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Hibernian 2-4 Motherwell

Motherwell celebrate at Easter Road
Motherwell were the ones celebrating at Easter Road

Motherwell knocked holders Hibernian out of the CIS Insurance Cup thanks to three goals in eight minutes.

Clayton Donaldson fired Hibs ahead with a solo run and shot after 11 minutes, but David Clarkson headed an equaliser.

Keith Lasley slotted Well's second from a Steven McGarry cross and Ross McCormack made it three with a superb chip over goalkeeper Yves Ma-Kalambay.

Chris Porter fired in a fourth late after the break before Mickael Antoine-Curier headed in for Hibs.

It meant that Hibs had quickly been brought down to earth after their weekend defeat of Celtic, suffering their first defeat of the season.

Yet they had started brightly, with French striker Antoine-Curier blasting a long-range shot over after just 35 seconds.


The Steelmen soon found their stride and Clarkson dragged a shot wide and the restored McCormack had a drive palmed away by Ma-Kalambay.

But Hibs swept up the park to break the deadlock through summer signing Donaldson, marking his home debut with a fine goal after starting in place of the injured Steven Fletcher.

Brian Kerr played the ball down the left touch-line and Donaldson brilliantly dummied Stephen Craigan before racing in on goal, cutting across Mark Reynolds and netting under Graeme Smith.

The opener only galvanised Motherwell, who were level after 17 minutes, when McCormack's in-swinging corner caught Ma-Kalambay flat-footed and Clarkson glanced home a header.

Well went ahead three minutes later, when McGarry's cross picked out the unmarked Lasley at the back post to volley home.

John Collins shows his anger in the Hibs dugout
It was a night of frustration for Hibs manager John Collins

Hibs were all at sea defensively and Clarkson found the net only to be ruled offside from another McGarry centre.

But a third goal for Mark McGhee's attack-minded men was only delayed thanks to the brilliance of McCormack.

The former Rangers striker collected 25 yards from goal and remarkably angled a lob over the giant frame of Ma-Kalambay into the top left-hand corner.

Ma-Kalambay was again forced to deny Clarkson as Hibs' fans vented their frustration.

Hibs boss John Collins hauled off Lewis Stevenson and Dean Shiels at the interval, bringing on Filipe Morais and Merouane Zemmama.

The tide initially continued flowing towards Hibs' goal, but Well were increasingly relying on the break as the home side pinned them back.

Smith stood firm in the 50th minute when he palmed away Rob Jones' header and Morais then fired a powerful drive just over.

Antoine-Courier let fly into the sidenetting and Zemmama saw a strike drift just inches past.

Guillaume Beuzelin and Donaldson went close, but Porter neatly slotted in an 83rd-minute fourth goal to end realistic hopes of a fightback.

Antoine-Curier pulled one back two minutes later - his first goal for the club - from Morais' cross, but Hibs had already lost their grip on the CIS Cup.

Hibernian: Kalambay, Gathuessi, Hogg (McCann 67), Jones, Murphy, Shiels (Morais 45), Kerr, Beuzelin, Stevenson (Zemmama 45), Donaldson, Antoine-Curier.
Subs Not Used: McNeil, O'Brien.

Booked: Jones.

Goals: Donaldson 11, Antoine-Curier 85.

Motherwell: Graeme Smith, Quinn, Reynolds, Craigan, Paterson, Hughes, Lasley, McGarry (Fitzpatrick 68), Porter (Grabban 90), McCormack, Clarkson (Mensing 86).
Subs Not Used: Kinniburgh, Meldrum.

Booked: Hughes, Lasley, McGarry, Graeme Smith.

Goals: Clarkson 17, Lasley 20, McCormack 24, Porter 83.

Att: 7,000

Ref: M Tumilty

see also
Collins praises Well after defeat
26 Sep 07 |  Scottish Cups

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