Rangers 5, Motherwell 1

Match Date: Sunday, March 20 2005
Competition: CIS Cup Final
Attendance: 50,182.
Motherwell Team (4-5-1):

Marshall, Corrigan, Craigan, Partridge, Hammell, McBride (Quinn 83), Leitch, O'Donnell, Paterson (Fitzpatrick 65), Foran (Clarkson 65), McDonald.
Subs Not Used: Fagan, Corr. 

Motherwell scorer: Partridge (13).

Booked: Craigan, O'Donnell, Fitzpatrick, Corrigan.


Rangers  5     Motherwell  1

MOTHERWELL PRODUCED PROBABLY THEIR WORST PERFORMANCE Of the season to lose out heavily at the last stage of the CIS Cup. They failed to produce any of the football which had got them to this stage during the season, and subsequently were on the wrong end of a heavy defeat.

Within the first sixty seconds Rangers won a corner when Craigan was forced to knock a cross from Novo behind. Ricksen met the ball and saw his shot deflect off both Partridge and then Kyrgiakos before Marshall gathered. A very late challenge from Kyrgiakos, one of many during the match, had McDonald in a heap though a free kick was the only award. Foran found Hammell and his cross only just missed O’Donnell before Ricksen cleared. However, loose defending from Motherwell cost them the opening goal. Ross got on the end of a Ricksen pass and as Marshall advanced somewhat unnecessarily he was chipped comfortably. Another late tackle, this time from Vignal on McBride, gave Motherwell a chance to hit back though O’Donnell’s header across saw Craigan only find Waterreus. It got worse for Motherwell a minute or so later. Again, they contributed to their own downfall when O’Donnell headed on a Ferguson cross and held his head in anguish as Kyrgiakos headed home. A break from Prso should have been halted after he handled but play was waved on and Marshall had to gather at the second attempt. The Fir Parkers dragged themselves back into proceedings by scoring shortly afterwards. Good pressure from Paterson forced a corner from Kyrgiakos and as it came in Partridge bulleted a header by Waterreus to shorten the deficit. Motherwell attacked again and McDonald screwed a shot wide running onto a McBride ball, though perhaps a pass wide to Paterson might have been better. Paterson then appeared to be fouled by Prso but instead saw the free kick mysteriously given the other way. Vignal and Ferguson set up Novo but he chose to cross instead of shoot and Partridge cleared. Jim Paterson then breezed past Ball who was very lucky not to be booked for a cynical foul, or perhaps unsurprisingly not yellow carded. Craigan looked to have been fouled in a tangle with Prso but the latter got the benefit of Referee McCurry’s decision. A long ball into the box from Corrigan had Waterreus under severe pressure from O’Donnell but he gathered. Prso then burst along the box and although Partridge partially cleared Ricksen shot to find Marshall there. Pressurising Ricksen was O’Donnell and he forced an error but was unable to shot on target. McDonald then beat Ferguson fairly but another whistle and another Rangers free kick arrived. After McDonald had won a corner a moment or two later Kyrgiakos and Partridge challenged. The Greek looked to have fouled the Welshman but the officials failed to spot. Stevie Craigan was booked when he fouled Vignal though the Rangers man made an amazing recovery after going down clutching his leg. From the free kick Ricksen found an alarming gap in the wall and sent the ball beyond Marshall. Ricksen was then guilty of a foul on O’Donnell but for reasons known only to Referee McCurry fouls by Rangers players were not to be carded. After McBride had seen his effort blocked, Vignal shot wildly wide at the other end. Foran and Ricksen tussled out on the wing and the Dutchman was convincing enough to gain a free kick. Prso headed across goal for Novo but he couldn’t gather inside the six-yard box. Their teammate Vignal brought down Paterson wide on the right but Motherwell couldn’t take advantage of the free kick. Motherwell battled away, and McDonald won another corner. Leitch saw his shot blocked but O’Donnell had a follow-up go well wide. The Fir Parkers had a shot for a penalty ignored when O’Donnell’s header clearly struck the hand of Ricksen, and although they forced successive corners, Motherwell were unable to reduce the leeway before the break.

Half Time     Rangers  3     Motherwell  1

Motherwell were first to show with Foran seeing his forward ball fall just beyond Paterson who was clear. The defensive mistakes of the first half weren’t learned though, and Motherwell fell further behind just three minutes into the second half. Vignal played a pass from Pros forward to Novo who beat Marshall from outside the box and lobbed the keeper. Just a minute later Prso again found Novo but he shot well wide of the uprights. A header from Vignal saw Craigan turn behind and a minute or so later Corrigan had to concede another corner as the pressure mounted. However, the defence held out, and Motherwell went close to reducing the arrears soon afterwards. Hammell raced forward and his angled drive took a massive deflection off Ross and had Waterreus beaten but the ball fell on top of the net. The corner was cleared, and only superb Craigan defending stopped another goal. Ricksen played in Prso only to see the Northern Irish International make a great stopping block. Successive corners followed, though the best Rangers could do was a weak Kyrgiakos header well wide. A break from Jim Paterson eased the pressure, his ball forward to McDonald saw the striker flattened by Kyrgiakos but play was waved on. Phil O’Donnell was next to be booked when he won the ball from Vignal. Motherwell made a double change, Foran and Paterson making way for Clarkson and Fitzpatrick. From a long cross by Ball a corner was conceded, though Marshall held the resultant shot from Ferguson. Motherwell broke and Fitzpatrick played Clarkson clear but a rather dubious offside flag halted his progress. Scott McDonald was once again the subject of a foul, but Ross escaped with no booking. As Hammell lined up the free kick Kyrgiakos clearly smacked Craigan in the face as the two jockeyed for position. There was no surprise to find neither Referee nor Linesman spotted the incident, instead Referee McCurry spoke to both players and waved play on, with O’Donnell heading wide. A shot from Ross went wide before Partridge did well to stop Ferguson bearing down on Marshall. Another Motherwell booking arrived when Fitzpatrick was carded for his first foul, bringing down Ricksen. Motherwell regained possession and McDonald played Clarkson forward though a crucial delay allowed Ross to clear. Rangers made a change, Vignal replaced by Rae. Despite more persistent fouling from Kyrgiakos, he was not carded when dumping McDonald flat on the ground. Yellow carded was Martyn Corrigan, along with Ferguson of Rangers. The Ibrox man had caught Corrigan very late, and as Corrigan complained to Ferguson the Rangers man clearly raised his hands to push the Motherwell man away. The ball was played to Prso though his break was ended by a good tackle from Craigan. Both teams made a change, Quinn replacing McBride for Motherwell whilst Rangers changed Novo for Thompson. More weak defending from Motherwell allowed a fifth goal to be conceded. After Leitch hand cleared a cross behind, Kyrgiakos was given freedom to head in. And less than a minute later only superb defending on the line from Craigan stopped a certain goal after Prso had seen his shot parried by Marshall. With two minutes to go Motherwell won a corner. Partridge rose unchallenged but this time was unable to score

Full Time     Rangers  5     Motherwell  1

Match Report by Ricky Mullen