Motherwell Beat Raith Rovers in the CIS Cup R2

Last updated : 30 August 2007 By Firparkcorner

Mark McGhee shuffled the pack and gave starting chances to Corrigan, Kinniburgh, McLean and Mensing.

An early chance for Porter

Rovers gave as good as the got in the first half hour and there were chances at either end. Porter could have done better with a free header and Marvin Andrews forced a goal line clearance from Keith Lasley.

We could easily have conceded the opener in thirty five minutes when Carcary found himself with only Smith to beat but the keeper made a brave smother at his feet.

As the interval approached we piled on the pressure and Fahey had to produce an impressive one handed save following a 'Well corner. But he had to pick the ball from the net seconds later when the same flighted corner was powered home by McLean's head.

Carcary earned the visitors a deserved equaliser a couple of minutes into the second half when his speedy sprint along the dead ball line allowed him to shoot from the tightest of angles.

For much of the game we resorted to long punts up the park to see Andrews beat Porter time and time again. There was plenty of effort from both teams but not a lot of pretty football.

McCormack's goal was a well taken shot from the edge of the box following a sparking run from Captain Paterson. We had plenty of chances to score the third. Mensing clattered the bar with a header before Porter missed a sitter on ninety minutes when a clean touch was all that was needed.

It came a minute later when Porter and McGarry chased and harried and forced a defensive error. Their superior fitness told and Porter sent a cracking low shot into the keeper's left corner.

The scoreline was a wee bit flattering but the win was what mattered and we're in the hat for the next round.