Motherwell 0 - 3 Inverness CT

League Match
Wednesday, October 26th, 2016, 7:45 PM at Fir Park, Motherwell
Attendance: 3,131
Referee: Don Robertson
Motherwell Inverness CT

Goalscorers
None. Carl Tremarco (57)
Lonsana Doumbouya (71)
Liam Polworth (83)

Team Managers
Mark McGhee Richie Foran

Starting Eleven
Craig Samson
Stephen McManus
Ben Heneghan
Jack McMillan
Richard Tait
Craig Clay
Keith Lasley
Ross MacLean
Christopher Cadden
Ryan Bowman
Louis Moult
Owain Fon Williams
Josh Meekings
Gary Warren
Carl Tremarco
Brad Mckay
Iain Vigurs
Aaron Doran
Liam Polworth
Greg Tansey
Ross Draper
Lonsana Doumbouya

Bench
Dean Brill
James McFadden
Lionel Ainsworth
Scott McDonald
Lee Lucas
David Ferguson
Jake Hastie
Cameron Mackay
David Raven
Lewis Horner
Jake Mulraney
Scott Boden
Billy King

Substitutions
Scott McDonald -> Ryan Bowman (64)
James McFadden -> Craig Clay (77)
Lionel Ainsworth -> Ross MacLean (78)
Billy King for Aaron Doran (62)
David Raven for Josh Meekings (86)
Scott Boden for Lonsana Doumbouya (89)

Bookings
None. Carl Tremarco (85)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Owain Fon Williams (GK) 60 apps -
Josh Meekings 182 apps7 goals
Brad Mckay 7 apps -
Carl Tremarco 90 apps6 goals
Gary Warren 167 apps13 goals
Greg Tansey 163 apps26 goals
Ross Draper 175 apps16 goals
Iain Vigurs 76 apps16 goals
Aaron Doran 163 apps20 goals
Liam Polworth 92 apps10 goals
Lonsana Doumbouya 8 apps3 goals
David Raven (sub) 149 apps3 goals
Billy King (sub) 15 apps3 goals
Scott Boden (sub) 12 apps5 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Liam Polworth (22 years 20 days)
Oldest Player:Greg Tansey (2018 years 90 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 209 days
Domestic Players:6 (54.55 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Cameron Mackay (16 years 326 days)
Oldest Player:Greg Tansey (2018 years 90 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 74 days
Domestic Players:10 (58.82 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Liam Polworth reached 10 goals for the Club.

Well Well Well. :

Wednesday night in Lanarkshire and Inverness were the visitors to Fir Park under the floodlights with both clubs hovering just outside the top-six. It was the visitors that took all three points with an ultimately convincing win, although it never looked that way at the break. Tremarco, Doumbouya and Polworth scored the goals as Motherwell capitulated in the second half.

Richie Foran elected to start with Aaron Doran wide replacing Jake Mulraney who drops to the bench. Lonsana Doumbouya retained the strikers jersey. Mark McGhee had Lionel Ainsworth, James McFadden and Scott McDonald on the bench, opting for the youth of Ross McLean and Jack McMillan with Louis Moult the danger man.

A promising start for the visitors and a couple of headers go off target, Doumbouya rising highest in the box from a corner but not finding the target.

A clash of heads has Carl Tremarco and Richard Tait receiving treatment, the Inverness player donning a bandage before continuing. Soon after this, Liam Polworth hit a long range effort that goes just wide and Motherwell's Craig Clay does likewise at the other end.

It's tit for tat stuff halfway through the first half and although the visitors are getting their fair share of the ball, they lack penetration, Brad Mckay foraging well on the right though.

Louis Moult made his first telling contribution but his shot hits the side netting on the half hour, and at the other end Doumbouya heads just wide again. Shortly after, Doumbouya and Vigurs combine, but the latter fires over.

Just before the break a bit of a cufuffle around our box as Cadden strikes from range. The deflection finds Moult but Mckay recovers to clear.

Neither keeper has been seriously tested in a cautious first forty-five and one added minute brings the half to a close.

Half Time 0-0

Moult squanders the first chance of the second period as a deep cross is headed over Fon Williams' bar, and Mckay continues where he left off in the first half, but no takers for his cross that fizzes across the box. However, his persistence pays off as he pings another cross into the box and Carl Tremarco meets it on the slide six yards out to knock it in off the underside of the bar.

Billy King replaced Doran just after the hour, the Irishman not best pleased by that decision from the gaffer, rightly so as he had been fairly promising all night. The home side react by bringing on Scott McDonald for Bowman as they search for an equaliser.

But it's the visitors that take the game forward and Samson has to tip a Polworth shot round the post for a corner.

Tremarco and Warren combine well........ in attack, and win a corner. Total football mun. From the corner, the much maligned Doumbouya knocks home from the centre of the six yard box when the ball fell to him, his initial header blocked and dropping at his feet. Great reply from the big man after taking some stick over the last couple of weeks for missing a couple of relatively simple chances.

Motherwell clutching at straws now and desperately firing a couple of shots from distance but they don't trouble Fon Williams and with around fifteen minutes to go McGhee makes his last throw of the dice and on come McFadden and Ainsworth for Clay and Maclean.

Moult does find the net but is adjudged to be off side, much relief in the visitors ranks. Could be a testing last quarter of the game.

Doumbouya should have scored his second of the night but his downward header from three yards bounced up and over the crossbar after a delightful flighted cross from Polworth.

However, Liam Polworth had other ideas about a Well revival and rifled a low shot from twenty-five yards to kill off any thoughts of a Motherwell revival. Thumping shot from Polly who makes a habit of this at times, the ball finding the bottom corner with the keeper diving full length to his right. Billy King was the provider for Liam to slash the ball home.

A couple of efforts either end after the goal but the result is a formality now and Inverness keep a clean sheet into the bargain to record an excellent away win to push us back into the top-six.

Full Time 0-3

A somewhat unexpected but welcome win, and after a dour first half, we swept Motherwell away with some clinical finishing. That's three wins on the trot at Fir Park. We should play there every week.

Much improved performance all round and great to see Doumbouya grab another goal, that will do his confidence no harm. Fon Williams kept a clean sheet, although he was relatively untroubled Tremarco keeps on giving and Polly back on the goal trail. All good at Fir Park.

Manager Richie Foran had this to say " "There was some great play all over the park, our fitness levels were spot on, and once again we're finishing the game stronger, we're going right to the final whistle, so it was good. I'm delighted for the back four getting that clean sheet".

Match report written by tm4tj



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 9 8 1 0 30 8 22 25
2. Aberdeen 10 5 3 2 17 9 8 18
3. St. Johnstone 11 5 3 3 14 11 3 18
4. Hearts 10 5 2 3 16 9 7 17
5. Rangers 10 4 4 2 12 12 0 16
6. Inverness CT 11 3 4 4 16 18 -2 13
7. Kilmarnock 11 3 4 4 12 20 -8 13
8. Hamilton Academical 10 2 5 3 12 15 -3 11
9. Partick Thistle 10 2 4 4 12 14 -2 10
10. Ross County 11 2 4 5 8 18 -10 10
11. Motherwell 10 2 3 5 11 17 -6 9
12. Dundee 11 1 3 7 9 18 -9 6