By Laura Brannan at Fir Park
Motherwell cruised into the fifth round of the Scottish Cup with a comfortable 5-0 win at home to Highland League side Cove Rangers.
It was nothing more than a formality for Mark McGhee’s men as Stephen Pearson, Louis Moult, Scott McDonald and Marvin Johnson got on the score sheet.
It took just a matter of seconds for Motherwell to open the scoring with Moult heading home at the back post with just one minute on the clock.
Five minutes later McDonald slotted home a one-two with Pearson and Johnson added a third just after the half hour mark with a curling effort in off the underside of the woodwork.
Pearson struck a minute before the break and again just after the hour mark but he was denied the chance to make it a hat-trick when he was substituted with 20 minutes remaining.
Motherwell manager Mark McGhee joked at full-time that he shouldn’t feel hard done by; “He had 70 minutes to get it, I’ve scored hat-tricks in less time than that,” he said.
He also said he was delighted with how his side approached the fixture, adding; “The application of the players was the most pleasing aspect, the fact they were so professional about it and showed Cove Rangers total respect.
“It was a dream start regardless of the opposition, you’re always lucky to get goals as early as that.”
Cove Rangers boss John Sheran added that his side will make the journey home with their heads held high.
“I was really pleased with the character that they showed,” he said. “They’re disappointed, they felt they could have done better and got a goal, but there’s a relief we got there and there wasn’t too much damage.”