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Eamonn Brophy’s late brace earns St Mirren a point at Motherwell

By October 27, 2021No Comments

Eamonn Brophy scored two quick-fire goals as St Mirren fought back from two down to draw 2-2 at Motherwell in the cinch Premiership.

Tony Watt’s brace early in the second half appeared to be sending the hosts towards a much-needed victory after a run of three straight defeats.

But their winless run went on as Brophy pulled one back with 16 minutes left before equalising from a retaken 78th-minute spot-kick.

The game survived a pre-match pitch inspection after heavy rainfall, with referee Bobby Madden giving it the go-ahead an hour before kick-off.

It was a cagey opening to the match, although Motherwell goalkeeper had to be alert to gather a deflected Curtis Main shot in the 18th minute.

At the other end, Juhani Ojala headed a set-piece wide of Jak Alnwick’s right post, and that would prove to be Ojala’s last involvement as he hobbled off with an injury soon after to be replaced by Bevis Mugabi.

Chances were in short supply at both ends, with neither team managing to create any clear-cut goalscoring opportunities.

Brophy attempted to light up Fir Park with a venomous strike from 30-yards before half-time, but his effort fizzed narrowly wide of the target.

Motherwell came out all guns blazing in the second half and took the lead in the 48th minute.

Sean Goss’ floated delivery from the left found Watt free at the back-post and he directed his header back across Alnwick’s goal and into the net.

The home side doubled their advantage in the 52nd minute from the penalty spot as Watt sent Alnwick the wrong way from 12 yards to score his seventh goal of the season.

St Mirren nearly pulled one back through Brophy as his dinked effort over goalkeeper Liam Kelly was heading for the back of the net before being thumped away from danger from Sondre Solholm Johansen.

The Buddies reduced the deficit after 74 minutes when Brophy timed his run perfectly and latched on to a tremendous ball down the line by Joe Shaughnessy before firing beyond Kelly from a narrow angle.

Brophy then earned his side a spot-kick when he was fouled by Johansen. His first penalty was saved but the referee ordered it to be retaken and he made no mistake the second time around as he rifled an unstoppable penalty into the top corner.

St Mirren would have completed an incredible turnaround had Kelly not made two fine stoppage-time saves. He palmed a header away from close-range before tipping Brophy’s goal-bound effort round the post.