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Cumbernauld show flare with away victory to Motherwell

Motherwell FCCT 0

Cumbernauld United 4

Wilkie 38, Johnston 55, Penman 65, 80

Cumbernauld United blew Motherwell away in a league match at Muirhouse on Guy Fawkes day.

It may have been the 5th of November but you could be forgiven for thinking it was the middle of Spring due to the crisp, clear weather conditions as the match kicked off. Like the sky, Cumbernauld were kitted out in light blue shirts and Motherwell sported their famous claret with amber trimmings.

The pitch at Muirhouse looked suspect and cut up in places but it didn't hamper the away side as they looked dangerous from the get-go. An early searching ball landed to the feet of Dylan McSharry and his snap-shot was comfortably saved by Ryan Kane in the Motherwell goal.

Cumbernauld continued to apply the pressure in the first five minutes and Murray Penman cut in from the right wing before hitting the deck in the box in front of a Well defender. The attacker's appeal for a penalty fell on the deaf ears of the referee.

The early exchanges of the match played out with Motherwell standing up to the early onslaught from United but there were no clear cut chances for either side. Like a bonfire on a cold winter night, the match was a slow burner.

Craig Scott limped off with an injury on the 18th minute to be replaced by Akeem Kareem for Motherwell. Immediately after the substitution Well had their best chance of the half to go ahead when a header from Adrian Cuevas bounced off the chest of a Cumbernauld defender on the line and was subsequently cleared.

A neat passage of play from United in midfield ended in a through ball to Josh Burn inside the box who poked his shot high and wide over the bar under pressure from the defender.

On the 27th minute Cumbernauld made a switch and brought off Dylan McSharry, their number 7, for another player wearing number 7.

There was potential for some early fireworks when Cuevas put in a crunching tackle through the shin of Kyle Brown but the referee didn't see fit to reach for his pocket despite calls from the away dugout.

It wasn't to be the last time United would call the referees decision making into question. Kane had his kick out latched onto by Jack Wilkie who headed into the pathway of number 7 who burst down the right wing. His cross come shot was fumbled by Kane on the line and Cumbernauld were claiming the ball had crossed over before the Motherwell defence cleared the danger. 

The game was starting to show some potential as a spectacle at this stage and it seemed like it needed a goal to spark it into life. The fuse was finally lit on the 37th minute when Cumbernauld won a penalty. Wilkie took a deft touch in the box before being swiped out the game by Kane who came rushing off his line.

Wilkie stepped up to take the kick and jetted the ball into the bottom left corner past the goalkeeper who dived in the wrong direction. The ball was still in the back of the net as United decided to hook their number 21 and bring on Jordan McDonald.

Burn demonstrated excellent vision to pick out Gregor Johnston whose shot on goal was thwarted by Kane in what was to be the last significant chance of the first half for United.

The second half started at a ferocious pace and there was gilt-edged chances for either side in the early stages.

Straight from the restart Motherwell had a concrete effort on goal when Tony Weir chipped to the on rushing Lewis McLeod who rattled a kick at the target that was matched by the Cumbernauld keeper Billy Ross.

United immediately replied when Wilkie beat two men before laying off number 7 whose shot was cleared on the goal line. They came close again when a cross in from the right flank slapped off the topside of the Motherwell bar.

Motherwell fluffed a chance to equalise when Ross Gilmour scooped over the bar when in acres of space in the box.

The away side punished this mistake on 55 minutes as Johnston found himself in time and space on the left corner of the opposition box. Johnston whipped the ball towards the striker on the penalty spot who dummied, allowing the ball to swoop past the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.

The game opened up after Cumbernauld doubled their lead and the away side took a foothold in the match. To add insult to injury for Motherwell Tommy Begbie limped off with a knock to be replaced by Joseph Cairney.

McLeod lashed an ambitious effort at goal for Motherwell only to be foiled by the goalkeeper again.

Cumbernauld continued to knock on the door and looked most likely to score the third goal of the match. They capitalized on the 65th minute when the away side carved open the Well defence and Penman curled the ball into the back of the net with some finesse from the edge of the D.

Frustrations started to boil over and Jack Duffy received a booking for a late tackle on Penman. The resulting free kick was taken short to number 7 who had a fantastic looping shot well blocked by Kane with his left glove.

Kane was called into action again and pulled off an impressive double save in quick succession from Wilkie and Johnston.

Cumbernauld scored their fourth when Jordan McDonald pinged the ball to Penman who had time to tee himself up before cracking the ball into the bottom corner.

Motherwell missed the chance to score a consolation at the death when Cuevas sent in a free kick to McLeod who slid to poke the ball past the goal.

The referee blew time on a match that will be one to remember, remember for Cumbernauld. Motherwell can take encouragement for how well they managed to withstand the flames from the away side in the first half before they put on a sparkling display in the second period.




Motherwell FCCT
Cumbernauld United
1. Scott Main
2. Brandon McAfferty
3. Joseph Cairney
5. James Fraser
7. Reegan Boal
8. Craig Scott
9. Jack Duffy
10. Tony Weir
11. Craig McShane
12. Akeem Kareem
15. Ross Gimour
16. Aaron Forsyth
18. Tommy Begbie
28. Adrian Cuevas
30. Ryan Kane
33. Lewis MacLeod
1. Billy Ross
2. Ryan Gibson
3. Kyle Campbell
4. Kieran Wilson
5. Kyle Brown
6. Matthew McConville
7. Dylan McSharry
8. Murray Penman
9. Jordan McDonald
10. Jack Wilkie
11. Joshua Dunlop
12. Josh Burn
14. Leon Brooking
15. Matthew Stevenson
17. Reece Malone
19. Gregor Johnston
Star Player
Motherwell FCCT
Cumbernauld United
Lewis McLeod put in an honest and industrious shift on the left flank. He was dangerous in possession with crosses into the box and attempts on goal and he tracked back when his team were without the ball.
Kyle Brown was a rock in defence throughout and acted as a catalyst for Cumbernauld creating their build up from the back. Brown had to soak up a few meaty challenges but gave as good as he got and soldiered on with the game. He will be happy with the clean sheet.
Magic Moment
Motherwell FCCT
Cumbernauld United
The goalkeeper pulled off some magnificent saves as the going got tough in the second half but one in particular had even the away dugout singing his praises. Ryan Kane got a strong right glove to a stinging shot from Gregor Johnston that looked destined for the back of the net but managed to keep the ball out against the odds.
Jordan McDonald nutmegged his opposite number in the build up to creating a goal scoring opportunity. McDonald slotted the ball through his opponents legs before darting through the centre of the field and being fouled. He sensed the defender at his back and stood up to the pressure before performing his piece of skill.

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