Motherwell win, Hearts held

Former Celtic and Scotland defender Stephen McManus made his first appearance in Motherwell colours as they beat Morecambe 2-1 at the Globe Arena.

Last Updated: 24/07/13 at 09:26 Post Comment

Stephen McManus: Defender made Motherwell debut in win at Morecambe

Stephen McManus: Defender made Motherwell debut in win at Morecambe

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The central defender missed out on the Fir Park side's friendly defeat to Newcastle on Tuesday night despite signing a one-year deal the day before, but was in the side that overcame Jim Bentley's Shrimps.

Trialists Henri Anier and Jack Smith struck for the Steelmen - who will face Russian side Kuban Krasnodar in the Europa League third qualifying round next month - either side of Padraig Arnold's first-half equaliser for the League Two side.

Hearts boss Gary Locke was again forced to name a youthful side for the goalless draw with Queen of the South due to the club's transfer embargo.

However there was a boost for the Tynecastle manager as injured skipper Danny Wilson signalled he may be nearing full fitness when he joined his team-mates for the pre-match warm-up.

St Mirren, meanwhile, suffered their first defeat to local rivals Morton in eight years as they surrendered the Renfrewshire Cup after a 4-2 reverse at St Mirren Park.

The Buddies netted first through Paul McGowan but were forced to level with Gary Teale's strike after David O'Brien and Kabba-Modou Cham had put the Greenock side ahead.

However, the visitors finally claimed their first trophy success since 2005 when Reece Hands and Cham scored after the break.

Ross County earned a 2-2 draw with a Manchester United XI featuring first-team squad members Federico Macheda and Bebe in Dingwall.

Davide Petrucci wiped out Kevin Luckassen's opener for the Staggies with a free-kick before Alex Cooper put the home side ahead for a second time.

However, Derek Adams' side were denied a victory as a result of Ryan Tunnicliffe's leveller 25 minutes from time.

County's highland rivals Inverness were also held to a 2-2 draw at Raith Rovers.

Stuart Anderson and Calum Elliot had the Fifers two up but Paul Watson's own goal halved the deficit at the break and 18-year-old Liam Polworth levelled with seven minutes remaining.

Niall McGinn played a starring role for Aberdeen as his double against Shelbourne ensured the Dons wrapped up their three-game tour of Ireland with a 100 per cent winning record.

Jake Donnelly had put the hosts ahead midway through the first half but two goals inside five minutes from Northern Ireland striker McGinn sealed a 2-1 success.

Kilmarnock defeated Glentoran 2-0 in Belfast courtesy of Dublin-born frontman Paul Heffernan's double.

Steven Lawless was forced to miss Partick Thistle's trip to Arbroath as his partner was giving birth.

However, on-loan Liverpool striker Henoc Mukendi made his first appearance for the Jags in a 1-0 defeat which saw the Scottish Premier League new boys go down to Graham Bayne's winner at Gayfield.

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