Motherwell strike late for second

A review of the action on the final day of the Scottish Premiership season as Motherwell strike late to finish second.

Last Updated: 11/05/14 at 14:44 Post Comment

This goal gave Motherwell second place in the Scottish Premiership

This goal gave Motherwell second place in the Scottish Premiership

A review of the action on the final day of the Scottish Premiership season.

Motherwell snatched second place in the Scottish Premiership in the most dramatic and controversial circumstances after Craig Reid scrambled an injury-time winner against Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

The visitors had rarely threatened to get the win they needed in a cagey encounter but they claimed a 1-0 victory with almost the last kick of the ball after Keith Lasley's free-kick from just inside his own half caused chaos in the Dons box.

Aberdeen goalkeeper Jamie Langfield appeared to be impeded by Motherwell striker John Sutton, and the ball bounced over him and off the crossbar. An almighty scramble ensued with Fraser Kerr denied on the line but Reid followed up to force the ball home.

The goal punctured the anticipated celebrations for the majority of the 17,016 crowd but sparked wild celebrations among the Motherwell players and their 1,500 fans.

Both teams had already qualified for Europe but there was plenty at stake other than the prestige of runners-up spot.

The difference in prize money is £240,000 while there was extra time off available for the players, with a third-place finish meaning a July 3 start in the Europa League rather than July 17 for second spot.

Skipper Scott Brown lifted the Scottish Premiership trophy for the third successive season after champions Celtic claimed a 3-1 home win over Dundee United at Parkhead.

After a poor first-half, Hoops striker Anthony Stokes scored Celtic's 100th league goal of the season in the 64th minute before Greek substitute Georgios Samaras, set to leave for pastures new after six years at the club, scored from the spot after he had been tripped by United keeper Radoslaw Cierzniak.

An own goal in the 78th minute by Hoops defender Filip Twardzik, making his first appearance of the season, gave the Taysiders a lifeline but Commons sealed the win with his 32nd goal of the season as the home side finished strongly before joining the fans in celebration.

The title had been clinched at Partick Thistle in March and Neil Lennon's men ended 29 points ahead of second-placed Motherwell.

Inverness secured a fifth-placed finish after beating St Johnstone 2-0 to secure their first victory since the league split.

After a poor first half, Ryan Christie headed home just before the hour mark for the hosts before Greg Tansey's strike in injury time sealed all three points at the expense of this season's William Hill Scottish Cup finalists.


New Sky Bet customers: Free matched bet up to £30


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

O

ne of the conclusions from this list is that Man City should never buy a striker in January - good luck Wilfried Bony....

Savinator
F365's Top Ten Worst January Panic Buys

I

was there, it was embarrassing - the team looked totally unbalanced from the off, the defence was woeful and when Mikel came off injured it got even worse with nobody in front of them. Up front on several occasions we had opportunities and nobody would shoot - it was a complete farse! On the back of Salah's performance I'm glad there is talk of getting shot...

Fly1ngh1gh
Cup defeat shames Mourinho

G

reat to see Tommy Rosicky getting some love. A wonderful player. Such a pity we lost so long to injury. I was so excited when we signed him, this resurgence only makes the absences seem more of a lost opportunity.

cheshire-gooner
16 Conclusions: FA Cup Fourth Round Weekend

Footer 365

Capital One Cup: FA charges Chelsea striker Diego Costa over 'stamp' on Liverpool's Emre Can

The FA have charged Chelsea striker Diego Costa with violent conduct over his clash with Liverpool's Emre Can on Tuesday.

Transfer news: Arsenal complete the signing of Villarreal defender Gabriel Paulista

Arsenal have completed the signing of Villarreal defender Gabriel on a long-term deal, for an undisclosed fee.

Gabriel Paulista has joined Arsenal from Villarreal, with striker Joel Campbell

Gabriel Paulista has joined Arsenal from Villarreal, with striker Joel Campbell going to the Spanish club on loan.

Mail Box

Erm... Balotelli To QPR..?

It's an afternoon Mailbox that offers the reaction to the reaction, with a defence for Diego Costa offered, and Balotelli mooted to move to QPR. Plus a silly idea about the Mails...

'Diego Costa Is A Thug.' Sore Losers..?

There is plenty of fallout from Diego Costa's stamps of authority on Tuesday's League Cup semi-final. Plus Blatter, Rodgers' substitutions and stretching the transfer truth...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company