McDonald Steals the Show

Last updated : 31 March 2007 By Firparkcorner

A double for Scott today
The game was littered with fouls and bookings (7!) and the stop start nature was clear from the start with the trainers being called upon three times inside the first five minutes.

Keegan was presented with his first start and he partnered McDonald for the duration. Our stars were keeper Smith, Reynolds and Craigan who dealt with the little threat presented by the visitors.

Paterson looked to be the spark which might have made a difference in a poor first half. He provided a couple of teasing crosses early on and treated us to a double stepover on the half hour mark but the first period finished without a goal.

McDonald was the star of the second half and demonstrated that his commitment to the Motherwell cause remains despite his midweek transfer. He made a run into the box five minutes into the half and McGuire's clumsy tackle floored the wee striker. He was booked for the foul and McDonald's fierce shot from the spot gave De Vries no chance.

Keegan came close a few minutes later when a well directed downward header was turned away by the keeper's outstretched hand. Meanwhile our own keeper had to respond in similar fashion to keep out a header from McIntyre.

Murphy raises a foot!

Burchill was sent on to try to restore the balance but within seconds of his appearance a long ball caught the square Dunfermline defence napping. Skippy was through the gap in the centre in a flash and was able to run in on goal. He made no mistake and right footed the ball beyond De Vries. The away support in the north end of the main stand were not impressed with his celebrations!

Crawford was pitched in for the Pars and Darren Smith replaced McBride. It was Smith who made the better impact. He did enough to suggest that he should get a start against Kilmarnock on Tuesday.

It was a well deserved win in the spring sunshine and we are now in ninth position in the table. One point from our game in hand will see us move up another place.