Kieran Etherson's goal ten minutes from time gave Motherwell Community Trust a 1-0 victory over Rannoch Rovers in their Central Lanarkshire Youth Football Association League match on Saturday.
The first half was tight with neither team creating many clear cut chances. Motherwell perhaps had more of the play however several attacks were cut out by the solid Joshua Lowe in the Rannoch defence.
Ten minutes in Dylan Morrow played a through ball to Etherson however his shot from a tight angle was comfortably saved by Ryan McDonald in the Rannoch goal.
With Motherwell playing further forward, there were chances for Rannoch to break quickly and on twelve minutes a counter attack saw Keiran Gray put through but Motherwell goalkeeper James Low was quick off his lines to smother the ball before Gray could get his shot away.
Just over five minutes later Motherwell had two good chances to take the lead. A good passing move down the left hand side saw a good chance for Motherwell go begging. Morrow flashed a ball across the goal that was just asking to be stuck away but there were no takers and the ball went out for a throw in to Rannoch. From the resulting thrown in, Motherwell pressed high up the park and won the ball back. The ball found its way to Geordan O'Brian who had found space just over twenty yards out. He struck the ball sweetly, but his shot went just wide of the post.
Another counter attack saw them nearly take the lead. After some good play down the right wing, a low cross was swung in and a couple of deflections saw it land at Nicky Presland's feet. His shot however was well saved by Low who pushed the ball out for a corner.
Daryl Bowie's pace had caused Rannoch a few problems during the first half and he came close to opening the scoring with less than ten minutes of the first half to play. He received the ball midway in the Rannoch half and beat a few defenders before shooting straight at McDonald from just inside the area.
Rannoch ended the half strongly and some great play from Presland almost lead to the opener. He received the ball and ran straight at the Motherwell backline, beating several players before forcing Low into a great save who palmed his high shot wide of the post.