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Honours even at Fir Park as Motherwell host Inverness U20's

Motherwell U20's 1

Higgins 15

Inverness CT U20's 1

Sekajja 3
  • Tuesday, 07 October 2014
  • Fir Park Stadium
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League

David McSheffrey | YFS Central Region Journalist

Motherwell welcomed Inverness Caledonian Thistle to Fir Park in this SPFL Development League fixture on what was a blisteringly cold Lanarkshire evening.
 
The visitors struck first inside the third minute through an Ibra Sekajja header, but Steven Higgins drew Motherwell level some minutes later with the aid of the right hand post, meaning both sides would have to settle for a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw.
 
Inverness’ goal came with their first chance. Liam Polwroth lined up a corner on the left hand side before delivering an exquisite cross into a crowded Motherwell penalty box and it was Ibra Sekajja who rose tallest and headed low past a helpless Max Currie.
 
Mere minutes later, Sekajja had a golden opportunity to double his goal tally and his side’s advantage. Cleverly played through from midfield, Sekajja rode towards goal and released a powerful right footed drive but Currie was able to produce an impressive acrobatic save to alleviate the danger.
 
But on the fifteenth minute mark, Motherwell forced their way back into the game through Steven Higgins. Chris Cadden played an incisive through ball behind the Inverness defence and found Higgins in space, gifting him a one on one chance with goalkeeper, Cameron MacKay. Higgins slid a low shot past MacKay and the right hand post directed the ball into the Inverness net.
 
Motherwell then looked to build on the momentum of their recent equaliser and a few short minutes after they locked themselves back level, Dylan Mackin’s ambitious effort at goal almost put them ahead. Mackin picked up on a loose ball and curled a left footed strike at goal but his attempt went just inches over the bar.
 
From the resultant goal kick, Inverness then hit Motherwell on the break. As Inverness powered their way towards the Motherwell penalty box, Calum Ferguson shot from some twenty yards but Currie comfortably parried the ball in his arms.
 
With half time now approaching, Inverness could consider themselves incredibly unfortunate not to be in front after Polworth’s ferocious strike at goal hit the underside of the bar and bounced down outside of the Motherwell goal line. Referee, Lloyd Wilson, and his officials were confident that the ball did not cross the line.
 
Shortly thereafter, the half time whistle sounded and the players now had time to reflect on an end to end first half. Both sides may have felt unlucky not to be ahead.
  • Half Time:
  • Motherwell U20's
  • 1-1
  • Inverness CT U20's
With the second half now underway, the first chance of the half fell to Inverness and it was Polworth who was involved once more. Motherwell were determined to close him down as he dribbled his way towards goal, but Polworth continued in his tracks and shot low to Currie’s right but it would take something a little more special to beat the Motherwell goalkeeper.
 
With just over a quarter of the second half played, it was then Motherwell’s chance to try and get in front. Steven Higgins picked the ball up on the left flank and beat off pressure from Inverness full back, Blair MacLennan. Higgins then made inroads into the Inverness penalty box and delivered a low and hard cross across the face of goal, missing the outstretched leg of Cadden. Ross McLean was waiting eagerly at the back post and shot at goal but brave defending from Calum Howarth ensured the game would stay level, heading the ball off the line.
 
Motherwell began to look the most likely to get that all important breakthrough and seemed on course to snatch all three points.
 
With twenty minutes left, Higgins continued to be of great torment to the Inverness defence, displaying great close control and trickery with the ball. Looking for his second of the match, he feinted a shot just outside the Inverness penalty box, allowing him more time and space in lining up a shot. On his weaker left foot he released an attempt at goal but his effort went wayward towards Mackay’s left.
 
With Inverness now adopting a more considered approach in the final minutes of the game, Motherwell still remained just as persistent in their search for that all elusive winning goal.
 
Motherwell were awarded a free kick out on the right flank and Dom Thomas lined up to take it. He whipped the ball into the box and Motherwell defender, Adam Cummins, tentatively flicked the ball on with his head, but it flew just inches wide of the right hand post.
 
Referee, Lloyd Wilson, then blew for full time, confirming a 1-1 draw at Fir Park. Motherwell sit in seventh place having thus far accumulated ten points after six games, while Inverness lie in fourteenth place with five points on the board, and just one win in seven matches.
  • Full Time:
  • Motherwell U20's
  • 1-1
  • Inverness CT U20's

Lineups

Motherwell U20's
Inverness CT U20's

1. Max Currie
2. Jack McMillan
3. David Ferguson
4. Adam Cummins
5. Morgyn Neill
6. Craig McCall
7. Dylan Mackin
8. Chris Cadden
9. Steven Higgins
11. Dom Thomas
12. Ross Stewart
13. Ben Hall 
14. Ross McLean
15. Luke Watt
16. Robbie Leitch
17. Liam Anderson
18. Alan Campbell
19. Danny McNulty

1. Cameron MacKay
2. Blair MacLennan
3. Calum Howarth
4. Ryan Baptie
5. Jason Brown
6. Lewis Horner
7. Liam Polworth
8. Jamie Wilson
9. Calum Ferguson
10. Ibra Sekajja
11. Alasdair Sutherland
12. Christopher Brown
14. Kane Hull
15. Christopher Blackett
16. Stephen Rennie
19. Ryan Esson

Star Player
Motherwell U20's
Inverness CT U20's
Steven Higgins. Incredibly hard working and determined forward play ensured Motherwell got the point but on another day Higgins could have been an influential in a Motherwell victory. Other special mention to Chris Cadden who dictated the midfield and passed the ball tremendously well.
Ibra Sekajja. A hungry striker, always on the look out for goals. Took his goal extremely well and could be considered unfortunate not to have got more than one.
Magic Moment
Motherwell U20's
Inverness CT U20's
Steven Higgins' equaliser. Fine football on display in the build up, rounded off by the sweetest of finishes. Wonderful team goal.
Liam Polworth's incredible strike from all of 25 yards. Despite it hitting the bar, had this effort found the net it would have easily have found itself on a short list for goal of the season - as an aside, goal-line technology could definitively answer if it did or did not cross the line, but that's another debate entirely!
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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