Motherwell’s reserve side suffered a late equaliser to draw 2-2 away at Ross County on Monday.
Maurice Ross’ side led through James Scott’s double, but were pegged back by goals from Joel MacBeath.
The County player’s second came three minutes into stoppage time, just as the young Steelmen looked to have taken all three points.
A youthful claret and amber contingent made the trip north, albeit with three players – Adam Livingstone, Liam Brown and Scott – already having picked up first team minutes.
With 25 minutes played, the visitors had the lead. Scott fired for goal just inside the box, and found the net to open the scoring.
On the stroke of half time, he doubled his advantage, nodding home from close range.
The Staggies didn’t give in, however, and reduced the deficit on the hour mark. MacBeath found room from close range to put the ball past Ferguson.
As County pushed, it looked like Motherwell would still take the win back down the road, despite Ferguson having to come to the rescue in stoppage time and Tony Dingwall hitting the post.
Their final chance got them the equaliser, MacBeath firing home to make their pressure pay.
“We’ve definitely got the technical and tactical side going in the right direction,” Ross said after the game.
“But we need to maybe be a bit more streetwise to win football matches.
“We were in full control in the first half. We had great movement, great play and scored two great goals.
“Ross County were physical and we struggled to handle that in the second half.
“Afterwards in the dressing room, we spoke about game management. In the last minute we had the ball down in their corner, but instead of holding on to it, we lost it and they went up the park and scored.”
Motherwell: Ferguson, Bowers (MacDonald), Livingstone, Devine, Hussain, Brown (Kettings), Rehman, McAlear (Starrs), Scott, Semple, Cornelius.
Subs not used: Hemfrey.