Motherwell woke to bright sunshine on Sunday morning. It was a fair reflection of the mood of the claret and amber faithful who enjoyed the 3-0 win over Hibs on Saturday.
As the odds in the betting shops demonstrated before kick-off there was little to choose between win, lose or draw. A chat with some visiting fans reached the same conclusion, there was no clear favourite.
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The teams exchanged half chances before Sherwin Seedorf exploded into the action. His run started in front of the ‘Well Bois and ended with a scoring shot in plain view of the 1,600 travellers in the South Stand. It was his first league goal and it gave us control of the game.
Hibs tested our defence but rarely looked like scoring. Nevertheless the arrival of the penalty brought some relief. Liam Donnelly’s clinical kick doubled the lead and assured the win. Jermaine Hylton beat the ‘keeper at his near post to put us in easy street.
It was an afternoon of mixed fortune for Chris Long. He was presented with three good opportunities but failed to convert. The consolation is that he was in position to get the chances and on another occasion he’ll get on the score sheet.
Liam Grimshaw seemed to get stronger the longer the game progressed. His forward runs in the last quarter were a real threat and his reward was the assist for the third goal.
Allan Campbell will join Barry Maguire and James Scott in the Scotland U21 squad for the European Championship qualifiers. Games against San Marino in Paisley before a trip to face Croatia are in prospect.
Trevor Carson and Liam Donnelly will be with the Northern Ireland squad as they play Luxembourg and Germany.