’Well second after emphatic win

Michael Higdon crashes in the third.
Michael Higdon crashes in the third.

MOTHERWELL went second in the SPL with an another emphatic victory over Inverness at Fir Park on Saturday.

Having already beaten their guests 4-1 and 5-1 this season ’Well’s dominance continued as a Michael Higdon double and Nicky Law goal saw them leapfrog the Highlanders in the table.

Recent loan signing Kallum Higginbotham made his first start replacing the suspended Keith Lasley, while Steven Saunders was on the bench as he continues his comeback from long-term injury.

The hosts made a statement on intent early on Higdon headed onto the roof of the net from a Stevie Hammell free kick and then was only denied a tap-in by a great intervention from Gary Warren.

On 26 minutes Inverness had the ball on the net as Andrew Shinnie tapped in the rebound after Darren Randolph had parried from Aaron Doran, but was flagged offside.

Higginbotham showed a little of his quality with a backheel to set up Henrik Ojamaa, but Higdon got in the way of the shot and the ball spun inches wide.

However, on the half hour mark the Inverness goal could lead a charmed life no longer as Ojamaa crossed in low from the left and HIGDON knocked it in at the back post.

Trying to hit back David Raven found Doran but the effort glanced the roof of the net.

Two minutes from half time it might have been 2-0 as Stuart Carswell found Higginbotham in acres of space with a beautiful crossfield pass, however the Huddersfield loanee got it all wrong and limply lobbed the ball back to Ryan Esson.

There was still time for another chance as Esson did well to deny Ojamaa, but Nicky Law could only volley wide as Chris Humphrey returned the ball.

Two minutes the other side of the break and Nick Ross found himself with the change of an equaliser with a clear sight of goal, but Carswell did just enough to put him off and the shot went over.

On 52 minutes LAW scored a goal that a magnificent display richly deserved as the ball spun high in the Inverness box he took one touch to lob Esson and then following a fresh air kick at the second attempt found the net.

Ross Draper appealed for a penalty for handball against Carswell, but referee Calum Murray wasn’t interested and on 56 minutes number three duly arrived.

Hammell crossed from the left and Carswell headed into the path of Higdon to crash in am unstoppable volley.

Simon Ramsden was forced off with a hand injury to be replaced by Adam Cummins, while after a good job done Higginbotham and Ojamaa made way for Bob McHugh and Zaine Francis-Angol.

Frncis-Angol clearly enjoyed his time on the pitch as he tormented Raven, setting up Law who cracked a shot off the underside of the bar and then Higdon whose hat-trick was denied by an unwitting Josh Meekings getting in the way.

Motherwell: Randolph, Hammell, Law, Hutchinson, Hateley, Humphrey, Ojamaa (McHugh 76), Higdon, Higginbotham (Francis-Angol 76), Ramsden (Cummins 69), Carswell. Subs not used: Hollis, Saunders, Daley, Erwin.

Inverness CT: Esson, Raven, G Shinnie, Jones, Warren, McKay (Sutherland 67), Draper (Polworth 83), A Shinnie, Ross, Meekings, Doran (Roberts 67). Subsnot used: Reguero, Pepper, Devine, Taylor.

Referee: Calum Murray,

Attendance: 4,179.