McLean Grabs Three Points for Motherwell

Last updated : 01 April 2006 By Firparkcorner

Buzz (sporting a rather fetching blue outfit) returned together with Hamilton and Meldrum and Kerr found places on the bench. We were to be grateful that McLean shrugged off his ankle knock and lasted the full ninety minutes.

Despite having almost complete domination of the first half we had to thank Smith from giving Livi a dream start. His fine save, low to his left, from an attempt inside a crowded penalty area, brought a well deserved round of applause from the home stands.

After the early scare it was one way traffic. Motherwell camped inside the Livi half and peppered the South Stand goal for the next forty minutes.

Foran's weak penalty, following Strong's clumsy challenge on McDonald, was saved by McKenzie.

McDonald then spurned three fine chances before a Corrigan cross found the head of Hamilton at the far six yard line. His attempt found the net in the fortieth minute and we still had time for a few more opportunities before the break.

Foran misses a penalty!

McCormack, in particular, was outstanding. His ball winning ability and his decent distribution caused mayhem n the midfield and it seemed that the opposition were unable to have enough time on the ball to cause any threat.

left the field during the first period and when Livi made two further substitutions at the restart it was clear that they were going to go for broke. In fairness to them they did make the occasional foray towards Smith's goal but we still had the upper hand.

Hamilton had a shot well saved and a McCormack rocket bound for the top left cornerwas tipped away.

Livi scored with fifteen minutes remaining and there then followed an exciting and desperate spell of play. We continued to press forward and the fresh legs of Paterson and Clarkson (replacing McBride and Hamilton) were thrown into the fray.

Foran came close with a curler but it fell to Brian McLean to snatch the late winner as he reacted first to a loose ball inside the box following a free kick. The celebrations were accompanied by a huge sigh of relief.

The result from Inverness means that we have to rely on Hibs doing us a favour next week when we hope they take something from Aberdeen (assuming we take three points at Ibrox!).