Motherwell can have no complaints following a 2-0 Premier Sports Cup defeat to Airdrie. The League One side deserved the win.
The home side took the game to their senior neighbours and with wholehearted commitment and a couple of wonderful strikes they leap above Motherwell in the Group F table.
Graham Alexander made three changes from the weekend’s starting eleven, Jake Carroll, Liam Donnelly and Kevin Van Veen stood aside as positions were found for Kaiyne Woolery, Nathan McGinley and Robbie Crawford.
'Well Bois in the sun
The game kicked off with the fans, housed in opposite stands, exchanging the expected pleasantries as they renewed old time rivalries. The home side kicked off an in under a minute launched a long throw into the ‘Well box but the header that followed flew high of the bar.
The first half was full of effort but little end product. Neither ‘keeper had to save a direct shot though both sides gave their supporters occasional moments of anticipation. Motherwell held the ball better but to no great effect. The best chance fell to Tony Watt with a free kick just outside the box but with the visiting support chanting his name he blasted the ball high into the empty stand.
The first clear chance fell to Josh Kerr. He had time to steady before firing a powerfull shot from the angle of the six yard box but Liam Kelly stood tall to beat the ball away. It was a warning that was not heeded.
Airdrie were awartded a free kick 30 yards out in a central position st after the hour. Robbie Crawford left the field as Kevin Van Veen was sent on to boost the attacking options but disaster was to follow. In contrast to Watt’s earlier attempt, Rhys McCabe unleashed a pile driver straight into the postage stamp corner and the home fans were able to celebrate.
They doubled their lead afte 78 minutes when Scott McGill drove an unstoppable right footed effort to Kelly’s right.
The contest was over and Motherwell have some work to do on Saturday to ensure they progress to the knockout stage.
Airdrie 2 Motherwell 0
Team: Kelly, S. O’Donnell, McGinley, Lamie, O’Connor, Cornelius, Maguire, Crawford (Van Veen 64), Lawless, Woolery,Watt
Wednesday 21 July 2021