Motherwell eased past Clyde to claim a berth in the third round of the Scottish Communities League Cup.

Michael Higdon peeled away from the Clyde defence to head the visitors ahead on 17 minutes.

Nicky Law also scored his first Motherwell goal with a fine strike just before half-time.

Law set up Tom Hateley to fire the visitors' third six minutes into the second half and Steven Lawless volleyed home another late on.

Third Division Clyde tried to unsettle their Scottish Premier League visitors with some early pressure but 'Well's stand-in goakleeper Lee Hollis held Stephen McDonald's header and John Neill's long-range drive.

Hollis then dribbled his way past two attackers after Shaun Hutchinson's passback was short.

Ross Forbes' inswinging corner found Higdon on the six-yard line and the big striker nodded past keeper John Hutchison.

Law doubled the advantage when he cut in from the left, beat two defenders and curled home from 18 yards.

Hateley's powerful left-foot strike from the edge of the box all but settled the tie and Robert McHugh and Chris Humphrey drew saves from Hutchison.

Lawless became the third player to open his Motherwell account with a superb volley off the underside of the crossbar five minutes from the end.

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall: "It was good we got the first goal, it could have added pressure.

"If your attitude's not right, you can come a cropper. The attitude was spot-on. We had some decent play, some excellent goals, no injuries and some more experience for the fringe players.

"All the boys that played have been on my bench and are going to be needed over the next few months.

"It wasn't that we were treating Clyde in any way disrespectfully, it's just that the lads should be able to play in that game and they did do."

Clyde manager Jim Duffy: "It was phenomenal finishing. The first goal was a mistake but after that every finish was top drawer and there's nothing you can do about that.

"Our goalkeeper had a couple of brilliant saves from strikes.

"Motherwell played well and deserved to win, there is absolutely no doubt about that. All I can look at is my team's work ethic and it was outstanding."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Clyde

  • 01 Hutchison
  • 02 Brown
  • 03 Sharp
  • 04 Gallagher
  • 05 McQueen
  • 06 Sweeney
  • 07 Neill (Oliver - 55' )
  • 08 Hay
  • 10 Cusack
  • 11 Ryan Kane (Archdeacon - 55' )
  • 09 McDonald (Gray - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 17 McCue
  • 14 Gray
  • 15 Tully
  • 12 Archdeacon
  • 16 Oliver

Motherwell

  • 12 Hollis
  • 15 Hutchinson
  • 20 Page
  • 23 Halsman
  • 04 Law (Humphrey - 57' )
  • 06 Hateley
  • 14 Lasley (Carswell - 57' )
  • 09 Higdon (Smith - 57' )
  • 16 McHugh
  • 18 Forbes
  • 25 Lawleff

Substitutes

  • 01 Randolph
  • 05 Craigan
  • 07 Humphrey
  • 26 Carswell
  • 19 Smith
Ref: Richmond
Att: 1,778

Match Stats

Shots

7 23

On target

5 14

Corners

1 7

Fouls

6 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:33 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +3:11

Centre by Gary Smith, save by John Hutchison.

90:00 +2:01

Declan Gallagher has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.

90:00 +1:23

Liam Cusack fouled by Jordan Halsman, the ref awards a free kick. Gavin Brown restarts play with the free kick.

89:25

The ball is crossed by Jordan Halsman.

88:31

Centre by Chris Humphrey.

87:34

Michael Oliver sends in a cross.

84:39

The assist for the goal came from Chris Humphrey.

84:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Steven Lawless - Clyde 0 - 4 Motherwell Steven Lawless finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Clyde 0-4 Motherwell.

84:24

Robert McHugh produces a cross.

83:25

Jordan Halsman challenges Iain Gray unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Hay.

82:57

Shot by Stewart Carswell from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.

81:04

Shot from inside the area by Robert McHugh clears the bar.

78:52

The referee blows for offside. Tom Hateley takes the indirect free kick.

78:00

Effort on goal by Gary Smith from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

77:45

The ball is delivered by Robert McHugh, clearance by Paul Hay.

77:34

The ball is delivered by Chris Humphrey.

72:41

Chris Humphrey produces a cross, clearance by Declan Gallagher.

66:33

Free kick taken by Declan Gallagher.

66:33 Substitution

Substitution (Clyde) makes a substitution, with Iain Gray coming on for Stephen McDonald.

66:33

Stewart Carswell concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen McDonald.

63:57

Corner taken by Tom Hateley from the left by-line played to the near post, Lee Sharp makes a clearance.

63:42

Chris Humphrey takes a shot. John Hutchison makes a save.

62:39

Liam Cusack is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Lee Hollis takes the indirect free kick.

62:18

Ross Forbes concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Hay. Paul Hay takes the direct free kick.

61:49

Paul Hay concedes a free kick for a foul on Ross Forbes. Shaun Hutchinson takes the free kick.

60:21

Inswinging corner taken by Ross Forbes from the right by-line, Shaun Hutchinson takes a shot. Save made by John Hutchison.

60:08

Robert McHugh takes a shot. Declan Gallagher gets a block in.

59:23

John Sweeney takes a shot. Save made by Lee Hollis.

57:34

Declan Gallagher gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Smith. Shot comes in from Tom Hateley from the free kick.

56:09 Substitution

Substitution Nicky Law goes off and Chris Humphrey comes on.

56:09 Substitution

Substitution Keith Lasley leaves the field to be replaced by Stewart Carswell.

56:09 Substitution

Substitution Gary Smith on for Michael Higdon.

54:31 Substitution

Substitution Mark Archdeacon on for Ryan Kane.

54:31 Substitution

Substitution Michael Oliver is brought on as a substitute for John Neill.

53:17

Robert McHugh takes a shot from 12 yards. Save by John Hutchison.

52:06

Centre by Liam Cusack, clearance by Jonathan Page.

51:51

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Cusack by Jordan Halsman. Free kick taken by Paul Hay.

50:44

Assist on the goal came from Nicky Law.

50:44 Goal scored

Goal! - Tom Hateley - Clyde 0 - 3 Motherwell Tom Hateley finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Clyde 0-3 Motherwell.

49:33

Inswinging corner taken by Ross Forbes from the right by-line.

49:25

Nicky Law produces a cross, clearance made by Brian McQueen.

48:11

The ball is swung over by Liam Cusack.

48:05

John Neill sends in a cross.

47:40

John Sweeney takes a inswinging corner.

47:20

The ball is sent over by Liam Cusack, Paul Hay takes a shot. Blocked by Shaun Hutchinson.

47:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Higdon on Lee Sharp. Free kick taken by John Hutchison.

46:39

Corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley to the near post, clearance by Lee Sharp.

46:13

Corner taken by Jordan Halsman, Declan Gallagher manages to make a clearance.

45:54

Nicky Law crosses the ball, Shot by Michael Higdon. Save made by John Hutchison.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +0:11 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

44:31

Unfair challenge on Jordan Halsman by Stephen McDonald results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lee Hollis.

42:57

A cross is delivered by Tom Hateley, Lee Sharp manages to make a clearance.

40:18 Goal scored

Goal! - Nicky Law - Clyde 0 - 2 Motherwell Nicky Law gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Clyde 0-2 Motherwell.

39:02

The ball is delivered by Robert McHugh, Declan Gallagher gets a block in.

34:01

Effort on goal by Jordan Halsman from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

33:42

Tom Hateley takes a short corner.

33:29

Keith Lasley takes a shot from 20 yards. Save by John Hutchison.

32:47

Shot from 18 yards from Liam Cusack. Save made by Lee Hollis.

31:27

Ross Forbes takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by John Hutchison.

30:30

Jordan Halsman produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.

28:54

Liam Cusack is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Tom Hateley.

27:26

Nicky Law produces a cross.

26:31

Shot from 25 yards by Michael Higdon. Blocked by Declan Gallagher.

25:40

The ball is swung over by Tom Hateley, clearance made by John Sweeney.

25:12

The ball is swung over by Robert McHugh, clearance by Declan Gallagher.

23:18

Ryan Kane fouled by Keith Lasley, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Hay.

22:59

Jordan Halsman takes a shot. Blocked by Declan Gallagher.

22:30

Stephen McDonald fouled by Ross Forbes, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Hay restarts play with the free kick.

22:03

The ball is sent over by Jordan Halsman, Michael Higdon takes a shot. Declan Gallagher gets a block in.

20:19

Shaun Hutchinson fouled by Stephen McDonald, the ref awards a free kick. Lee Hollis restarts play with the free kick.

17:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen McDonald by Shaun Hutchinson. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Paul Hay from left channel, Shaun Hutchinson manages to make a clearance.

17:25

Nicky Law gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Declan Gallagher. Paul Hay takes the direct free kick.

16:15

The assist for the goal came from Ross Forbes.

16:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Michael Higdon - Clyde 0 - 1 Motherwell Michael Higdon scores a headed goal from close range. Clyde 0-1 Motherwell.

15:42

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ross Forbes,

15:18

The ball is crossed by Tom Hateley, clearance made by Declan Gallagher.

13:21

Foul by Ryan Kane on Ross Forbes, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Shaun Hutchinson.

12:25

Tom Hateley has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.

11:38

Effort from outside the penalty box by Stephen McDonald goes wide left of the target.

10:21

Nicky Law produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.

9:26

Ross Forbes takes a shot.

8:40

Unfair challenge on Paul Hay by Michael Higdon results in a free kick. Paul Hay takes the free kick.

7:46

John Neill takes a shot. Save by Lee Hollis.

7:17

Tom Hateley challenges Ryan Kane unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Sharp takes the direct free kick.

6:25

The ball is sent over by Jordan Halsman.

5:18

Unfair challenge on Shaun Hutchinson by Stephen McDonald results in a free kick. Shaun Hutchinson takes the free kick.

4:25

Paul Hay delivers the ball, Stephen McDonald takes a shot. Save by Lee Hollis.

3:46

Ryan Kane produces a cross, Tom Hateley gets a block in.

3:17

Robert McHugh concedes a free kick for a foul on Brian McQueen. John Hutchison restarts play with the free kick.

2:11

Michael Higdon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Declan Gallagher. Declan Gallagher takes the free kick.

0:40

Steven Lawless sends in a cross, John Hutchison makes a save.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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