Brave 'Well Lose SemiFinal
Report of match Rangers 4 Motherwell 3 played 19th April 2003
“They did themselves proud. I told them to leave the dressing room with their heads up and their chests out” – Terry Butcher at the end of today's game at Hampden.
In a great game at the sun drenched national stadium the Mighty ‘Well came mighty close to making the final. Despite giving the pre match favourites a goal of a start we fought back and held a one goal lead at the break but Rangers grabbed three in the second half to our one and we ran out losers in a 4-3 thriller.
Konterman was presented with a chance before two minutes had elapsed. He lasted the ball from the edge of the box and the power of the shot beat the outstretched arms of DuBordeau. The response from the magnificent ‘Well crowd was immediate. Thousands rose to their feet and helped to lift the spirits of the team.
For the next fifteen minutes we ran the show. Our trademark style of direct running and pressing allowed us to control the flow and the spell deservedly produced the equaliser.
Corrigan intercepted the ball on the half way line and after a few strides he released Clarkson with a smashing pass inside the box. In front of the ‘Well support the seventeen year old squared to Stephen Craig who slotted home from close in.
In forty minutes we had the chance. Clarkson met Craig’s square pass across the face of the goal inside the six yard box. ‘Well fans were on their feet anticipating the goal but the ball passed the post on the wrong side. There were gasps and sighs on and off the park – a golden chance missed.
The second half saw the expected push by the poor Rangers side. And the game turned around ten minutes after the restart. Thomson (a half time substitute) fed Mols on the right hand side of the box and his shot sound the net. We had hardly regained our composure when Amoruso headed a free kick into the net. Suddenly we were behind in a game we were controlling.
The killer came in seventy minutes. A cross from Muscat closed in on the right deflected off Partridge and into the net. We were four-two down and out.
We pegged away and Adams got a consolation with the last kick of the game.
Pearson, in a post match interview, described the atmosphere in the dressing room as dejection. He felt that the better team had lost.
The players took the grateful applause of the travelling ‘Well fans at the end of the game. Hardly any of our fans had left as the game came to a close and the show of support for the team expressed gratitude for their efforts.
If we can take the same attitude into the last six games of the SPL season we will not finish on the bottom.
|Competition: Tennent's Scottish F.A. Cup Date: Saturday, 19th April 2003 Kick off: 15:00 Venue: Hampden Park|
Partridge 73 (og)
|4 - 3||Motherwell
|2||Fernando Ricksen (Hughes 79)||6|
|3||Craig Moore (Malcolm 76)||8|
|24||Shota Arveladze (Thompson 46)||6|
|12||Robert Malcolm (Moore 76)|
|27||Stephen Hughes (Ricksen 79)|
|19||Steve Thompson (Arveladze 46)||6|
|3||Stevie Hammell (Cowan 75)||6|
|17||Steven Craig (Offiong 68)||6|
|8||Scott Leitch (Lehmann 86)||6|
|16||David Cowan (Hammell 75)|
|41||Richard Offiong (Craig 68)||5|
|Dirk Lehmann (Leitch 86)|
|played at Hampden Park|
|Rangers cards shown|
|22 mins||Craig Moore||Unsporting behaviour|
|22 mins||Michael Mols||Unsporting behaviour|
|Motherwell cards shown|
|22 mins||Tony Vaughan||Unsporting behaviour|
|22 mins||Derek Adams||Unsporting behaviour|
|83 mins||James McFadden||Unsporting behaviour|
|85 mins||Stephen Pearson||Unsporting behaviour|
|90 mins||Richard Offiong||Unsporting behaviour|