One of the most pleasing aspects of the win was that there were so many young players on show. We had seen glimpses of most of them as they came through the ranks and occasional appearances in the first team showed that some would be likely candidates for the long term. The manager's decision to give preference to teenagers over Hammell, McGarry and Lasley showed a leap of faith that few fans expected.
Jamie bags the opener
It would be a surprise if so many inexperienced players appeared in every SPL game but the knowledge that the youth system has produced a number who can make the step up give hope for the year ahead. The idea that Reynolds is now a senior player takes some adjustment!
Our new starts made an encouraging beginning to their Motherwell careers. On the wing Humphrey showed some neat footwork and the ability to deliver a decent cross while Jennings seems to have the makings of a midfield boilerhouse.
The start of the league campaign is three weeks away yet such is the interest in our European adventure that it has hardly appeared on the horizon. What a wonderful way to prepare for the SPL season. We are guaranteed at least six competitive games while others have to go through the routine of the dreaded friendlies.
The increased match practice must benefit our players in the early part of the main season. The touch, control and confidence that should flow from this experience must be invaluable.
Meanwhile, what of Romania? There will be a substantial number who plan to make the trip and all the available routes will be scoured. Those who are unable to make the trip will be hoping that the game will be on TV and that they are able to cheer on the team in the second leg in Airdrie.