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Highlights - Motherwell 1-1 St Mirren

Highlights - Motherwell 1-1 St Mirren

St Mirren recovered quickly from a second-half Michael Higdon header to earn a draw against Motherwell.

Higdon nodded the opener for Motherwell immediately after the break, rising to meet a Nicky Law cross at the back.

The lead was short-lived as, barely 10 minutes later, St Mirren's Jim Goodwin levelled with a superb strike from 35 yards out.

Saves by both keepers at either end in the final minutes ensured a share of the points.

The point keeps Motherwell in third place behind Celtic in the Scottish Premier League table, while St Mirren are eighth alongside Dundee United on 22 points.

Nigel Hasselbaink replaced Gary Teale in the Buddies line-up, while Goodwin overcame a knock to retain his place with Lee Mair still missing through injury.

Motherwell named the same team that won 3-0 at St Johnstone with Omar Daley keeping his place.

Inside the first five minutes, David Van Zanten tested Darren Randolph with a low shot from distance, but the Motherwell keeper was equal to the task.

Moments later, a Tom Hateley corner was met by Stephen Craigan, who fired towards the St Mirren goal, but keeper Craig Samson made the save.

As the half hour mark approached, Shaun Hutchinson appeared to pull down Jeroen Tesselaar on the edge of the Motherwell penalty area and travelling fans jumped to their feet as the ref blew his whistle for what appeared to be a penalty. However, controversy reigned when referee Calum Murray penalised Tesselaar for offside.

Motherwell's Jamie Murphy went on a superb run and set up Higdon, but the Englishman failed to get the purchase on the ball and hits it with his shin past an open St Mirren goal.

Shortly before half-time, Kenny McLean struck the Motherwell crossbar with a thundering shot that was easily the best chance of the opening 45 minutes.

The deacklock was broken three minutes after the restart when Higdon rose above the St Mirren defence at the back post to nod in a Law cross and put Motherwell one up.

No sooner had the hosts taken the lead but Randolph was forced into a save by a Kenny McLean shot from 25 yards out, then Keith Lasley was unlucky in sending a long-range shot over the St Mirren bar.

The lead was short-lived after Goodwin fired into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area in the 59th minute to level the scores with a strike that could easily be a candidate for goal of the season.

Just over a minute later, Paul McGowan could have made it two for St Mirren after taking the ball past Randolph, but he blasted his shot over the Motherwell bar.

Substitute Chris Humphrey gave the St Mirren defence a scare with a bold attempt at goal, then Aaron Mooy passed up a decent chance to take the lead at the other end with just Randolph to beat.

A terrific effort from MacLean was tipped over the bar Motherwell bar by Randolph in the final minutes of the match, then Samson pulled off a save at the other end from Murphy after Hateley sent in a dangerous cross.

Another late effort from McLean sailed over the Motherwell bar as the sides settled for a point apiece.

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Saturday, 17 December 2011

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Motherwell 1-1 St Mirren FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Higdon 48
  • Goodwin 59

Motherwell

  • 01 Randolph
  • 03 Hammell
  • 05 Craigan
  • 15 Hutchinson yellow card
  • 04 Law
  • 06 Hateley
  • 08 Jennings yellow card
  • 14 Lasley yellow card (Hughes 71)
  • 17 Daley yellow card (Humphrey 71)
  • 09 Higdon
  • 11 Murphy yellow card

Substitutes

  • 31 Bradley,
  • 20 Page,
  • 22 Clancy,
  • 07 Humphrey,
  • 24 Hughes,
  • 16 McHugh,
  • 18 Forbes

St Mirren

  • 01 Samson
  • 02 van Zanten
  • 03 Barron
  • 14 McAusland
  • 22 Tesselaar
  • 06 Goodwin yellow card
  • 17 Mclean yellow card
  • 23 Carey (Teale 89)
  • 09 Thompson
  • 10 McGowan
  • 11 Hasselbaink (Mooy 64)

Substitutes

  • 12 Smith,
  • 24 Haddad,
  • 07 Murray,
  • 13 McKee,
  • 15 Mooy,
  • 21 Teale,
  • 19 McShane
Ref: MurrayAtt: 4,557
MOTHERWELL
ST MIRREN

Possession

  • Motherwell 48%
  • St Mirren 52%

Attempts on target

  • Motherwell 8
  • St Mirren 10

Attempts off target

  • Motherwell 3
  • St Mirren 6

Corners

  • Motherwell 11
  • St Mirren 7

Fouls

  • Motherwell 18
  • St Mirren 5
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:11 The referee brings the game to a close.
  • 90:00+1:08 Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+1:08 Booking Kenny McLean goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 90:00+0:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kenny McLean on Chris Humphrey.
  • 90:00+0:31 Inswinging corner taken by Gary Teale from the left by-line played to the near post, Stevie Hammell makes a clearance.
  • 89:34 Kenny McLean produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 88:46 Substitution Gary Teale comes on in place of Graham Carey.
  • 86:24 Tom Hateley crosses the ball, Jamie Murphy takes a shot. Craig Samson makes a save. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley from the left by-line to the near post,
  • 85:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stevie Hammell by Paul McGowan. Stevie Hammell takes the free kick.
  • Correction - 84:03 Kenny McLean has a overhead kick shot. Darren Randolph makes a save. Kenny McLean takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Shaun Hutchinson.
  • 84:03 Shot by Kenny McLean. Save by Darren Randolph. Corner taken by Kenny McLean from the right by-line played to the near post, Shaun Hutchinson manages to make a clearance.
  • 78:57 Aaron Mooy takes a shot. Aaron Mooy takes a shot from 12 yards. Save by Darren Randolph. Short corner worked by Graham Carey. Inswinging corner taken by Graham Carey from the right by-line played to the near post, Paul McGowan has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kenny McLean by Stephen Hughes. Jim Goodwin takes the direct free kick. Shot by Steven Thompson. Save by Darren Randolph. Shot by Graham Carey. Darren Randolph makes a save. Michael Higdon concedes a free kick for a foul on Jim Goodwin. Free kick taken by David Barron. The referee blows for offside against Steven Thompson. Darren Randolph takes the direct free kick. Stephen Craigan challenges Graham Carey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Graham Carey.
  • 77:16 Paul McGowan is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
  • 75:55 Shot by Jamie Murphy. Marc McAusland gets a block in.
  • 75:20 Chris Humphrey has an effort at goal. Darren Randolph takes a inswinging corner to the near post.
  • 72:40 Marc McAusland takes the direct free kick.
  • 72:40 Booking Jamie Murphy is shown a yellow card.
  • 72:31 Jamie Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul McGowan.
  • 72:05 Jim Goodwin concedes a free kick for a foul on Steve Jennings. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
  • 70:37 Substitution Chris Humphrey replaces Omar Daley.
  • 70:37 Substitution Stephen Hughes replaces Keith Lasley.
  • 70:10 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley.
  • 69:12 Steven Thompson is caught offside. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
  • 64:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Keith Lasley on Paul McGowan. Graham Carey takes the free kick.
  • 62:51 Free kick taken by Craig Samson.
  • 62:51 Substitution Aaron Mooy comes on in place of Nigel Hasselbaink.
  • 62:51 Michael Higdon challenges Steven Thompson unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 62:00 Foul by Jeroen Tesselaar on Omar Daley, free kick awarded. Stevie Hammell crosses the ball in from the free kick, Jim Goodwin makes a clearance.
  • 60:43 Paul McGowan produces a right-footed shot from close in which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 60:07 Outswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Jim Goodwin.
  • 59:00 GOAL - Jim GoodwinMotherwell 1 - 1 St Mirren Jim Goodwin scores agoal from 35 yards to to the top left corner of the goal. Motherwell 1-1 St Mirren.
  • 58:04 Shot from just outside the box by Keith Lasley goes over the crossbar.
  • 57:35 Tom Hateley takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Steven Thompson makes a clearance.
  • 56:51 Tom Hateley takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Steven Thompson manages to make a clearance.
  • 56:05 David van Zanten gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stevie Hammell. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
  • 54:27 Michael Higdon challenges Jim Goodwin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jeroen Tesselaar.
  • 53:22 Unfair challenge on Kenny McLean by Shaun Hutchinson results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Graham Carey, clearance by Tom Hateley.
  • 52:38 Marc McAusland takes the free kick.
  • 52:38 Booking Keith Lasley is booked.
  • 52:13 Shot from 25 yards from Kenny McLean. Save by Darren Randolph. Foul by Keith Lasley on Paul McGowan, free kick awarded.
  • 47:19 Nicky Law provided the assist for the goal.
  • 47:19 GOAL - Michael HigdonMotherwell 1 - 0 St Mirren Michael Higdon finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Motherwell 1-0 St Mirren.
  • 46:47 The offside flag is raised against Paul McGowan. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
  • 46:06 Corner taken by Tom Hateley, clearance by David Barron.
  • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+0:04 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 38:12 Kenny McLean takes a shot from 35 yards.
  • 36:16 Booking Omar Daley is shown a yellow card for dissent.
  • 36:01 Omar Daley concedes a free kick for a foul on Nigel Hasselbaink. Jeroen Tesselaar takes the direct free kick.
  • 35:20 Outswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley, Michael Higdon takes a shot. Clearance made by Jim Goodwin.
  • 31:09 Foul by Keith Lasley on Steven Thompson, free kick awarded. Jim Goodwin restarts play with the free kick.
  • 30:21 Michael Higdon takes a shot. David Barron gets a block in.
  • 29:18 Michael Higdon challenges Jim Goodwin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Craig Samson takes the free kick.
  • 28:14 Shot from 25 yards from Graham Carey. Corner taken by Graham Carey from the left by-line, Darren Randolph makes a save.
  • 27:08 Jamie Murphy sends in a cross, Header from close range by Michael Higdon misses to the right of the goal.
  • 25:26 Unfair challenge on David van Zanten by Jamie Murphy results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Craig Samson.
  • 23:09 The assistant referee signals for offside against Kenny McLean. Darren Randolph takes the indirect free kick.
  • 19:31 Corner taken by Tom Hateley from the left by-line, Close range header by Shaun Hutchinson misses to the right of the target.
  • 17:23 Jim Goodwin fouled by Michael Higdon, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jim Goodwin. Keith Lasley challenges Kenny McLean unfairly and gives away a free kick. Graham Carey shoots direct from the free kick.
  • 12:02 Direct free kick taken by Graham Carey. Tom Hateley has an effort direct from the free kick. Inswinging corner taken by Graham Carey from the right by-line, David Barron produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 12:02 Booking Booking for Shaun Hutchinson for dissent.
  • 11:11 Booking The referee cautions Jim Goodwin for dissent.
  • 11:06 Booking Steve Jennings is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 10:43 Steve Jennings challenges Graham Carey unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 8:04 Corner taken by Tom Hateley from the right by-line, Stephen Craigan takes a shot. Save by Craig Samson.
  • 4:50 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Graham Carey from the left by-line to the near post.
  • 4:28 Nigel Hasselbaink fouled by Keith Lasley, the ref awards a free kick. Graham Carey restarts play with the free kick.
  • 3:57 Drilled left-footed shot by David van Zanten. Save by Darren Randolph.
  • 3:00 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Jennings on Steven Thompson. Free kick taken by David van Zanten.
  • 2:29 Corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley from the right by-line to the near post, Jim Goodwin makes a clearance.
  • 1:38 Handball decision goes against Steven Thompson. Darren Randolph takes the direct free kick.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 17 Dec 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 19 27 48
2 Celtic 18 22 41
3 Motherwell 18 5 34
4 St Johnstone 18 3 26
5 Hearts 19 6 25
6 Kilmarnock 18 -2 23
7 Dundee Utd 19 -5 22
8 St Mirren 19 -6 22
9 Aberdeen 19 -4 20
10 Inverness CT 19 -13 15
11 Hibernian 18 -13 14
12 Dunfermline 18 -20 14

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