The Steelmen hosted the Gers at the Excelsior Stadium in the SPFL U20s Development League. It was a hard fought win for Motherwell. After going in at the break with a 2-0 lead, Rangers pulled one back early in the second half to add to the excitement. However, the Motherwell defence was too well organised hard to break down for Rangers to grab the equaliser despite a fine display of some impressive styles of football, they never looked clinical enough in the final third to trouble the home side.
Motherwell started the game strongly, they had a great chance to open the scoring just five minutes in when Falconer broke free of the Rangers back four and slotted it past the Gers goalkeeper, but McCrorie was helped out by defender Houston as he was there to slide in and stop the ball crossing the line at the last second.
Barjonas nearly put the visitors in front with a well struck free kick from thirty yards out, but it was saved by the fingertips of Morrison.
Jack Hastie opened the scoring for the Steelmen. Hastie was first to pounce on a rebounded ball from the shot of Falconer, Hastie blasted it into the net from close range.
Liam Burt tried to put the Gers back level pegging with a half-volley struck from 25 yards out which forced a good save from the Motherwell shot stopper, Peter Morrison.
Motherwell’s Jordan Armstrong nearly had a disaster as he accidentally played a perfect ball through for Rangers’ Rudden but he was stopped at the last moment from a fantastic challenge Barry Maguire.
Motherwell had the perfect end to the first half; catching out the snoozing Rangers defence. Dom Thomas ran with the ball at his feet, his effort was blocked but the light blues couldn't clear the danger, Turnbull was there to punish them though, calmly slotting the ball into the back of the net from 18 yards.
The half time whistle came, much to the disappointment of the spectators in the stand. Motherwell went in with a well deserved lead, they were far more clinical than there opponents, who would have been irritated to go in at the break without a goal.