Hughes leveller denies Buddies

Stephen Hughes kept Motherwell in the Scottish Cup with a second-half equaliser as their fifth-round tie with St Mirren at Fir Park ended 1-1.

Last Updated: 07/02/09 at 18:19 Post Comment

Hughes: Second-half equaliser

Hughes: Second-half equaliser

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

Andy Dorman gave St Mirren an early lead on Saturday and Motherwell struggled with their passing game on the bumpy surface.

But they pushed more men forward after the break and finally carved out a chance for Hughes to finish in the 65th minute.

David Clarkson's shot was saved after 30 seconds after Keith Lasley had slipped the ball into the left channel, but Mark Howard had no other saves to make until the goal.

Motherwell had the majority of the early play and Marc Fitzpatrick headed over from four yards after Stevie Hammell whipped in a free-kick, but they were caught out in the 12th minute by St Mirren's first foray forward.

Billy Mehmet slipped the ball into the path of Dorman's run and the midfielder fired past Paul Quinn on the line after initially being stopped by Hammell's sliding challenge.

Motherwell never looked like levelling before the break as their passing moves broke down on the bobbly and barren surface.

John Sutton had set up the clash with a double in Monday's 3-0 win over Inverurie but he had made way for the fit-again Hughes, who played on the left of a three-man attack lacking physical presence.

St Mirren had brought in Mehmet alongside Jim Hamilton after Craig Dargo was ruled out with injury and their far simpler tactics of sitting in and playing the ball long saw them lead comfortably after a dire first half.

Mark McGhee switched to a 4-4-2 formation for the second half after introducing on-loan Celtic striker Cillian Sheridan for his debut in place of Lasley.

The Lanarkshire side showed more urgency to get the ball forward but their crossing lacked accuracy and they were still guilty of over-elaborating at times.

Mehmet had a half-chance to put the game beyond the hosts when a long ball eventually fell at his feet 20 yards out but he sliced badly wide.

McGhee brought on winger Darren Smith for Fitzpatrick as Motherwell pushed more men forward and the pressure paid off in the 65th minute.

Howard blocked brilliantly from Sheridan following Clarkson's near-post cross and Hughes blasted the rebound high into the net from 12 yards.

The visitors came out of their shell but both sides cancelled each other out in the final quarter of the game. However, Saints almost snatched a win in injury time when Scott Cuthbert ran on to Steven Robb's free-kick, only for Graeme Smith to produce a great close-range save from the defender's volley.

The supporters who endured this game are unlikely to be thrilled by the prospect of the replay - scheduled for Tuesday, February 17 - but the fresh pitch at the new St Mirren Park should ensure the second match has far more quality.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Saturday, 16 August 2014
15:00
Auchinleck 5-1 St Cuthbert Wndrs  
Edinburgh 5-0 Fort William  
Glasgow Univ 1-9 Cove  
Hurlford Utd 2-2 Edinburgh Univ  
Lothian Thistle 3-0 Burntisland Shipyard  
Newton Stewart 2-2 Hawick Royal Albert  
Vale of Leithen 0-1 Gala Fairydean  
Wigtown + Bladnoch 1-2 Civil Service Strollers  

Footer 365

Saturday Football Live

All the live action from the Premier League, Sky Bet Championship and Football Leagues on Saturday.

Women's football: Liverpool Ladies urged to fight for FA WSL title

Goalkeeper Libby Stout wants Liverpool Ladies to 'fight like they've never fought before' to retain their FA WSL title

Premier League: Crystal Palace did not want me enough, says Tim Sherwood

Tim Sherwood says he withdrew his application for the Crystal Palace job because he was not made to feel wanted enough.

Mail Box

More Fan Mail For Football365...

'Just p*ss off with your righteous indignation will you. W*nkers.' There's a lot of anger going around for what should have been a sleepy Friday afternoon at F365 Towers...

Man United: One Game To Save Season

They have one match to convince decent players that they are worth joining - over to you, Louis. We also have mails on Malky Mackay, Mario Balotelli and Tim...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property