Motherwell U20s 1 – 2 Ross County U20s

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Motherwell U20s 1 – 2 Ross County U20s

Motherwell Under 20s slipped to a 2-1 defeat in their Development League clash against Ross County.

A Jake Hastie goal wasn’t enough for the youngsters, who looked set to salvage a point before James Wallace won it for the visitors with ten minutes remaining.

Manager Stephen Craigan named a strong side, calling on five players with first team experience, dropping a number of his youngsters to the bench following their cup exertions on Sunday.

But things got off to the worst possible start when Max Ashmore thundered an unstoppable strike high past Morrison in to the top corner, after just 30 seconds.

Craigan was forced in to an early change when youngster Jason Krones made way for Kyle MacDonald, midway through the first half.

Ryan Bowman nodded a decent header on target as ‘Well pushed for a leveller, but the home side went in to the break a goal down.

A change of shape and another substitution at the break saw Hastie introduced to the action in place of Stephen Hendrie, and Craigan’s side began to push for that all-important goal.

In the 74th minute, that goal arrived and it was well-worked, with a slice of fortune too.

After playing second fiddle for so long, surviving numerous scares, a deep ball towards the back post was headed back into the danger area by Barry Maguire, for Hastie to bundle home, via his face.

The tricky winger was involved just minutes later, beating his man in the County box before being bundled to the deck. There were half shouts for a penalty, but the referee waved play on.

Down the other end though, and with just ten minutes remaining, the Staggies fired themselves back in front.

A cross from the right flank found James Wallace in the box, who took a touch before firing a low effort beyond Morrison and over the line, despite the best efforts of Shaun Bowers.

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