Scottish Premiership
Inverness CT1Motherwell2

Inverness CT 1-2 Motherwell

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

Match ends, Inverness CT 1, Motherwell 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Inverness CT 1, Motherwell 2.

Goal!

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

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Josh Law.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Scott McDonald (Motherwell).

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

Foul by Louis Moult (Motherwell).

Substitution

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Ryan Williams replaces Miles Storey.

Foul by Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo (Inverness CT).

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

Booking

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

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

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

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

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

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

Foul by Marvin Johnson (Motherwell).

Attempt blocked. Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Steven Hammell.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Danny Williams replaces Liam Hughes.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Wes Fletcher replaces Keith Lasley.

Attempt missed. Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Josh Meekings (Inverness CT).

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

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 1, Motherwell 1. Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Inverness CT. Ross Draper draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Keith Lasley (Motherwell) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt saved. Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 0, Motherwell 1. Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Keith Lasley.

Attempt missed. Louis Moult (Motherwell) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

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

Attempt missed. Josh Meekings (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Stephen McManus.

Attempt missed. Liam Hughes (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic31226376245272
2Aberdeen31205652341865
3Hearts31168752322056
4Motherwell32135144047-744
5St Johnstone32127134848043
6Dundee3191394747040
7Ross County32124164755-840
8Partick Thistle31108133138-738
9Inverness CT3199133843-536
10Hamilton3189143451-1733
11Kilmarnock3278173054-2429
12Dundee Utd3166193355-2224
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