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    Youngsters head out on loan

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    The joy of success

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    ‘Well set for Hibs clash

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    McCall hails deadly firepower

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    Dunfermline win in pictures

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    Dunfermline 2 – 4 Motherwell

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    Clancy hoping for continued success

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    McCall eyes up more targets

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    Motherwell U19s 2 – 3 St Johnstone U19s

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    Vote for August’s Player of the Month

    Every month this season, Cash Converters will be giving you the opportunity to present your Motherwell Player of the Month with a trophy, and now is your chance to vote for who you think deserves to receive August’s award.

    It’s been an excellent month for the Steelmen who sit joint top of the Scottish Premier League table – has the mercurial Jamie Murphy caught your eye?

    Or what about new signing Nicky Law; the former Rotherham man has been at the heart of everything good. Big Michael Higdon has already bagged three goals and Tom Hateley is not far behind with two belters.

    Skipper Stephen Craigan has made his best start to the season in years and Stevie Hammell is back to some of the form that won him International recognition.

    No matter who it is, all you need to do is vote for which ‘Well player you think has been the stand-out performer for August and, if you are correct, you could be chosen at random from all entries received, to congratulate our star man in person.

    To cast your vote, simply visit our Motherwell Facebook page, ‘Up the Well’ or by CLICKING HERE.

    The link will also give you the opportunity to enter the draw to take part in the next Convert for Cash, which will be taking place on September 24th, when Aberdeen visit Fir Park.

    For the August Player of the Month – VOTE HERE.

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    Youngsters head out on loan

    Motherwell youngsters Ross McKinnon and Steven Howarth have both gone on 28-day loan deals to gain vital first-team experience.

    Left-back McKinnon will follow in the footsteps of Ross Forbes, Gary Smith and Jordan Halsman by signing on at Second Division side Dumbarton.

    Former Clyde striker Howarth, Motherwell’s top scorer at U19s level last season, will join Paul Hartley’s Alloa Athletic side as they push for promotion from division three.

    ‘Well boss Stuart McCall said, “We have been arranging quite a few bounce games for our fringe lads to play in but nothing can replicate a competitive match.

    “Ross and Stevie both need games and this will give them a perfect opportunity.

    Hopefully they will return to Fir Park next month sharper and will make a big push for a spot in the first-team.”

    Meanwhile, Under 19s defender Dean McLean has mutually agreed to terminate his contract and will leave the club with immediate effect.

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    The joy of success

    Good morning folks,
     
    Sorry it has taken so long to email you after Saturday’s victory; I had to head down south immediately after the match and only now found time to sit and put this together.
     
    It was another excellent attacking performance from the players at East End Park and, as I said after the match, if you had offered me all three points and four goals before we kicked off then I would have taken it, without any doubt.
     
    Obviously, everyone got a little bit nervous when they pulled a couple of goals back but, having watched the game again, I always felt like we were in control of things and so it proved with the killer fourth goal.
     
    It has been a pleasing start and I hope you are all enjoying things at the moment. Football fans get down when things are not going well so there is nothing wrong with daring to dream and being excited when it is working out. That said, I don’t think anyone will get too carried away. Our aim this season, first and foremost, is to get into the top six and that is still very much top of the agenda. If we achieve that, we’ll take it from there.
     
    Before I move on from all things Dunfermline – I just wanted to thank the near 900 fans that made the journey through to Fife and gave such excellent backing. Our crowds this year, particularly away from home, have been nothing short of brilliant and I have read one or two comments in some of Sunday and Monday’s papers commenting on it. Keep it up! Keep at your friends, family and colleagues to come along and support the club. And the lads with the drum… Brilliant!
     
    That leads me on nicely to the last point I wanted to make and it’s about next Monday and the Open Meeting for fans. I know club managers are not always renowned for taking much of an interest in what happens off the field but I do and am keen to see the club build and move forward. I’ve only been here eight months but, already, I have built up an attachment and a desire to see the new model flourish. Our brilliant fans, and you all have been brilliant with me since my arrival, have an unbelievable change to get seriously involved with the club and further influence our progression.
     
    Having spoken to Leeann and her team, it’s important you get involved! It’s Monday 5th September at 7pm.
     
    Just finally, all the best to Scotland this weekend. I’ll have my Scotland scarf on roaring the boys on at Hampden.
     
    All the best,

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    ‘Well set for Hibs clash

    Motherwell will face a home tie against SPL side Hibernian in the Scottish Communities League Cup 3rd Round.

    After seeing off Third Division Clyde in the previous round, ‘Well will now take on Colin Calderwood’s side on either Tuesday 20th or Wednesday 21st September 2011.

    Full match details, along with ticket information, will be confirmed shortly.

    The full draw:

    Ross County vs. Celtic
    Falkirk vs. Rangers
    Airdrie vs. Dundee Utd
    Kilmarnock vs. Queens Park
    Ayr vs. Heart of Midlothian
    St Johnstone vs. St Mirren
    Motherwell vs. Hibs
    Aberdeen vs. East Fife

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    McCall hails deadly firepower

    Stuart McCall has hailed a blistering attacking display in the 4-2 win over Dunfermline at East End Park, but admitted some late sloppiness made for a nervous finale.

    From being 3-0 up and cruising, the Well conceded two late goals, before Michael Higdon poked home a nerve-settling fourth goal – the big striker’s second of the match.

    And the ‘Well gaffer, who saw his side go top with the win – for 24 hours at least – admits more nervy finishes like that will be enough to give him some grey hairs.

    [pullquote]There’s no doubt in my mind that we deserved to win the game, but it should have been more comfortable than it was.[/pullquote]

    “This strawberry blonde won’t stay strawberry blonde for long if we play like that at 3-0 up”, quipped McCall. “I was delighted with the first half performance, delighted to go in at half time at 2-0, and we said at half time that we couldn’t become complacent. We got the third goal and we became a bit sloppy.”

    “There’s no doubt in my mind that we deserved to win the game, but it should have been more comfortable than it was. You’ve got to give credit to Dunfermline for getting back in to the game.”

    “To score four goals away from home and to be top of the league, for now, is nice for the supporters and the players. It was an important win for us, because we go to Parkhead after the international break.”

    “We said yesterday that when you have a two week break you don’t want to dwell on a defeat or a poor performance. “

    Bizarrely, three of the game’s six goals took wicked deflections, but there was no doubt about Higdon’s brace. After ending his goal drought at Clyde the former St Mirren man is well and truly off the mark after a bustling, clinical display in Fife.

    The ‘Well gaffer was understandably full of praise for his powerful hitman.

    “We decided to play him against Clyde, hoping he’d get a goal there, and that would kick him on,” confirmed McCall, outlining a plan which has clearly worked perfectly.

    “And thankfully he did, and got two today. That’s what we brought him in for.”

    Despite watching his side concede two late goals which gave a buoyant, attacking display a somewhat testing climax, the Steelmen boss also praised new signing Tim Clancy.

    The Irish defender only signed on Thursday, and showed remarkable poise to turn in a competent display beside the calming influence of Stephen Craigan.

    “I asked him yesterday if he was OK to go straight in,” the manager recalled. “Big Hutchy (Shaun Hutchinson) had done his hamstring at the death against Clyde, and we couldn’t risk him.”

    “Tim had only played the first game for Kilmarnock and a bounce game, but he had no doubts that he wanted to play and I thought he was excellent. For him to just come in to the side, I thought he did really well.”

    The former Bradford boss took the time, in the aftermath of the win in Fife, to confirm to the assembled press that a deal for Jamaican international Omar Daley has been agreed in principle.

    The pacey winger has agreed personal terms with the Fir Park club but must now return to Jamaica in order to iron out a couple of issues regarding international clearance.

    However, with the 64-times currently a free agent there is no obligation to get the player in before Wednesday’s transfer deadline.

    But, all being well, McCall may have the player available to him when the SPL reconvenes in two weeks’ time.

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    Dunfermline win in pictures

    Pictures from the 4-2 win over Dunfermline in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League at East End Park.

    These action shots and more are available to buy online at motherwellPICS.

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    Dunfermline 2 – 4 Motherwell

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    Alan Temple at East End Park

    A Michael Higdon brace saw Motherwell return to the top of the league after a hugely entertaining 4-2 win at East End Park.

    It was the least McCall’s side deserved for a composed, expansive performance from start to finish, and one which guarentees the Steelmen a place at the summit of the SPL – for 24 hours at least; although they did have to cope with an unwarranted nervous ending to proceedings.

    ‘Well were ahead early doors as a delightful passing move culminated in a sweeping left-footed finish from Michael Higdon. The lead was doubled ten minutes later as Jamie Murphy surged from midfield before firing past Paul Gallacher, via a kind Alex Keddie deflection.

    The game looked to be dead in the second half as Chris Humphrey popped up to score a delightful solo goal.

    The Pars’ attempt at a comeback was somewhat laboured as they struggled to create many clear-cut chances, but they did pull a goal back with 20 minutes still to play. This time the home side benefitted from a deflection, as David Graham’s speculative effort found the net, off the back of Joe Cardle.

    And Joe Cardle’s late strike has claret and amber hearts in mouths, only for Michael Higdon to complete the scoring in a six-goal thriller; his second of the match.

    Naturally, Motherwell reverted to a more tried-and-tested line-up after a successful outing for many of the second string players against Clyde in midweek. Daren Randolph, Stevie Hammell, Stephen Craigan, Chris Humphrey, Steve Jennings and Jamie Murphy all returned to a strong Steelmen starting eleven.

    There was also a debut for Tim Clancy, a midweek signing from Kilmarnock. The Irishman replaced Shaun Hutchinson in the heart of defence after the young Geordie succumbed to a hamstring strain.

    Dunfermline also made a swathe of changes following an altogether more harrowing Scottish Communities League Cup experience during their defeat to Irn-Bru Second Division East Fife.

    Gary Mason, Martin Hardie, Joe Cardle and Clydesdale Bank Premier League joint-top scorer Andy Kirk all returned for the Fifers as they looked to continue a remarkable unbeaten streak at the start of the campaign.

    Stuart McCall had previously stated the importance of going into the international break on the back of a positive result, and ‘Well started in fluid fashion, with Nicky Law looking particularly incisive with a couple of runs at the heart of the Pars defence.

    And The Steelmen were rewarded for an industrious opening after eleven minutes. Some wonderful interplay on the edge of the box involving Steve Jennings, Keith Lasley and Michael Higdon allowed the latter to spin inside the box and fire a superb finish across Paul Gallacher into the corner of the net.

    The visitors were utterly dominant in the early stages and could have doubled their lead after 20 minutes as Tom Hateley curled a sumptuous free-kick from 30 yards off Gallacher’s right-hand post. Jamie Murphy also looked to have a claim for a penalty as Dunfermline scrambled to clear, but Euan Norris waved the shout away.

    But McCall’s charges made it two a matter of minutes later. A lax Pars midfield and backline allowed Jamie Murphy to surge forward and his low drive proceeded to take a knick off Alex Keddie, wrong-footing the unfortunate Gallacher and nestling in at the near post.

    Things went from bad to worse for Keddie as he was booked for a poor challenge on Michael Higdon moments later. That moment was actually a rare incident of passion and intensity in a very flat performance from the erstwhile unbeaten home side.

    That was illustrated five minutes before the break as Tom Hateley, remarkably, was allowed to run the length of the right flank before cutting inside a blazing over the bar – without a challenge in sight.

    Only a last-ditch block stopped Motherwell going in at half-time three-down – not a scoreline that would have flattered them – as Higdon was denied a clear effort following a Stevie Hammell cross.

    It’s hard to believe that Jim McIntyre wouldn’t have had come vociferous home truths for his side at the break, and his side did display a little more intensity in the early stages of the second half, while struggling to break down and organised ‘Well back four.

    Yet it was Motherwell showing the more potent streak up front, and Alex Keddie was forced to clear a dangerous cross-cum-shot after Nicky Law cut inside the box and lashed a right-footed towards the back-post.

    And that potency was re-enforced ten minutes into the half as Chris Humphrey made it 3-0. The Jamaican was allowed all the space in the world to surge down the right flank before cutting inside the box. With no challenge forthcoming he powered a left-footed drive past Gallacher, arrowing in to the net via the inside of the post.

    While Motherwell had graciously lapped up the good fortune of the first half deflected Murphy goal, it was Dunfermline’s turn to get a slice of luck after 69 minutes. Second half substitute David Graham smashed an effort from distance which struck Joe Cardle, completely wrong-footing Darren Randolph, and finding the back of the net.

    Randolph had to be on his toes to save a near-post header from Andy Kirk as McIntyre’s side tried to turn the screw in the latter stages.

    A Jason Thomson shot, which harmlessly cleared the ‘Well crossbar, proved to be a warning shot as Dunfermline ensured a very nervous finale. Joe Cardle spearheaded a four-versus-two counter attack after a Keith Lasley slip and, after moving into the box, his shot cannoned off Craigan to make it 3-2.

    But the loud band of ‘Well fans needn’t have worried. Moments later a lovely move set Nicky Law free on the byline, and his delivery across the face of goal was poked home by Michael Higdon from close range.

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    Kris Jack at East End Park

    Full Time – Dunfermline 2-4 Motherwell. A deserving win for Well, unfortunate to lose the they goals they did, but an assured performance. Top of the League.

    90 Mins – GOAL! Higdon at the double puts it to bed! A patient build up from Humphrey and Law picks out Higdon at the back post. Magic stuff.

    88 Mins – GOAL! Dunfermline pull it back to 3-2. Craigan OG? Cardle given it by Pars announcer though. Randolph had it until Craggs stuck out a leg. Squeaky Bum Time after a really unlucky break for the captain.

    80 Mins – Thomson fires over for Pars, after good work to keep the ball in by Kirk. It’s taken this long for Dunfermline to make a game of it.

    69 Mins – GOAL! Graham strike takes a massive deflection past Randolph and in to make it 3-1. Pars comeback on the cards?

    55 Mins – GOAL! 3-0 to the Well. Chris Humphrey cuts in from the right, as he’s done all day, this time rattling the ball in off the post. Great solo effort.

    53 mins – Nicky Law goes close with an effort, as Barrowman swaps with Graham for Dunfermline.

    39 Mins – Hateley given free reign of the right wing to run and cut inside, only to fire well over.

    21 Mins – GOAL! 2-0 Well, Murphy goes on a darting run in to box, his shot taking a deflection off Keddie and in. Well running the show here.

    20 Mins – Law fouled 30 yards out and Hateley rattles the post with a bending free kick. Murphy denied penalty while closing down rebound.

    16 mins – Higdon could have had a second, as Humphrey’s cross form the byline almost picks him out. Up the other end, Barrowman fires well wide.

    11 Mins – GOAL! Great play from Jennings, Murphy and Lasley to play in Higdon, who smashes the ball low in to Gallacher’s far corner. A merited Well lead.

    5 Mins – Motherwell with most of the possession in the early stages, Clancy with a few introductory long balls for good measure.

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    Motherwell manager Stuart McCall:

    “We said that we wanted to end with a good result because we have two weeks before we go to Celtic; I could handle scoring four away from home every week.

    “We would have like to have done it a bit more comfortably but you’ve got to give credit to Dunfermline.

    “We just got a bit sloppy. Once we got the third goal we started taking too many touches on the ball, taking too many risks and not keeping the ball the way we can do.

    “If you’d said before the game we would come here and won 4-2, I would have been delighted – so I’ve got to still be happy with that.”

    Dunfermline manager Jim McIntyre:

    “They played well, but for me we didn’t compete enough. In the second half we got ourselves back in the game, but Motherwell deserved to win.

    “We were extremely disappointed with our first-half showing and Motherwell punished us. They’re a good side and we’ll have days like this when it is a learning curve.

    “We learned that if you don’t start games well, it is hard to recover.  You will get punished at this level. It is about how they respond to it now.”

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    Clancy hoping for continued success

    Tim Clancy hopes to be a part of a successful campaign with Motherwell this year – after watching from afar as the Steelmen roared to the Scottish Cup final last season.

    And the Irishman insists he didn’t even have to think about the move when his agent informed him of the interest from the ‘Well.

    “I didn’t even think twice about it because I knew it’s a good club and a good bunch of lads. It was an easy decision,” the former Killie stopper praised.

    “The lads here had a fantastic season – top six and a cup final – and they have started really well this year, so it’s an ideal move.”

    The versatile defender has been described by Stuart McCall as a ‘perfect fit’ for Motherwell, given his ability to play anywhere across the backline; a vital attribute in a member of such a small squad.

    [pullquote]The lads here had a fantastic season – top six and a cup final – and they have started really well this year, so it’s an ideal move.[/pullquote]

    He also possesses the same philosophy of attractive, flowing football which the Steelmen have adopted this season, after spending last year under the tutelage of Mixu Paatelainen and Kenny Shiels.

    He continued: “There are a few teams now that are playing good football; St Mirren are playing nice stuff, Kilmarnock and Motherwell as well.

    “It’s good for the SPL. There are a lot of people who like to talk the league down. Obviously with teams going out of Europe, they might start saying it’s a poor league but when players come up from England they find it hard to play in the league. It’s a good standard.”

    The 27-year old will go straight into the reckoning for the trip to Dunfermline on Saturday, and he admits he is looking forward to more first-team opportunities after seeing his chances limited at Rugby Park this campaign.

    “I cover all the positions,” he admitted. “It can work against you. If you have a set spot every week and you’re playing then you stay in the team.

    “It’s a smaller squad as well here. Killie had a lot of players so hopefully if I come in and do well or if someone gets injured and Tom goes into midfield, maybe I could slot in. It goes with the rest of the players across the back four; it’s a smaller squad so there are opportunities.”

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    McCall eyes up more targets

    Stuart McCall is still in the market for one more signing as he looks to finalise his ‘Well squad ahead of the transfer deadline on Wednesday.

    The Motherwell boss was delighted to be able to present his new versatile defender Tim Clancy to the assembled press today, and his focus has now turned to securing an extra attacking option.

    McCall has made no secret of his desire to secure the signing of Omar Daley who is currently training at the club.

    “I know Omar (Daley) well,” the former Bradford boss said, having worked with the flying winger at Valley Parade. “And I would like the move to happen. But there is a bit of red tape to cut through; visas and things like that.

    “But Omar ticks the boxes in the sense that he can play anywhere up font, like Steve Jones last season.

    [pullquote]We’re all positive and delighted to get Tim in from Kilmarnock. He can play in a number of positions, and for a club like us that is what you look for.[/pullquote]

    “He’s pacey – he’s just what we need and I’d be delighted if we got him tied up, and I’d be happy with what we’ve got after the signing of Tim Clancy.

    “We’re all positive and delighted to get Tim in from Kilmarnock. He can play in a number of positions, and for a club like us that is what you look for. I think Tim has probably played about a third of his games at right-back, a third at left-back and a third at centre-back. It suits us down to the ground.

    “He’s a good pro and we welcome him on board.”

    The Irishman, who shares an agent with ‘Well’s Stevie Saunders, could feasibly make his debut this weekend as The Steelmen make the trip to Fife to face Dunfermline.

    Few people would have expected this match to be a top-of-the-table clash at this stage of the season, but both sides can go top with a win – for 24 hours at least.

    And McCall is desperate for a victory in the Kingdom ahead of the forthcoming international break.

    The gaffer continued:  “We’ve had a good run ourselves and we are up against a side, in Dunfermline, who are unbeaten.

    “I haven’t thought about that [going top] and someone said Dunfermline can go top if they win. But it’s always nice to finish on a high before the international break; you don’t want to go into that with a negative result.

    “It is [a tight SPL] at the moment, when we’ve all got our fully fit squads. Obviously we’ve had a serious injury to Saunders, just like they’ve had one with the boy McGregor, but it’s when you get to the suspensions and injuries that you really get tested.”

    Motherwell’s midweek win over Clyde certainly created a feeling that the ‘Well squad may be deceptively well-equipped to handle the rigours of an SPL season, with the likes of Lawless, McHugh and Forbes impressing.

    And McCall admits he is delighted with the momentum that result brings and the performance of some of his fringe players.

    “We bounced back with a good cup win at Clyde,” he lauded. “The game was a potential banana skin.

    “We had to get a happy mix. The lads that all played have been on my bench this season and will be involved for the rest of the season so they needed games.

    “They came through well, and we had Michael Higdon getting on the scoresheet. Nicky Law and Steven Lawless got their first goals for us too. All in all it went very well for us.”

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    Motherwell U19s 2 – 3 St Johnstone U19s

    A late, late penalty denied Motherwell anything from the match as St Johnstone ran out 3-2 winners in an entertaining encounter at Bathgate this afternoon.

    Saints roared into a 2-0 first-half lead courtesy of goals from Chris Kane and a Ricky McIntosh penalty. However, Motherwell fought their way back into proceedings when Keiran McGachie headed home from close range then Nicky Devlin equalised midway through the second half with a cross-cum-shot.

    Despite late pressure from the home side, Saints would win it after a trip by Willie Muir on sub Andrew Steeves allowed Ricky McIntosh to tuck home from the spot for the second time, taking all three points home to Perth.

    Young made just one change from the side that overcame Kilmarnock six days previous. Josh Watt was feeling the ill-effects of an early season knock and was rested. In his place came new signing Hermann Mboa Mekongo, the Frenchman having received clearance to play earlier in the week.

    Expectations were high for an eye-catching encounter but the game actually took a while to get going. Both teams traded possession for the opening quarter with very little in the way of real chances at goal.

    Things burst to life though when St Johnstone took the lead after fifteen minutes. Right midfielder Ricky McIntosh picked up on a loose midfield ball and he sent Chris Kane through with a looping ball over the top. After taking a great first-touch touch and with Willie Muir rushing out to narrow the angle, the Edinburgh born 16-year old finished with aplomb, slotting under the goalkeeper to make it 1-0.

    Motherwell tried to respond instantly but a long-range effort from Lee Erwin went way over the bar with keeper Alistair Worby able to watch it soar out the ground.

    Things quickly went from bad to worse for Motherwell as Saints doubled their advantage from the penalty spot. The Steelmen were far from happy with the decision and replays would show they were right to be upset; it was an incredibly harsh call from referee Stephen Mitchell.

    A free-kick from the right by Liam Caddis, after Mboa Mekongo had held back Kane, was whipped in with pace towards the front post. Keiran McGachie challenged with Ryan Hutchinson, brother of ‘Well defender Shaun, and when the ball flicked up, it inadvertently hit the hand of the striker. No one claimed, certainly not Hutchinson, but the whistle went and a penalty kick was the decision.

    Ricky McIntosh was in no mood to show mercy and tucked the ball home into the left hand corner of the net, sending Muir the wrong way.

    Both teams traded possession, play was sloppy and neither side really took a grip of the match. That said, as the first half neared its conclusion, it was the hosts who applied the most pressure in the hunt for a goal. Zane Francis-Angol made Worby work with a low shot from the edge of the box after neat build-up involving four players.

    And, right on half-time, that man Francis-Angol was at the centre of things as Motherwell brought themselves back into the game. Picking up a return pass twenty-yards from goal, the former Tottenham youngster took on and beat Greg Mitchell before hanging a lovely cross towards the back post that found Keiran McGachie. The big striker out-jumped Gareth Rodger to bullet home a header from close range – his third of the season. Game on!

    The second half started with the Steelmen on the front foot and they were denied what looked like a stonewall penalty kick when centre-back Rodger blocked Adam Ashgar’s net-bound looking shot with an arm. Referee Mitchell was up with play however, in his defence, his view was obscured by Steve Hetherington which would go some way to explain why a spot kick wasn’t forthcoming.

    Be it a sense of injustice at a couple of calls that didn’t go their way or not, ‘Well had the bit between their teeth and eventually got the goal they deserved midway through the half. Keiran McGachie collected inside the area and did well to shield before knocking it wide to the waiting Nicky Devlin. The former Dumbarton full-back skinned McIntosh on the flank before firing a cross-cum-shot over Worby and into the net.

    At that stage, there looked to be only one winner and Motherwell kept up the pressure with two efforts from Lee Erwin. Both went over the bar but served notice the Steelmen were seeking all three points.

    Fancis-Angol went close again too, this time from a nearly worked free-kick, but again it spun wide the Saints keeper not having to work too hard for his side. Similarly, a long range effort from Mboa Mekongo bounced wide as Motherwell pushed and pushed.

    With five minutes left on the clock, Lee Erwin did bring out an excellent save from Worby – his spinning low shot from the edge of the area parried by the young goalkeeper before eventually been hooked away. Three minutes later the same player had another strike, almost from an identical distance, but it treacled past the left hand upright with the Saints keeper at full stretch.

    With all Motherwell’s chances, possession and crosses into the box, there was almost an air of inevitability that there would be a sting in the tail and it came in the form of a stoppage time penalty kick for the away side.

    Darren Brownlie left a pass back to Willie Muir half a yard short allowing sub Andrew Steeves to nip in. He got there just before the goalkeeper who clipped the striker; referee Mitchell having no other option but to point to the spot.

    Ricky McIntosh stepped up once again and slotted it into the same left corner as his first earlier in the match. It was to prove the last kick of the ball as Saints ran out 3-2 winners; a harsh result on Gordon Young’s side without doubt.

    Motherwell: Muir, Francis-Angol, Murray, Brownlie, Devlin, Hetherington, Mboa Mekongo, Ashgar (Moore – 69mins), MacDonald, Erwin, McGachie

    Subs Not Used: Stewart, Lynch, Leitch, Green