Motherwell through to Betfred Cup final after stunning 2-0 success against Rangers at Hampden

Two-goal hero and man of the match Louis Moult with his daughter Isla (Pic by Michael Gillen)
Two-goal hero and man of the match Louis Moult with his daughter Isla (Pic by Michael Gillen)

Motherwell reached their first league cup final in 12 years with a magnificent 2-0 victory over Rangers at Hampden Park on Sunday.

Two second half goals by goal machine Louis Moult – his 10th and 11th strikes of the season – sunk Gers and handed victory to the 6/1 Lanarkshire underdogs.
’Well are now looking forward to taking on Celtic in the final on Sunday, November 26.
There was an incredible atmosphere inside Hampden Park for this dramatic last four encounter which provided a busy afternoon for referee Steven McLean and his assistants.
Motherwell gaffer Stephen Robinson – who has now led his men to a magnificent 12 wins from 16 competitive matches this season – and his Rangers counterpart Pedro Caixinha were both sent to the stand in an explosive second half.
This followed Caixinha’s furious reaction to whistlerMcLean taking no action against Ryan Bowman after a challenge which forced Rangers centre-back Fabio Cardoso to depart with a bloodied face.
There was further second half controversy when Rangers centre back Bruno Alvez escaped any punishment after apparently kicking out at Moult as the two lay grounded.
The match had earlier seen a largely scrappy first half in which Motherwell struggled to contain Rangers early on.
The Glasgow side – backed by a massive and bositerous 38,000 support – were definitely quicker out the traps.
Josh Windass shot over for Rangers in the opening minute before ’Well youngster Allan Campbell sent a long ranger high and wide.
Motherwell cult hero Cedric Kipre then didn’t deal with a high ball and Alfredo Morelos sent a left footer just wide.
Bowman had a shot blocked by Gers’ Portuguese centre back Alves before ‘Well centre half Peter Hartley was yellow carded for a high challenge on Morelos.
There then followed a 10-minute spell when Rangers dominated but the Steelmen fought back and Chris Cadden started having an impact.
Cadden’s cross shot was turned round the post by Gers keeper Jak Alnwick before a frantic period of action saw Alvez head over for Gers after a Declan John free-kick and then an incident which was truly agonising for the 8000 strong Motherwell support.
Kipre had a shot cleared off the line by Ryan Jack after Cadden’s corner from the right, to keep the score at 0-0.
It was then the Light Blues’ turn to go close as Declan John headed inches wide.
It remained goalless at the interval, amazing given the end to end nature of proceedings.
Rangers bossed the early stages of the second half with Morelos having a shot blocked by Dunne, Pena heading wide and then Windass having an effort thwarted.
But the Motherwell end then went ballistic as the Steelmen sensationally took the lead on 51 minutes.
Chris Cadden’s corner caused chaos in the Rangers box, with Hartley heading the ball off the bar before Moult’s initial effort was blocked on the line. But Moult then blasted the rebound high into the net before celebrating in front of the ‘Well supporters.
And Motherwell’s talisman Moult was at it again in even more thrilling fashion after 73 minutes.
After Dunne’s pass, he was 25 yards out when he lobbed Alnwick to send the ’Well fans into delirium.
Motherwell: Carson, Tait, Hartley, Cadden, McHugh, Moult, Bowman (Fisher 89), Rose, Dunne, Kipre, Campbell (Bigirimana 71).
Referee: Steven McLean
Crowd: 44,506

A dancing Cedric Kipre leads the Motherwell post match party (Pic by Michael Gillen)

A dancing Cedric Kipre leads the Motherwell post match party (Pic by Michael Gillen)

Louis Moult protests to referee Steven McLean about a challenge by Bruno Alvez (Pic by Michael Gillen)

Louis Moult protests to referee Steven McLean about a challenge by Bruno Alvez (Pic by Michael Gillen)

Charles Dunne had a fine match in the Motherwell defence

Charles Dunne had a fine match in the Motherwell defence

Steelman had good reason to smile!

Steelman had good reason to smile!

There was a fantastic Motherwell support at Hampden on Sunday (Pic by Michael Gillen)

There was a fantastic Motherwell support at Hampden on Sunday (Pic by Michael Gillen)