Kilmarnock 2, Motherwell 0

Match Date: Saturday, January 8 2005
Competition: Scottish Cup 3rd Round
Attendance: 6,093.
 
Motherwell Team (4-4-2):

Marshall, Corrigan, Kinniburgh, Craigan, Hammell, Fitzpatrick, McBride, Leitch, Foran, McDonald, Clarkson (Fagan 63).  
Subs Not Used: Corr, Cowan, Quinn, Wright.

Booked: Hammell, Craigan, Foran.

Sent off: Craigan.

THOMSON HELPS HEAP CUP MISERY ON WELL 

Kilmarnock  2     Motherwell  0 

MOTHERWELL SLIPPED OUT OF THE CUP After a rather poor performance at Rugby Park, though the show given by Referee Thomson certainly aided the departure. Several moments of controversy occurred during the match which would have had a major bearing on the result had the gone in favour of the Fir Parkers. 

There was a legitimate shout for a penalty in the first minute when Dindeleux clearly handled a cross from Hammell but play continued. A slack header from Hay fell for Corrigan next and his cross was met by Foran but he could only head wide with the goal gaping. The first show from the home side was a Leven ball towards Nish though Foran, back helping out, cleared long. A terrific long ball from Corrigan then almost had McDonald clear on Combe, the keeper able to gather though. Boyd then sent Nish wide but his long cross was easily dealt with. A terrific stop from Craigan on the edge of the box then prevented Boyd going clear on Marshall. Soon afterwards a clear dive by Nish over the leg of Corrigan failed to bring what should have been a booking. Scott McDonald, who was to receive some very rough treatment, suffered the first of those ridiculous challenges when Dindeleux flattened him. McBride took the free kick, some 8 yards from the touchline, but curled over the far post. Hay for the home side played a long ball to Boyd though Craigan cut it out for a corner. Lilley met it unchallenged but sent a header over. Motherwell tried a similar method, Craigan almost finding McDonald but Greer knocked behind. This was cleared, but Motherwell continued to press. Clarkson played wide to McDonald but he was quickly closed down by Dindeleux. McDonald was then taken out by Greer but the free kick was wasted. The Australian once more was the subject of a bad foul, this time on the 18-yard-line by Dindeleux again, but this time Referee Thomson ignored the obvious.  

Thomson angered the very large travelling support further by booking Hammell for his first mis-timed tackle, on Invincible, despite the many committed by the home side up to this point. He did, however, book McDonald of Kilmarnock for a bad tackle on McDonald though he probably would also agree he shouldn't have been the first of his team to see yellow. Greer conceded a corner from the free kick and, although cleared to Foran, the ball found it's way to McBride who shot over. Foran then looked to find McBride but Dindeleux made an important stop.  The home side weren't being seen much in the attack but they went close when Hay found Boyd who headed over. Great work from Fitzpatrick took him forward and he supplied the eager Foran. His cross, intended for McDonald, fell beyond the striker. A one-two involving McDonald and Boyd saw the former fire in a shot which Marshall held easily. A minute later, however, Marshall had to make a fantastic save to deny Boyd who'd run onto a through ball. That was to count for nothing a couple of minutes later, however, as Motherwell went behind.  McDonald saw his shot deflected behind for a corner, and as this came in, Motherwell failed to clear and although Marshall blocked one effort he could do nothing to stop McDonald's close-range effort going in. Motherwell instantly forced a corner of their own, Craigan met it but his shot was blocked and cleared. The Fir Parkers more-or-less pressed the self-destruct button just before the break. Craigan's loose free kick led to a corner as Fitzpatrick managed to block McDonald. Boyd met the corner but his header looked to have been headed off the line by McBride, onto the bar, and into the arms of Marshall. However, the far side linesman declared the ball had crossed the line, and a goal was given. It looked impossible to call a goal, but the linesman felt otherwise.  

Half-time     Kilmarnock  2     Motherwell  0 

The home side were on the attack early, with Invincible almost finding Boyd though Kinniburgh made a great challenge to clear. Foran was then the subject of a hefty Greer challenge and a free kick was given. Still no sign of a card despite Greer's many fouls to this point. McDonald did superbly well to weave his way to the by line but the cross found no takers. McBride and Corrigan then played a neat one-two before setting up McDonald but he was unlucky to see Dindeleux desperately block for a corner kick. Motherwell continued to press, and from another free kick Hay clearly headed behind his own line but there was no corner. Clarkson and Dindeleux then raced for a ball near the corner flag and although Clarkson won fairly, with Dindeleux then guilty of a tug on the Motherwell man, a free kick somehow went the way of the home side. Kinniburgh was then forced to concede a corner but this was headed meekly over by McDonald.  Stevie Craigan then was booked for, like Hammell, his first loose tackle as Boyd went down all too easily. A deliberate handball by Invincible should also have seen yellow, but unsurprisingly it didn't. Dindeleux, for the second time in the match, then also hand-balled but once again Referee Thomson decided this was a legitimate part of play. Motherwell made a change, Clarkson making way for Fagan as Manager Butcher re-jigged the formation. Boyd's dramatic fall then won a free kick as Craigan challenged 6 yards from the by line. Cleared to Leven he shot well wide. Motherwell still pushed forward in search of a goal to get back into the game.  

Hammell found McDonald but his turn and shot was held. After Leven had conceded a corner, a quite blatant penalty was denied for Motherwell when Lilley flattened Foran as he attempted to go for the ball. Another corner came but this time McDonald saw his header held by Combe. Again the Fir Parkers attacked, McDonald ran onto a McBride pass but was taken out by Lilley - again play was waved on. The home side then made a change, Dindeleux replaced by Locke. Striker Scott McDonald won a corner and although Motherwell quickly forced two more nothing came of any. A further home change had Naismith replaced by Johnston. Captain Scott Leitch then fired in a spectacular 25-yard shot which had Combe well beaten, but the ball struck the post and rebounded to safety. McBride was then the subject of a nasty Leven challenge but again no card was shown. Soon after Greer was also guilty of a similar challenge on Hammell, again no card, and neither was there one for Invincible's constant dissent. A minute later, however, there was a yellow card for Richie Foran after he had challenged Combe for a loose ball. Despite several Kilmarnock players pushing and shoving Foran was deemed the only man worthy of a booking for legitimately challenging for the ball. And to compound this, Thomson chose to give Craigan his marching orders for a foul with four minutes to go. This perhaps was a yellow card, but given what he'd let the home players away with earlier in the match, it was wrong in the extreme. Indeed, Invincible sent Foran flying soon afterwards and, like before, he trotted upfield blemish-free.  The last action saw Boyd replaced by Wales. 

Full Time     Kilmarnock  2     Motherwell  0 

Match Report by Ricky Mullen

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