Efe Ambrose early goal earns draw for 10 man Hibernian


Former Super Eagles defender Efe Ambrose scored his second goal of the season for high flying Scottish side Hibernian in their 1-1 draw against St Johnstone in a Scotland premier League week 30 match played on Friday night.

Ambrose rose well to power home a header from an accurate cross with pace from Scott Allan with just two minutes on the clock, putting the visitors in front for the game’s opener.

Hibernian whose head coach Cris Lennon was suspended for the encounter were subjected to even more adversity when goalkeeper Ofir Marciano was sent off after 13 minutes, in a match played under terrible weather conditions.

Efe Ambrose and his teammates defended strongly, going into the break with the lead despite St Johnstone hitting the post as they pressed for an equalizer.

The second half commenced with host St Johnstone attacking in numbers but versatile Super Eagles defender Efe Ambrose marshaled the defense line with all his experience.

Hibernian thought they had wrapped up the game in the 72nd minute but Darren McGregor’s fine finish from 14 yards was disallowed with Paul Hanlon pulled up for fouling Steven Anderson before heading into the path of his fellow centre-half.

However with 8 minutes left to play, Chris Kane volleyed into the far corner from 12 yards to draw St Johnstone level and the woodwork rescued Efe Ambrose and his teammates from a 90th minute defeat.

Hibernian thus missed the chance to overtake Aberdeen in third place after dropping 2 points but will be happy with the point gained considering how long they had to play with a man down.

The draw means Hibs stay fourth and have lost only one of their last 11 league matches.

Efe Ambrose has now scored two goals for Hibernian who are still chasing European qualification places, his first goal was against his former side Celtic who are run away leaders.

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