Motherwell did not have to work too hard to see off Dunfermline and move within three points of second-placed Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.

A goalkeeping error from Chris Smith allowed Michael Higdon's 64th-minute shot to squirm into the net.

And, soon after, Henrik Ojamaa powered in a terrific shot to double the visitors' lead.

Dunfermline, still without a win at home this season, are now four points adrift at the foot of the table.

There was no lack of endeavour from Jim McIntyre's men but they lacked creativity up front and once they fell behind never looked like getting back into the game.

The Fifers opened in lively style, with striker Liam Buchanan testing Darren Randolph from long range after two minutes.

Motherwell replied immediately when Ojamaa shot high and wide after Alex Keddie had blocked Jamie Murphy's drive.

Randolph produced an excellent stop to keep out Martin Hardie's stinging effort and Shaun Hutchinson made a crucial tackle at the feet of Ryan Thomson as the hosts enjoyed a bright opening spell.

David Graham then fired a deflected effort past the post after the Motherwell defence had failed to clear their lines on 22 minutes.

On the half hour, Motherwell broke swiftly, with Tom Hateley's surging run ending with a smart pass to Murphy, who laid the ball to Michael Higdon, however the striker's tame effort from near the penalty spot was smothered comfortably by Chris Smith.

Thomson saw his volley from the edge of the penalty box easily dealt with by Randolph and, at the other end, Smith had to be alert to tip Omar Daley's dipping cross onto the roof of his goal just before the interval.

Dunfermline continued to do most of the pressing as the second half got underway, forcing a series of corners.

But Motherwell held firm without too much trouble and the visitors were gifted a breakaway goal on 64 minutes.

Ojamaa drilled a low cross into the penalty area from the right and Higdon was the sharpest figure in the danger zone diverting the ball in at the near post, although Smith should have been able to keep it out.

Six minutes later, home fans were heading for the exits as substitute Chris Humphrey left a trail of defenders in his wake before setting up Ojamaa to power in a first-time strike from 18 yards.

Dunfermline could not muster any meaningful response and the visitors coasted through to the final whistle, with their delighted fans chanting Champions League songs.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Dunfermline

  • 20 Smith
  • 03 McCann Booked
  • 06 Keddie
  • 15 Dowie
  • 26 McMillan
  • 04 Mason (McDougall - 80' )
  • 07 Cardle (Willis - 46' )
  • 08 Hardie (Barrowman - 76' )
  • 23 Thomson
  • 11 Graham
  • 19 Buchanan

Substitutes

  • 30 Goodfellow
  • 13 Boyle
  • 39 Young
  • 22 Willis
  • 34 Byrne
  • 09 Barrowman
  • 12 McDougall

Motherwell

  • 01 Randolph
  • 03 Hammell
  • 15 Hutchinson Booked (Craigan - 81' )
  • 22 Clancy
  • 04 Law
  • 06 Hateley
  • 08 Jennings
  • 17 Daley (Humphrey - 46' )
  • 09 Higdon Booked
  • 11 Murphy
  • 24 Ojamaa

Substitutes

  • 12 Hollis
  • 05 Craigan
  • 20 Page
  • 07 Humphrey
  • 26 Carswell
  • 16 McHugh
  • 18 Forbes
Ref: Winter
Att: 3,523

Match Stats

Shots

7 7

On target

5 4

Corners

10 9

Fouls

8 8

Live Text Commentary

92:16 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +0:54

Shot from just outside the box by Steven McDougall misses to the right of the target.

88:58

Shot on goal by Jamie Murphy from just inside the area goes over the target.

86:27

Andy Dowie challenges Henrik Ojamaa unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stevie Hammell takes the direct free kick.

85:24

Long range shot from Steve Jennings misses to the left of the goal.

84:36

Jamie Murphy takes a shot. Chris Smith makes a save.

82:08

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Willis by Stevie Hammell. Paul Willis crosses the ball in from the free kick.

80:01 Substitution

Substitution Shaun Hutchinson leaves the field to be replaced by Stephen Craigan.

79:21 Substitution

Substitution Gary Mason goes off and Steven McDougall comes on.

76:57

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Mason on Henrik Ojamaa. Tom Hateley crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Andy Dowie. Tom Hateley takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Andy Dowie manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Tom Hateley from the left by-line, clearance by Alex Keddie. Tom Hateley takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Andrew Barrowman. Chris Humphrey produces a cross.

75:40 Substitution

Substitution Martin Hardie leaves the field to be replaced by Andrew Barrowman.

74:37

Corner taken by Paul Willis from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Steve Jennings. Corner taken by Paul Willis, Martin Hardie takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save.

69:28

The assist for the goal came from Chris Humphrey.

69:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Henrik Ojamaa - Dunf'mline 0 - 2 Motherwell Henrik Ojamaa finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Dunfermline 0-2 Motherwell.

68:48

Tom Hateley takes the outswinging corner, Jordan McMillan manages to make a clearance.

68:18 Booking

Booking Austin McCann receives a caution.

68:12

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Humphrey by Austin McCann. Tom Hateley takes the direct free kick.

64:45

Outswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley from the right by-line, clearance by Austin McCann.

63:03

Henrik Ojamaa provided the assist for the goal.

63:03 Goal scored

Goal! - Michael Higdon - Dunf'mline 0 - 1 Motherwell Michael Higdon grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Dunfermline 0-1 Motherwell.

59:05

Liam Buchanan takes a shot. Shaun Hutchinson gets a block in. Paul Willis takes the outswinging corner, Stevie Hammell manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken by Paul Willis from the right by-line, Stevie Hammell makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken by Paul Willis, Andy Dowie challenges Michael Higdon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.

54:14

Unfair challenge on Tom Hateley by Martin Hardie results in a free kick. Darren Randolph takes the direct free kick.

52:48

Free kick crossed right-footed by Paul Willis from right by-line, save by Darren Randolph.

52:48 Booking

Booking Shaun Hutchinson receives a caution.

52:45

Shaun Hutchinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Buchanan.

52:06

Martin Hardie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tim Clancy. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.

51:02

Corner taken by Tom Hateley, clearance made by David Graham. Shaun Hutchinson concedes a free kick for a foul on David Graham. Chris Smith takes the direct free kick.

49:57

Paul Willis takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Steve Jennings.

48:53

Outswinging corner taken by Paul Willis, Steve Jennings manages to make a clearance.

48:11

The referee blows for offside. Chris Smith restarts play with the free kick.

46:10

Corner taken by Tom Hateley.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution (Motherwell) makes a substitution, with Chris Humphrey coming on for Omar Daley.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Joe Cardle leaves the field to be replaced by Paul Willis.

45:00 +0:36 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

43:28

Corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley, clearance by Andy Dowie.

41:01

The assistant referee flags for offside against Martin Hardie. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.

38:41

Direct free kick taken by Chris Smith.

38:41 Booking

Booking Michael Higdon receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

38:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Higdon on Andy Dowie.

38:18

Ryan Thomson takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.

37:09

The official flags Joe Cardle offside. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.

31:43

The offside flag is raised against Liam Buchanan. Indirect free kick taken by Darren Randolph.

28:09

Michael Higdon takes a shot. Save by Chris Smith.

27:06

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Dowie by Michael Higdon. Chris Smith takes the free kick.

25:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve Jennings by Joe Cardle. Direct free kick taken by Steve Jennings.

24:12

Nicky Law decides to take a short corner.

22:18

David Graham has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.

20:00

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Joe Cardle from the right by-line, Michael Higdon makes a clearance.

18:13

Martin Hardie is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.

17:38

Unfair challenge on Ryan Thomson by Michael Higdon results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alex Keddie.

15:52

Jamie Murphy fouled by Austin McCann, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Tom Hateley.

14:34

Alex Keddie fouled by Henrik Ojamaa, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Smith.

7:37

Corner taken by Joe Cardle.

5:56

Martin Hardie takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save.

3:35

Corner taken by Joe Cardle, Michael Higdon manages to make a clearance.

2:32

Effort from the edge of the box by Henrik Ojamaa goes wide of the right-hand upright.

1:51

Liam Buchanan takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph.

0:45

Liam Buchanan is ruled offside. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.

0:23

Unfair challenge on Andy Dowie by Michael Higdon results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Smith.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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