Scottish Premiership
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Motherwell 3-1 Kilmarnock

  • Scott McDonald and Lee Erwin score first-half goals
  • Josh Magennis pulls one back for Kilmarnock
  • Lionel Ainsworth adds late third for hosts
  • Result relegates St Mirren

Motherwell enhanced their hopes of avoiding the play-offs and also confirmed St Mirren's relegation to the Scottish Championship.

Lee Erwin played a key role in the first half, the 21-year-old striker scoring after being involved in Scott McDonald's opener.

Kilmarnock's Josh Magennis got a goal back, but Lionel Ainsworth's late strike secured the points.

It moves Motherwell to within three points of Kilmarnock and Ross County.

Anything less than three points was unthinkable for Ian Baraclough's Motherwell men after they could only draw with County last week, but it was Kilmarnock who looked the more threatening in the early stages with Paul Cairney and Magennis both forcing saves from goalkeeper George Long.

Going forward, though, Motherwell have begun to look more like the top-six team fans had been accustomed to seeing over the past few seasons, and they opened the scoring with some delightful football.

Erwin beat two players, moved the ball onto his left foot, and shot through the legs of Manuel Pascali. Craig Samson did well to make the save, but McDonald followed up to knock the loose ball into the net.

The visitors tried to respond and after Magennis' deflected shot led to a series of corners, Lee Ashcroft headed wide from inside the six-yard box.

Erwin was involved again for the second goal, and this time he added the finish too, reaching Steven Hammell's long ball before cutting inside Ashcroft and firing beyond Samson.

The home side grew in confidence and Marvin Johnson had a low drive saved before McDonald threatened again with a back-post header.

Kilmarnock needed something different, and Gary Locke made two changes at the break; bringing on Tope Obadeyi and Greg Kiltie for Rory McKenzie and Sammy Clingan, and within minutes they had got a goal back.

Josh Magennis pulled one back for Kilmarnock
Josh Magennis pulled one back for Kilmarnock

Magennis profited from close range as Motherwell struggled to clear, the Northern Irishman tapping the ball over the line.

The nature of the game did not change Conor Grant stung the fingertips of Samson when given space on the right.

There was plenty of endeavour from both sides but neither goalkeeper was being too troubled, with the final ball not up to par.

McDonald fizzed a free-kick wide of the left-hand post as time ticked away, but when the Australian was unselfish when given a sight of goal minutes later it was 3-1. Ainsworth collected the ball on the right hand side of the box and fired inside the near post.

Jamie Hamill and McDonald both had efforts blocked at either end in time added on but neither could add to the scoring, and now ex-Hearts manager Locke could face the nightmare prospect of suffering relegation two years in a row.

Line-ups

Motherwell

  • 1Long
  • 5Ramsden
  • 15O'Brien
  • 6McManus
  • 3HammellSubstituted forStrakerat 87'minutes
  • 47GrantSubstituted forAinsworthat 87'minutes
  • 48PearsonBooked at 69mins
  • 14Lasley
  • 24Johnson
  • 19ErwinSubstituted forSuttonat 90+2'minutes
  • 77McDonald

Substitutes

  • 7Ainsworth
  • 9Sutton
  • 12Twardzik
  • 20Kerr
  • 22Moore
  • 26Thomas
  • 44Straker

Kilmarnock

  • 1Samson
  • 2Barbour
  • 18AshcroftBooked at 29mins
  • 29PascaliBooked at 65minsSubstituted forConnollyat 72'minutes
  • 22WestlakeBooked at 86mins
  • 11Cairney
  • 4HamillBooked at 69mins
  • 8ClinganSubstituted forObadeyiat 45'minutes
  • 7McKenzieSubstituted forKiltieat 45'minutes
  • 28Magennis
  • 9Miller

Substitutes

  • 6Connolly
  • 10Johnston
  • 13Brennan
  • 16Obadeyi
  • 20Eremenko
  • 26O'Hara
  • 30Kiltie
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
3,986

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home18
Away10
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Motherwell 3, Kilmarnock 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Motherwell 3, Kilmarnock 1.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Craig Samson.

Attempt saved. Scott McDonald (Motherwell) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Stephen Pearson.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. John Sutton replaces Lee Erwin.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Mark O'Brien.

Attempt blocked. Jamie Hamill (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Motherwell 3, Kilmarnock 1. Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Scott McDonald.

Attempt missed. Scott McDonald (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Scott McDonald (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Ashcroft (Kilmarnock).

Attempt missed. Scott McDonald (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Anthony Straker replaces Steven Hammell.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Lionel Ainsworth replaces Conor Grant.

Booking

Darryl Westlake (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

Conor Grant (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darryl Westlake (Kilmarnock).

Attempt missed. Marvin Johnson (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt blocked. Lee Erwin (Motherwell) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Lee Erwin (Motherwell) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

Hand ball by Scott McDonald (Motherwell).

Foul by Conor Grant (Motherwell).

Darryl Westlake (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Keith Lasley (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Marvin Johnson (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock).

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Mark Connolly replaces Manuel Pascali.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Craig Samson.

Attempt saved. Conor Grant (Motherwell) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Stephen McManus (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Miller (Kilmarnock).

Attempt saved. Mark O'Brien (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Jamie Hamill (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Stephen Pearson (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card.

Scott McDonald (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock).

Foul by Stephen Pearson (Motherwell).

Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic35274478176185
2Aberdeen35235756302674
3Inverness CT351781048371159
4Dundee Utd35164155452252
5St Johnstone35157133233-152
6Dundee351111134552-744
7Hamilton35147144750-349
8Partick Thistle35128154639744
9Kilmarnock36108183956-1738
10Ross County35108174159-1838
11Motherwell36105213761-2435
12St Mirren3573252663-3724
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