Scottish Championship
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Dunfermline Athletic 1-1 Hibernian

John McGinn
John McGinn's rasping effort put Hibernian ahead at East End Park

Kallum Higginbotham scored a second-half penalty as Scottish Championship leaders Hibernian were held in Fife.

John McGinn's terrific 25-yard drive put Hibs ahead after 12 minutes.

The Scotland midfielder had another long-range effort saved just after the break, before Higginbotham converted from the spot following a hand-ball.

Hibernian's lead at the league summit has been cut to nine points, after Falkirk beat Raith Rovers, with five matches remaining.

The Easter Road side made the trip across the Forth with the backing of around 4,000 supporters, and the visitors began the game in fine style. Jason Cummings made space down the left and his cross into the box was ushered clear by Callum Morris with Brian Graham lurking just behind.

McGinn, very much the Hibs fulcrum, broke the deadlock with a low, thunderous effort that left Pars goalkeeper Sean Murdoch with no chance.

The East End Park surface was not conducive to slick, passing football with multiple bare patches hindering the players' efforts to control the ball.

In the Hibs goal, Ofir Marciano's error almost gifted the hosts an equaliser, when he allowed a back-pass to trickle under his foot. Paul McMullan pounced on the loose ball, but the Israeli international recovered well to block the striker's shot.

The visitors began the second half with the same verve and energy as they had the first. Murdoch parried away another McGinn piledriver, and although Cummings clipped the rebound across the face of goal, his strike partner Graham skewed wide from six yards out.

The roles were reversed a few moments later when Cummings missed a golden opportunity to double Hibs' lead from a Graham cross, before, at the other end, Nicky Clark's header drifted just wide of the target.

Just before the hour mark, Dunfermline drew level in controversial circumstances.

Kallum Higginbotham celebrates scoring for Dunfermline against Hibernian
Kallum Higginbotham netted from the penalty spot after Lewis Stevenson (right) was adjudged to have handled in the box

The ball was flicked into the away box, with Pars players claiming it struck the arm of Lewis Stevenson. Referee Greg Aitken took time to make his decision, but eventually pointed to the spot.

Marciano got his hand to Higginbotham's spot-kick, but the ball crept into the bottom corner of the goal.

Neither goalkeeper was troubled in the final half-hour, and despite a 12th draw of the season, Hibernian are another step closer to returning to the Premiership.

Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon: "I thought we were excellent first half, really good value for the lead. They get a penalty which is debatable - if it's the correct decision, it's probably the only one the referee made all afternoon, as far as I'm concerned.

"I'm not too sure Lewis could do much about (the penalty); he's about a yard away. His arm's maybe deemed to be in an unnatural position. He booked Dylan McGeouch for diving - it's ridiculous. And some of the other decisions I wasn't pleased about. I just think the standard of refereeing's not great at the minute.

"We just need to keep ticking off the games at the minute. We should be putting these games away, because we had total control of the game for long periods.

"We keep dragging it out - that's annoying, but we're nearly there."

Line-ups

Dunfermline

  • 1Murdoch
  • 6Geggan
  • 12Ashcroft
  • 22MorrisBooked at 23mins
  • 3Talbot
  • 20Higginbotham
  • 8WedderburnBooked at 27mins
  • 21HerronSubstituted forMcCabeat 80'minutes
  • 18McMullan
  • 37Clark
  • 9Moffat

Substitutes

  • 2Williamson
  • 4Martin
  • 7Paton
  • 11Cardle
  • 16McCabe
  • 17Reilly
  • 30Gill

Hibernian

  • 1Marciano
  • 25Ambrose
  • 24McGregor
  • 15McLean
  • 16Stevenson
  • 17BoyleSubstituted forKeatingsat 76'minutes
  • 10McGeouchBooked at 66mins
  • 7McGinnBooked at 38mins
  • 6Bartley
  • 35CummingsSubstituted forGrayat 90+3'minutes
  • 29GrahamBooked at 36minsSubstituted forHoltat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Gray
  • 8Fyvie
  • 9Holt
  • 19Keatings
  • 31Laidlaw
  • 48Martin
  • 57Murray
Referee:
Greg Aitken
Attendance:
7,058

Match Stats

Home TeamDunfermlineAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Dunfermline Athletic 1, Hibernian 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dunfermline Athletic 1, Hibernian 1.

Foul by Rhys McCabe (Dunfermline Athletic).

Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. David Gray replaces Jason Cummings.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Rhys McCabe.

Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Dunfermline Athletic).

Marvin Bartley (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andrew Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic).

Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Dunfermline Athletic).

Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Michael Moffat (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Paul McMullan (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Grant Holt (Hibernian).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Rhys McCabe replaces John Herron because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Grant Holt replaces Brian Graham.

Delay in match John Herron (Dunfermline Athletic) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. James Keatings replaces Martin Boyle.

Foul by Nicky Clark (Dunfermline Athletic).

Darren McGregor (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. John McGinn (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Sean Murdoch.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Callum Morris.

Attempt missed. John McGinn (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Attempt missed. Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Paul McMullan (Dunfermline Athletic).

Martin Boyle (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Dunfermline Athletic 1, Hibernian 1. Kallum Higginbotham (Dunfermline Athletic) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty conceded by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Nicky Clark (Dunfermline Athletic) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Nicky Clark (Dunfermline Athletic) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Paul McMullan (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Brian Graham (Hibernian) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. John McGinn (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Second Half

Second Half begins Dunfermline Athletic 0, Hibernian 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Dunfermline Athletic 0, Hibernian 1.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian311612347212660
2Falkirk31149850341651
3Morton301310739291049
4Dundee Utd3013894236647
5Queen of Sth31109124144-339
6Dunfermline30812103839-136
7Dumbarton31810134149-834
8Raith Rovers3189142942-1333
9Ayr31710143153-2231
10St Mirren3079143748-1130
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