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Motherwell hold on to beat Gers in hard fought win

Motherwell FC 2

Jack Hastie, Dylan Falconer

Rangers FC 1

Liam Burt
  • Wednesday, 14 December 2016
  • The Excelsior Stadium
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League

Fraser McLuggage | YFS Central Region Journalist
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The Steelmen hosted the Gers at the Excelsior Stadium in the SPFL U20s Development League. It was a hard fought win for Motherwell. After going in at the break with a 2-0 lead, Rangers pulled one back early in the second half to add to the excitement. However, the Motherwell defence was too well organised hard to break down for Rangers to grab the equaliser despite a fine display of some impressive styles of football, they never looked clinical enough in the final third to trouble the home side.
Motherwell started the game strongly, they had a great chance to open the scoring just five minutes in when Falconer broke free of the Rangers back four and slotted it past the Gers goalkeeper, but McCrorie was helped out by defender Houston as he was there to slide in and stop the ball crossing the line at the last second.
Barjonas nearly put the visitors in front with a well struck free kick from thirty yards out, but it was saved by the fingertips of Morrison.
Jack Hastie opened the scoring for the Steelmen. Hastie was first to pounce on a rebounded ball from the shot of Falconer, Hastie blasted it into the net from close range.
Liam Burt tried to put the Gers back level pegging with a half-volley struck from 25 yards out which forced a good save from the Motherwell shot stopper, Peter Morrison.
Motherwell’s Jordan Armstrong nearly had a disaster as he accidentally played a perfect ball through for Rangers’ Rudden but he was stopped at the last moment from a fantastic challenge Barry Maguire.
Motherwell had the perfect end to the first half; catching out the snoozing Rangers defence. Dom Thomas ran with the ball at his feet, his effort was blocked but the light blues couldn't clear the danger, Turnbull was there to punish them though, calmly slotting the ball into the back of the net from 18 yards.
The half time whistle came, much to the disappointment of the spectators in the stand. Motherwell went in with a well deserved lead, they were far more clinical than there opponents, who would have been irritated to go in at the break without a goal.
  • Half Time:
  • Motherwell FC
  • 2-0
  • Rangers FC
The second half looked as if it would provide more of the same end-to-end action as the first half. Rangers pulled one back just eight minutes into the second half. The ball broke from a Motherwell attack, Burt took his man on, cut inside and curled the ball into the far corner.
Rangers, looking more in the mood now, went in search of an equaliser, Liam Burt again with a low driven shot but it was off target and behind for a goal kick.
Motherwell had a promising attack which could have killed the game off. Turnbull picked out Thomas with a great pass, but the chance was squandered when Thomas blazed it over the bar.
The remainder of the game consisted of the Motherwell defence soaking up a lot of pressure, however they managed to hang on and grab all three points. Rangers had a better second half in the final third. Motherwell’s defence was put through their paces as they prevented a Rangers equaliser.
  • Full Time:
  • Motherwell FC
  • 2-1
  • Rangers FC


Motherwell FC
Rangers FC
1. Peter Morrison
2. Thomas Fry
3. Adam Livingstone
4. Barry Maguire
5. Jordan Armstrong
6. Alan Campbell
7. Jack Hastie
8. David Turnbull
9. Dylan Mackin
11. Dom Thomas
14. Dylan Falconer
15. Pettigrew
16. Scott
17. Watt
18. Agyemang
Star Player
Motherwell FC
Rangers FC
Dom Thomas. The winger was fantastic all night. He ran the show in the Motherwell attack. Every time he was on the ball he looked like a real threat. Even when he was doubled up on by the Rangers defence, he still managed to retain possession or dribble past them. He played a vital part in the winning goal as his run just before half time resulted in his shot being blocked, which then allowed Falconer to get to the loose ball.
Liam Burt. He seemed like Rangers best hope to get an equaliser, he netted once and came close to scoring a second. He was bright and creative on the ball and rarely passed the ball backwards, he always looked for an attacking option. After getting game time for the first team, he seems determined to prove a point and show he has what it takes.
Magic Moment
Motherwell FC
Rangers FC
Dylan Falconer's one touch and hit into the bottom corner was too quick for McCrorie to react, the goal doubled the Steelmen's lead, and gave his side all three points.
Gilmour was dribbling up the line, he used his fancy footwork and trickery to beat his marker three times before sliding the ball through to Lyon, but the attack broke down when his cross was blocked.
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