Scottish Cup - Quarter-final
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Motherwell 2-1 Heart of Midlothian

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Highlights: Motherwell 2-1 Heart of Midlothian

Carl McHugh scored a wonder-goal to seal Motherwell's spot in the Scottish Cup semi-finals.

Well's Curtis Main touched in the opener on the goal-line after Hearts' Ross Callachan inexplicably let Craig Tanner's corner go through him.

Kyle Lafferty smashed home a penalty to restore parity after Cedric Kipre downed Steven Naismith in the box.

But with minutes to play, McHugh brilliantly controlled on his chest and crashed in a superb volley to win it.

The Steelmen join Celtic in the last four, with Aberdeen and Kilmarnock replaying next week and Rangers hosting Falkirk later on Sunday.

The home side looked hungry from the off at Fir Park and thought they had scored within three minutes.

Curtis Main goal
Curtis Main got a final touch for the first goal after comical defending from Hearts' Ross Callachan

Hearts keeper Jon McLaughlin fumbled a cross and Chris Cadden reacted quickly to knock the ball home, only to be left furious when referee Andrew Dallas ruled it out.

Despite the protests of the hosts, pictures showed that McLaughlin had one hand on the ball and that Dallas had got it right.

Before too long the home side were in front.

Callachan made a woeful decision to allow a near-post corner to pass him and a shocked McLaughlin could only shin the ball on to the post, with Main on the line to finish.

Cheered on by around 4700 fans who had made their way along the M8, Hearts slowly eased their way back into the match.

Lafferty had a shot saved by keeper Trevor Carson, while at the other end Craig Tanner blasted an effort high over the bar.

Jambos boss Craig Levein replaced the ineffective Callachan with David Milinkovic at half-time, allowing Naismith to provide some much-needed support to Lafferty up top.

Chris Cadden's disallowed goal
Chris Cadden thought he had opened the scoring but referee Andrew Dallas ruled it out for a foul

The change had an immediate impact when the Tynecastle club equalised six minutes into the second period.

As Naismith looked to connect with a through ball inside the Motherwell box, Kipre clumsily brought him down.

There were few complaints from the home side and Lafferty, who had a spot kick saved by Jamie MacDonald in the midweek draw with Kilmarnock, hammered home his 16th goal of the season.

Confidence was flowing through the Hearts side and Naismith and Lafferty soon combined to set up the latter for a shot that hit keeper Carson's right hand post.

It was persistent pressure from Hearts and only a fantastic fingertip save by Carson from a Lafferty header denied the Tynecastle side the lead.

Well's Tanner then had a volley blocked by John Souttar before McHugh also had an effort stopped on its way to goal.

Kyle Lafferty scores
Kyle Lafferty drew Hearts level with a well-taken penalty

It looked like a replay was inevitable until McHugh produced a moment of magic, controlling the ball on his chest and firing an effort into the top corner from 20 yards.

The Steelmen's skipper had been booked earlier, meaning he will miss the semi-final, but that did not dampen the celebrations.

In the final minute Hearts had claims for a penalty when the ball appeared to strike the arm of Tom Aldred, but referee Dallas waved away the claims.

Line-ups

Motherwell

  • 1Carson
  • 21KipreBooked at 80mins
  • 19AldredBooked at 5mins
  • 18Dunne
  • 7Cadden
  • 22Campbell
  • 8McHughBooked at 22mins
  • 27TannerSubstituted forRoseat 90'minutes
  • 2TaitSubstituted forFrearat 78'minutes
  • 23CiftciSubstituted forBowmanat 55'minutes
  • 9Main

Substitutes

  • 5Bigirimana
  • 11Frear
  • 12Bowman
  • 13Griffiths
  • 15Rose
  • 24Newell
  • 34Maguire

Hearts

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 4Souttar
  • 5HughesSubstituted forAmankwaaat 88'minutes
  • 6Berra
  • 16RandallSubstituted forSmithat 90'minutes
  • 20CallachanSubstituted forMilinkovicat 45'minutes
  • 66AdaoBooked at 85mins
  • 47Cochrane
  • 28Godinho
  • 14NaismithBooked at 81mins
  • 9Lafferty

Substitutes

  • 2Smith
  • 7Amankwaa
  • 8Buaben
  • 11Milinkovic
  • 13Hamilton
  • 15Cowie
  • 43Henderson
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
7,564

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Motherwell 2, Heart of Midlothian 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Motherwell 2, Heart of Midlothian 1.

Curtis Main (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joaquim Adao (Heart of Midlothian).

Attempt saved. Joaquim Adao (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Michael Smith replaces Connor Randall.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Andy Rose replaces Craig Tanner.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Danny Amankwaa replaces Aaron Hughes.

Goal!

Goal! Motherwell 2, Heart of Midlothian 1. Carl McHugh (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Charles Dunne (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Joaquim Adao (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Carl McHugh (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joaquim Adao (Heart of Midlothian).

Attempt missed. Kyle Lafferty (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Carl McHugh (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Connor Randall.

Booking

Steven Naismith (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Steven Naismith (Heart of Midlothian).

Booking

Cedric Kipre (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Cedric Kipre (Motherwell).

Manuel Milinkovic (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Elliott Frear replaces Richard Tait.

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

Attempt saved. Manuel Milinkovic (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Marcus Godinho.

Attempt missed. Tom Aldred (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by John Souttar.

Attempt blocked. Chris Cadden (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Carl McHugh.

Attempt missed. Kyle Lafferty (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

Ryan Bowman (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Souttar (Heart of Midlothian).

Tom Aldred (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joaquim Adao (Heart of Midlothian).

Chris Cadden (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joaquim Adao (Heart of Midlothian).

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Curtis Main.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Trevor Carson.

Attempt saved. Kyle Lafferty (Heart of Midlothian) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

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