Finally: Motherwell Beat Inverness at Fir Park

Last updated : 17 February 2007 By Firparkcorner

Just when it looked like a Clarkson yellow card for'simulation' was all we were going to collect for a first half which we dominated, the smallest pair of players on the pitch combined to give us the lead at the break.

McDonald scores the winner

Murphy's run left three defenders in the wake before he was brought down on the corner of the box. He dusted himself down and delivered a perfectly flighted ball to the head of McDonald who found the net with his effort.

The lead came after a busy forty five minutes for Fraser in the Inverness goal in front of an empty South Stand. Clarkson had three decent chances in the first ten minutes and they set the early pattern.

Kerr was lively and seemed to be at the heart of our play. Inevitable, we resorted to too many long balls which the hvisiting defence lapped up. In the first period we had five corners to none and our man Smith had only one save to make.

The second period still saw the action in front of the South Stand as the visitors decided that they had to attack if they were to get back into the game. They poured crosses into our box and their big strikers carried a threat but Craigan and Reynolds held firm.

A second half attack

We had our moments too and Paterson could have taken more time to steady himself before trying to convert Smith's far post cross. At the other end more composure from McAllister might have deliverd an equaliser but Snith was up to the task.

McCormack replaced Clarkson with fifteen minutes remaining and the retiring striker once again received a healthy round of applause for his tireless efforts. The new man managed a couple of shots but we failed to get the second goal to make the game safe. Tokely managed to avoid punishment for bundling him into the advertising hoarding after the ball was gone.

The win moves Motherwell up to eighth equal and we still have a couple of games in hand. Another three points on Tuesday will put is right back into the mix for the race to the top six.