Motherwell exited the Premier Sports Cup with a 1-0 loss at Dundee.
Lee Ashcroft’s goal late in the second half was the difference, as the Dark Blues advanced to the quarter-final stage.
Liam Grimshaw made his long-awaited return, after seven months out with illness, with Juhani Ojala also making his debut in defence.
Mark O’Hara was also back on the bench for the first time this season after a knock in the summer.
The first big chance fell to the hosts.
Cummings got in on the right side of box, with his low drive across Kelly well saved and gathered at the second attempt by the keeper.
Connor Shields saw a curling shot from distance drop wide, while Adam also saw a 25-yard drive go over the bar at the other end.
Motherwell’s forward momentum started to pick up and there was almost a debut goal for Ojala on the half hour mark.
Still up the park from a set play. Carroll’s return ball into the box from the left saw the Finn get across the front of his man but flick his header from 15 yards over.
Then, with eight minutes left in the half, Motherwell should have taken the lead.
A slack pass found Lawless and Shields two-on-two with the Dundee defence. Lawless squared the ball for his fellow forward who had time to engineer the space, before taking a free shot goal from 20 yards.
With the goal at his mercy, the summer signing opted for power and saw his drive beat the ‘keeper but crash back off the crossbar and away.
Dundee had the bulk of the play in the second half and should have opened the scoring four minutes in.
Bursting through on goal, McGhee got one-on-one with Kelly but the goalkeeper got out quick and somehow got the touch to deny the opener.
Cummings thought he’d opened the scoring on the hour mark, only for his goal to be ruled offside, but Relentless Dundee pressure though eventually told.
Motherwell had absorbed most of the pressure from balls into the box but an Adam corner from the left in the 77th minute led to Ashcroft rising above the bodies and heading home.
The visitors could have had the leveller with eight minutes left. Woolery’s brilliant floated ball into the box met the run of Watt, but his header from close range was straight at the goalkeeper.