Motherwell had to battle hard but eventually came away with a 5-3 win at Greenock Morton in the SPFL Reserve League on Monday.
A topsy-turvy game saw the young Steelmen pegged back twice, before also having to recover from going behind before running out victors.
Mikael Ndjoli scored a double, with further efforts from Harry Robinson, Ross MacIver and an own goal sealing the scoreline.
David Turnbull played an hour as he steps up his return, seeing a penalty saved late in the first half.
It took just over a minute for Motherwell to take the lead. Ndjoli got on the end of MacIver’s cross, bundling the ball over the line from close range.
After Brophy headed in the equaliser in the 10th minute, Motherwell went back in front 12 minutes later. Robinson got the assist, crossing from the right to find MacIver to finish at the back post.
Morton again levelled ten minutes from the break, with Eardley taking in a cross well and hitting the ball into the bottom corner of the net.
A spectacular Easdale strike from 25 yards found the top corner soon after to put the hosts ahead, but the chance to level would fall just before the interval.
Turnbull looked to mark his first start in a match since recovering from a knee operation with a goal, but saw a penalty saved by goalkeeper Wylie.
On the hour mark, Motherwell got level. Ndjoli got his second of the game, heading home from Sam Muir’s cross.
Six minutes later, it was 4-3. Darren Haynes put through his own net, inadvertently turning in Robinson’s cutback.
Motherwell continued to push and with four minutes to go, made it five. Robinson’s left-footed cross sailed all the way through everyone and found the net at the back post.