Late goal heartbreak for the 'Well

Last updated : 19 January 2020 By Firparkcorner

Motherwell's interest in this season's cup competition ended late in a poor game at the new St Mirren Park.  


Saints kicked off facing the healthy Well support which almost filled the stand behind Graeme Smith.The team had just the one change from the successful last outing with Fitzpatrick favoured at the expense of Darren Smith.


The home side had the better of the early exchanges but their only reward was a few corners which were easily cleared.Hughes looked the most likely to see Motherwell into an attacking position and Sheridan provided an inviting cross without result.


As the game developed we started to push forward and signs of the passing game started to appear.We finished the half the stronger team but overall it was a disappointing first forty five minutes.



We survived a scare early in the second half when a Mehmet header presented Wyness with a great chance but Reynolds robbed him with a fully stretched clearance.O'Brien replied with an ambitious shot over the top as the game started to rage from end to end.Smith was called into action to stop a fierce long range effort.

Saints should have taken the lead in sixty five minutes when a careless clearance by Quinn was pounced on by Dorman.He set Mehmet up with a simple chance but the striker's effort was wide of the mark.


Barron and Murray were booked in close order as the game moved into the last quarter.There was more effort and endeavour on show rather than silky football.


Dargo came close with a header following a weak shot by Hughes at the other end.Darren Smith came on as Fitzpatrick made way.Saints were beginning to look like the team most likely to end the deadlock as extra time loomed.Sheridan was replaced by Sutton (much to the disgust of the home fans).

Hughes whistled one over the bar and the game entered the final minutes of normal time.Craigan entered the referee's book.


Clarkson lost possession in the enemy box and the ball was delivered swiftly to the other end where Mehmet produced a fine low drive to win the match.


It always looked like a 'first goal the winner' game and we can have no complaints about the result.Our finishing was woeful and they had several clear cut chances - they took one and that was all that mattered.