Motherwell FCCT earned a place in the CSFA A League Cup final with a well-deserved 3-0 victory over Gartcairn FA at Gartcairn Park, Airdrie. First half goals from Kirk McKnight and Reece O'Neil put the visitors in control before Nathan Brown scored a third late on to ensure the win.
Motherwell opened the scoring with four minutes on the clock. A free-kick just inside the Gartcairn half was floated in by Reece O'Neil, which was met by Kirk McKnight who from eight yards out flicked a header into the corner, past Jay Kennedy in the Gartcairn goal to give Motherwell an early lead.
Just a few minutes later, Gartcairn almost levelled proceedings. A corner was whipped in by Patrick Meechan into a crowded penalty area and sent goalward with a powerful header, but the effort was brilliantly blocked on the line and sent away from goal.
The visitors were in on goal with a chance for 2-0. Good work by Hugo Brown on the right-wing who clipped a ball over the defence for Nathan Brown who collected the ball and flicked it over his marker and found himself one-on-one with Kennedy in the Gartcairn goal. Brown unleashed a shot headed for the near post, but Kennedy produced a great save to keep the score at 1-0.
Gartcairn then fashioned a half-chance. A mix-up in the Motherwell defence caused by good pressing from Aidan Wilson and Jonathon McFegan saw Wilson pick up on a loose pass directed for the Motherwell keeper but the striker was forced wide and Wilson collected the ball outside the box on the by-line when he cut the ball back for McFegan in the area who was closed down and scuffed his effort over the bar, a let off for Motherwell.
Motherwell then doubled their advantage on 35 minutes. A short corner taken by Lewis Simpson to the edge of the box for Hugo Brown who shaped to shoot but played a smart pass to his right for Reece O'Neil, who hit a first-time effort from outside the box towards goal which travelled through a crowd of bodies and squirmed under Gartcairn keeper Jay Kennedy.
Motherwell had the better of the chances in the first half and deserved their lead going into the break.