Motherwell 1, Kilmarnock 1

Match Date: Saturday, April 16 2005
Competition: Scottish Premier League
Attendance: 4,999.
 
Motherwell Team (4-4-2):

Corr, Quinn, Partridge, Craigan, Hammell, Kerr (Britton 71), Leitch (Fitzpatrick 60), Fagan, Paterson (Foran 45), Clarkson, Hamilton. 
Subs Not Used: Kinniburgh, Higgins, Ewings.

Motherwell scorer: Combe (86 o.g.)

Booked: Partridge, Fagan.

MOTHERWELL MAKE THE TOP SIX

Motherwell  1     Kilmarnock  1

MOTHERWELL LIMPED OVER THE TOP SIX Finish line with a draw at Fir Park. Ravaged by injury and suspension, the makeshift team at last scored and indeed gained a point off their rivals who had held the upper hand prior to today.

With the clock still showing 0 minutes, Motherwell carved the first opportunity. Hamilton laid the ball off into the path of Clarkson but he dragged an 18-yard shot wide of the uprights. Combining for the visitors were Fowler, Boyd and Wales but the latterís dangerous cross was cleared by Hammell on the six-yard line. Fowler then played a ball to Leven but he was well off target with the effort. Adjudged to have fouled Wales was Quinn, and a free kick was awarded some 30 yards out. Ghosting in unopposed was McDonald though his header hit the side netting with Corr covering the near post. Mopping up at the other end was Lilley, who did well to dig out a dangerous Clarkson ball. Clarkson himself then latched onto a Hammell pass but saw his route to goal blocked out by Dindeleux. A long cross form Boyd then caused problems though a header from Wales ended the danger as it went past without troubling Corr. 

Motherwell were far from fluent, though Kerr picked out Fagan well though the cross failed to find Hamilton. Kerr then forced a corner off Fowler. Hammellís take deceived everyone as it bounced through the six-yard box untroubled. Taking no chances was Lilley who conceded a second corner kick. Boyd cleared this one as far as Paterson but a push by Locke knocked the Motherwell man well off balance but there was no free kick. Clarkson was then taken out by Dindeleux on the halfway line but again play continued. Good work from Hammell almost had Clarkson clear on Combe but Lilley was on hand to clear. Hamilton was the subject of a rash Dindeleux effort soon after, but the free kick was hooked away. A loose pass back from Lilley had Combe under severe pressure but he was able to clear as Clarkson threatened. Paul Quinn tried a clearance near his own box but was adjudged to have used high feet as Boyd came across. As Partridge cleared Fowler looked to have made the most of the challenge and was convincing enough to see Referee Dougall award a free kick. Leven stepped up to the ball and gave Corr no chance with a well-placed kick inside the top right of the goal to give the visitors the lead. Motherwellís attempt to hit back was a Hammell ball in which Lilley cleared ahead of Hamilton. A quite blatant dive by Boyd gained another free kick though this time Leven was well wide. Just prior to the break McDonald body-checked Clarkson but a free kick, which came to nothing, was the only award.

Half Time     Motherwell  0     Kilmarnock  1

Motherwell made an immediate change, Paterson replaced by Richie Foran. Clarkson tried to get onto a Leitch ball but a push by Greer, which Referee Dougall ignored, ended the move. Boyd then wrestled Craigan to the ground and despite the Referee awarding a free kick and indicating that the visiting player had already committed numerous fouls; he failed to produce a card. A loose Hammell ball then saw Partridge forced to foul Locke some 35 yards out. A foul by Lilley ended the danger as the ball came into the box. Dindeleux then used Hamilton to gain height and head the ball on with no free kick forthcoming. Foran did well to make the by line a minute later but his ball was knocked behind by Greer. The visitors had a free kick given when Hammell brought down Boyd. Meeting the ball as it came in was Leven but he was was weak with the connection and Corr gathered. Scott Leitch forced a Motherwell corner which was cleared. Again Leitch was involved, playing a long ball wide to Clarkson clear on the left but his low cross was parried behind by Combe. It was the Motherwell captainís last involvement as he was replaced by Fitzpatrick. A long ball upfield saw Hamilton challenge with Lilley, and as the latter clambered all over the Motherwell man play was waved on. An error from Hay conceded a corner but this was cleared. Twice in successive minutes Leven went down very easily, and although the first time he managed to convince Referee Dougall to give a free kick, the second effort, inside the box, saw play continue. McDonald then clearly handled near the box but again there was no stoppage in play. 

Clarkson played a one-two with Hamilton on the edge of the box but a poor first touch from the young Motherwell striker saw the chance go a-begging. Both sides made changes, Boyd replaced by Nish with Motherwell replacing Kerr by bringing on Gerry Britton. The former Firhill man was immediately involved, though not quite directly as he looked to receive a pass from Clarkson who instead opted to try and unsuccessfully chip Combe from 18 yards. Motherwell were upping efforts to get an equaliser, and it took a vital clearance from Lilley to deny Clarkson connecting with a Britton header. Rarely seen in the second half thus far were the visitors, but Wales rattled in a low shot which Corr did well to parry though the offside flag was already raised. Clever play from Clarkson took him to the by line. Crossing in, Combe did well to punch clear. The first booking came for Shaun Fagan who was carded after an innocuous challenge on McDonald. Another important clearance from the visitors came when Dindeleux denied Fitzpatrick. From a free kick given after Fitzpatrick had been fouled by Leven, Motherwell gained a throw down near the corner flag. Craigan opened the stand gate, took several steps back, and then launched a deep, deep throw towards the goal. The ball flew towards the goal and Combe only succeeded in palming the ball into his own net to draw Motherwell level. Combe was booked for his protests, as was Locke who violently swore at the Linesman and perhaps was lucky not to see red. Soon after, Dindeleux did well to deny Clarkson connecting with a Fagan ball. The visitors had two late efforts, Greer driving well over before Corr got down well to hold a header from the same defender. The whistle went soon after, and Motherwell had deservedly made the top six.

Full time     Motherwell  1     Kilmarnock  1

Match Report by Ricky Mullen

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