Scottish Premiership
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Motherwell 1-0 Kilmarnock

By Jonathan SutherlandBBC Scotland at Fir Park
Motherwell celebrated just their second league win of the season
Motherwell celebrated just their second league win of the season

Louis Moult's penalty was enough to give Motherwell their first win since the opening day of the season at home to Kilmarnock.

Moult rolled the ball into the bottom left-hand corner after being fouled in the box by Mark O'Hara.

Lionel Ainsworth and teenager Dom Thomas were on inspired form for the hosts but could not conjure up a second.

Tope Obadeyi missed Kilmarnock's best chance for an equaliser late on.

While Ian Baraclough's men leapfrog Dundee United and St Johnstone in the table, Kilmarnock are left rooted to the bottom of the Scottish Premiership on only two points.

Worryingly for manager Gary Locke, his side were lacklustre throughout and rarely threatened.

Motherwell began the brighter with Scott McDonald firing over the bar, before 19-year-old Thomas had a near post shot tipped over by Jamie MacDonald.

Home goalkeeper Connor Ripley then had to tip over a snapshot from Josh Magennis at the other end.

Louis Moult scored a first-half penalty for Motherwell
Louis Moult scored a first-half penalty for Motherwell

Overall it was the home side who started the brighter and took the lead from the penalty spot.

Striker Moult nipped in to steal the ball from O'Hara in the penalty area, but the defender swiped at the ball, caught Moult, and left referee Steven McLean with no choice but to point to the spot.

Moult steadied himself to fire home with accuracy into the corner of the net, just beyond the despairing dive of MacDonald.

He would have the ball in the back of the net again, but it was ruled out for offside. It looked like a tight decision.

Jamie Hamill sclaffed a shot over the bar for Kilmarnock just before half-time, which rather summed up their afternoon.

Locke introduced Obadeyi in the second half, which provided an initial spark. But that quickly waned.

He did come close towards the latter stages, but his close-range effort soared over the bar. A header from Obadeyi deep in injury time sailed high over the bar.

Kris Boyd tried a late ambitious chip, but it was off target - much like the overall Kilmarnock day.

Line-ups

Motherwell

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Ripley
  • 18Law
  • 16Kennedy
  • 6McManus
  • 15ChalmersBooked at 90mins
  • 7AinsworthSubstituted forJohnsonat 67'minutes
  • 14Lasley
  • 21LeitchSubstituted forLaingat 77'minutes
  • 23Thomas
  • 77McDonald
  • 20MoultSubstituted forRobinsonat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Laing
  • 11Johnson
  • 12Twardzik
  • 17Robinson
  • 19Clarkson
  • 26Cadden
  • 33McMillan

Kilmarnock

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 21MacDonald
  • 4Hamill
  • 5Findlay
  • 18Ashcroft
  • 3SmithSubstituted forWestlakeat 22'minutes
  • 7McKenzie
  • 14O'Hara
  • 19Slater
  • 11HigginbothamSubstituted forObadeyiat 46'minutes
  • 28MagennisSubstituted forKiltieat 65'minutes
  • 9Boyd

Substitutes

  • 2Barbour
  • 12Westlake
  • 16Obadeyi
  • 17Splaine
  • 23Kiltie
  • 29Davies
  • 33Hawkshaw
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
4,136

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Motherwell 1, Kilmarnock 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Motherwell 1, Kilmarnock 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Theo Robinson (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tope Obadeyi (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

  6. Booking

    Joe Chalmers (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Joe Chalmers (Motherwell).

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Darryl Westlake (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Scott McDonald (Motherwell) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  11. Post update

    Keith Lasley (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Mark O'Hara (Kilmarnock).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tope Obadeyi (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  14. Post update

    Marvin Johnson (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Hamill (Kilmarnock).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Motherwell. Louis Laing replaces Jack Leitch.

  17. Post update

    Jack Leitch (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Craig Slater (Kilmarnock).

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jamie Hamill (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joe Chalmers (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.