against Hibernian. Scottish Premiership.
4.30 p.m., Sunday, August 1, 2021.
Tannenpark Attendance: Participants 2,540.
Match report as Motherwell stage comeback to 3-2 win against Motherwell in Fir Park; Kevin van Veen and Bevis Mugabi gave the hosts the lead after Kyle Magennis equalized; Christian Doidge made it 2-2 before Martin Boyle scored the winning goal
Hibernian had to dig deep as they came from behind twice to claim a 3-2 win over Motherwell in a vibrant Scottish Premiership encounter at Fir Park.
Kevin van Veen scored on his debut in The Scottish Premiership scored a goal and gave the hosts the lead (12) after Jake Carroll’s performance.
Hibernian fought his way back five minutes later with Kyle Magennis’ instinctive finish, but Bevis Mugabi headed Motherwell on another Carroll cross back in front (29th).
Jack Ross’s team showed why they finished third last season when they turned the game upside down in the second period when substitute Christian Doidge came within minutes of his Substitution equalized (56th).
Stephen O’Donnell was then penalized for handling inside the box when Martin Boyle swept home the winning penalty when Hibernian got off to a flying start.
Motherwe ll: Kelly (6), Stephen O’Donnell (6), Mugabi (6), Lamie (6), Carroll (7), Slattery (7), Donnelly (7), Maguire (7), Woolery (6), van Veen (8), Watt (7).
Subs: Lawless (n / a), Amaluzor (n / a).
Hibernian: Macey (6), McGinn (7), Porteous (6), Hanlon (6), Stevenson (7), Magennis (7), Gogic (5), Newell (6), Boyle (8), Nisbet (7 .)), Murphy (6).
Subs: Doidge (7), Doyle-Hayes (6), Campbell (n / a)
Man of the match: Kevin van Veen.
Boyle told Sky Sports: « It’s fantastic to win because we showed great character here with two headed goals. I thought we absolutely deserved it. »His sentence should prove crucial as Hibernian simply refused to move, backed by 2,000 of her fans. It’s a painful business for Motherwell as they led twice, but there were encouraging signs of their upcoming season.
Graham Alexander led the Steelmen to the safety of the Scottish Premiership last year, and became his first selection of the new season Flooded with new faces as well as old faces, goalkeeper Liam Kelly, who made his loan deal permanent with QPR this summer.
If anyone needed proof of the difference the backers make, this game made it – the game was made just as much by the Influenced 5,240 fans who were in Fir Park, including 1,810 Hibs supporters.
It seemed more competitive, nervous and exciting than anything that happened in the cinch premiere last season on empty grounds. </ Referee David Munro struggled at times to keep control, he booked eight players and there could have been more, with Hibs midfielder Joe N in particular ewell got away with more than his fair share of fouls.
Driven by the atmosphere they had missed last season, the players faced each other, fought for corners and scolded the referee.
Both fan groups had to don’t wait long to celebrate a goal. Van Veen headed a brilliant 12th-minute cross from Jake Carroll and Hibs leveled five minutes later.
Kevin Nisbet sent Paul McGinn right with no Motherwell player chase and his low cross went through a crowd of bodies before Magennis stabbed home from six meters.
The visitors stayed upstairs. Paul Hanlon headed just after a corner and Jamie Murphy shot clean but hit his lifter while goalkeeper Liam Kelly was stranded.
Motherwell regained the lead in the 29th minute after another delivery from Carroll as the left-back turned a free kick to the back post so Mugabi could go home.
Hibs had turned down a strong penalty claim when Carroll Magennis bundled after the midfielder fell behind and prepared for the shooting.
Motherwell survived a few moments of shock shortly after the break when Carroll Boyle took the ball off his toes and Kelly Murphy’s punch tipped off.
The pressure paid off in the 56th minute when Doidge, just on substitute for Alex Gogic, after one Nisbet’s moderate shot slipped past a post.
Hibs appeared ready, but the hosts hit back. Motherwell’s new captain O’Donnell hit the side netting and Van Veen slipped through Kaiyne Woolery, only striker Hibs goalkeeper Matt Macey hit the leg with his shot.
However, it was the visitors who were soon cheered after Nisbet’s shot hit O’Donnell’s hand.
Munro pointed this time before booking O’Donnell and then Kelly for refusing to retreat on his line when he tried to get Boyle to overtake. The mind games didn’t work when the Hibs winger slammed the ball into the corner just outside the goalkeeper’s reach.
Motherwell pushed for equalizer late, but Barry Maguire shot past from 20 yards after her best opening.It’s not often that the man of the game is on the losing side, but Kevin van Veen made an excellent league debut for Motherwell alongside his scoring goal.
In the second half, he strengthened his rising status as the returning Well’s favorite Fans, entangling McGinn and Ryan Porteous after two great touches on the ground.
« It’s very frustrating since we scored two very good goals but it’s disappointing to have conceded three at home. When we would have defended well as a team, it would have been different, but in the first game of the season we have to take the positive out of it and not look too much at the negative.
« I’m with my performance satisfied, but there is more to come. I’m a perfectionist, so I always want to get better. «
Motherwell boss Graham Alexander: » It’s frustrating because I thought we did enough to get something out of the game. The players were excellent today against a top opponent and we hit more than our weight today. But for a few bizarre things, « go on, maybe we have something.
» There have been some weird stoppages and free kicks, yellow ones. We had to try to overcome that, but it was frustrating. It was pretty obvious what was going on, but my players focused and we managed to keep 11 players on the ball. « Pitch.
» We had great chances of winning the game and on 2: 2 a great chance to take the lead again. Unfortunately they got the penalty a few minutes later. We want to go into this season with punches and goals. «
Hibernian boss Jack Ross: » It’s a continuation of what this group showed last season. They finished where they did in the table and that is because they are a good team and have a good character. «
» I thought we played well again today and my only point of criticism Half-time was when we didn’t defend our penalty area well enough a couple of times.
« We’ll see this later this week, but the message at half time was to keep trusting their skills as I thought they would played well in the first half and continued into the second period.
« We’ve gotten better at not panicking and the players have gotten better at dealing with adversity. It’s about trusting the process. This was not an easy opening game against Motherwell – it was physically challenging, but since we returned on Thursday we were brilliant. «
» I thought the competition really did honor the Scottish Premiership. We saw two teams that wanted to play attacking football, maybe a bit suspicious at the back, and both coaches will be annoyed at how they conceded the goals. «
» But praise to Hibs – they showed last season that they will be able to travel and get all three points. They have a really offensive advantage over their team as the first three are complemented by the excellent ones from Boyle, Nisbet and Murphy. « Replacement of Doidge.
» There wasn’t much between the two teams. I thought Motherwell was brilliant and put a lot into the game, but Hibs showed her resilience, which may not have been there last season, brilliantly towards the end. « Motherwell visits St. Johnstone next Sunday at 3pm in the Scottish Premiership, while Hibernian hosts Ross County at the same time.
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