Boyle’s late strike rescues point for desperate Hibs in Livingston draw

  • Goals from Scott Allan and Martin Boyle rescue a point for Hibs at the death
  • Strikes from Steven Lawless and Craig Sibbald had put Livingston two goals up at half time
  • Hibs kept of the bottom due to the goal from Boyle and Hearts getting beaten by St Johnstone

A stoppage-time equaliser from returning striker Martin Boyle rescued a point for Hibernian on Wednesday after battling from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Livingston, Ross Plant reports.

Hibs went into the game off the back of a poor run of form after only managing four points from the last five games. Their last game at home had in a disappointing draw against Ross County, giving away two soft goals in the last 20 minutes of the match after being in the driving seat for the most of the game.

The collapse put under-fire manager Paul Heckingbottom under further pressure and the Englishman made four changes with Josh Vela, Joe Newell, Jason Naismith and Florian Kamberi dropping to the bench after Saturday’s game.

Despite the changes, Livingston started the stronger side and had a clear chance within the first minute of the game, with Hibs defender Tom James having to clear Scott Pittman’s effort off of the line.

The visitors were defending well when Hibs managed to get a break to counter attack, but the Hibees got into the swing of things after a quarter of an hour with Glenn Middleton making great runs up the wing.

The first big chance for Hibs came in the 24thminute with Daryl Horgan’s shot from inside the box being saved well by Livi keeper Matija Sarkic and cleared by the Livingston defence.

Horgan again went close in the 33rdminute with the keeper again coming to the rescue and sending the ball over the bar for a corner kick. Doidge soon after was booked for a high arm, this was amid calls from the Hibs players and fans for a penalty after an alleged hand ball in the box falling on deaf ears.

Livingston managed to regain control and dominate the remaining minutes of the first half with Steven Lawless drilling a low shot into the back of the net via a huge deflection, shortly followed by Craig Sibbald firing home from outside the box after a poorly cleared ball fell to him.

Heckingbottom talked in his post match interview about giving his players “a bollocking” in the dressing room at half time, and whatever the manager said must have worked as Hibs came out more focused and raring to go in the second half.

Middleton was replaced with Florian Kamberi swiftly after the break and within 10 minutes of the second half getting underway, Hibs managed to get into an attacking mood with the substitute striker and Horgan linking well.

Hibs thought they had caught a break in the 56thminute with Doidge chesting the ball down to Scott Allan who scored but was ruled offside by the linesman.

The heartbreak of the disallowed goal was not dwelled on long as Hibs secured a penalty in the 61stminute with Scott Allan converting it for the Hibees but picking up an injury in the process.

In the 65thminute Robinson was taken off and replaced by Scott Tiffoney by Livingston, but the substitute cost his team dearly after missing an golden chance to wrap up three points. Tiffoney had an open goal after going round the goalkeeper, but somehow managed to put his effort wide of the post

As the game entered its final stages, Livingston became very defensive trying to park the bus and return down the M8 with all three points.

By sitting back they gave Hibs momentum to take the game to their opponents and soon allowed replacement Martin Boyle to work an opening and equalise with a smart finish. The point kept Hibs from falling to bottom of the Premiership.

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