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Motherwell 2-1 Inverness CT

By Alasdair LamontBBC Scotland at Fir Park

Motherwell ended an eight-game winless run with a valuable victory over Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

The visitors had been unbeaten in their 10 previous games in 2015, but the contrast in form counted for nothing.

Louis Laing put the home side ahead only for debutant Edward Ofere to pull Caley Thistle level.

But substitute Lionel Ainsworth fired in a late winner at the end of a breathless second half, which included a red card for Simon Ramsden.

It is a result of great significance for Ian Baraclough, whose team remain deeply immersed in a relegation battle despite this long-awaited win.

The performance, though, will give him and the Motherwell supporters hope that they can turn things around.

For Inverness boss John Hughes, although it brings to an end an impressive streak, Dundee United's defeat means their quest for European football is not badly damaged.

Louis Laing celebrates after scoring for Motherwell against Inverness
Laing broke the deadlock at Fir Park

They contributed hugely to an entertaining second period, but Motherwell dug in to take the points.

Laing's opening goal was well crafted, with Conor Grant whipping in a tremendous cross that was planted past goalkeeper Ryan Esson by the defender.

Ofere replied with a very similar effort, heading in from Graeme Shinnie's perfect cross.

Just as it looked as though both sides' runs would be prolonged, Ainsworth cut in from the left to fire a low shot past Esson, aided by a deflection off Ross Draper.

Ramsden was dismissed shortly afterwards for a second bookable offence, but Caley Thistle could not draw level again.

They had struck the woodwork twice earlier, Ofere and Danny Williams the players denied, while Williams was also brilliantly thwarted by Long as he ran through on goal in a rare bit of first-half excitement.

Scott McDonald also had a chance to score on his return to Motherwell but blasted over from a good position.

The striker caused a few problems though and could yet be a crucial acquisition as Motherwell battle to avoid relegation from Scottish Premiership.

Line-ups

Motherwell

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Long
  • 5RamsdenBooked at 88mins
  • 45Laing
  • 6McManus
  • 18Law
  • 47Grant
  • 14Lasley
  • 24JohnsonSubstituted forAinsworthat 81'minutes
  • 48PearsonBooked at 27mins
  • 77McDonaldSubstituted forSuttonat 68'minutes
  • 19ErwinSubstituted forMooreat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Carswell
  • 7Ainsworth
  • 9Sutton
  • 12Twardzik
  • 20Kerr
  • 22Moore
  • 26Thomas

Inverness CT

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Esson
  • 2Raven
  • 14DevineBooked at 74mins
  • 6Meekings
  • 3Shinnie
  • 19WilliamsSubstituted forFergusonat 58'minutes
  • 8DraperBooked at 55mins
  • 16TanseyBooked at 60mins
  • 11RossSubstituted forDoranat 73'minutes
  • 7Ofere
  • 22Christie

Substitutes

  • 10Doran
  • 17Horner
  • 18Tremarco
  • 20Polworth
  • 31Mackay
  • 37Sutherland
  • 39Ferguson
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
3,508

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home14
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Motherwell 2, Inverness CT 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Motherwell 2, Inverness CT 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Stephen McManus.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Stephen McManus.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  6. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Simon Ramsden (Motherwell).

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ross Draper (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Motherwell 2, Inverness CT 1. Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Ross Draper.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Motherwell. Lionel Ainsworth replaces Marvin Johnson.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Graeme Shinnie.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Keith Lasley (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

  14. Post update

    Ross Draper (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. John Sutton (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Motherwell. Craig Moore replaces Lee Erwin.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Motherwell 1, Inverness CT 1. Edward Ofere (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Graeme Shinnie.

  18. Booking

    Danny Devine (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Aaron Doran replaces Nick Ross.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

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