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Hibernian 2-2 St Mirren: Hibs spurn chance to go top of table

By Matthew ReedBBC Sport Scotland
Joe Shaughnessy celebrates
Shaughnessy's late header gave St Mirren their fourth draw in six games

Hibernian blew the chance of going clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership as St Mirren staged a dramatic comeback to draw at Easter Road.

Eamonn Brophy had given the away side the lead with a powerful drive.

But Paul McGinn's exceptional volley levelled the score before Martin Boyle converted from the penalty spot.

However, a late lapse from the hosts allowed Joe Shaughnessy to nod in a costly equaliser.

Hibs move top of the table on goal difference while being level on points with Rangers and Hearts, with the former playing Motherwell tomorrow at Ibrox.

St Mirren move up to ninth, but are still in search for their first league win of the campaign.

The first-half period saw a lethargic Hibs side struggle to create despite dominating possession.

Two wayward efforts from Boyle and Kevin Nisbet were the best Jack Ross' men could muster as they laboured to threaten a resolute St Mirren defence.

Those defensive efforts were rewarded at the other end when Brophy gave the away side the lead late in the first half.

The striker latched on to a clearance from Connor Ronan before cutting past Ryan Porteous and firing towards goal. Questions may be asked of Hibernian keeper Matt Macey who got a clean hand to the ball, but was unable to prevent it from nestling in the net at his near post.

Porteous was involved again early in the second half as he had a goal chalked off when he met Scott Allan's corner but Boyle, standing in an offside position on the goal line, was flagged.

Substitute Allan became the focal point for most good things Hibs did in the second half and he demonstrated superb vision to pick out McGinn for the equaliser.

After St Mirren had successfully blocked two efforts, the ball fell to Allan who had the wherewithal to spot the onrushing defender who crashed home a sensational volley.

The Hibs onslaught continued and soon they had the lead. Porteous caused problems from a corner with Matt Miller sending him tumbling to the ground for a clear penalty, which Boyle converted comfortably.

This was not the end of Jim Goodwin's side, though, as they showed incredible spirit to drag themselves back into the game and play out an enthralling final 20 minutes.

Shaughnessy went close as he poked Marcus Fraser's cross towards goal only to be denied by the crossbar.

But the defender quickly found himself at the top end of the pitch again as he capitalised on Josh Doig's lapse in concentration to snatch a late draw.

Man of the match - Eamonn Brophy

Eamonn Brophy celebrates his goal
Eamonn Brophy's goal ended St Mirren's 318 minute wait for a Premiership strike

What did we learn?

Hibernian seemed surprisingly tired as they rolled up to Easter Road.

Goodwin's men will be happy to put a few goals up and prove they still have the quality they showed at times last season, but still look light of a nailed-on goal scorer.

The first half offered very little other than a solid St Mirren shape, but both sides played their part in the fantastic second half.

What did they say?

Hibernian manager Jack Ross: "I would have been delighted if we had seen out the win but over the course of the game I don't think we played well enough to deserve the win.

"Scott Allan's had a difficult year, he wants to play like all players do, that's why it looked like he might go out on loan. But he knows I've got faith in him, his vision, creativity and quality was never in question."

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin: "I hate moaning all the time about decisions but I think that was an extremely soft penalty. There was a little bit of grappling before the ball came in but before Porteous went to ground, Matt Millar moved his arms out to his side to prove to the referee he wasn't touching him.

"Porteous has a habit of winning cheap free-kicks over the years. Some people might say he was clever but for me the referee needs to see what was going on there.

"There's a real frustration because I think we could have won the game if that second goal hadn't gone against us."

What's next?

Hibernian travel to Dundee United in the League Cup on Thursday night (19:45 GMT), while St Mirren welcome Aberdeen at home in the league on Sunday afternoon (12:00).

Player of the match

BrophyEamonn Brophy

with an average of 8.97

Hibernian

  1. Squad number23Player nameAllan
    Average rating

    8.17

  2. Squad number10Player nameBoyle
    Average rating

    6.12

  3. Squad number6Player nameMcGinn
    Average rating

    5.98

  4. Squad number15Player nameNisbet
    Average rating

    5.72

  5. Squad number5Player namePorteous
    Average rating

    5.71

  6. Squad number7Player nameMagennis
    Average rating

    5.70

  7. Squad number3Player nameDoig
    Average rating

    5.67

  8. Squad number13Player nameGogic
    Average rating

    5.64

  9. Squad number1Player nameMacey
    Average rating

    5.52

  10. Squad number22Player nameDoyle-Hayes
    Average rating

    5.48

  11. Squad number4Player nameHanlon
    Average rating

    5.46

  12. Squad number11Player nameNewell
    Average rating

    5.33

  13. Squad number27Player nameCadden
    Average rating

    5.25

St Mirren

  1. Squad number9Player nameBrophy
    Average rating

    8.97

  2. Squad number7Player nameMcGrath
    Average rating

    7.20

  3. Squad number15Player nameReid
    Average rating

    7.17

  4. Squad number43Player nameRonan
    Average rating

    7.06

  5. Squad number10Player nameMain
    Average rating

    7.04

  6. Squad number6Player namePower
    Average rating

    7.04

  7. Squad number3Player nameTanser
    Average rating

    7.00

  8. Squad number4Player nameShaughnessy
    Average rating

    6.97

  9. Squad number22Player nameFraser
    Average rating

    6.91

  10. Squad number1Player nameAlnwick
    Average rating

    6.88

  11. Squad number5Player nameMcCarthy
    Average rating

    6.82

  12. Squad number16Player nameErhahon
    Average rating

    6.78

  13. Squad number17Player nameMcAllister
    Average rating

    6.76

  14. Squad number44Player nameMillar
    Average rating

    6.70

Line-ups

Hibernian

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Macey
  • 6McGinn
  • 5PorteousBooked at 59mins
  • 4Hanlon
  • 27CaddenSubstituted forAllanat 45'minutes
  • 7Magennis
  • 22Doyle-HayesSubstituted forGogicat 82'minutes
  • 3Doig
  • 11Newell
  • 10Boyle
  • 15Nisbet

Substitutes

  • 8Wright
  • 12Wood
  • 13Gogic
  • 16Stevenson
  • 19Gullan
  • 21Dabrowski
  • 23Allan

St Mirren

Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 1Alnwick
  • 22Fraser
  • 5McCarthy
  • 4Shaughnessy
  • 15ReidSubstituted forMainat 62'minutes
  • 44MillarBooked at 60minsSubstituted forMcAllisterat 82'minutes
  • 43RonanSubstituted forErhahonat 62'minutes
  • 6Power
  • 3Tanser
  • 7McGrath
  • 9Brophy

Substitutes

  • 2Tait
  • 8Flynn
  • 10Main
  • 16Erhahon
  • 17McAllister
  • 20Dennis
  • 26Lyness
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
13,501

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home17
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home7
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hibernian 2, St. Mirren 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hibernian 2, St. Mirren 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kevin Nisbet (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

  4. Post update

    Martin Boyle (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Joe Shaughnessy (St. Mirren).

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kyle McAllister (St. Mirren) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamie McGrath.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Alan Power.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Scott Allan (Hibernian) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Newell.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Hibernian 2, St. Mirren 2. Joe Shaughnessy (St. Mirren) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott Tanser with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Ryan Porteous.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alexandros Gogic (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kyle Magennis with a cross following a corner.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Conor McCarthy.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Conor McCarthy.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kevin Nisbet (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Allan.

  15. Post update

    Offside, St. Mirren. Eamonn Brophy tries a through ball, but Scott Tanser is caught offside.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Alexandros Gogic replaces Jake Doyle-Hayes.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Mirren. Kyle McAllister replaces Matthew Millar.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Joe Newell (Hibernian).

  19. Post update

    Ethan Erhahon (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Eamonn Brophy (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Curtis Main.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian6330126612
2Rangers5401104612
3Hearts633095412
4Motherwell531185310
5Celtic5302163139
6Aberdeen62226608
7Dundee Utd521224-27
8St Johnstone613234-16
9St Mirren6042512-74
10Dundee5032411-73
11Ross County6033513-83
12Livingston501429-71
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