Scottish Cup - Fourth Round
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Motherwell 2-0 Hamilton Academical

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Highlights: Motherwell 2-0 Hamilton

Motherwell knocked local rivals Hamilton out of the Scottish Cup thanks to two first-half goals.

The home side were handed an advantage when Hamilton defender Scott McMann sent a pass back straight into his own net.

Craig Tanner doubled the lead from the penalty spot, after Curtis Main was brought down by Alex Gogic.

Hamilton struggled to create chances, with David Templeton coming closest with two long-range efforts.

Motherwell striker Nadir Ciftci
Motherwell striker Nadir Ciftci made his debut against Hamilton after joining on loan from Celtic

Carl McHugh almost extended his side's lead late on, sending a looping header off the bar and then an overhead kick from the rebound over high over the goal.

Motherwell savoured reaching the fifth round of the Scottish Cup, but also ended a nine-match run without a victory.

The home side contained three debutants in Main, Tom Aldred and Nadir Ciftci, while Hamilton were without their creative fulcrum Ali Crawford and Greg Docherty, who is a signing target for Rangers.

The visitors did themselves no favours by gifting Motherwell an early lead courtesy of McMann's howler.

Hamilton midfielder Lewis Ferguson
Lewis Ferguson, the son of former Rangers midfielder Derek Ferguson, made his debut for Hamilton against Motherwell

The defender could only watch in agony as his over-hit back-pass from 20 yards flew past the helpless Gary Woods and into the bottom corner of his own net.

Charles Dunne almost doubled Motherwell's lead in the 15th minute when he met Tanner's corner with a powerful header, but the ball was cleared off the line.

Main, signed earlier this month after leaving Portsmouth, had his head in his hands in the 26th minute after scooping a half-volley over the bar from 12 yards with only the goalkeeper to beat.

But he made amends nine minutes later, winning a penalty after he was bundled over by Gogic, with Tanner making no mistake from the spot, sending Woods the wrong way to double the lead.

Hamilton midfielder Greg Docherty
Hamilton midfielder Greg Docherty, a signing target for Rangers, was left out against Motherwell

In a rare foray up the park for Hamilton moments before the break, Templeton was unlucky not to pull one back when his powerful low strike from 25 yards was saved well by the Motherwell goalkeeper Trevor Carson. Soon after the break, Templeton also shot wide from distance.

McHugh's second-half header struck the bar as Motherwell chased a third but the hosts never looked troubled and saw out a quiet second half with ease.

Post-match reaction

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson: "It was a strange start to the game [with the own goal], but we'll take any goal that's coming. We thoroughly deserved the win, we won the battle first and then played some really good football. Ciftci and Main gave us that wee bit extra quality that we've lacked in recent weeks.

"Nadir Ciftci will get fitter and fitter, and we got a good 60 minutes out of him. Curtis is a big strong boy who will score goals, and Tanner was the best player on the pitch.

"It's a real positive performance for us."

Line-ups

Motherwell

  • 1Carson
  • 2Tait
  • 21Kipre
  • 19AldredSubstituted forHammellat 37'minutes
  • 18Dunne
  • 15Rose
  • 27TannerBooked at 20mins
  • 8McHugh
  • 22CampbellBooked at 70mins
  • 23CiftciSubstituted forBigirimanaat 66'minutes
  • 9MainSubstituted forFisherat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Hammell
  • 4Grimshaw
  • 5Bigirimana
  • 13Griffiths
  • 17Fisher
  • 24Newell
  • 26MacLean

Hamilton

  • 1Woods
  • 13Gogic
  • 5Tomas
  • 3McMann
  • 21DonatiSubstituted forRedmondat 45'minutes
  • 22LyonBooked at 39mins
  • 25FergusonSubstituted forCunninghamat 77'minutes
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 7Imrie
  • 9BinghamSubstituted forHughesat 80'minutes
  • 16Templeton

Substitutes

  • 6Gillespie
  • 10Redmond
  • 12Fulton
  • 23Hughes
  • 24Tierney
  • 27Want
  • 28Cunningham
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
4,725

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home13
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Motherwell 2, Hamilton Academical 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Motherwell 2, Hamilton Academical 0.

Attempt missed. Craig Tanner (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Steven Hammell (Motherwell).

David Templeton (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Alex Fisher (Motherwell) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Steven Hammell (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David Templeton (Hamilton Academical).

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Ronan Hughes replaces Rakish Bingham.

Attempt missed. Carl McHugh (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Carl McHugh (Motherwell) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box.

Craig Tanner (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Xavier Tomas (Hamilton Academical).

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Alex Fisher replaces Curtis Main.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Ross Cunningham replaces Lewis Ferguson because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Allan Campbell (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Darren Lyon.

Booking

Allan Campbell (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card.

Allan Campbell (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lewis Ferguson (Hamilton Academical).

Foul by Craig Tanner (Motherwell).

Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Gael Bigirimana replaces Nadir Ciftci.

Attempt saved. Lewis Ferguson (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Nadir Ciftci (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Xavier Tomas (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt saved. Nadir Ciftci (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Darian MacKinnon.

Foul by Allan Campbell (Motherwell).

Scott McMann (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Carl McHugh (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Curtis Main (Motherwell).

Alexander Gogic (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Allan Campbell (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniel Redmond (Hamilton Academical).

Foul by Curtis Main (Motherwell).

Alexander Gogic (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Scott McMann.

Attempt missed. David Templeton (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Richard Tait.

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