Motherwell 4 - 2 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, April 15th, 2017, 3:00 PM at Fir Park, Motherwell
Attendance: 3,696
Referee: Willie Collum
Motherwell Inverness CT

Goalscorers
Chris Cadden (7)
Louis Moult (9)
Scott McDonald (65)
Allan Campbell (70)
Alex Fisher (21)
Alex Fisher (54)

Team Managers
Steve Robinson Richie Foran

Starting Eleven
Craig Samson
Ben Heneghan
Carl McHugh
Steven Hammell
Chris Cadden
Allan Campbell
Stephen Pearson
Ryan Bowman
Elliott Frear
Scott McDonald
Louis Moult
Owain Fon Williams
Carl Tremarco
Brad Mckay
Jamie McCart
Louis Laing
Iain Vigurs
Liam Polworth
Greg Tansey
Ross Draper
Alex Fisher
Billy King

Bench
Russell Griffiths
Lionel Ainsworth
Jacob Blyth
Craig Clay
Zak Jules
David Ferguson
Shea Gordon
Ryan Esson
Kevin McNaughton
Lewis Horner
Jake Mulraney
Scott Boden
Dean Ebbe
Henri Anier

Substitutions
Lionel Ainsworth -> Ryan Bowman (59)
Jacob Blyth -> Louis Moult (83)
Zak Jules -> Steven Hammell (87)
Kevin McNaughton for Carl Tremarco (13)
Jake Mulraney for Iain Vigurs (64)
Henri Anier for Billy King (74)

Bookings
None. Brad Mckay (89)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Owain Fon Williams (GK) 82 apps -
Brad Mckay 24 apps -
Louis Laing 9 apps -
Carl Tremarco 110 apps9 goals
Jamie McCart 8 apps -
Liam Polworth 110 apps10 goals
Greg Tansey 186 apps30 goals
Ross Draper 197 apps16 goals
Iain Vigurs 96 apps16 goals
Alex Fisher 23 apps4 goals
Billy King 30 apps3 goals
Kevin McNaughton (sub) 11 apps -
Jake Mulraney (sub) 28 apps -
Henri Anier (sub) 11 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Jamie McCart (19 years 304 days)
Oldest Player:Billy King (2018 years 261 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 184 days
Domestic Players:8 (72.73 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Jamie McCart (19 years 304 days)
Oldest Player:Greg Tansey (2018 years 261 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 324 days
Domestic Players:14 (77.78 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

All over bar the shouting:

Despite Richie Foran stating we were ready for the battle, it was Motherwell that came out determined to put us to the sword and after just eight minutes we found ourselves 2-0 down and Tremarco substituted through injury. Foran said on BBC Sport "I'm feeling positive. Three points today can change the whole picture for us." Eight minutes later that statement looked flawed. Alex Fisher deflected one in before half-time and had another couple of efforts well saved by Craig Samson. The Fish lobbed another ten minutes after the break to level matters. However a disputed Scott McDonald goal and a powerful headed finish from Allan Campbell put Well in the driving seat again. 4-2 Final score and the Championship is calling our name out loud.

The fears of the visiting fans were quickly realised as Billy Mckay missed out through injury and with Gary Warren and Larnell Cole suspended and Iain Vigurs on the park, the writing was on the wall before a ball was kicked. The results this weekend have virtually relegated Inverness although Dundee are still in free fall five points above us.

Old Caley Girl will have a full report for us if she hasn't jumped off the Kessock Bridge yet..................

Nope, she's still with us, and has put together a somewhat sombre report.

The Grim Reaper is coming

It is with a very heavy heart I start typing this match report. Yesterday was, in all honesty, a final roll of the dice to save ourselves and we failed. There is no doubt this wretched season is grinding to its inevitable conclusion. We are done, finished and down no doubt about it.

Any optimism Caleyaway had at the start of the match didn’t last long. Cadden opened the scoring in 7 minutes. He danced into the box and bulleted the ball into the left hand top of the goal. It seemed to catch the wind and curl giving OFW no chance. Yet again all too easy with Cadden not shut down early by McCart. Two minutes later things went from bad to worse. Moult floated a left footed shot over the goal, the ball was fumbled by OFW and bounced into the net. Ryan Bowman could have made it 3 but for a good save by our keeper. At this point we decided to roll up our sleeves, waken up and play. A further blow was Carl Tremarco going off injured and replaced by McNaughton in 11 minutes. For the rest of the first half it was pretty much end to end stuff with Fisher giving the away fans a bit of a lift in 21 minutes with a left footed shot hitting the right hand back of the net. Owain Fon Williams had several fine saves as well.

HT Motherwell 2 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1

The second half continued as the first had ended with both sides having chances. However in 54 minutes it looked like the great escape was on. Fisher scoring a poachers goal from outside the box into an empty net, one that Iain Stewart would have been proud of. This was the type of fight and grit we had been looking for from the players and there was hope this might, just might be the day we won the must win game. In 64 minutes Vigurs was replaced by Mulraney and unfortunately that led to us losing shape in my opinion. Vigurs had been having a solid game up till this point playing off Polworth. Two minutes later enter the Willie Collum show. Scott McDonald headed the ball towards goal and was saved on the line by Owain Fon Williams. Well we all thought it was until Mr Collum bizarrely awarded a goal!!! Our players were understandably raging and that was that. The players seemed totally deflated and that probably led to losing another goal 5 minutes later from an Allan Campbell header. Anier appeared in 74 minutes replacing Billy King and Brad McKay earned a yellow in 89 minutes. No luck again but that’s been the story of this season. A monumental task now awaits if we are to stay up.

FULL TIME – Motherwell 4 -2 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

OCG MotM – Alex Fisher, showing fight passion and knowing where the back of the net was. I can’t help feeling he should have been playing more and that if he had we might not be where we are now. At the end of the match he came over acknowledged the fans and gave away his top to a young away fan. Not sure what to read into that but rumours now surface that his contract will not be renewed sadly. Honourable mention to Iain Vigurs, Greg Tansey and Liam Polworth who definitely got pass marks from me.

Can’t remember feeling so down as I did yesterday leaving Fir Park. Will be a while till we see it again as our fate is sealed. There will be no great escape after all. Yes Collum changed the match and in all probability that was the killer blow but we have been struggling all season. A lot of chat re Richie Foran, the players and the board from fellow Caleyawayers. Leaving that for another day as still licking my wounds from a miserable day out.

Oh dear, not looking so good now as we enter the bottom-six split 5 points adrift of the nearest side, the free falling Dundee. All is not lost yet, but it would be a brave man to bet on us avoiding relegation now. Still, while there are fifteen points still up for grabs, then we can cling on to the Premiership for another couple of weeks yet.

Next game is a Friday night derby at Dingwall. Not for the faint hearted I imagine.

Match report written by old caley girl



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 32 29 3 0 85 20 65 90
2. Aberdeen 33 21 4 8 63 28 35 67
3. Rangers 33 16 10 7 48 34 14 58
4. St. Johnstone 33 14 7 12 44 40 4 49
5. Hearts 33 12 9 12 51 43 8 45
6. Partick Thistle 33 10 11 12 35 38 -3 41
7. Kilmarnock 33 7 14 12 30 49 -19 35
8. Ross County 32 7 11 14 35 52 -17 32
9. Hamilton Academical 33 6 14 13 30 48 -18 32
10. Motherwell 33 8 8 17 38 61 -23 32
11. Dundee 33 8 6 19 33 53 -20 30
12. Inverness CT 33 4 13 16 36 62 -26 25