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Motherwell   0 - 1   Celtic

Daryl Murphy celebrates his goal against Motherwell
Murphy scored the winner from the penalty spot at Fir Park

By Clive Lindsay

Daryl Murphy scored his first goal for Celtic as they overcame Motherwell with a late penalty at Fir Park to go top of the Scottish Premier League.

Shaun Maloney was Celtic's main threat, forcing a fine save from Darren Randolph and firing into the side netting during the first half.

Motherwell settled after the break and looked like they might steal a point.

But Steve Saunders was sent off for a foul on Maloney after 73 minutes and Murphy hammered home from the spot.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon had handed debuts to Fraser Forster and Emilio Izaguirre as he made five changes to the team crushed 4-0 by Utrecht in Thursday's Europa League qualifier.

Glenn Loovens, Shaun Maloney and Daryl Murphy also came in, with Efrain Juarez, Jos Hooiveld and Beram Kayal dropping to the bench and Marc Antoine-Fortune having been sold to West Brom.

Emilio Izaguirre (left) made his Celtic debut against Motherwell
Izaguirre (left) made his Celtic debut against Motherwell

Motherwell exposed the re-organised back four within two minutes of kick-off.

And John Sutton ought to have done better than head wide from five yards after being found at the front post by a low Tom Hateley free-kick to the front post.

But Celtic did not take long to show the kind of extra commitment demanded by Lennon in his pre-match interviews.

And it required a superb, one-handed save from home goalkeeper Randolph to deny Maloney following James Forrest's cross to the edge of the six-yard box.

Maloney had another chance in Celtic's next attack when he won a free-kick off Stephen Craigan on the edge of the box.

The Scotland forward looked to have thrown himself at the defender and justice was perhaps done when Maloney failed to instil enough dip on the ball as it skimmed the top of the crossbar.

Randolph came to Motherwell's rescue again when a Murphy shot deflected off the knee of Craigan and looked to be looping over the goalkeeper until he managed to turn it over the bar with his fingertips.

Motherwell, who had suffered their own Europa League misery on Thursday against Odense, were struggling to create anything from their increasing command of possession after weathering the early Celtic storm.

Motherwell, with Steve Jennings back from suspension in place of Nick Blackman, were forced to make another change after 34 minutes when Steven Hammell went off injured to be replaced with Jonathan Page.

Rather than knock them out of their stride, the change led to a spell of pressure during which a Loovens clearance looped over his own goalkeeper but spun wide of the back post.

Maloney carved out a chance for himself with a weaving run into the box, beating three defenders but then slicing into the side-netting from 10 yards as the first-half ended goalless.

Motherwell again survived the early buzz of activity around their penalty box after the break and the game descended into an untidy mess of misplaced midfield passes.

However, the introduction of Paddy McCourt for the ineffectual Georgios Samaras turned the game and Celtic made the breakthrough after 73 minutes.

Slack defending allowed Maloney to race clear and referee Dougie McDonald awarded a penalty as the forward collapsed under pressure from the chasing Saunders.

With the defender shown a straight red card, Murphy sent Randolph the wrong way from the spot to ensure Celtic retain their 100% league record.

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Sunday, 29 August 2010

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Motherwell 0-1 Celtic FT
(HT 0-0)
    • Murphy (pen) 73

    Motherwell

    • 01 Randolph
    • 02 Saunders yellow card, red card
    • 03 Hammell (Page 34)
    • 04 Reynolds
    • 05 Craigan
    • 06 Hateley
    • 07 Humphrey (Forbes 72)
    • 08 Jennings (Blackman 46)
    • 14 Lasley
    • 09 Murphy
    • 11 Sutton

    Substitutes

    • 12 Hollis,
    • 20 Page,
    • 17 Fitzpatrick,
    • 16 McHugh,
    • 18 Forbes,
    • 22 Blackman,
    • 23 Casagolda

    Celtic

    • 26 Forster
    • 03 Izaguirre
    • 05 Majstorovic
    • 11 Cha Du-Ri
    • 22 Loovens
    • 08 Brown yellow card
    • 16 Ledley
    • 27 Murphy
    • 49 Forrest
    • 09 Samaras yellow card (McCourt 67)
    • 13 Maloney

    Substitutes

    • 24 Zaluska,
    • 04 Juarez,
    • 06 Hooiveld,
    • 31 Towell,
    • 18 Ki Sung-Yeung,
    • 20 McCourt,
    • 33 Baram Kayal
    Ref: McDonaldAtt: 9,207
    MOTHERWELL
    CELTIC

    Possession

    • Motherwell 39%
    • Celtic 61%

    Attempts on target

    • Motherwell 2
    • Celtic 6

    Attempts off target

    • Motherwell 3
    • Celtic 12

    Corners

    • Motherwell 3
    • Celtic 5

    Fouls

    • Motherwell 11
    • Celtic 13
    • Final Result
    • 92:45 The match gets underway.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 89:53 Cross/shot by Ross Forbes.
    • 89:53 Booking Booking for Scott Brown for unsporting behaviour.
    • 89:49 Scott Brown concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Murphy.
    • 88:17 Patrick McCourt takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save made by Darren Randolph.
    • 87:10 John Sutton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Glenn Loovens. Direct free kick taken by Glenn Loovens.
    • 87:05 Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).
    • 86:50 Joe Ledley takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
    • 84:51 Shot by Patrick McCourt. Save by Darren Randolph.
    • 84:15 Attacking throw-in by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).
    • 83:17 Patrick McCourt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Craigan. Free kick taken by Keith Lasley.
    • 81:52 Free kick awarded for a foul by Glenn Loovens on John Sutton. Free kick crossed right-footed by Tom Hateley, save by Fraser Forster.
    • 80:58 Daryl Murphy produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
    • 80:08 Attacking throw-in by Du-Ri Cha (Celtic).
    • 79:21 Outswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley from the right by-line, clearance by Emilio Izaguirre.
    • 78:57 Attacking throw-in by Nick Blackman (Motherwell).
    • 77:25 Patrick McCourt has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 76:01 Free kick awarded for a foul by Keith Lasley on Joe Ledley. Joe Ledley restarts play with the free kick.
    • 74:59 Goal kick taken long by Fraser Forster (Celtic).
    • 74:27 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Sutton by Du-Ri Cha. Tom Hateley delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Daryl Murphy makes a clearance.
    • 72:56 GOAL - Daryl MurphyMotherwell 0 - 1 Celtic Penalty taken left-footed by Daryl Murphy and scored. Motherwell 0-1 Celtic.
    • 72:04 Sent off Steven Saunders is shown a red card.
    • 71:55 Shaun Maloney fouled by Steven Saunders, the ref awards a Penalty.
    • 71:18 Substitution Ross Forbes comes on in place of Chris Humphrey.
    • 70:52 Effort from deep inside the area by Shaun Maloney misses to the left of the goal.
    • 70:30 Foul by James Forrest on Jonathan Page, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jonathan Page.
    • 69:39 Daryl Murphy produces a curled left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 68:48 Attacking throw-in by Du-Ri Cha (Celtic).
    • 68:03 Effort from 12 yards by Nick Blackman. Fraser Forster makes a save.
    • 66:54 Daniel Majstorovic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Keith Lasley. Stephen Craigan restarts play with the free kick.
    • 66:12 Substitution (Celtic) makes a substitution, with Patrick McCourt coming on for Georgios Samaras.
    • 64:31 Daryl Murphy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Craigan. Stephen Craigan restarts play with the free kick.
    • 64:19 Goal kick taken long by Fraser Forster (Celtic).
    • 63:57 Keith Lasley produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
    • 63:08 Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
    • 63:08 Booking The referee cautions Georgios Samaras for unsporting behaviour.
    • 62:59 Foul by Georgios Samaras on Stephen Craigan, free kick awarded.
    • 61:57 Attacking throw-in by Nick Blackman (Motherwell).
    • 61:30 Daryl Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Craigan. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
    • 60:43 Corner from the right by-line taken by Emilio Izaguirre, clearance made by Stephen Craigan.
    • 59:54 Foul by Jonathan Page on James Forrest, free kick awarded. Scott Brown takes the direct free kick.
    • 58:48 Corner taken by Emilio Izaguirre, save by Darren Randolph.
    • 57:27 The referee blows for offside against Nick Blackman. Free kick taken by Glenn Loovens.
    • 56:44 Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).
    • 54:23 Foul by John Sutton on Scott Brown, free kick awarded. Shaun Maloney restarts play with the free kick.
    • 53:34 Goal kick taken long by Fraser Forster (Celtic).
    • 52:16 Attacking throw-in by Chris Humphrey (Motherwell).
    • 50:44 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Chris Humphrey, Stephen Craigan takes a shot from 12 yards. Blocked by Daniel Majstorovic.
    • 50:30 Attacking throw-in by Steven Saunders (Motherwell).
    • 49:30 The offside flag is raised against Nick Blackman. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
    • 48:27 Shot by Georgios Samaras. Save made by Darren Randolph.
    • 46:37 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Emilio Izaguirre, Daniel Majstorovic produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
    • 45:27 Defending throw-in by Du-Ri Cha (Celtic).
    • 45:01 Substitution Nick Blackman on for Steve Jennings.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:56 Steven Saunders challenges Georgios Samaras unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Emilio Izaguirre.
    • 45:00+0:31 Foul by Keith Lasley on Joe Ledley, free kick awarded. Glenn Loovens takes the free kick.
    • 45:00+0:22 Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).
    • 45:00 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
    • 44:48 Effort from inside the area by Shaun Maloney misses to the left of the goal.
    • 43:23 Defending throw-in by Du-Ri Cha (Celtic).
    • 42:14 Attacking throw-in by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).
    • 41:18 The assistant referee signals for offside against James Forrest. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
    • 40:26 The offside flag is raised against Steven Saunders. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.
    • 39:44 Corner taken right-footed by Chris Humphrey from the right by-line, clearance by Daniel Majstorovic.
    • 39:19 Attacking throw-in by Steven Saunders (Motherwell).
    • 38:14 Defending throw-in by Du-Ri Cha (Celtic).
    • 37:59 Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).
    • 37:36 The ball is swung over by Du-Ri Cha, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Daryl Murphy goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 35:23 Keith Lasley is penalised for a handball. Fraser Forster takes the indirect free kick.
    • 34:45 Defending throw-in by Du-Ri Cha (Celtic).
    • 34:26 Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).
    • 33:59 Substitution Jonathan Page on for Stevie Hammell.
    • 33:44 Effort on goal by Du-Ri Cha from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 33:02 Corner taken by Emilio Izaguirre from the right by-line, save by Darren Randolph.
    • 32:08 John Sutton concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Majstorovic. Fraser Forster takes the direct free kick.
    • 31:36 Stephen Craigan takes the free kick.
    • 31:36 Booking Steven Saunders booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 31:23 Unfair challenge on Keith Lasley by Georgios Samaras results in a free kick.
    • 30:30 Attacking throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).
    • 29:15 Attacking throw-in by Steven Saunders (Motherwell).
    • 27:51 Goal kick taken long by Fraser Forster (Celtic).
    • 26:12 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Sutton by Daniel Majstorovic. Stephen Craigan restarts play with the free kick.
    • 25:55 Defending throw-in by Steven Saunders (Motherwell).
    • 25:25 Unfair challenge on Stephen Craigan by Georgios Samaras results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Craigan.
    • 23:47 Defending throw-in by Du-Ri Cha (Celtic).
    • 23:39 Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).
    • 22:19 Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).
    • 22:01 James Forrest produces a cross, Close range headed effort by Shaun Maloney misses to the right of the goal.
    • 21:33 Shot from 20 yards from Scott Brown. Blocked by Mark Reynolds.
    • 19:29 The offside flag is raised against Daryl Murphy. Darren Randolph takes the indirect free kick.
    • 18:35 Defending throw-in by Steven Saunders (Motherwell).
    • 17:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Keith Lasley on Scott Brown. Direct free kick taken by Glenn Loovens.
    • 15:03 Defending throw-in by Du-Ri Cha (Celtic).
    • 13:16 Attacking throw-in by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).
    • 11:54 Goal kick taken long by Fraser Forster (Celtic).
    • 11:36 Attacking throw-in by Steven Saunders (Motherwell).
    • 11:06 Attacking throw-in by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).
    • 10:20 James Forrest takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save.
    • 9:56 Inswinging corner taken by Shaun Maloney from the left by-line played to the near post, Steve Jennings manages to make a clearance.
    • 9:41 Daryl Murphy takes a shot. Mark Reynolds gets a block in.
    • 8:08 Defending throw-in by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).
    • 7:48 The assistant referee flags for offside against Daryl Murphy. Stephen Craigan restarts play with the free kick.
    • 6:29 Attacking throw-in by Du-Ri Cha (Celtic).
    • 6:06 Defending throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).
    • 5:38 Free kick awarded for a foul by Keith Lasley on Scott Brown. Direct free kick taken by Glenn Loovens.
    • 4:55 Jamie Murphy is caught offside. Fraser Forster takes the indirect free kick.
    • 3:26 Stephen Craigan concedes a free kick for a foul on Shaun Maloney. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Shaun Maloney.
    • 2:25 Shaun Maloney takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a brilliant save.
    • 1:13 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy by Scott Brown. A cross is delivered by Tom Hateley, John Sutton has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.

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    29 Aug 2010 23:59 UK


    Scottish Premier table snapshot

    As it stood on 29 Aug 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Celtic 3 6 9
    2 Rangers 3 5 9
    3 Aberdeen 3 4 6
    4 Hearts 3 4 5
    5 St Mirren 3 -3 4
    6 Inverness CT 3 2 3
    7 Motherwell 3 -1 3
    8 Kilmarnock 3 -1 3
    9 Hibernian 3 -3 3
    10 Hamilton 3 -7 3
    11 Dundee Utd 3 -4 2
    12 St Johnstone 3 -2 1

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