Report: Motherwell 2 Dundee 1

Last updated : 13 May 2002 By Firparkcorner
A festive home support wearing club colours and a host of specially produced tee-shirts were not disappointed by the efforts of the young team which Terry Butcher sent on to the park.

An aggressive 4-3-3 formation saw a first team debut for young William Kenniburgh. He played alongside Eric Deloumeaux (captain) and did not look at all out of place. Ramsay and Hammell completed the defence.

They came from all over!
Adams, Pearson and Lasley formed the midfield and McFadden, Lehmann and Elliott provided the goal threat.

We started brightly and after Faddy was pulled down in ten minutes we had a penalty. The boy wonder took the kick but it was saved. Undaunted, we kept pressing and five minutes later an Adams cross was headed home by Dirk Lehmann.

His celebrations almost saw him swamped by the fervent East Stand fans.

Elliott scored the second just before the break. He latched on to a weak back pass and stroked the ball home (in front of the Dundee fans who occupied the upper section of the South Stand).

Throughout the match there were incidents at either end. Dundee, in their blue and white stripes, forced Stevie Woods into a couple of good saves. Elliott and McFadded had many chances and should have increased the lead.

In sixty five minutes, Dundee were awarded penalty and this time the spot kick found the net.

Terry Butcher, still unbeaten, made a few changes late on. Clarke, Fagan and McDonald replaced Lehmann, Lasley and McFadden but the pattern of the game remained unchanged. Indeed, young Clarke had a couple of half chances in his first few minutes on the park.

Fans prevented players return to the pitch
All the players deserved the ovation at the end but their opportunity to save farewell to the fans was blighted by the hundreds of young fans who invaded the pitch (twice!).

Terry Butcher said after the natch that "the response fron the supporters was incredible" and that "I'm the third manager here this season so it really has been an unbelievable season".

The team are off to Germany tomorrow for a friendly (apart from McFadden who’s on his way to Korea) – enjoy the close season lads, with any luck we’ll have a new owner soon and some stability before the kick off to the new season in July.