Motherwell win again in Inverness

Last updated : 06 November 2010 By Firparkcorner

We started with our attacking intentions clear.  Blackman lead the line backed up by Sutton with Gow on the left and Humphrey on the right but the first chance came for the home side when Ross had a clear sight of goal from the 18 yard line.  Thankfully, his low drive was just wide.

Our first opportunity came when Saunders released Humphrey   and the winger delivered a cut back to Sutton who had an attempt but a defending leg sent it wide.    We had a second corner after ten minutes but then Inverness had a good spell that lasted twenty minutes.

A slip from Saunders gave Foran a free shot from the corner of the six yard box but Randolph stood tall.  Then Hayes had a try from the left of Randolph’s goal.  The ‘keeper had to  stretch but his fingers got enough to concede only a corner.  Meanwhile Craigan had a header on target when he moved up the park for a corner.

Humphrey’s persistence earned another corned just after the half hour and it resulted in the opener.  He took a return from Hateley and lobbed the ball perfectly for Gow to attack from 8 yards.  Esson flapped it out but it had crossed the line.  Gow almost scored three minutes later when a fierce long range effort was touched away by the ‘keeper.

Blackman added to the Inverness woes when he had a blast from 25 yards.  Munro tried to block the shot but only deflected it and the looping flight left Esson stranded.  Suddenly, we were on easy street.

The home side made a change five minutes into the second half and Morrison replaced Odhiambo.  He was on the field in time to see Hateley deliver a peach of a far post cross to a clutch of ‘Well forwards but no contact was made.   We looked likely to increase the lead and the ICT defence was looking uncomfortable.  Humphrey seemed to cruise by Shinnie at will and crosses were threatening their goal.  At one free kick Hateley ‘s neat ball released Hammell for another tempting cross from a deep position.



Butcher decided that captain Foran wasn’t doing enough and pushed Sutherland on with 20 minutes left.   Inverness got their lifeline when a low driven rocket from Duff beat Randolph at his right hand post from well over 20 yards.  They pummelled us thereafter urged on by the home crowd, now awake.  Fitzpatrick replaced Sutton and then Gow came off as Forbes came on. 

Despite the best efforts of the home side in the dying minutes we held on to take all three points in this game that was won in the first half.  We stretch our lead over Inverness to four points and can look forward to the visit of St Johnstone on Wednesday.