths fired wide and Higdon was denied by a last-ditch tackle by Doherty.

Griffiths also had an attempt saved by goalkeeper Darren Randolph before Hibs benefitted from a mistake to take the lead on 18 minutes.

Tim Clancy's header back towards Randolph was short and retrieved by Griffiths, who rounded the keeper and squared for Osbourne to tap home.

Motherwell tried to respond and headers by Higdon were blocked by keeper Graham Stack and defender James McPake.

Daley was also foiled by Stack after the winger fizzed in a shot.

Osbourne strode forward and blasted a left-foot shot wide from the edge of the box as Hibs preserved their lead until half-time.

Defensive uncertainty, this time in the visiting rearguard, led to the equaliser as Henrik Ojamaa pounced on Doherty's wayward header and was taken out by Stack, referee Steven MacLean promptly pointing to the spot.

Higdon converted from 12 yards on 47 minutes.

Ojamaa tried to take advantage of more hesitation by Doherty and put the ball in the net, but the referee brought play back for Ojamaa's challenge and also booked the striker for time-wasting.

At the other end, Osbourne set up Griffiths and the on-loan Wolves player's low shot was blocked by the legs of Randolph.

Daley was the architect of Motherwell's second, bursting towards the byeline and cutting across for Murphy to apply the finishing touch.

But Hibs soon equalised as George Francomb's corner found the head of Doherty and, although the defender's initial effort was blocked, his follow-up shot deflected past Randolph.

Motherwell pressed again and Ojamaa's impressive shot struck the crossbar.

Murphy kept the attack alive and crossed for Higdon to beat Stack with an acrobatic effort in the 70th minute.

The Steelmen were not finished as Ojamaa made a nuisance of himself and was fouled in the box again, this time by Doherty, and Higdon claimed his treble with a second successful spot-kick.

Randolph narrowly avoided an own goal with a mis-hit clearance. But, from the resulting corner, Hibs pulled a goal back.

Sproule's shot was blocked, but the winger eventually forced the ball over the line as several Motherwell defenders tried unsuccessfully to scramble clear.

Lineup, Bookings (8) & Substitutions (6)

Motherwell

  • 01 Randolph
  • 03 Hammell
  • 15 Hutchinson Booked
  • 22 Clancy Booked
  • 04 Law (Craigan - 90' )
  • 06 Hateley
  • 08 Jennings
  • 17 Daley (Humphrey - 67' )
  • 09 Higdon
  • 11 Murphy (Carswell - 84' )
  • 24 Ojamaa Booked

Substitutes

  • 31 Bradley
  • 05 Craigan
  • 20 Page
  • 07 Humphrey
  • 26 Carswell
  • 18 Forbes
  • 25 Lawleff

Hibernian

  • 01 Stack Booked
  • 02 Doherty Booked (Kujabi - 81' )
  • 04 Hanlon
  • 15 McPake
  • 22 Francomb Booked
  • 08 Claros (Scott - 69' Booked )
  • 16 Stevenson
  • 17 Sproule Booked
  • 24 Osbourne
  • 09 O'Connor
  • 28 Griffiths (O'Donovan - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 31 Brown
  • 19 Kujabi
  • 25 Towell
  • 13 Soares
  • 14 Scott
  • 10 Doyle
  • 18 O'Donovan
Ref: Mclean
Att: 8,065

Match Stats

Shots

15 10

On target

10 6

Corners

10 7

Fouls

10 17

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:09 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +5:03

Attacking throw-in by George Francomb (Hibernian).

90:00 +4:22

Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Hibernian) on Stephen Craigan (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Darren Randolph (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.

90:00 +2:58

Free kick taken left-footed by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell) from left channel, passed.

90:00 +2:58 Substitution

Substitution Motherwell substitution: Nicky Law replaced by Stephen Craigan (tactical).

90:00 +2:34 Booking

Booking George Francomb (Hibernian) booked for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +2:23

Foul by George Francomb (Hibernian) on Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell).

90:00 +1:48

Attacking throw-in by Pa Saikou Kujabi (Hibernian).

90:00 +1:30

Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

90:00 +0:45

Attacking throw-in by Pa Saikou Kujabi (Hibernian).

89:46

Foul by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell) on Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian). Free kick taken right-footed by George Francomb (Hibernian) from right channel, resulting in open play.

87:09

Attacking throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).

86:45

Attacking throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).

86:22

Defending throw-in by Roy O'Donovan (Hibernian).

85:43 Booking

Booking Ivan Sproule (Hibernian) booked for unsporting behaviour.

84:38 Booking

Booking Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell) booked for unsporting behaviour.

84:31 Goal scored

Goal! - Ivan Sproule - Motherwell 4 - 3 Hibernian Goal by Ivan Sproule (Hibernian) right-footed (high centre of goal) from centre of penalty area (12 yards).Motherwell 4-3 Hibernian.

83:53

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by George Francomb (Hibernian) to far post, save (punched) by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

83:15 Substitution

Substitution Motherwell substitution: Jamie Murphy replaced by Stewart Carswell (tactical).

83:01

Defending throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).

82:08

Defending throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

81:48

Attacking throw-in by George Francomb (Hibernian).

80:55 Substitution

Substitution Hibernian substitution: Matt Doherty replaced by Pa Saikou Kujabi (tactical).

80:39 Substitution

Substitution Hibernian substitution: Leigh Griffiths replaced by Roy O'Donovan (tactical).

79:27

Foul by Nicky Law (Motherwell) on Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian). Free kick taken right-footed by Graham Stack (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.

77:34

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) on Steve Jennings (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) from left channel (30 yards), hit wall.

77:06

Attacking throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).

75:55

Attacking throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).

74:46

Assist by Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell) from centre of penalty area.

74:46 Goal scored

Goal! - Michael Higdon - Motherwell 4 - 2 Hibernian Placed penalty taken right-footed by Michael Higdon (Motherwell) (bottom-left of goal), scored.Motherwell 4-2 Hibernian.

73:43 Booking

Booking Matt Doherty (Hibernian) booked for unsporting behaviour.

73:34

Foul by Matt Doherty (Hibernian) on Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell).

73:12

Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

71:42

Free kick taken right-footed by Darren Randolph (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.

71:42 Booking

Booking Martin Scott (Hibernian) booked for unsporting behaviour.

71:27

Foul by Martin Scott (Hibernian) on Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).

69:59

Assist (cross) by Jamie Murphy (Motherwell) from left side of penalty area.

69:59 Goal scored

Goal! - Michael Higdon - Motherwell 3 - 2 Hibernian goal by Michael Higdon (Motherwell) overhead kick right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from centre of penalty area (12 yards).Motherwell 3-2 Hibernian.

69:42

Shot by Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell) right-footed from right channel (20 yards),

68:59

Free kick taken right-footed by Darren Randolph (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.

68:59 Substitution

Substitution Hibernian substitution: Jorge Claros replaced by Martin Scott (tactical).

68:47

Foul by Matt Doherty (Hibernian) on Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell).

67:52

Free kick taken right-footed by George Francomb (Hibernian) from right wing, resulting in open play.

67:52 Booking

Booking Tim Clancy (Motherwell) booked for unsporting behaviour.

67:46

Foul by Tim Clancy (Motherwell) on Isaiah Osbourne (Hibernian).

67:24

Defending throw-in by George Francomb (Hibernian).

67:01

Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

66:38 Substitution

Substitution Motherwell substitution: Omar Daley replaced by Chris Humphrey (tactical).

65:44 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Doherty - Motherwell 2 - 2 Hibernian goal by Matt Doherty (Hibernian) right-footed (top-left of goal) from centre of penalty area (12 yards).Motherwell 2-2 Hibernian.

65:13

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by George Francomb (Hibernian) to far post,

64:58

Foul by Michael Higdon (Motherwell) on Matt Doherty (Hibernian). Free kick taken right-footed by Graham Stack (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.

64:43

Defending throw-in by George Francomb (Hibernian).

62:55

Assist (pass) by Omar Daley (Motherwell) from left side of penalty area.

62:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Jamie Murphy - Motherwell 2 - 1 Hibernian Goal by Jamie Murphy (Motherwell) right-footed (low centre of goal) from right side of six-yard box (6 yards).Motherwell 2-1 Hibernian.

62:16

Defending throw-in by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

61:04

Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

59:50

Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Darren Randolph (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.

59:18

Goal kick taken long by Graham Stack (Hibernian).

59:10

Shot by Omar Daley (Motherwell) right-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), missed left.

58:29

Goal kick taken long by Graham Stack (Hibernian).

58:20

Shot by Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), over the bar.

58:04

Foul by Jorge Claros (Hibernian) on Michael Higdon (Motherwell). Free kick taken left-footed by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell) from left wing, passed.

57:14

Defending throw-in by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

56:34

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) to far post, clearance by Garry O'Connor (Hibernian).

56:03

Shot by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) left-footed from left channel (25 yards), save (blocked) by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

55:24

Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

54:33

Attacking throw-in by George Francomb (Hibernian).

54:24

Attacking throw-in by George Francomb (Hibernian).

54:13

Defending throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

53:23

Free kick taken right-footed by Graham Stack (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.

53:23 Booking

Booking Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell) booked for time wasting.

53:16

Foul by Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell) on Matt Doherty (Hibernian).

52:47

Defending throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

52:19

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by George Francomb (Hibernian) to near post, clearance by Steve Jennings (Motherwell).

52:13

Attacking throw-in by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

51:33

Goal kick taken long by Graham Stack (Hibernian).

50:39

Foul by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) on Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell). Free kick crossed left-footed by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell) from right wing, resulting in ball out of play.

49:29

Defending throw-in by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

48:41

Shot by Ivan Sproule (Hibernian) volleyed right-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), save (caught) by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

47:51

Defending throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

47:02

Assist by Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell) from centre of penalty area.

47:00 Goal scored

Goal! - Michael Higdon - Motherwell 1 - 1 Hibernian Placed penalty taken right-footed by Michael Higdon (Motherwell) (bottom-left of goal), scored.Motherwell 1-1 Hibernian.

46:02 Booking

Booking Graham Stack (Hibernian) booked for unsporting behaviour.

46:02

Foul by Graham Stack (Hibernian) on Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell).

45:36

Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

45:21

Defending throw-in by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +0:14 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

44:49

Goal kick taken long by Graham Stack (Hibernian).

44:38

Shot by Omar Daley (Motherwell) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), over the bar.

44:21

Foul by Jorge Claros (Hibernian) on Stevie Hammell (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Steve Jennings (Motherwell) from own half, passed.

43:34

Defending throw-in by George Francomb (Hibernian).

42:43

Goal kick taken long by Graham Stack (Hibernian).

42:16

Foul by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) on Tim Clancy (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Darren Randolph (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.

41:04

Goal kick taken long by Graham Stack (Hibernian).

40:49

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) to far post, resulting in ball out of play.

40:35

Shot by Jamie Murphy (Motherwell) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), blocked by Jorge Claros (Hibernian).

40:12

Foul by James McPake (Hibernian) on Michael Higdon (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Nicky Law (Motherwell) from left channel, passed.

40:07

Goal kick taken short by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

39:51

Shot by Isaiah Osbourne (Hibernian) left-footed from left channel (25 yards), missed right.

39:24

Defending throw-in by George Francomb (Hibernian).

38:20

Foul by Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell) on James McPake (Hibernian). Free kick taken right-footed by Graham Stack (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.

35:32

Foul by Jorge Claros (Hibernian) on Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell). Free kick crossed right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) from left channel, clearance by Isaiah Osbourne (Hibernian).

33:52

Attacking throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).

33:27

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) to near post, clearance by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

33:16

Shot by Omar Daley (Motherwell) left-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), save (parried) by Graham Stack (Hibernian).

32:55

Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

32:46

Shot by George Francomb (Hibernian) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), missed left.

31:47

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) to near post, save (punched) by Graham Stack (Hibernian).

31:33

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) to far post, clearance by Matt Doherty (Hibernian).

31:20

Cross by Omar Daley (Motherwell), header by Michael Higdon (Motherwell) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (parried) by Graham Stack (Hibernian).

29:37

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by George Francomb (Hibernian) to near post, clearance by Tim Clancy (Motherwell).

29:12

Defending throw-in by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

28:27

Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

28:12

Cross by Matt Doherty (Hibernian), header by Garry O'Connor (Hibernian) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), missed left.

27:31

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by George Francomb (Hibernian) to far post, clearance by Michael Higdon (Motherwell).

26:27

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) to near post, clearance by Garry O'Connor (Hibernian).

25:45

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) to far post, shot by Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell) right-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), blocked by James McPake (Hibernian).

25:03

Defending throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

24:53

Header by Michael Higdon (Motherwell) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by James McPake (Hibernian).

23:56

Attacking throw-in by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

22:26

Foul by Ivan Sproule (Hibernian) on Tom Hateley (Motherwell). Free kick taken left-footed by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell) from right wing, header by Michael Higdon (Motherwell) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Graham Stack (Hibernian).

22:15

Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

21:17

Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Darren Randolph (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.

20:38

Foul by Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell) on Jorge Claros (Hibernian). Free kick taken right-footed by Graham Stack (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.

19:58

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by George Francomb (Hibernian) to near post, clearance by Michael Higdon (Motherwell).

18:38

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) to near post, clearance by George Francomb (Hibernian).

17:45

Assist (pass) by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) from left side of penalty area.

17:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Isaiah Osbourne - Motherwell 0 - 1 Hibernian Goal by Isaiah Osbourne (Hibernian) right-footed (low centre of goal) from right side of six-yard box (6 yards).Motherwell 0-1 Hibernian.

17:28

Defending throw-in by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

17:09

Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

16:55

Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

16:41

Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

16:28

Defending throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

15:57

Foul by Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell) on Matt Doherty (Hibernian). Free kick taken right-footed by Matt Doherty (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.

15:23

Defending throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

14:50

Shot by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) left-footed from left channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

13:45

Defending throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

13:20

Foul by Michael Higdon (Motherwell) on Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian). Free kick taken right-footed by Matt Doherty (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.

12:44

Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Graham Stack (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.

11:41

Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

10:41

Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

10:16

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Ivan Sproule (Hibernian) to far post, resulting in ball out of play.

9:26

Omar Daley (Motherwell) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by George Francomb (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.

8:46

Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Hibernian) on Tim Clancy (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Darren Randolph (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.

7:51

Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell) on James McPake (Hibernian). Free kick taken right-footed by Graham Stack (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.

7:02

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) to far post, header by Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.

6:53

Shot by Michael Higdon (Motherwell) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Matt Doherty (Hibernian).

5:54

Foul by James McPake (Hibernian) on Michael Higdon (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Tim Clancy (Motherwell) from left channel, resulting in open play.

5:04

Goal kick taken long by Graham Stack (Hibernian).

4:00

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) to far post, resulting in open play.

2:52

Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

2:31

Attacking throw-in by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

1:12

Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

1:03

Shot by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), missed right.

0:10

Foul by George Francomb (Hibernian) on Omar Daley (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Tim Clancy (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.

0:00

The game begins.

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