Scottish Championship
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Greenock Morton 1-1 Hibernian

Darren McGregor and Aiden Nesbitt battle for the ball
Hibernian are nine points clear of Falkirk after Saturday's results

Lawrence Shankland scored a second-half penalty to earn Morton a draw with Hibernian.

The visitors opened the scoring in the first half with Jason Cummings producing a fine finish from 12 yards.

Morton's equaliser came from the spot, Shankland netting after Jamie McDonagh was brought down by Darren McGregor.

Hibs can wrap up the title next week with a win at home to Queen of the South but they would also require Falkirk and Morton to drop points.

Jason Cummings produced a composed finish to send Hibs ahead
Jason Cummings produced a composed finish to send Hibs ahead

When these two sides met 10 days ago the match ended in drama with the managers of both sides coming close to blows in a pitch-side tussle. There was no animosity between Jim Duffy and Neil Lennon today, though, with the pair shaking hands and hugging when they met before kick-off.

A crowd of 4229 fans turned up for this one and the 2000 travelling supporters were treated to a bright start by their side. John McGinn had a glorious chance to open the scoring after latching on to a knockdown by Brian Graham, but he scuffed his shot just wide.

Scotland international McGinn then warmed the palms of Morton keeper Derek Gaston with a shot from 25 yards.

Hibernian keeper Ofir Marciano did well to parry away an Aidan Nesbitt cross and within seconds the visitors took the lead.

Cummings found space on the angle inside the Morton penalty box and as the home defence stood off the striker he curled a left foot shot into the bottom corner.

Morton midfielder Jamie Lindsay was standing at the side of the pitch waiting to come on after receiving treatment as the goal went in. The home players were outraged but referee Bobby Madden was having none of it.

Graham was leading the line well for Hibernian and was only inches away with a header from a Dylan McGeouch cross.

Lawrence Shankland earned Morton a point with a second-half penalty
Lawrence Shankland earned Morton a point with a second-half penalty

Morton boss Duffy made a crucial switch when he introduced McDonagh for Michael Tidser. Within seconds of coming on McDonagh drove into the box and was brought down by McGregor for a spot-kick.

Shankland sent Marciano the wrong way for a deserved equaliser for the Greenock side.

Hibernian then had a golden opportunity to regain the lead when Graham was sent clean through on goal by McGinn but the striker delayed his effort and Gaston saved with ease.

Both teams tried to find a way through in the closing stages with Shankland going close with a 30 yarder that drifted just over.

Line-ups

Morton

  • 1Gaston
  • 6Doyle
  • 4O'Ware
  • 3Lamie
  • 17Russell
  • 8Forbes
  • 21MurdochBooked at 70mins
  • 10Lindsay
  • 12TidserSubstituted forMcDonaghat 65'minutes
  • 11Nesbitt
  • 7OliverSubstituted forShanklandat 41'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Kilday
  • 14Scullion
  • 16Shankland
  • 18McDonagh
  • 19Donnelly
  • 30McGowan
  • 37Tiffoney

Hibernian

  • 1Marciano
  • 2GrayBooked at 86mins
  • 24McGregor
  • 25Ambrose
  • 16Stevenson
  • 17BoyleSubstituted forHarrisat 81'minutes
  • 6Bartley
  • 7McGinn
  • 10McGeouchSubstituted forShinnieat 87'minutes
  • 29GrahamSubstituted forHoltat 75'minutes
  • 35Cummings

Substitutes

  • 8Fyvie
  • 9Holt
  • 15McLean
  • 19Keatings
  • 22Shinnie
  • 31Laidlaw
  • 33Harris
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
4,229

Match Stats

Home TeamMortonAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home6
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Morton 1, Hibernian 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morton 1, Hibernian 1.

Attempt missed. Lawrence Shankland (Morton) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt blocked. Jamie McDonagh (Morton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Jamie McDonagh (Morton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Andrew Shinnie.

Thomas O'Ware (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Grant Holt (Hibernian).

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Andrew Shinnie replaces Dylan McGeouch.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Booking

David Gray (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jamie McDonagh (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Gray (Hibernian).

Attempt missed. Marvin Bartley (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Alex Harris replaces Martin Boyle.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Grant Holt replaces Brian Graham.

Attempt blocked. John McGinn (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Lawrence Shankland (Morton).

Marvin Bartley (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Andy Murdoch (Morton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Andy Murdoch (Morton).

John McGinn (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Lawrence Shankland (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

Goal!

Goal! Morton 1, Hibernian 1. Lawrence Shankland (Morton) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty Morton. Jamie McDonagh draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Darren McGregor (Hibernian) after a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Jamie McDonagh replaces Michael Tidser.

Ross Forbes (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian).

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jamie Lindsay.

Attempt saved. Ross Forbes (Morton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Andy Murdoch (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

Foul by Michael Tidser (Morton).

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

Michael Doyle (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

Lawrence Shankland (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Efe Ambrose (Hibernian).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian321613348222661
2Falkirk321410851351652
3Morton311311740301050
4Dundee Utd3113994337648
5Queen of Sth32119124344-142
6Dunfermline31912103939039
7Dumbarton32811134250-835
8Raith Rovers3289152943-1433
9St Mirren31710143849-1131
10Ayr32710153155-2431
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