Motherwell and Hibs share spoils in 1-1 draw

FT: Hibernian 1 Motherwell 1

FT: Hibernian 1 Motherwell 1

Motherwell midfielder Nicky Law cancelled out Hibernian striker Garry O’Connor’s wonderful free-kick as both sides moved a point closer to their season targets at Easter Road.

O’Connor found the top corner from 20 yards on the half-hour mark and Hibs looked like repelling Motherwell’s second-half pressure.

But Law struck from the edge of the box with 10 minutes left of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League encounter and Motherwell survived a late scare after Jonathan Page was sent off in injury-time.

Hibs left-back Pa Kujabi brought a comic element to the game with an atrocious free-kick, completely mis-hitting from 40 yards after taking a long run-up. Even the Hibs fans laughed before applauding him, presumably for his sheer audacity.

They might not have been so forgiving in different circumstances but their team were looking comfortable and Randolph had to stretch to save O’Connor’s powerful strike.

But Motherwell were level with 10 minutes when Nicky Law fired home from the edge of the box.

Substitute Omar Daley collected Hateley’s pass inside the box and laid it off to Lasley whose clipped cross was headed out only as far as the unmarked Law.

The midfielder brought the ball down and his powerful volley wrong-footed Stack and nestled in the corner of the net.

Motherwell pressed for a winner but they were exposed in injury-time when Hutchinson lost the ball on the edge of the Hibs box and Page brought down Hibs substitute Roy O’Donovan as the pair chased the resulting long ball.

Page was shown a second yellow card and O’Connor had the chance to repeat his opener only to shoot well over.

Motherwell brought on Steven Saunders for his first appearance since rupturing his Achilles in August but he had no time to make a touch as the game ended level.

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