Scottish Championship
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Greenock Morton 1-1 Hibernian

Jason Cummings (centre) celebrates for Hibs
Jason Cummings (centre) equalised for Hibs

Substitute Jason Cummings rescued a point for Scottish Championship leaders Hibernian away to Greenock Morton with a stunning curling free-kick.

His 81st-minute strike came two minutes after after Gary Oliver had prodded the home side into the lead.

It means Hibs end the day still ahead of Dundee United on goal difference after the Taysiders drew with Raith Rovers.

Morton stay in front of the Kirkcaldy side on goal difference.

Oliver gave the Greenock side a second-half lead after the ball was twice rattled against the crossbar, forcing it home from a couple of yards out.

But within a minute Cummings, who had only just come on as a substitute, equalised with a superb curling free kick from 25 yards.

Kris Commons made his Hibernian debut with Cummings making way to accommodate the emergency loan Celtic player.

The goalless first half featured several meaty challenges, with few genuine chances, although Oliver came close for Morton, who were the better side in the opening 45 minutes.

Gary Oliver scores for Morton against Hibs
Gary Oliver (second right) had given Morton the lead Greenock

But a disappointing crowd of 2,156 witnessed much more thrilling stuff after the break.

A draw was probably a fair result. Morton can point to a thrilling Jamie McDonagh solo run over 60 yards, while Hibs had two 90th minute opportunities for Cummings and his fellow sub Grant Holt but neither could find a winner.

Reaction

Greenock Morton manager Jim Duffy: "Another injury to a forward player was the last thing we needed but I was very pleased with the way we played, particularly in the first half.

"We don't have the resources Hibs have and Jason Cummings as a substitute underlines that. Losing a goal so quickly after scoring is usually a worry, but it was a clever free kick. You have to give him credit.

"Neil Lennon got a reaction from his players in the second half.

"We are battling hard to be in the play off position. We are not a bad side and we are 100 per cent committed."

Hibernian manager Neil Lennon: "We didn't pass the ball well enough in the first half.

"Kris Commons got better as the match went on. He'll feel the benefit of this match but on the balance a draw was probably right.

"It's never a foregone conclusion coming here.

"I toyed with starting Jason Cummings and on reflection maybe I should have. He has a real chance of starting next week."

Line-ups

Morton

  • 1Gaston
  • 18McDonaghBooked at 54mins
  • 4O'Ware
  • 5Gunning
  • 3Lamie
  • 8Forbes
  • 12TidserBooked at 72mins
  • 21MurdochSubstituted forDoyleat 90+1'minutes
  • 17Russell
  • 9OyenugaSubstituted forKildayat 16'minutes
  • 7OliverBooked at 80mins

Substitutes

  • 2Kilday
  • 6Doyle
  • 11Nesbitt
  • 14Scullion
  • 20McNeil
  • 39Strapp

Hibernian

  • 31Laidlaw
  • 24McGregor
  • 4Hanlon
  • 5FontaineSubstituted forCummingsat 76'minutes
  • 2Gray
  • 22ShinnieBooked at 90mins
  • 6BartleyBooked at 73mins
  • 16Stevenson
  • 15Commons
  • 29GrahamSubstituted forHoltat 65'minutes
  • 17BoyleSubstituted forForsterat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Holt
  • 19Keatings
  • 23Forster
  • 26Eardley
  • 32Virtanen
  • 35Cummings
  • 43Crane
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
2,156

Match Stats

Home TeamMortonAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home10
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away1
Fouls
Home16
Away23

Live Text

Match ends, Morton 1, Hibernian 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morton 1, Hibernian 1.

Attempt missed. Ross Forbes (Morton) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Michael Doyle replaces Andy Murdoch.

Booking

Andrew Shinnie (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

Gary Oliver (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Shinnie (Hibernian).

Attempt saved. Grant Holt (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Jordan Forster replaces Martin Boyle.

Gavin Gunning (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Grant Holt (Hibernian).

Ricki Lamie (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Martin Boyle (Hibernian).

Mark Russell (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Grant Holt (Hibernian).

Corner, Morton. Conceded by David Gray.

Gavin Gunning (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andrew Shinnie (Hibernian).

Foul by Gavin Gunning (Morton).

Goal!

Goal! Morton 1, Hibernian 1. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Kris Commons (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Gary Oliver (Morton) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Morton 1, Hibernian 0. Gary Oliver (Morton) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

Jamie McDonagh (Morton) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Ross Forbes (Morton) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box.

Ross Forbes (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kris Commons (Hibernian).

Attempt blocked. Grant Holt (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Jason Cummings replaces Liam Fontaine.

Attempt missed. Andrew Shinnie (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Gary Oliver (Morton).

Marvin Bartley (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Marvin Bartley (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Gary Oliver (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marvin Bartley (Hibernian).

Booking

Michael Tidser (Morton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Michael Tidser (Morton).

Kris Commons (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Darren McGregor.

Ross Forbes (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian1710522992035
2Dundee Utd17105225121335
3Falkirk177552420426
4Morton166642318524
5Raith Rovers166641915424
6Queen of Sth175572228-620
7Dunfermline174582128-717
8Dumbarton174581624-817
9Ayr174581424-1017
10St Mirren1725101631-1511
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