KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Gboly Ariyibi recorded an assist as Motherwell returned to the win column with a shutout defeat of Hamilton Academical to maintain their pursuit of a spot in the SPL championship group.
Motherwell 3-0 Hamilton Academical
Motherwell did their damage in the first half as they had no problems handling Hamilton Academical in their convincing win at Fir Park.
Gboly Ariyibi was once again in the starting line-up for the Steelmen, playing the entire 90 minutes as they remain hot on the tail of Hibernian for the sixth and final spot in the league's championship group.
The host opened the scoring within minutes of the start of the game as David Turnbull was left unmarked in the area to steer Ariyibi's low cross home.
Ariyibi would then find himself earning a penalty for Motherwell minutes later when the referee pointed to the spot as the winger was brought down in the area by Alexander Gogic. Turnbull stepped and calmly converted the penalty, sending Hamilton goalkeeper Garry Woods the wrong way.
If US national team head coach Gregg Berhalter was watching this game, he would have been proud to see how active Ariyibi was throughout and how much of a threat he could be on the left. He came close to adding another to Motherwell's goal tally when he made a darting run into the area with the ball before unleashing a shot goal which was stopped by Woods.
Motherwell was hard to stop and they added a third in the 37th minute when Jake Hastie pounced on a deflected shot from a Turnbull effort at close range.
The host should have scored a few more goals in this contest, but they should be happy as they dominated the game from start to finish.
Motherwell sits in seventh place in the standings with 40 points, two points behind Hibernian.
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