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.


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