Motherwell 2 - 0 Inverness CT

League Match
Wednesday, March 19th, 2014, 7:45 PM at Fir Park, Motherwell
Attendance: 3,432
Referee: Alan Muir
Motherwell Inverness CT

Lionel Ainsworth (26)
John Sutton (34)

Team Managers
Stuart McCall John Hughes

Starting Eleven
Gunnar Nielsen
Craig Reid
Shaun Hutchinson
Stephen McManus
Steven Hammell
Stuart Carswell
Keith Lasley
Iain Vigurs
Lionel Ainsworth
John Sutton
James McFadden
Dean Brill
Josh Meekings
David Raven
Daniel Devine
Graeme Shinnie
Aaron Doran
Greg Tansey
Ross Draper
James Vincent
Richie Foran
Billy Mckay

Ross Stewart
Zaine Francis-Angol
Craig Moore
Euan Murray
Jack Leitch
Dominic Thomas
Christopher Cadden
Ryan Esson
Gary Warren
Carl Tremarco
Nick Ross
Ryan Christie
Danny Williams
Marley Watkins

Zaine Francis-Angol -> Zaine Francis-Angol (74) Ryan Christie for Aaron Doran (46)
Marley Watkins for James Vincent (75)

Stuart Carswell (69) Richie Foran (69)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Dean Brill (GK) 36 apps -
Daniel Devine 22 apps -
Josh Meekings 98 apps -
David Raven 67 apps1 goal
Greg Tansey 50 apps6 goals
James Vincent 20 apps1 goal
Ross Draper 72 apps6 goals
Graeme Shinnie 135 apps4 goals
Aaron Doran 108 apps13 goals
Billy Mckay 105 apps50 goals
Richie Foran 196 apps44 goals
Marley Watkins (sub) 24 apps1 goal
Ryan Christie (sub) 7 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Daniel Devine (21 years 198 days)
Oldest Player:Graeme Shinnie (2015 years 233 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 110 days
Domestic Players:5 (45.45 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ryan Christie (19 years 27 days)
Oldest Player:Graeme Shinnie (2015 years 233 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 356 days
Domestic Players:10 (55.56 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Greg Tansey played his 50th major competitive game for the Club.

The Drought Continues:

Inverness went with the same players that came so close to lifting silverware on Sunday, with the exception of Marley Watkins being replaced by Aaron Doran.

Greg Tansey was first to make a keeper work but he fired straight at Nielsen from a Doran cut-back with less than five minutes gone.

Billy McKay was next to try his luck after Vincent played a ball in to him, McKay volleying the ball at the keeper, and the same again after twenty minutes, Nielsen winning this duel so far, but Inverness are the side threatening to open the scoring at the moment.

Twenty four minutes gone and Well are slowly getting to grips with the game and speedy wide player Lionel Ainsworth has an excellent shot tipped wide by Brill off a Vigur's cross.

Ainsworth would not be denied though and he burst into the box a minute later to drive the ball low beyond Brill and into the net. 1-0 to Motherwell, slightly against the run of play but Well were now on the front foot.

With Inverness left chasing the game, Motherwell took full advantage to score a second goal as John Sutton nodded in Hammell,s pinpoint cross just after the half hour. Inverness leaving themselves open at the back and paid the consequences despite their bright start to this game.

Inverness still tried to take the game to Motherwell before the break but despite plenty of possession, failed to get a foothold in the game and the whistle blew to end the half with Motherwell in control and two goals ahead.

Half Time 2-0

Inverness scarcely deserve to be 2-0 down but it's difficult to see a way back into this game given the rigours of the weekend, but Yogi has introduced Ryan Christie for Aaron Doran as the second half gets underway.

Shaun Hutchinson glanced a header across the face of the goal as Motherwell looked for a third to kill the game off, but Inverness broke to the other end and almost scored as three attempts were blocked before Hitchinson clears off the line with his knee from Tansey. A let off for Well, and more misery for Inverness.

For all Inverness' good forward play, it's Motherwell that look dangerous as we leave the door open at the back, McFadden always a handful for defenders, but firing well over on this occasion.

Vigurs get's the break of the ball and tries to catch Brill out with a lob, but misses the target, however it's Inverness that continue to press with Tansey prominent and McKay and Shinnie have efforts on goal.

Young Christie is giving a good account of himself once more and his future is bright, getting involved in plenty of moves and not afraid to get stuck in.

Richie Foran once more is running a very fine line between staying on the park or getting booked, and in fact he ends up getting one, yellow carded. Marley Watkins enters the fray to replace James Vincent with fifteen minutes left.

Christie showed fantastic skill to get a shot in but it just misses the target, the ball flashing across Nielson. Get this lad on a long contract now!

Inverness were giving it a go and some might wonder how they never scored, but when your luck is out, there's not a lot you can do as Motherwell sit in and seem content to repel the visitors without looking to add to their tally.

Full Time 2-0

The game eventually became too much for Inverness to chase and it petered out with Inverness drawing yet another blank, which could be a new record for the club, something approaching 8 hours without scoring.

An entertaining game nonetheless, but Inverness left themselves open to counter attacking with some naive soccer tactics and despite Dean Brill being a virtual spectator in the second half we failed to make the most of our own opportunities and the result was never in doubt as soon as Sutton scored the second.

MotM for me goes to Greg Tansey who worked tirelessly and probed well in forays forward and special mention to Ryan Christie who did his chances of a start no harm at all.

Match report written by tm4tj

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 29 25 3 1 71 14 57 78
2. Aberdeen 28 17 3 8 40 26 14 54
3. Motherwell 29 17 3 9 48 43 5 54
4. Dundee Utd 29 13 8 8 52 35 17 47
5. Inverness CT 28 13 6 9 33 28 5 45
6. St. Johnstone 29 11 5 13 35 32 3 38
7. Hibernian 30 8 10 12 29 38 -9 34
8. Kilmarnock 30 8 6 16 37 52 -15 30
9. Partick Thistle 29 6 11 12 32 46 -14 29
10. Ross County 29 8 5 16 34 50 -16 29
11. St. Mirren 29 7 6 16 29 47 -18 27
12. Hearts 29 5 6 18 25 54 -29 21