Neil Lennon’s Hibs were looking to put an end to a run which has seen them play five games without a win. Oran Kearney’s St Mirren having won once in 15 matches against Edinburgh’s other side, rivals Hearts.
The Hibees made five changes following their 3-0 defeat in Ayrshire at the hands of Kilmarnock. Lewis Stevenson, Daryl Horgan, Oli Shaw and captain on the night Marvin Bartley were all recalled to the starting 11 along with Charalampos “Harry” Mavrias being handed his debut. Out dropped Darren McGregor, Paul Hanlon, Steven Whittaker, Miguel Nelom and Mark Milligan.
The Buddies made three changes themselves after their disappointing 3-1 defeat at home to Hamilton Accies. Danny Mullen replaced the suspended Simeon Jackson up front with Anton Ferdinand and Hearts loanee Ryan Edwards coming in for Jack Baird and Ian McShane dropping to the bench.
Sitter for the Swiss
First chance fell through some Daryl Horgan trickery down the left hand side. He centred for Florian Kamberi, in the six yard box who somehow headed over. Thankfully, the offside flag on the far side saved thestriker’s blushes.
Moment of magic
The opening goal of the game brought it to life. Adam Hammill, capable of a wondergoal as seen against Hearts a few weeks ago, scored an even better one in the capital at the home of the Jambos’ rivals Hibs after just six minutes. An outrageous effort to give the Buddies the lead.
Oli Shaw was dispossessed and as Hammill received from inside his own half, he lobbed over Adam Bogdan with a speculative, yet superb, effort in front of the home fans. The first time St Mirren have led at Easter Road in five league visits. Another wondergoal from the wing wizard.
Martin Boyle’s volley looked to draw the home side level after Horgan had initially tried to cross for Kamberi again, the Australia international not catching the loose ball how he would’ve liked. Stevie Mallan would also send an effort wide, competing against his former club as Hibs looked to respond.
Hibs continued to push for an equaliser towards the end of the first half. They were close to scoring what would’ve been a fantastic equalising goal. Efe Ambrose started the move which saw touches from Shaw, Bartley, Kamberi and Shaw once more who shifted onto Mallan who again found Kamberi.
The striker, at a tight angle, looked to cross and found Stevenson at the back post. The left back’s effort eventually saved acrobatically by Danny Rogers in the St Mirren goal. The first half came to a close, there was no way that it would finish with just the one goal – the cracker that it was.
Super start to the second period
Hibs would get back on level terms thanks to academy graduate Oli Shaw. As Kyle Magennis went off injured, Hibs took a quick throw.Martin Boyle scampered off down the right before finding Shaw, whose movement was excellent, in order to finish from close range. This game by no means over.
That was made apparent when St Mirren would retake the lead after Ryan Porteous fouled Adam Hammill in a wide area. The winger would take the resulting free kick and Paul McGinn, thanks to a potential Efe Ambrose touch, was able to flick it home beyond Bogdan to give the Buddies the lead once again.
Martin Boyle flashed one over from just outside the area before the home side would get the point that they deserved at the very least. Ryan Porteous made amends for conceding the free kick from which St Mirren took the lead, heading home a Stevie Mallan corner to draw Hibs level again.
The fourth time this season that Hibs have equalised after falling behind, two of which came in this game. A bullet header from the teenager, into the top corner, to grab his second goal in three games.
Hibs continue to be in a winless slump and may feel they should have won this game, they next go to Hamilton to end their drought. Ironically, their last win was against Accies, the 6-0 victory at Easter Road.
As for the Buddies, their struggles continue despite a decent point on the road, they next travel to West Lothian to take on Livingston.