08 Aug Motherwell 0-2 Dundee Utd: Laing OG helps Terrors to win
An own goal from Louis Laing helped Dundee United to a valuable away victory at Motherwell.
Both sides passed up decent opportunities as the spoils looked to be shared but disaster struck for the Steelmen when Laing sliced into his own net seven minutes before the end.
Substitute Simon Murray finished the contest off late into stoppage time on the counter.
Motherwell fans could perhaps feel aggrieved at the scoreline as they had great chances to win this match. However, a mixture of fine goalkeeping and poor finishing denied them a second win of the season.
Marvin Johnson provided the first attempt on goal, cutting in on his left foot before curling the ball into the corner but goalkeeper Luis Zwick made a fine save.
At the other end, on-loan Middlesbrough shot-stopper Connor Ripley pulled off a tremendous stop for Motherwell to deny Scott Fraser’s 25-yard drive which looked destined for the top corner.
United grew in confidence as the game went on. Charlie Telfer should have done better when he was played through by Chris Erskine but the attacker couldn’t squeeze the ball beyond Ripley in the one-on-one situation in the second half.
It looked as though United would pay for that miss when Scott McDonald played through Johnson, but he also missed his one-on-one chance with Zwick making a good save with legs.
Joe Chalmers was next to pass up an opportunity for Ian Baraclough’s side firing wide at the back post after Josh Law’s teasing delivery.
It looked as if it would take something special or a mistake to break the stalemate. Unfortunately for Laing it was his clearance from Paul Dixon’s cross which put United in front.
Then deep into stoppage time Murray, who 18 months ago was working on a building site, opened his account with a tidy finish on the counter.