Stranraer 2 Motherwell 0

Last updated : 01 August 2004 By Firparkcorner

Hammell was rested and Marc Ftzpatrick filled the left back slot while Shaun Fagan replaced the injured Kerr in the midfield.

David Cowan back on the field today
Our best spell in the match was in the first fifteen minutes when Paterson had a chance from fifteen yards but his finish was high. A couple of minutes later saw the busy McDonald engineer a turn and shot which was parried by the keeper. Clarkson almost got the loose ball.

After that it was all downhill. Leitch took a slight head knock and was replaced by Cowan with ten minutes of the first half still remaining. This caused some reorganisation with Corrigan movng into midfield, Fagan moving inside and while Cowan took the right back slot.

We demonstrated nothing in the way of control in this game. The wing backs chipped balls up the line and occasionally the centre backs had a punt upfield but the forwards were rarely ably to convert anything into a goal scoring chance. It may be that the team had been warned to avoid injury or that the longish grass did not suit our style but by the end of the first half it was clear that the home team were more likely to score the opener.

Marc played for 90 minutes
Little changed in the second half. McDonald again punted high when he should have hit the target and evidence of our lack of cutting edge came in seventy minutes when Craigan sallied forth to have a bash from all of thirty five yards.

Stranraer got the reward their efforts deserved with two goals in the last fifteen minutes. Some frustration was evident from the SPL side but we seemed unable to fashion any response.

Now that five friendlies (2wins 1 draw and 2 losses) have passed we have to look forward to Parkhead next week. Let’s hope that Terry and the boys were concealing the master plan ‘cos it was not on show today!

Team: Marshall, Corrigan, Craigan, Kinniburgh, Fitzpatrick, Paterson, Leitch (S 36 Cowan), O’Donnell, Fagan, McDonald (S 60 Foran), Clarkson (S77 Wright)

Subs unused: Higgins, Corr