Porteous Powers Hibs Up To Third

A 67th-minute header from Ryan Porteous secured a win for Hibs against 10 man Motherwell, reports Kirsty Francis.

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Ryan Porteous was the hero as his header sealed the victory for Hibs against Motherwell at Easter Road. The Scotland International netted his second goal in two games as the Edinburgh side move up to third in the Scottish Premiership with a 1-0 win.

With both teams going into this game coming off the back of victories, it was unsurprising that either team was left unchanged.

The match started lively, with both teams going at a fast pace with opportunities coming from both sides. In the opening minute of the match, Motherwell’s Sean Goss’ effort fizzed past David Marshell’s post. This prompted a quick response from Hibs with Martin Boyle’s effort forcing a diving save from Liam Kelly.

The home sides Mykola Kukharevych put Elie Youan through on goal however he delayed his shot and was blocked by Sondre Johansen. Injury struck Motherwell within the first twenty minutes with Blair Spittal being nipped on the halfway line. He was only able to carry on for another five minutes as he was replaced by Ross Tierney after 25 minutes.

A penalty box squabble caused concern for Motherwell, as Boyle placed a shot on target, resulting in another save from Kelly.

Just before halftime, both teams saw yellow cards. In the 39th minute, Paul Hanlon was shown yellow for a poor foul. Motherwell’s Callum Slattery was shown the yellow card for a bad foul, allowing Hibs a free kick on the edge of the box which was fired wide by Porteous.

Following the interval, the game was lacking any sort of quality, leading to quite a lacklustre opening of the second half. The game had a much needed spark with the dismissal of Motherwell striker Connor Shields. The forward somehow found himself as the last man and hauled down Ryan Porteous on the edge of the box and received his marching orders. Shields’ red card made it the fifth time that the away side has received a red card at Easter Road this season.

With Motherwell being reduced to 10 men, this caused Hibernian to be the more dominant side with Joe Newell’s header from the centre of the box going too far right.

Hibs would make the breakthrough in the 67th minute, with the man of the moment Ryan Porteous netting his second goal in two games. The centre half powered a tremendous header following a deflected cross, leaving Kelly helpless in the Motherwell goal. It was brave from Porteous who took a head knock in the process but he was able to continue on following some treatment.

Motherwell had a slight chance in the 72nd minute with Sean Goss’ left-footed shot from outside the box saved in the bottom right corner.

With just over 10 mins left in the game, it could’ve been 2-0, as the ball was placed into the net by Kukharevych but was ruled offside by the linesman. After five minutes extra time, Hibs sealed a good victory which sees them move up to third place, whilst Motherwell remain in seventh.

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