Motherwell produced a stirring comeback to re-open Fir Park with a 3-2 win over Queen of the South.
Almost 2,000 fans were in attendance as goals from Tony Watt, Ricki Lamie and Kaiyne Woolery turned a tie, in which the visitors went in 2-0 up at the break thanks to Ruari Paton’s double.
Manager Graham Alexander made two changes from the team which won 1-0 in the opening match at Queen’s Park.
Liam Donnelly made his first start after returning from injury, while Kevin van Veen was given his first start up top. Robbie Crawford and Kaiyne Woolery dropped to the bench.
Buoyed by the presence of the home support, Motherwell enjoyed all the early possession in the opening exchanges, with the visitors carving out some dangerous chances on the break.
Van Veen in particular was lively up top for the Steelmen, seeing two shots in the box blocked, before another left-footed low drive from distance was gathered by the ‘keeper.
At the other end, Roy fired wide across a diving Kelly from the right and Joseph sent a shot over from distance as the Championship side showed threat.
‘Well thought the goal had arrived with seven minutes left to play in the half. Brilliant play down the left from Watt saw him drive into the area and send a ferocious drive bound for the top corner.
With the goalkeeper beaten, the ball crashed off the crossbar and Lawless couldn’t capitalise on the rebound.
Van Veen then headed just wide of the left-hand post, with a towering leap beating all but the ball bouncing wide.
Then, against the run of play, the hosts would find themselves behind.
A deep ball to the back post found East unopposed and with a free header. Paton latched on to the knockdown, steering the ball past Kelly into the bottom-right corner from close range.
The situation would worsen on the stroke of half-time. A throw-in on the left was worked inside and, with room to shoot from 25 yards, Paton let fly.
His low shot took a nick on the way through to finding the bottom-left corner and leave Motherwell with plenty work to do in the second period.
They were quick out of the blocks, and within three minutes had a goal back.
A ball in from the right was headed back across by Lamie and Watt was on hand to steer the ball home from close range.
Van Veen powered over from close range as Motherwell continued to threaten, with the Dutchman then seeing a cutback from Carroll get caught under him as he looked to pounce from five yards.
The pendulum was swinging, and the equaliser came with 20 to go.
A short corner saw Maguire tap to Lawless to send the ball in and Lamie rose highest to power the header home.
Better would follow minutes later. Positive attacking play around the area would see the ball fall to Woolery. Taking time to engineer space, his shot from 15 yards took a little touch but found the net to send the sold-out crowd into raptures.
Motherwell: Kelly, S O’Donnell, O’Connor, Lamie, Carroll, Donnelly (Woolery), Maguire, Cornelius, Lawless (Crawford), Watt, Van Veen (McGinley).
Subs not used: Fox, Johnston, Parker, C O’Donnell, Wilson, Amaluzor.