Scottish Championship
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Hibernian 1-1 Raith Rovers

Jean-Yves M'Voto heads Rovers in front at Easter Road
Jean-Yves M'Voto heads Rovers in front at Easter Road

Hibernian were knocked off the top of the Championship after being held to a draw by Raith Rovers at Easter Road.

Jean-Yves M'Voto heads Rovers in front at Easter Road headed the visitors in front early in the second half.

The equaliser came on 88 minutes, with substitute Martin Boyle running on to a flick from Grant Holt to slot home.

Hibs dominated the first half, with Kevin Cuthbert making magnificent saves to deny Andrew Shinnie, Kris Commons and Jason Cummings.

With in-form Dundee United coming from behind to beat St Mirren at Tannadice, Neil Lennon's side are now two points adrift.

Rovers only glimpse of goal in the first half came from Bobby Barr but the winger rushed his effort from the edge of the box and the ball drifted just wide.

Rudi Skacel was on the receiving end of some stick from the Hibernian fans every time he touched the ball and the former Hearts midfielder was fortunate to stay on the pitch when his reckless high tackle on Dylan McGeouch received on a yellow card from referee Greg Aitken when a red could easily have been dished out.

Into the second half and the visitors took a shock lead in a rare venture forward. Chris Johnston collected a ball on the edge of the Hibernian 18 yard box and his curling cross was met by the head of M'Voto, who nodded the ball beyond Ross Laidlaw.

Gary Locke's side grew in confidence and Jason Thomson crashed an effort from 25 yards off the crossbar with Laidlaw rooted to his line.

Home manager Neil Lennon replaced Commons and Cummings with Boyle and Keatings and the latter set up David Gray with a chance at the back post but the Hibernian captain headed wide with the goal gaping.

Martin Boyle celebrates scoring for Hibs
Martin Boyle levelled for Hibernian in the dying minutes

With the clock ticking towards 90 minutes the home side eventually drew level.

Boyle got the better of Ian Davidson down the left wing before cutting inside and firing a right foot shot beyond Cuthbert for his sixth goal of the season.

Rovers almost snatched what would have been a dramatic winner in stoppage time when Barr raced clear on goal but his effort was blocked by Laidlaw leaving both teams with one point apiece.

Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon: "I'm just frustrated with the amount of chances we've missed. That can always happen when you're on top - we conceded a goal, got a little bit ragged, and then towards the end we had more good chances, not only to equalise, but to go on and win the game. It's definitely two points dropped.

"It's as well as we've played for a while, there was a good flow about us, but we lacked that little bit of composure in front of goal. If you get the goal, you go on to win the game comfortably.

"It does hurt (not being top of the table) a little bit, but there's nothing in it really. We've only ourselves to blame - you've got to win your home games."

Raith Rovers manager Gary Locke: "I thought we grew into the game after the first 25 minutes when Hibs were on top, and on the counterattack I thought we looked dangerous. The game plan works a treat when you get a goal up, the fans here get frustrated with their team, and it looked like we were going to get three points.

"But we're delighted to come here and get a point.

"That's Dundee United and Hibs we've played the last two weeks, the favourites to win the league, and we've drawn with both of them. We've got to take enormous belief from that."

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 31Laidlaw
  • 2Gray
  • 24McGregor
  • 4Hanlon
  • 16Stevenson
  • 10McGeouchSubstituted forGrahamat 85'minutes
  • 48MartinBooked at 62mins
  • 15CommonsSubstituted forKeatingsat 67'minutes
  • 22Shinnie
  • 9Holt
  • 35CummingsSubstituted forBoyleat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Fontaine
  • 6Bartley
  • 17Boyle
  • 19Keatings
  • 29Graham
  • 32Virtanen
  • 43Crane

Raith Rovers

  • 1Cuthbert
  • 14Davidson
  • 5Mvoto
  • 6Benedictus
  • 2Thomson
  • 11Barr
  • 12Matthews
  • 21ThompsonBooked at 55minsSubstituted forBarrat 85'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 7Johnston
  • 19SkacelBooked at 45minsSubstituted forStewartat 74'minutes
  • 20McManus

Substitutes

  • 9Stewart
  • 10Vaughan
  • 15Osei-Opoku
  • 16Coustrain
  • 17Lennox
  • 18Roberts
  • 55Barr
Referee:
Greg Aitken
Attendance:
15,409

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamRaith Rovers
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home16
Away5
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home13
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Hibernian 1, Raith Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hibernian 1, Raith Rovers 1.

David Gray (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Barr (Raith Rovers).

Attempt saved. Bobby Barr (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Craig Barr (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt missed. James Keatings (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Grant Holt (Hibernian).

Iain Davidson (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Andrew Shinnie (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Craig Barr (Raith Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 1, Raith Rovers 1. Martin Boyle (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Hanlon.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jason Thomson.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Brian Graham replaces Dylan McGeouch.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Craig Barr replaces Jordan Thompson.

Foul by Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian).

Bobby Barr (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Martin Boyle (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordan Thompson (Raith Rovers).

Attempt saved. Martin Boyle (Hibernian) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Kyle Benedictus.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Iain Davidson.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Kyle Benedictus.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Martin Boyle replaces Jason Cummings.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Mark Stewart replaces Rudi Skacel.

Foul by Andrew Shinnie (Hibernian).

Rudi Skacel (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jason Cummings (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rudi Skacel (Raith Rovers).

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

Darren McGregor (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Declan McManus (Raith Rovers).

Hand ball by Bobby Barr (Raith Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. James Keatings replaces Kris Commons.

Attempt saved. Kris Commons (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Darren McGregor (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Declan McManus (Raith Rovers).

Jason Thomson (Raith Rovers) hits the right post with a right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the right wing.

Booking

Scott Martin (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Scott Martin (Hibernian).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dundee Utd18115227131438
2Hibernian18106230102036
3Morton177642418627
4Falkirk177552420426
5Raith Rovers176742016425
6Queen of Sth185582229-720
7Dumbarton184682028-818
8Ayr184681828-1018
9Dunfermline174582128-717
10St Mirren1825111733-1611
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