Red mist de­scends on Leith as ti­tle con­tenders split the points

The Herald - Herald Sport - - LADBROKES CHAMPIONSHIP -

Mor­ton were al­ways a threat and on the half hour a Thomas O’Ware header at a cor­ner was only an inch or so high.

Len­non grew more frus­trated on the side­lines when too many crosses from his team failed to beat or find a man.

The game had died down af­ter an ex­cel­lent open­ing 20 min­utes, and it was more of the same in the sec­ond half.

Hibs showed more in­tent in the way of at­tack­ing, as you would ex­pect, but there was only a coat of paint be­tween the two sides in terms of abil­ity.

The men in green and white were not mak­ing enough of their chances. Martin Boyle en­joyed some good space on the right but never could pick out a team-mate with a cross. On 56 min­utes, Ricki Lamie fouled McGinn on the edge of the box. The free-kick was in a good po­si­tion only for Cum­mings to send his shot a mile over.

Mor­ton keeper Gas­ton was a lucky man on the hour when he came out to col­lect a ball and seemed to be just out­side his box when he caught it, at least to the naked eye. The na­tives were far from happy ref­eree Nick Walsh didn’t see any­thing un­to­ward.

Hibs sub­sti­tute Brian Gra­ham put a header past with 15 min­utes to go; the look on his face said that he should have done bet­ter.

The game was pe­ter­ing out and then then Mor­ton sub­sti­tute Kudus Oyenuga went in hard on Jor­dan Forster with a minute to go and it all kicked off.

McGre­gor was quick to let Oyenuga know what he thought of the chal­lenge.

A melee en­sued with both man­agers in­volved and, af­ter con­sult­ing with his as­sis­tant, ref­eree Nick Walsh quickly showed red to Oyenuga and McGre­gor and then dis­missed Len­non and Duffy.

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