Motherwell’s reserves lost their final game of 2018, as a young second string went down to Dundee United.
Stephen Craigan made five changes from the thrashing of St Johnstone, notably handing a debut to 17-year-old David Devine.
The first half was a quiet affair, in which both teams looked to be suffering from rustiness after a few weeks without a game.
The best chance arguably fell to George Newell, who got on the end of Rehman’s low cross from the left but couldn’t poke his effort on target.
Stephen Craigan made a change at half-time, bringing on Dean Cornelius for Stuart McKinstry, who seemed to add a little spark the Motherwell midfield.
‘Well’s positive start to the second half was almost undone by Appere, who closed down a short free-kick and ran 50 yards to goal but Morrison stood up well before bravely plucking the ball from the striker’s feet.
That spurred the game into life as, up the other end, James Scott saw his header come back off the post with no takers on the rebound.
Two minutes later, United were in front.
Appere went down in the box under a challenge from Morrison and the referee didn’t hesitate to point to the spot.
From 12 yards, Chalmers tucked it away despite Morrison getting a good hand on it.
Newell then almost dragged Motherwell level, just moments after Appere saw a strike chopped off for offside. It was a good ball in from the left by Cornelius and a fine header from the Englishman but Donaldson was equal to it.
Striker Scott had few chances in the game but in the 75th minute he spectacularly fired the young Steelmen back level.
From the edge of the box he spun on the ball and curled his shot beyond the helpless Donaldson.
Newell had a chance to win it with 10 minutes to go but his close-range shot seemed to loop towards Donaldon in slow motion and the United ‘keeper managed to beat it away.
Motherwell went in search of a winner but were picked off by United with five minutes left.
Robson used his pace down the left and his cross put it on a plate for Banks to cooly fire the ball past Morrison, completing a devastating counter-attack.