Motherwell won their opening game 1-0, Queen of the South lost their opener 1-0 to Queen’s Park but beat Annan Athletic 3-1 on Tuesday in their first Premier Sports cup matches. This Premier Sports Cup fixture marks the first-time fans have been able to attend Fir Park in 501 days. As the fans sang and booed throughout the game Motherwell ultimately came out on top with a 3-2 victory.
Within the first 20 minutes of the match several attempts at goal came from Motherwell but all fell slightly short. Queen of The South pushed Motherwell to their limits as with every chance created Queen of The South were there to stop them in their tracks. Defenders Roberto Nditi and Scott Dunn as well as captain Willie Gibson helped dominate control in their box as Motherwell took advantage of their chances but Motherwell couldn’t hit it home. However, Nijah Joseph proved to be a thorn in the side of Motherwell Keeper Liam Kelly as his continuous efforts kept Kelly on his toes throughout the first half.
Queen of the South stormed ahead just before half time as Ruari Paton fired the ball past Kelly after Kelly’s save a few seconds prior rebounded back into play. Paton didn’t stop there as he doubled the lead shortly after making the score line 2-0 at half time.
Motherwell came out the tunnel ready to fight as Tony Watt met a header from Rickie Lamie and set the score line to 2-1 within the first two minutes of the second half. Rickie Lamie then proceeded to claim the equalizer as his own as a corner from Steven Lawless was met by Lamie who launched it into the net.
The goal rush continued for Motherwell as 75 minutes in substitute Kaiyne Woolery volleyed the ball from 15 yards into the back of the net making it 3-2 to Motherwell.
Here are three things we learned:
Stephen O’Donnell Has Stepped Up As Motherwell’s Captain
After previous captain Declan Gallagher departed for Aberdeen, Stephen O’Donnell has shown himself to be a strong leader and had worn the band in his absence. O’Donnell and Liam Kelly were heard throughout the game taking charge and trying to rally the steelmen together in ways that were lacking last season.
Although no official appointment has been made by Motherwell the Scotland internationalist and Kelly must be considered as captain and vice-captain.
Rurai Paton Is A Key Addition To Queen Of The South
The new signing has scored three goals already for Queen of the South and could be vital player going forward for the League One side. Signing from Stranraer after scoring 10 goals in 24 games last season Paton has the potential the side needs to see them do well when the league re-starts.
Paton is determined to prove that he can play against top level teams after being previously let go from Hibs. Playing as a wingback wasn’t his normal position but Paton responded well as he says he plans to “shoot for the stars and land on the clouds.”
The Premier Sports Cup Battle Won’t Be Easy For Motherwell Queen of the South despite being a League One side, struck hard blows and danced past Motherwell’s defenders repeatedly throughout the first half and in the second. The battle to win the group stages won’t be easy and Queen of the South proved today that the lower league sides shouldn’t be underestimated in their abilities and skill. With two games remaining in the group stages anything can happen. Despite two wins under Motherwell’s belt that alone won’t be enough to keep them at the top of the group as any team can still come out the highest.