Hot Higdon punishes Inverness

On-song Michael Higdon bagged a brace as Motherwell eased past

close rivals Inverness with a lively 3-0 win in the SPL.

There was much at stake at Fir Park with the hosts starting the

day in third spot, breathing down the neck of their second-placed

visitors who were desperate for a first victory in six matches in

all competitions.

And Well didn’t disappoint with a rampant second half display

earning the spoils to help them leap-frog their opponents and it

was their star man Higdon causing much of the damage.

The 29-year-old had already nodded a Stevie Hammell free-kick

onto the roof of the net, but on the half-hour his decisive

intervention arrived.

Bizarrely, the striker had just diverted wide a shot from

team-mate Nicky Law but swiftly made amends by tapping in the

opener after a fluffed cross by Henrik Ojamaa for his 17th of the

season.

Caledonian Thistle were not without their chances though in the

first period as Andrew Shinnie had one shot saved by Darren

Randolph, while another ended up in the net but was ruled out for

offside.

Terry Butcher’s men continued to look dangerous as defender

David Raven surged forward to set up Aaron Doran, only for the

lively midfielder to smash the ball narrowly over from 15

yards.

Just before the break, keeper Ryan Esson had to be alert again

to keep out Motherwell – firstly from a lame effort by Kallum

Higginbotham and then he blocked a savage strike by Ojamaa.

Inverness came out in the second half looking fired up and

immediately went close to an equaliser as midfielder Nick Ross

darted behind the defence before lobbing his shot way over the

bar.

And they’ll be regretting their wastefulness, as Law pounced

from a goalmouth scramble for his team’s second. He initially

missed the ball and was lucky enough to have another stab at the

ball to poke in.

And just four minutes later, the magnificent Higdon was on

target again to bury any thoughts of an Inverness comeback with a

stunning volley – it was his sixth goal against the same opponents

in three games.

The sound of woodwork dominated the final minutes. Firstly, the

impressive Shinnie danced between two defenders for Inverness and

crashed a shot from the edge of the box against the post.

And in the closing minutes, Motherwell were a whisker away from

a fourth as Law’s swerving effort from 20 yards smashed off the

bar.