We had one enforced change due to
The back four with Quinn at left
The Pars kicked off and attacked the empty east stand. The Motherwell fans were housed in the old covered terracing and many were kept waiting at the few open turnstyles, some until fifteen minutes into the half. They missed some desperate ‘Well defending as the home side peppered our goal. Their best early chances fell to Burchill with a twenty yard rocket which crashed off the bar, to McGuire with a header which Corrigan cleared from the line and than a Muirhead shot which forced a save from Smith.
We held on though and started to make occasional forays into enemy territory. Elliot came close with a long range effort before Fitzpatrick broke the deadlock when he reacted quickly to the right back's hesitation and ran in to flick the ball over De Vries.
Our lead, against the run of play, should have been doubled within a couple of minutes when Darren Smith was presented with a free run in of the keeper. He should have done better but De Vries made a good stop.
Our goalmouth seemed to have a charmed life for much of the second period. Several
Fitzpatrick had a fierce, low drive deflected wide but the Pars' attack kept failing to finish us off. McDonald's persistence paid off with ten minutes left. He had looked threatening and had a few half chances shortly before his goal. He cut in from the left wing and made his way along the eighteen yard line and then sent a beauty curling into the postage stamp corner.
The holiday results to date mean that we can face the Old Firm duo next weekend with confidence. Happy New Year.