Motherwell 2-3 Hibs: Hibs come from behind twice to win opening-day humdinger

Hibs twice came from behind to earn an opening-day win at Motherwell.

By Patrick McPartlin
Sunday, 1st August 2021, 7:14 pm
Hibs travel to Motherwell today hoping to build on their Europa Conference League performances
Hibs travel to Motherwell today hoping to build on their Europa Conference League performances

Motherwell scored first through Kevin van Veen with Kyle Magennis levelling matters moments later, but Bevis Mugabi's header ensured the Steelmen went in ahead at the break.

Substitute Christian Doidge slid home for Hibs’ second after Kevin Nisbet’s shot hit the post and Martin Boyle netting what turned out to be the winner from the penalty spot after Stephen O’Donnell was adjudged to have handled in the box.

Relive the action below.

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Last updated: Sunday, 01 August, 2021, 17:08

  • Hibs won 3-0 on last visit to Fir Park
  • Teams met on opening day of 2018/19 season with Hibs running out 3-0 winners at Easter Road
  • Jake Doyle-Hayes, Daniel Mackay set for league debuts

The cinch Scottish Premiership season gets under way today for Hibs (and Motherwell) with today’s clash at Fir Park. Unlike the last meeting here, there will be fans in the stadium and they could see some of the nine new Steelmen signings this afternoon.

The hosts won three of their four League Cup group matches while Hibs come into this game on the back off back-to-back wins against FC Santa Coloma of Andorra.

No Josh Doig, while Chris Cadden and Sean Mackie remain sidelined.

Macey; McGinn, Porteous, Hanlon, Stevenson; Gogic, Magennis, Newell; Boyle, Nisbet, Murphy.

Subs: Dabrowski, McGregor, Campbell, Doyle-Hayes, Allan, Mackay, Doidge.

Looking like a 4-3-3 attacking / 4-5-1 defending from Hibs there. Potentially a diamond with Murphy as the ten behind Nisbet and Boyle. Plenty of options.

Approaching kick off at Fir Park - the sun is out, both sets of fans are in good voice, and the 21/22 Scottish Premiership is nearly under way for Motherwell and Hibs!

Josh Doig’s future?

“He’s been subject of a lot of attention and much more concrete interest over the last few days.

“For us and for Josh, it needs to reach a head one way or the other.”

Jack Ross speaking to BBC Scotland

Motherwell get us started and the 2021/22 season begins for Hibs! The Easter Road side in all-white, Motherwell in their usual amber shirts, claret shorts, and amber and claret socks.

Early sight of goal for Hibs as Joe Newell’s in-swinging cross is gathered by Kelly.

Nisbet and Boyle link up and the Australian internationalist cuts it back for Magennis, but he can’t get his shot away and Motherwell clear

Goal for Motherwell!

A cross from the left is right on top of Kevin van Veen and the Dutchman’s header arcs away from Macey’s grasp. 1-0 to the hosts after 14 minutes

Hibs looking for an immediate response as Murphy hares down the left touchline but Boyle can’t get on the end of his low cross.

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