Scottish Premiership
Inverness CTInverness Caledonian Thistle1MotherwellMotherwell2

Inverness CT 1-2 Motherwell

By Scott DavieBBC Scotland at the Caledonian Stadium
Marvin Johnson scores for Motherwell against Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Marvin Johnson (right) struck late to secure victory for the Steelmen

Marvin Johnson's stoppage-time winner against Inverness Caledonian Thistle all but secured a top-six Scottish Premiership finish for Motherwell.

The winger ran from his own half to score a dramatic counter-attack goal.

Lionel Ainsworth's scooped shot evaded goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams and his defence to give Motherwell the lead.

Iain Vigurs converted a penalty to bring Inverness level after Keith Lasley's foul on Ross Draper but Johnson would have the last word.

Mark McGhee's Well - who move above St Johnstone into fourth - will be assured of a top-half place after the league splits in two later this month if Partick Thistle fail to beat Dundee United on Tuesday.

Both sides came into the game in the Highlands off the back of impressive wins and knocked the ball around with confidence early on.

They produced some neat passing moves but those were largely confined to the area between the respective penalty boxes with little creativity in the final third.

Iain Vigurs scores a penalty for Inverness Caledonian Thistle against Motherwell
Vigurs' penalty was not enough to secure a point for Inverness

It took 24 minutes before either goalkeeper was forced into action when Carl Tremarco finally found space for a cross from the left that picked out Liam Hughes.

The former Cambridge United striker managed to loop a header on target but it was a comfortable save in the end for Connor Ripley - as it was just a few minutes later.

This time it was Miles Storey who provided the cross from the left with Hughes getting across his marker to glance a header that the visiting goalkeeper grabbed gratefully.

Storey himself should have done better when Motherwell were again opened up down the same flank in first-half stoppage time but he could only direct Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo's cross wide from close range.

Motherwell's main threat came from the occasional set piece and Stevie Hammell's delivery caused problems for the Inverness defence but Chris Cadden guided the ball wide.

After a sterile opening hour, Fon Williams made a mess of gathering a cross and Louis Moult set up Ainsworth to lob in the opening goal.

The lead did not last long, however, as Lasley was penalised for taking down Draper and Vigurs scored against his former club from 12 yards.

However, Johnson raced away following an Inverness corner to fire past Fon Williams as time ran out.

Line-ups

Inverness CT

  • 25Fon Williams
  • 6MeekingsSubstituted forHornerat 87'minutes
  • 5Warren
  • 14Devine
  • 3TremarcoBooked at 41mins
  • 8DraperBooked at 83mins
  • 27Vigurs
  • 20Polworth
  • 28Mbuyi-Mutombo
  • 39StoreySubstituted forWilliamsat 85'minutes
  • 21HughesSubstituted forWilliamsat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 7Williams
  • 9Foran
  • 11Roberts
  • 15Wedderburn
  • 17Horner
  • 19Williams

Motherwell

  • 1Ripley
  • 18Law
  • 16Kennedy
  • 6McManus
  • 3Hammell
  • 26CaddenSubstituted forAinsworthat 53'minutes
  • 14LasleySubstituted forFletcherat 73'minutes
  • 17GomisSubstituted forLeitchat 53'minutes
  • 11Johnson
  • 20Moult
  • 77McDonaldBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 7Ainsworth
  • 9Fletcher
  • 13Samson
  • 15Chalmers
  • 21Leitch
  • 23Thomas
  • 28Watt
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
3,348

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamMotherwell
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home16
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Inverness CT 1, Motherwell 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Inverness CT 1, Motherwell 2.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Inverness CT 1, Motherwell 2. Marvin Johnson (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Josh Law.

  5. Booking

    Scott McDonald (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Ryan Williams (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Scott McDonald (Motherwell).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Louis Moult (Motherwell).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Lewis Horner replaces Josh Meekings because of an injury.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Gary Warren (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Ryan Williams replaces Miles Storey.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo (Inverness CT).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Booking

    Ross Draper (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo (Inverness CT) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  20. Post update

    Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.