Keiran McGachie scored late on for the second match running to claim a point for the Steelmen in a 2-2 draw with title-chasing Hearts.
The big striker was on target last Friday when the youths again came from behind to take all three points against Dundee United and he was at it again today.
Hearts had earlier taken the lead when Kevin McHattie smashed his side in front after a well-worked free-kick. The defender, who has played in Hearts’ first-team, collected after a neat one-two and finished with his left foot low across Ross Stewart after just thirteen minutes.
It stayed that way until the 54th minute when the Steelmen drew level and it was a super solo goal from Josh Watt. The winger collected on the half-way line and, after beating three players, struck a low shot which squirmed past the goalkeeper at the near post with the aid of a slight deflection.
Both teams traded further chances but it was the home side, desperate for a win to cement their place at the top of the table, who got their noses back in front. Capitalising on a quickly taken free-kick, the home side broke on the counter and when the ball was eventually slid across the box, the trialist midfielder was unmarked to slot home from close range.
It looked as if the hosts were going to hold out for the victory but former Jambo McGachie would prove to be a thorn in the side of his boyhood heroes. A crude trip on substitute Craig Moore allowed Motherwell the chance to flood the box from a dead ball. Euan Murray rose well at the back post to meet Stevie Hetherington looping ball and when he nodded it back across goal, McGachie was there to head home.
That goal came on the 88th minute yet, incredibly, a further seven minutes passed before the referee blew for full-time. Before he did, Euan Murray, Lee Erwin and McGachie all had half-chances to nick it but couldn’t and the match ended all square.
Motherwell: Stewart, Devlin, Cummins, E. Murray, Francis-Angol, Asghar, Hetherington, Mboa Mekongo (MacDonald – 70mins), Watt (Moore – 75mins), Erwin, McGachie
Subs Not Used: R. Murray, Lynch, Brownlie, Green, Leitch
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