’Well humiliated by cup minnows

Motherwell suffered one of the worst results in their history as they crashed out the Scottish Cup to League 2 side Albion Rovers.

Saturday’s match between the North Lanarkshire rivals was moved to Hamilton Accies’ New Douglas Park due to a fire at Cliftonhill.

Motherwell players are stunned as Albion Rovers celebrate

Motherwell players are stunned as Albion Rovers celebrate

However, even without home advantage the Coatbridge side proved their mettle to produce a major cup upset as Gary Phillips struck in the last minute.

’Well’s day started badly as they were unaware they could list seven subs in the competition and listed only five.

Among the subs were experience duo John Sutton and Keith Lasley as Stuart McCall hoped an under strength side would have the beating of a side three divisions below his.

’Well did start the better, but only had Bob McHugh shooting off target to show for their possession before Gunnar Nielsen was forced to tip over a Liam Cusack effort.

McHugh then headed a Fraser Kerr cross wide and Stuart Carswell also missed the target after being set up by James McFadden.

It was Albion who were creating the clearing chances and Chris Dallas put over a Phillips cross on the half volley.

Right on half-time it looked as if ’Well might break the deadlock as Paul Lawson slipped in McHugh, but Cusack sprinted back to deflect the shot wide.

McHugh failed to appear for the second half after picking up a knock as Sutton took his place up front.

Sutton tried to make an impact sending a dipping volley over, and then chesting into the path of Henri Anier, but the Estonian scuffed the ball wide.

McFadden and Zaine Francis-Angol made way for Lasley and a debuting Jack Leitch.

However, it was Rovers with the next effort as Mark McGuigan swept past Stevie Hammell going narrowly wide.

Eleven minutes from time ’keeper Neil Parry was finally called into action as he saved a Sutton header from a Lawson corner and Cusack helped completed the clearance.

With a replay looking almost certain Rovers stunned possibly even themselves as PHILLIPS drilled the winner past Nielsen from the edge of the box.

There was one last chance for ’Well to save some face, but Anier failed to test Parry from six yards out.

Albion Rovers: Parry, Reid, Dunlop, Russell, Donnelly, Dunlop, Cusack (Flood 81), Chaplain, McGuigan, Dallas (Tiffney 71), Phillips. Subs not used: Mercer, Maguire, Innes, Walker, McGinley.

Motherwell: Nielsen, Hammell, Hutchinson, McManus, McFadden (Lasley 72), Lawson, McHugh (Sutton 46), Francis-Angol (Leitch 72), Carswell, Kerr, Anier. Subs not used: Stewart, Cummins.

Referee: Euan Anderson.

Attendance: 2,950.