Scottish football as it happened

Motherwell comfortably beat Dundee United at Tannadice, meaning Celtic need to wait to be confirmed as SPL champions.

19 April 2013 Last updated at 21:57

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  1. 2145: 

    I'm going to sign off. Please join us for the rest of the weekend's SPL matches. Good night.


    Celebrity Dundee United fan Lorraine Kelly: "Wasn't our night - but the half time cakes were good"

  3. 2140: 

    And, on Monday, Derek McInnes takes charge of Aberdeen for the first time against Hibernian at Easter Road.

  4. 2139: 

    Celtic only need to avoid defeat against Inverness on Sunday to secure the championship. Later that day, the battle for European places continues with St Johnstone v Ross County.

  5. 2134: 

    Dundee have to win to avoid relegation.

  6. 2133: 

    The Scottish Premier League weekend continues tomorrow with Kilmarnock v Hearts and St Mirren v Dundee.

  7. 2126: 

    United remain sixth and reaching Europe now seems a tall order for the Tangerines.

  8. 2125: 

    Second-place Motherwell move six points clear of Inverness.

  9. 2122: 

    So, Celtic need to wait until Sunday to secure the SPL title. Neil Lennon's side, who host Inverness, just need one more point to be confirmed as champions.

  10. 2120: 
    FULL-TIME- Dundee United 1-3 Motherwell

    Motherwell see out the win, despite that mini-revival from Dundee United. Strong first hour from the visitors was key to victory.

  11. 2119: 

    Match just winding down. Not much happening in injury time.

  12. 2117: 

    The match enters three minutes of stoppage time.

    Jim Spence, BBC Sport commentator

    "You suspect that the swivel and strike from Daly is just going to be a consolation."

  14. 2113: 

    Both sides make a change. Rory Boulding takes over from Gary Mackay-Steven for the hosts while the Steelmen bring Fraser Kerr on for Chris Humphrey.

  15. 2111: 

    Darren Randolph hacks an awkward passback high into the air and Motherwell remain under pressure but Brian McLean is a touch aggressive in his challenge on Stevie Hammell, resulting in a free-kick to take the pressure off the visitors.

  16. 2109: 

    And Motherwell also make a substitution. Stuart Carswell replaces James McFadden.

  17. 2108: 

    United make another change with Michael Gardyne coming on for Ryan Gauld.

  18. 2108: 

    Darren Randolph turns the ball out after Gary Mackay-Steven cuts inside to blast in a shot from the edge of the box.

  19. 2104: 

    Motherwell fail to make the most of a four-on-two situation with Chris Humphrey forced wide and then Henrik Ojamaa taking too long to get away the shot.


    Adil Aslam: "As a @MotherwellFC , can't be more proud of the boys over the last few seasons, 3/4 season's in European qualification#bbcsportscot"

  21. 2101: 

    Gary Mackay-Steven gets the home fans excited with a burst from the halfway line, leaving a couple of Motherwell players in his wake. The winger eventually plays the wrong pass however and the visitors re-group.

    BBC pundit Allan Preston at Tannadice

    "Motherwell can see this out but United are certainly back in the match."

  23. 2057: 

    Dundee United look revitalised and Stuart Armstrong powers a shot into the arms of Motherwell keeper Randolph.

  24. 2056: 

    And in the wake of that goal, Ryan Dow has replaced John Rankin for Dundee United.

  25. 2055: 
    GOAL- Dundee United 1-3 Motherwell (Daly)

    Jon Daly swivels to send a shot through the legs of Darren Randolph and into the net. United may not be out of this just yet.

  26. 2053: 

    The pace of the game has certainly dropped since that third Motherwell goal. United have the look of a beaten side, the visitors are confident and comfortable.

  27. 2049: 

    Dundee United win a free-kick around 25 yards and Willo Flood's effort gets over the wall and clips the outside of the left-hand post. The closes the hosts have come to scoring all night.

    Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara United boss Jackie McNamara has endured a disappointing night so far
  29. 2047: 

    The match crosses the hour mark and it looks like three points for Motherwell all the way at the moment.

  30. 2044: 

    United goalkeeper Radoslaw Cierzniak spills a shot from Nicky Law but the home defence mop up.


    Ardisss: "As a Celtic fan I'm looking forward to the challenge Motherwell might present next season #bbcsportscot"

    BBC pundit Allan Preston at Tannadice

    "Bottom corner, 3-0, game over. Higdon might get a hat-trick."

  33. 2042: 
    GOAL- Dundee Utd 0-3 Motherwell (Higdon)

    It's that man Michael Higdon again, the big striker turning away from Sean Dillon and rifling a low shot past Radoslaw Cierzniak.

  34. 2041: 

    Henrik Ojamaa runs along the 18-yard line on to a throw-in and whips in a shot that lands on the top of the net. Superb effort from the Motherwell man.

  35. 2039: 

    Dundee United continue to probe but they are being restricted to long-range efforts, the latest of which from John Rankin trundles harmlessly out.

  36. 2034: 

    Stuart Armstrong advances towards the Motherwell penalty area, cuts in and fires in a shot but Darren Randolph can stand back and let it drift past his right-hand post.

  37. 2032: 

    Motherwell start the second half.

  38. 2031: 

    Rory Boulding scored the vital goal that secured Dundee United a place in the SPL's top six. I wonder if he may be thrown on from the bench to inject new life to the United attack.

  39. 2025: 

    So, can Dundee United recover or are Motherwell a step closer to clinching a European place?

    Motherwell forward Henrik Ojamaa Ojamaa fired Motherwell's second at Tannadice
  41. 2016: 
    HALF-TIME- Dundee Utd 0-2 Motherwell

    Motherwell go in at the break two up thanks to those early goals by Michael Higdon and Henrik Ojamaa. Dundee United need to get the next goal if they are to get anything from this match.

  42. 2013: 

    Nearing half-time. Dundee United continue to press but Motherwell have been very well organised in this opening period.

  43. 2010: 

    Darren Randolph continues to preserve the Motherwell advantage, this time beating out Gary Mackay-Steven's deflected shot from inside the box.

  44. 2008: 

    Dundee United are crowded out on the edge of the Motherwell penalty area with Gary Mackay-Steven, Ryan Gauld and Willo Flood all unable to find a way through.

  45. 2006: 

    A good driving run by John Rankin takes him into a shooting position but the United midfielder blazes over from 25 yards.

  46. 2004: 

    Gary Mackay-Steven speeds towards the Motherwell box but loses his balance as he shoots, turning the ball out.

  47. 2001: 

    Better period from Dundee United now but another refereeing decision is the cause of frustration as Motherwell are awarded a throw-in despite Stuart Armstrong claiming it should have been the hosts' ball.

  48. 1958: 

    Ryan Gauld runs on to a defence-splitting pass from Barry Douglas and gets away a shot but Darren Randolph is quick off his line to palm the ball away. If the goalkeeper is to leave Fir Park this season, form like that will surely impress prospective employers.

  49. 1956: 

    David Weir, the former Hearts, Rangers and Scotland defender, is in the crowd, perhaps assessing transfer targets for Everton, with who he is now a coach.

  50. 1955: 

    Before kick-off, I was pondering what impact Ryan Gauld and Gary Mackay-Steven would have on the match. In actual fact, the winger who has had the most say so far is Motherwell's Chris Humphrey.

  51. 1953: 

    Darren Randolph hurries off his line to kick clear and Jon Daly closes down quickly. The United captain is penalised for his challenge, much to the ire of home fans.

  52. 1949: 

    More pressure from the hosts. Stuart Armstrong crosses low and the right foot of Jon Daly stabs the ball towards goal only for keeper Darren Randolph to block with his body.

  53. 1948: 

    Gary Mackay-Steven has a run at the Motherwell defence and gets to the byeline before cutting back but Ryan Gauld cannot turn the ball towards goal and his frustration is compounded when his claim for a corner falls on deaf ears.

  54. 1947: 

    Motherwell of course won their last visit to Tannadice by two goals to one. United have beaten 'Well at Fir Park twice this season but the scorer of the winning goal on both those occasions, Johnny Russell, is injured at the moment.

  55. 1946: 

    James McFadden's inswinging free-kick from the right causes uncertainty in the Dundee Untied defence and Radoslaw Cierzniak punches the ball away.

  56. 1946: 

    Quarter of an hour in and Motherwell boss Stuart McCall could scarcely have expected a better start.

    BBC pundit Allan Preston at Tannadice

    "If Motherwell get a third, it could be good night Vienna."

  58. 1941: 

    A poor kick-out by Darren Randolph almost lands the visitors in trouble but they manage to force the ball foward and get James McFadden on the ball. The Scotland cap drives at the home defence, steps over and fires just wide.

    BBC pundit Allan Preston at Tannadice

    "What a start from Motherwell, absolutely fantastic. James McFadden has been sensational."

  60. 1939: 

    Motherwell two up within eight minutes. Long way back for Dundee United but plenty of time for Jackie McNamara's side to recover.

  61. 1938: 
    GOAL- Dundee Utd 0-2 Motherwell (Ojamaa)

    But Motherwell do get a second as Henrik Ojamaa turns away from Sean Dillon and rolls the ball past Cierzniak. What a start from the visitors.


    Motherwell FC: "That goal means Higdon equals Willie Pettigrew's post-war league record of 23 strikes in one season. Amazing from the big man!"

  63. 1936: 

    Radoslaw Cierzniak prevents United falling further behind, beating out Chris Humphrey's powerful drive from the right-hand side of the box.

  64. 1935: 

    Dundee Untied try to respond and Ryan Gauld lifts a shot over the Motherwell crossbar after playing a one-two with John Rankin.

  65. 1934: 

    That's Higdon's 34th goal of the season.

  66. 1932: 
    GOAL- Dundee Utd 0-1 Motherwell (Higdon)

    Michael Higdon scores with the first effort of the game and what a strike. The striker sized up the shot around 25 yards out and found the net via the inside of Radoslaw Cierzniak's left-hand post.

  67. 1930: 

    Dundee United get the match undeway.

  68. 1929: 

    United wide men Ryan Gauld and Gary Mackay-Steven impressed in last week's 4-3 defeat by Celtic. How well will Motherwell full-backs Tom Hateley and Stevie Hammell cope with the tricky wingers?

    BBC pundit Allan Preston at Tannadice

    "It's a beautiful night for football, the sun is shining. This is a game I'm really looking forward to."

  70. 1926: 

    Getting closer to kick-off at Tannadice. Dundee United and Motherwell fans, how do you think your team will get on tonight?

  71. 1925: 

    And Hibernian welcome Aberdeen on Monday evening.

  72. 1924: 

    On Sunday, Inverness travel to take on Celtic in Glasgow before St Johnstone take on Ross County in Perth.

  73. 1923: 

    Kilmarnock host Hearts and Dundee visit St Mirren on Saturday.

  74. 1922: 

    There's more Scottish Premier League action tomorrow, Sunday and Monday.

  75. 1919: 

    Stevie Hammell returns to the Motherwell line-up with Zaine Francis-Angol dropping to the bench.

  76. 1917: 

    Dundee United make two changes with Brian McLean and Stuart Armstrong starting in place of Keith Watson and Mark Millar, with the latter suspended.

  77. 1916: 

    Tonight's referee is John Beaton.

  78. 1915: 

    Dundee Utd: Cierzniak, McLean, Souttar, Dillon, Douglas, Gauld, Flood, Armstrong, Rankin, Mackay-Steven, Daly. Subs: Anderson, Ryan, Gardyne, Tornstrand, Dow, Boulding, Johnston.

    Motherwell: Randolph, Hateley, Hutchinson, Ramsden, Hammell, Ojamaa, Humphrey, Lasley, Law, McFadden, Higdon. Subs: Hollis, Higginbotham, McHugh, Carswell, Kerr, Francis-Angol, Cummins

  79. 1913: 

    Earlier this week, Motherwell manager Stuart McCall revealed there is only "a slim possibility" goalkeeper Darren Randolph staying with the Steelmen for next season. How has that news gone down with fans?

  80. 1911: 

    Motherwell have not played in almost two weeks while United were beaten by Celtic in last weekend's Scottish Cup semi-finals.


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  83. 1908: 

    You can listen to commentary of Dundee United v Motherwell on the BBC Sport website using the link on the right-hand side.

  84. 1906: 

    Dundee United, who are seven points off Inverness, can still qualify for Europe.

  85. 1904: 

    But Motherwell have plenty to play for themselves. Stuart McCall's side are three points ahead of third-place Inverness and neither of those two sides have yet clinched a place in next season's Europa League qualifiers.

  86. 1903: 

    If Motherwell do not win, Celtic will be confirmed as SPL champions.

  87. 1901: 

    Tonight, Dundee United host Motherwell in the Scottish Premier League.

  88. 1900: 

    Good evening and welcome to this evening's live Scottish football coverage.

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Scottish Premiership summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Celtic 34 66 89
No movement 2 Aberdeen 34 17 64
No movement 3 Motherwell 34 5 61
No movement 4 Dundee Utd 34 15 54
No movement 5 Inverness CT 34 5 53
No movement 6 St Johnstone 34 9 51
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