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Motherwell 0-2 Dundee United

Louis Laing and Scott Fraser
Louis Lain (left) gave United the lead with an own goal

Two late Dundee United goals condemned Motherwell to defeat at Fir Park.

A moment of agony for Louis Laing gave United an 83rd-minute lead, the defender slicing into his own net following a low cross from Paul Dixon.

Substitute Simon Murray sealed United's first win of the season on the counter attack after Well goalkeeper Connor Ripley had gone upfield for a corner.

Both sides had passed up a multitude of chances before Laing's mis-hit broke the deadlock in the second half.

United join Motherwell on three points two weeks into the campaign.

Motherwell, who replaced the injured Stephen Pearson with Jack Leitch, began brightly and Marvin Johnson's shot from the edge of the area had to be touched round a post by goalkeeper Luis Zwick.

After a promising start, the match got bogged down into a midfield battle until a stunning effort from United midfielder Scott Fraser. His high, fizzing shot from around 18 yards looked a certain goal but was brilliantly saved by Ripley.

The visitors, who had striker Darko Bodul making his first start, claimed unsuccessfully for a penalty after Joe Chalmers handled, with referee Bobby Madden seeming to accept it was ball-to-hand.

With half-time nearing, Charlie Telfer stung the palms of Ripley from 20 yards and, after the break, the keeper again denied the United attacker.

Johnson was then through one-on-one on Zwick's goal but the German made the block.

Chalmers should have scored after getting on the end of a cross but he fired over, much to the anguish of the home crowd.

A spot-kick appeal for the home side followed when a shot from substitute Dom Thomas appeared to strike the hand of John Souttar but, again, Madden was not interested.

Dundee United and Motherwell players
Ripley (far right) could not make it back to his goal as United broke for their second

Motherwell replacement Louis Moult had a header tipped over by Zwick and, at the other end, substitute Aidan Connolly's fierce drive was batted away by Ripley.

But a goal was in the offing as Dixon sent in a fizzing cross and Laing erroneously swiped the ball past Ripley.

The keeper joined his team-mates for a stoppage-time corner but United broke and Murray was able to apply the finishing touch into the empty net from 12 yards.

Line-ups

Motherwell

  • 1RipleyBooked at 90mins
  • 18Law
  • 5Laing
  • 6McManus
  • 3HammellBooked at 89mins
  • 15ChalmersSubstituted forThomasat 66'minutes
  • 14Lasley
  • 21LeitchBooked at 64minsSubstituted forClarksonat 80'minutes
  • 11Johnson
  • 77McDonald
  • 9FletcherSubstituted forMoultat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Twardzik
  • 16Kennedy
  • 19Clarkson
  • 20Moult
  • 23Thomas
  • 26Cadden
  • 27Ferguson

Dundee Utd

  • 51Zwick
  • 12McGowan
  • 28Donaldson
  • 17Durnan
  • 3Dixon
  • 4Souttar
  • 22FraserBooked at 90mins
  • 11ErskineSubstituted forMurrayat 79'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 16TelferSubstituted forMuirheadat 71'minutes
  • 20Spittal
  • 30BodulSubstituted forConnollyat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Dillon
  • 8Rankin
  • 10Muirhead
  • 13McCallum
  • 15Murray
  • 18Connolly
  • 32Lochhead
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
4,859

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home8
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away7
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home16
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Motherwell 0, Dundee United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Motherwell 0, Dundee United 2.

Goal!

Goal! Motherwell 0, Dundee United 2. Simon Murray (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Aidan Connolly.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Ryan McGowan.

Booking

Scott Fraser (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Josh Law (Motherwell).

Aidan Connolly (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Connor Ripley (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Connor Ripley (Motherwell).

Aidan Connolly (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Steven Hammell (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card.

Blair Spittal (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steven Hammell (Motherwell).

Foul by Scott McDonald (Motherwell).

John Souttar (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Own Goal by Louis Laing, Motherwell. Motherwell 0, Dundee United 1.

Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

Robbie Muirhead (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Aidan Connolly (Dundee United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Aidan Connolly (Dundee United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. David Clarkson replaces Jack Leitch.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Simon Murray replaces Chris Erskine.

Foul by Dom Thomas (Motherwell).

Mark Durnan (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Ryan McGowan (Dundee United).

Keith Lasley (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aidan Connolly (Dundee United).

Chris Erskine (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Aidan Connolly replaces Darko Bodul.

Foul by Louis Moult (Motherwell).

Scott Fraser (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Mark Durnan.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Robbie Muirhead replaces Charlie Telfer.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Luis Maria Zwick.

Attempt saved. Louis Moult (Motherwell) header from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Ryan McGowan.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Dom Thomas replaces Joe Chalmers.

goal

As It Stood

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1Hearts22006426
2Dundee21015233
3Celtic11002023
4Dundee Utd21012113
5Aberdeen11001013
6Ross County21012203
7Motherwell210112-13
8Partick Thistle10100001
9St Johnstone201145-11
10Inverness CT201112-11
11Hamilton201102-21
12Kilmarnock100104-40
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