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Motherwell 1-0 Hibernian: Turnbull goal downs slack visitors

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Highlights: Motherwell 1-0 Hibernian

Motherwell consigned Hibernian to a fifth Scottish Premiership game without a win as they moved within five points of the Easter Road side.

David Turnbull struck two minutes before the break after being set-up by fellow teenager Jake Hastie.

Conor Sammon could have sealed the points when he hit a post but the win keeps Motherwell ninth and moves them further from the bottom three.

Daryl Horgan spurned Hibs' best chance as Neil Lennon's side toiled.

Hastie excels as Motherwell motor

Motherwell brought a verve to their play that was absent in Saturday's Scottish Cup exit at the hands of Championship leaders Ross County, with Gboly Ariyibi a persistent thorn in the visitors' side with his penetrating bursts and slaloming runs up the left.

Ryan Gauld, Ryan Porteous and Horgan all had chances for the visitors, while Curtis Main scuffed straight at Ofir Marciano after haring through on goal.

But Hastie was the stand-out in a scrappy first half. The 19-year-old bamboozled the Hibs defence with his trickery, speed and colossal physical strength for a player so young.

Hastie's part in the breakthrough goal was brilliant. He spun away from Sean Mackie just shy of half-way, galloped deep into Hibs territory and stroked a beautiful pass for the racing Turnbull to caress home first-time. The move was slick; the finish ruthless.

Hibs' woeful first-half distribution, rocky defence and inability to plot a route through the home ranks will alarm Lennon, as will the injury suffered by defender Porteous.

They were much better after the break but lacked a clinical touch. Horgan scooped their biggest opportunity horribly wide when set free by a lovely Gauld clip. The Irishman's awkwardness and indecision with the finish was Hibs in microcosm.

Sammon could have killed them off but his close-range shot was deflected and tipped away by Marciano, and the striker could only side-foot the rebound off the outside of a post from a very tight angle.

In the final throes, Hibs piled forward, but only threatened to score when Kamberi's near-post flick zipped beyond Oli Shaw. A maddening night for a team still searching for the spark to ignite their season. For Motherwell, the perfect tonic to their chastening cup exit.

Jake Hastie of Motherwell holds off Hibernian's Sean Mackie
Jake Hastie was one of Motherwell's top performers

'Gboly & Hastie sink Hibs' - analysis

BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Fir Park

What a difference one match can make. If Motherwell replicate this performance on a regular basis between now and May, they'll be looking upwards rather downwards in the table.

The quality of their attacking was a joy to watch at times, with Ariyibi and Hastie Hibs' tormentors-in-chief down the flanks. Built like a barrel, Hastie took delight in trying to beat defenders and laid on an exquisite assist for Turnbull. And there is an elegance about USA Under-23 international Ariyibi, who glides and dances his way into promising, potent positions.

Hibs never quite clicked in Lanarkshire, and Omeonga's withdrawal at half-time, along with Ryan Porteous's first-half injury, summed up a frustrating evening for Lennon's side.

'We've got a real bright future' - reaction

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'His knee popped out' - Lennon fearful about Porteous injury

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson: "We had energy, a lot of good play, and really pleasing aspects. You look at the age of our squad - two midfielders under 20 in Jake Hastie and David Turnbull, we've got a real bright future.

"Sometimes the young boys are up and down, it's something we have to persevere with and keep being brave with."

Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon: "Second-half we were very good but poor in the final third. We missed easy chances. We dominated the second half but we have to turn the domination into goals.

"Ryan Porteous' knee's popped out so we don't know how bad it's going to be. We've just had him back [from a previous injury], I wanted him in the team because he's been superb this season."

Line-ups

Motherwell

  • 20Gillespie
  • 14Grimshaw
  • 5Aldred
  • 18Dunne
  • 2Tait
  • 12AriyibiSubstituted forMcCormackat 64'minutes
  • 8Campbell
  • 28Turnbull
  • 23GorrinBooked at 49mins
  • 9MainSubstituted forSammonat 76'minutes
  • 32HastieSubstituted forBigirimanaat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4McHugh
  • 6Hartley
  • 13Ferguson
  • 17Bigirimana
  • 19Sammon
  • 24Johnson
  • 44McCormack

Hibernian

  • 1Marciano
  • 4Hanlon
  • 36PorteousSubstituted forMackieat 28'minutesBooked at 58mins
  • 24McGregor
  • 3Whittaker
  • 14Mallan
  • 40OmeongaBooked at 42minsSubstituted forSlivkaat 45'minutes
  • 6BartleySubstituted forShawat 80'minutes
  • 7Horgan
  • 22Kamberi
  • 13Gauld

Substitutes

  • 2Gray
  • 8Slivka
  • 18Nelom
  • 32Shaw
  • 33Murray
  • 41Dabrowski
  • 43Mackie
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
4,090

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Motherwell 1, Hibernian 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Motherwell 1, Hibernian 0.

Attempt saved. Allan Campbell (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Gael Bigirimana replaces Jake Hastie.

Attempt saved. Florian Kamberi (Hibernian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Oli Shaw (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Rodriguez (Motherwell).

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Oli Shaw replaces Marvin Bartley.

Hand ball by Allan Campbell (Motherwell).

Conor Sammon (Motherwell) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

Attempt saved. Conor Sammon (Motherwell) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. David Turnbull (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Conor Sammon replaces Curtis Main.

Attempt missed. Florian Kamberi (Hibernian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Ryan Gauld (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Ryan Gauld (Hibernian).

Allan Campbell (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Richard Tait (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Florian Kamberi (Hibernian).

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Tom Aldred.

Attempt blocked. Vykintas Slivka (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Ross McCormack replaces Gboly Ariyibi.

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

Foul by Curtis Main (Motherwell).

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

Delay in match Jake Hastie (Motherwell) because of an injury.

Booking

Sean Mackie (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Sean Mackie (Hibernian).

Jake Hastie (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. David Turnbull (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Darren McGregor (Hibernian).

Curtis Main (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Curtis Main (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

Delay in match Richard Tait (Motherwell) because of an injury.

Booking

Alex Rodriguez (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ryan Gauld (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alex Rodriguez (Motherwell).

Foul by Darren McGregor (Hibernian).

Curtis Main (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic21143450143645
2Kilmarnock22135434211344
3Rangers22126444182642
4Aberdeen22133637241342
5St Johnstone2111462624237
6Hearts2211382728-136
7Livingston228682620630
8Hibernian227873023729
9Motherwell2273122133-1224
10Hamilton2242161446-3214
11Dundee2234151747-3013
12St Mirren2233161543-2812
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