John Sutton scored an injury-time equaliser to deny Hibernian their first home win against Motherwell since 2010.

Strikes by Sutton and Lionel Ainsworth saw Motherwell establish a two-goal lead at Easter Road.

Hibs responded through headers from Jordon Forster and Michael Nelson - via the crossbar - before Paul Heffernan fired them ahead.

But Sutton, with his second goal of the game, ensured both sides would earn a point apiece from a pulsating clash.

The hosts forced a couple of early corners but Motherwell's defence dealt comfortably with the deliveries before breaking the deadlock.

McFadden found space on the left-hand side and played in Ainsworth. He in turn fired the ball across goal where Sutton was waiting to hammer it high into the roof of the net.

Paul Heffernan is mobbed after giving Hibs the lead

Paul Heffernan fired Hibs in front - after they were two-down - but there was a sting in the tail

Hibs responded with a Danny Haynes shot that was fired over the crossbar and a James Collins header that drifted wide.

And the home fans were further stunned just before the half-hour mark when Motherwell doubled their advantage.

Iain Vigurs played a simple pass through to Ainsworth who curled the ball around the advancing Williams into the top corner.

Terry Butcher, arms folded, looked bemused as he watched on from the dugout and would have been preparing a blistering half-time team-talk for his under-performing side.

However, Hibs reduced the deficit just before the break when the Motherwell defence failed to clear a corner. Paul Cairney swept a cross into the box where Forster was waiting to nod home from six yards.

Forster then spurned a great opportunity to equalise moments later, heading wide with the goal at his mercy.

Buoyed by Forster's goal, Hibs came flying out of the traps in the second half and came close to an equaliser with a minute of the restart.

Cairney's cross was met by James Collins but the striker's effort came back off the base of the post before he sent the rebound straight into the arms of Lee Hollis.

Cairney then played in Haynes but he blazed his shot over the bar.

Hibs wouldn't be denied, though, and equalised when Nelson's header was adjudged to have crossed the line after rebounding back off the bar as Hollis clawed it away.

Substitute Heffernan fired Hibs in front for the first time but Sutton struck with his second of the game to ensure a share of the spoils.

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (5)

Hibernian

  • 01 Williams
  • 23 Forster
  • 03 McGivern
  • 10 Craig
  • 05 Nelson
  • 04 Hanlon
  • 11 Cairney (Handling - 84' )
  • 26 Stanton
  • 33 Haynes (Heffernan - 75' )
  • 14 Collins
  • 16 Stevenson (Harris - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Harris
  • 15 Boateng
  • 18 Maybury
  • 19 Handling
  • 21 Murdoch
  • 24 Heffernan
  • 35 Cummings

Motherwell

  • 01 Hollis
  • 02 Reid
  • 23 Murray
  • 26 Leitch
  • 06 McManus
  • 05 Hutchinson
  • 25 Ainsworth (Moore - 71' )
  • 14 Lasley
  • 09 Sutton
  • 07 McFadden (Cadden - 74' )
  • 11 Vigurs

Substitutes

  • 03 Hammell
  • 21 Stewart
  • 22 Moore
  • 29 Shirkie
  • 30 Thomas
  • 32 Neill
  • 34 Cadden
Ref: Steven McLean
Att: 8,277

Match Stats

Shots

13 10

On target

5 6

Corners

8 2

Fouls

11 4

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Hibernian 3, Motherwell 3.

90:00 +3:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Hibernian 3, Motherwell 3.

90:00 +2:17

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Euan Murray.

90:00 +1:46

Attempt missed. James Collins (Hibernian) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

90:00 +1:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hibernian 3, Motherwell 3. John Sutton (Motherwell) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Iain Vigurs with a cross.

89:35

Foul by James Collins (Hibernian).

89:35

Craig Reid (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

87:37

Attempt missed. Jack Leitch (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

83:55

Attempt missed. Iain Vigurs (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

83:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. Daniel Handling replaces Paul Cairney.

82:37

Attempt missed. James Collins (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

80:44

Attempt saved. Paul Cairney (Hibernian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

80:02

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Ryan McGivern.

78:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hibernian 3, Motherwell 2. Paul Heffernan (Hibernian) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Paul Cairney.

75:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hibernian 2, Motherwell 2. Michael Nelson (Hibernian) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Paul Cairney with a cross.

74:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. Paul Heffernan replaces Danny Haynes.

74:33

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Shaun Hutchinson.

73:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Motherwell. Christopher Cadden replaces James McFadden.

73:28

Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:28

Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

72:19

Foul by Jordan Forster (Hibernian).

72:19

Craig Moore (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:50

Attempt missed. James McFadden (Motherwell) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

70:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Motherwell. Craig Moore replaces Lionel Ainsworth.

68:00

Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:00

Foul by Jack Leitch (Motherwell).

65:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. Alex Harris replaces Lewis Stevenson.

63:40

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

63:40

Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:46

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Ryan McGivern.

54:30

Foul by Danny Haynes (Hibernian).

54:30

James McFadden (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:09

Foul by Samuel Stanton (Hibernian).

53:09

James McFadden (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:07

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

48:39

Attempt missed. Danny Haynes (Hibernian) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

48:12

Attempt saved. John Sutton (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

47:32

Foul by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

47:32

James McFadden (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:00

James Collins (Hibernian) hits the right post with a right footed shot from very close range.

45:00

Second Half begins Hibernian 1, Motherwell 2.

45:00 +1:13 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Hibernian 1, Motherwell 2.

45:00 +1:04

Attempt missed. Jordan Forster (Hibernian) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

45:00 +0:27

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Stephen McManus.

43:28

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Lee Hollis.

43:13

Attempt saved. James Collins (Hibernian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

42:36 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hibernian 1, Motherwell 2. Jordan Forster (Hibernian) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Paul Cairney with a cross.

41:34

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Shaun Hutchinson.

40:09

Euan Murray (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:09

Foul by Paul Cairney (Hibernian).

36:34

Foul by James Collins (Hibernian).

36:34

Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:52

Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:52

Foul by James McFadden (Motherwell).

31:31

Danny Haynes (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:31

Foul by Stephen McManus (Motherwell).

29:32

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

29:32

Jack Leitch (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

28:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hibernian 0, Motherwell 2. Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

25:53

Attempt saved. James McFadden (Motherwell) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

23:39

Attempt missed. James Collins (Hibernian) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

20:48

Attempt missed. Danny Haynes (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

16:47

Attempt missed. Iain Vigurs (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

15:40

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

15:40

Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

11:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hibernian 0, Motherwell 1. John Sutton (Motherwell) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lionel Ainsworth with a cross.

9:10

Hand ball by Liam Craig (Hibernian).

7:18

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

7:17

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

7:05

Delay in match Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) because of an injury.

5:41

Attempt saved. Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

4:23

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Shaun Hutchinson.

1:33

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Euan Murray.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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