Festive Cheer Continues for Motherwell

Last updated : 30 December 2006 By Firparkcorner

We made enough chances to win half a dozen games but poor finishing and some excellent saves from Boruc seemed to have sealed our fate. But the team refused to accept that they were second best and kept fighting well into the added three minutes for a richly deserved point. Yet again, Scott McDonald's quick reactions robbed Celtic of a win at Fir Park.

Another solid show from Reynolds

There were three changes in personnel from the team which won at Dunfermline. Quinn, Darren Smith and Elliot made way for Paterson, McGarry and Clarkson.

We were unlucky to be one down after the first forty five. Riordan tapped in after 36 minutes when he pounced on the loose ball following Smith's parry of a Nakamoura effort from twenty five yards.

Skippy set up the equaliser

Clarkson had three excellent chances before the break. The first came in the second minute when he blasted high from 18 yards. The next followed a superb run down the left wing and a dribble along the bye line from McDonald. Clarkson fluffed the cut back when a solid contact looked likely to find the net. But he saved the worst miss until we were one behind. He took a difficult ball well and his turn presented him with time and space for a shot.

The home supporters were on their feet to see him shoot but his effort was too close to the keeper. The ball fell to Foran and his controlled volley was only kept out by the keepers raised arm. It looked like it was going to be ‘one of those days'.

We kept the momentum going when we swithed ends and attacked the half empty Cooper Stand. McGarry was long with a couple of crosses from the right, one of them just missing the back post. MDonald found himself with a hance from the penalty spot but he misjudged his shot with the outside of his right foot while under pressure.

Clarkon had another couple of efforts, the best of which came when he beat the offside call but allowed the ball to run past without taking a controlling touch.

Malpas rang the changes and Elliot and Smith came on for Clarkson and McGarry. Time was beginning to run out and it seemed as though we would fail to take anything from the game. Graveson steered an attempt on to the post with a couple of minutes remaining.

The twist came well into added time. Telfer played a loose ball near the edge of the box and McDonald pounced. He raced to the dead ball line and at the second attempt sent the ball low to the near post with the Boruc out of position. Darren Smith was on havnd to bundle it over the line from a foot.

The home fans celebrated, the away fans turned to the exits and Strachan had a kick at the subs board in frustration. A point was the least that we deserved and we can look forward to the visit from the other half of the old firm with some confidence. A similar display will surely not go empty handed on Tuesday.