KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Gboly Ariyibi was the only American to see action in the Scottish Premier League over the weekend as Motherwell came away with a convincing win over St. Johnstone.
Motherwell 3-0 St. Johnstone
Three goals in the second half saw Motherwell stay within a shot of catching Hibernian for the last championship group spot as they claimed all three points over St. Johnstone at Fir Park.
Gboly Ariyibi started the game for the Steelmen and played 63 minutes.
The host found themselves in a bit of trouble in the first half when the referee pointed to the spot for a penalty after he judged that Alex Gorrin had brought down Christopher Kane in the area. That left Liam Craig to step up and talk the penalty, but his shot was parried away by goalkeeper Mark Gillespie to keep the game scoreless at the interval.
The second half would belong to Motherwell and they finally broke the scoreless deadlock in the 70th minute. Charles Dunn made a run with the ball from midfield before passing it to Allan Campell, who flicked it onto Elliott Frear to bury in the back of the net.
David Turnbull doubled Motherwell's lead 10 minutes later when Campbell found the Scot unmarked at the top of the area to send his shot past St. Johnstone goalkeeper Alexander Clark.
Richard Tait rounded out the scoring for the host two minutes into stoppage time with a shot from the left side of the area that looked almost nonchalant.
The win keeps Motherwell in seventh place in the standings with 43 points, five points behind Hibernian.
Tim Weah was rooted to the bench for the Glasgow derby as Celtic extended their lead atop the standings with a 2-1 win over heated rivals Rangers.
Down in the Championship, in the battle of the Ians, Ian McGrath and Queen of South were able to hold on to beat Ian Harkes and Dundee United in a 2-1 win.