Motherwell and St Mirren provided an afternoon of Scottish Premier League drama with a thrilling draw at Fir Park.

The home side opened the scoring when Keith Lasley's hanging ball to the back post was headed home by Michael Higdon.

St Mirren's Connor Newton hit a 25-yard strike level before the break and Lewis Guy's finish put the Buddies ahead.

Had the score remained the same, Celtic would have been crowned champions but James McFadden levelled late on.

The Steelmen trail the league leaders by 15 points and with a vastly inferior goal difference ahead of the five rounds of fixtures following the SPL split.

Saints started the match brightly and were first on the attack early on.

St Mirren players celebrating

Guy (centre) gave St Mirren the a 2-1 lead

Kenny McLean, recalled into the starting line-up by Danny Lennon, burst into the penalty box from midfield but slightly overran the ball and allowed goalkeeper Darren Randolph to collect.

Higdon came close to giving Motherwell the lead when he connected by Chris Humphrey's cross but could not keep his effort down.

But the former Buddies striker though had better fortune when he rose above the visiting defence to nod Lasley's cross high into the net.

St Mirren though were back on level terms before the break. Newton tried his luck from long range and the ball flew into the top left-hand corner.

Looking on with interest was the Rangers boss Ally McCoist, who has been linked with Motherwell players Chris Humphrey and Nicky Law.

Higdon combined with Henrik Ojamma at the start of the second period and the Estonian forward was denied by a wonderful save by Craig Samson.

Stuart McCall's men continued to drive forward and McFadden, Law and Lasley all had efforts deflected narrowly wide;

And, against the run of play, St Mirren took the lead when Guy latched on to McLean's pass chipped over Randolph.

The goal stunned the home fans but McFadden eased their pain with a terrific free-kick from 28 yards out.

Curling the ball around and over the wall to beat Samson, the Scotland cap earned Motherwell the point which was the least they deserved.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (3)

Motherwell

  • 01 Randolph
  • 05 Hutchinson
  • 15 Ramsden
  • 26 Francis-Angol
  • 04 Law
  • 06 Hateley
  • 07 Humphrey
  • 14 Lasley
  • 08 Ojamaa
  • 09 Higdon
  • 20 McFadden

Substitutes

  • 12 Hollis
  • 02 Saunders
  • 19 Kerr
  • 30 Cummins
  • 18 Carswell
  • 11 Higginbotham
  • 16 McHugh

St Mirren

  • 01 Samson
  • 02 van Zanten
  • 03 Dummett
  • 14 McAusland
  • 06 Goodwin
  • 10 McGowan
  • 17 Mclean
  • 24 Newton
  • 88 Puri (Guy - 46' )
  • 07 Imrie (J McGinn - 64' )
  • 09 Thompson (Parkin - 72' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 16 Adam
  • 05 Mair
  • 08 Robertson
  • 11 Carey
  • 19 Parkin
  • 27 Guy
  • 29 J McGinn
Ref: Colvin
Att: 5,414

Match Stats

Shots

16 5

On target

7 4

Corners

8 2

Fouls

9 6

Live Text Commentary

92:07 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +1:12

Defending throw-in by Zaine Francis-Angol (Motherwell).

90:00 +0:40

Foul by James McFadden (Motherwell) on Paul McGowan (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by David van Zanten (St Mirren) from own half, resulting in open play.

89:37

Shot by Chris Humphrey (Motherwell) right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Conor Newton (St Mirren). Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) to far post, resulting in open play.

88:47

Attacking throw-in by David van Zanten (St Mirren).

87:10

Free kick crossed left-footed by James McFadden (Motherwell) from right wing, save (caught) by Craig Samson (St Mirren).

87:10 Booking

Booking Sam Parkin (St Mirren) booked for unsporting behaviour.

86:56

Foul by Sam Parkin (St Mirren) on Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

86:30

Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

85:32

Attacking throw-in by Zaine Francis-Angol (Motherwell).

84:51

Foul by Paul McGowan (St Mirren) on Keith Lasley (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Simon Ramsden (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play. Defending throw-in by David van Zanten (St Mirren).

83:58 Goal scored

Goal! - James McFadden - Motherwell 2 - 2 St Mirren Free kick scored by James McFadden (Motherwell) right-footed (top-right of goal) from right channel (25 yards).Motherwell 2-2 St Mirren.

83:13

Foul by Marc McAusland (St Mirren) on Michael Higdon (Motherwell).

82:33

Defending throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

81:53

Attacking throw-in by Paul Dummett (St Mirren).

81:14

Defending throw-in by Paul Dummett (St Mirren).

81:00

Attacking throw-in by Chris Humphrey (Motherwell).

80:32

Defending throw-in by Paul Dummett (St Mirren).

79:48

Defending throw-in by Zaine Francis-Angol (Motherwell).

78:39

Defending throw-in by David van Zanten (St Mirren).

78:22

Attacking throw-in by Zaine Francis-Angol (Motherwell).

77:56

Defending throw-in by Zaine Francis-Angol (Motherwell).

77:33

Attacking throw-in by David van Zanten (St Mirren).

77:05

Defending throw-in by David van Zanten (St Mirren).

76:30

Foul by Sam Parkin (St Mirren) on Keith Lasley (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Simon Ramsden (Motherwell) from left wing, resulting in open play.

75:51

Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

75:26

Shot by Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Craig Samson (St Mirren).

74:21

Assist (pass) by Kenny McLean (St Mirren) from centre of penalty area.

74:21 Goal scored

Goal! - Lewis Guy - Motherwell 1 - 2 St Mirren Goal by Lewis Guy (St Mirren) left-footed (low centre of goal) from left side of penalty area (6 yards).Motherwell 1-2 St Mirren.

74:04

Attacking throw-in by Lewis Guy (St Mirren).

73:13

Attacking throw-in by Zaine Francis-Angol (Motherwell).

71:59 Substitution

Substitution Sam Parkin joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steven Thompson.

71:47

Attacking throw-in by Paul Dummett (St Mirren).

71:21

Foul by Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell) on Marc McAusland (St Mirren). Free kick taken left-footed by Jim Goodwin (St Mirren) from own half, passed.

70:19

Shot by Keith Lasley (Motherwell) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), over the bar. Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) to near post, clearance by Steven Thompson (St Mirren).

68:59

Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell) on Lewis Guy (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by Kenny McLean (St Mirren) from right channel, resulting in open play.

68:27

Shot by Michael Higdon (Motherwell) volleyed right-footed from left channel (18 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Craig Samson (St Mirren).

68:06

Foul by Steven Thompson (St Mirren) on Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.

67:42

Shot by James McFadden (Motherwell) drilled left-footed from left channel (20 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Craig Samson (St Mirren).

66:43

Goal kick taken long by Craig Samson (St Mirren).

66:04

Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

65:32

Defending throw-in by Zaine Francis-Angol (Motherwell).

65:25

Attacking throw-in by David van Zanten (St Mirren).

64:41

Steven Thompson (St Mirren) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Darren Randolph (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.

63:34

Attacking throw-in by Paul Dummett (St Mirren).

63:05 Substitution

Substitution St Mirren substitution: Dougie Imrie replaced by John McGinn (tactical).

62:19

Shot by Chris Humphrey (Motherwell) right-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), save (parried) by Craig Samson (St Mirren). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) to far post, clearance by Marc McAusland (St Mirren).

60:20

Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell) on Paul McGowan (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by Craig Samson (St Mirren) from own half, resulting in open play.

59:09

Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

57:56

Shot by Keith Lasley (Motherwell) right-footed from right channel (12 yards), over the bar. Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) to far post, clearance by Jim Goodwin (St Mirren). Attacking throw-in by Zaine Francis-Angol (Motherwell).

56:31

Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell) on Conor Newton (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by Dougie Imrie (St Mirren) from right channel, resulting in open play.

55:54

Foul by James McFadden (Motherwell) on Paul McGowan (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by David van Zanten (St Mirren) from right channel, passed.

54:03

Foul by Michael Higdon (Motherwell) on Jim Goodwin (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by Jim Goodwin (St Mirren) from own half, passed.

53:57

Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

53:37

Shot by Kenny McLean (St Mirren) drilled right-footed from right channel (18 yards), over the bar.

53:18

Attacking throw-in by David van Zanten (St Mirren).

53:01

Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

52:07

Goal kick taken long by Craig Samson (St Mirren).

51:32

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) to near post, clearance by Marc McAusland (St Mirren).

51:06

Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Paul Dummett (St Mirren) from own half, passed.

50:24

Attacking throw-in by David van Zanten (St Mirren).

49:22

Defending throw-in by Paul Dummett (St Mirren).

48:41

Goal kick taken long by Craig Samson (St Mirren).

47:16

Attacking throw-in by Zaine Francis-Angol (Motherwell).

46:15

Shot by Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell) drilled right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), save (parried) by Craig Samson (St Mirren). Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) to near post, header by Michael Higdon (Motherwell) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Craig Samson (St Mirren).

45:56

Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

45:44 Substitution

Substitution St Mirren substitution: Sander Puri replaced by Lewis Guy (tactical).

45:27

Foul by Chris Humphrey (Motherwell) on Dougie Imrie (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by Craig Samson (St Mirren) from own half, resulting in open play.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +0:44 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

44:44

Handball by Tom Hateley (Motherwell). Free kick taken left-footed by Kenny McLean (St Mirren) from left wing, passed. Shot by Marc McAusland (St Mirren) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

41:58

Foul by Sander Puri (St Mirren) on James McFadden (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) from left wing, shot by Nicky Law (Motherwell) volleyed left-footed from left channel (12 yards), over the bar.

40:52

Assist (pass) by Sander Puri (St Mirren) from right channel.

40:52 Goal scored

Goal! - Conor Newton - Motherwell 1 - 1 St Mirren Goal by Conor Newton (St Mirren) right-footed (top-left of goal) from right channel (25 yards).Motherwell 1-1 St Mirren.

40:09

Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

38:09

Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Sander Puri (St Mirren). Attacking throw-in by Jim Goodwin (St Mirren).

37:00

Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

36:11

Defending throw-in by Paul Dummett (St Mirren).

34:18

Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

33:06

Assist (cross) by Keith Lasley (Motherwell) from right side of penalty area.

33:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Michael Higdon - Motherwell 1 - 0 St Mirren Headed goal by Michael Higdon (Motherwell) (top-right of goal) from centre of penalty area (6 yards).Motherwell 1-0 St Mirren.

32:02

Goal kick taken long by Craig Samson (St Mirren).

30:14

Shot by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Craig Samson (St Mirren).

29:17

Attacking throw-in by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

28:45

Goal kick taken long by Craig Samson (St Mirren).

27:59

Defending throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

26:56

Defending throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

25:52

Attacking throw-in by Zaine Francis-Angol (Motherwell).

25:25

Attacking throw-in by Zaine Francis-Angol (Motherwell).

25:07

Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

24:52

Attacking throw-in by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

23:58

Attacking throw-in by Zaine Francis-Angol (Motherwell).

22:47

Strike by Michael Higdon from inside the six-yard box clear the bar.

21:21

Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

19:43

Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell) on Dougie Imrie (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by Jim Goodwin (St Mirren) from own half, resulting in open play.

17:37

Defending throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

16:42

Goal kick taken long by Craig Samson (St Mirren).

16:20

Attacking throw-in by Zaine Francis-Angol (Motherwell).

15:18

Michael Higdon (Motherwell) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Kenny McLean (St Mirren) from own half, passed.

14:20

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Sander Puri (St Mirren) to near post, shot by Marc McAusland (St Mirren) right-footed from centre of penalty area (6 yards), save (caught) by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

13:38

Attacking throw-in by Chris Humphrey (Motherwell).

13:04

Dougie Imrie (St Mirren) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.

12:31

Shot by Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell) right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Craig Samson (St Mirren).

9:37

Shot by Michael Higdon (Motherwell) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Craig Samson (St Mirren).

9:12

Attacking throw-in by Chris Humphrey (Motherwell).

8:45

Defending throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

7:40

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) to far post, resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Craig Samson (St Mirren).

6:22

Attacking throw-in by Zaine Francis-Angol (Motherwell). Defending throw-in by David van Zanten (St Mirren).

5:29

Defending throw-in by David van Zanten (St Mirren).

4:23

Defending throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

4:11

Attacking throw-in by Paul Dummett (St Mirren).

3:34

Defending throw-in by David van Zanten (St Mirren).

2:03

Handball by Steven Thompson (St Mirren). Free kick taken right-footed by Simon Ramsden (Motherwell) from own half, passed.

1:36

Defending throw-in by Chris Humphrey (Motherwell).

0:55

Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

0:08

Defending throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

0:00

The match begins.

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