U20s: Motherwell 3-2 Hamilton Accies

Monday, February 26, 2018
U20s: Motherwell 3-2 Hamilton Accies

Motherwell under 20s maintained their near four-year unbeaten record against local rivals Hamilton under Stephen Craigan.

A James Scott brace and neat finish from Alfredo Agyeman secured a 3-2 victory at the Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie for the Fir Park youngsters.

Stephen Craigan made seven changes from the disappointing defeat to Ross County at Stirling five days ago.

Out went Jason Krones, Barry Maguire, Stephen Hendrie, David Turnbull, George Newell, Deimantas Petravičius and Ryan Bowman. They were replaced by Luke Watt, Kyle MacDonald, Adam Livingstone, Ross MacLean, Jamie Semple, James Scott and Alfredo Agyeman.

And in a controlling first half, Adam Livingstone caused all sorts of problems for the visitors down the left flank, comfortably beating his man on a number of occasions and producing pin-point crosses in to the box.

In the 18th minute, ‘Well deservedly took the lead when the left wing back crossed for the head of Jamie Semple, who nodded down for James Scott to thunder home from seven yards.

Nine minutes later though, the game was levelled and in truth it was a composed goal for the visitors.

Pulling down a neat clipped ball over the top, Ryan Tierney took his time before squaring for Lewis Smith, who finished with aplomb beyond PJ Morrison.

Livingstone was at the heart of things again when his cross, this time from the right flank after taking a corner, was met by the head of Scott. The big striker nodded his effort on to the bar, but Agyeman was on hand to coolly side foot home.

Accies were awarded a rather cheap freekick right on the edge of the box and capitalised on it in the 59th minute.

Ross Cunningham’s freekick clipped the top of the wall, crashing on to the crossbar and, unfortunately, crashing off the helpless Morrison’s back before crossing the line.

Scott had his second of the game in the 67th minute, racing on to substitute Jason Krones ball over the top, controlling excellently before finishing past Fulton in to the far corner to put ‘Well in front for the third time.

With just stoppage time remaining, Morrison was adjudged to have handled the ball outside of the box to afford Accies a decent chance to snatch a point. From the freekick, the visitors squared the ball for Marc Kelly, but he scooped his effort over the bar and ultimately squandered a half-decent chance.

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