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.