In a fierce Lanarkshire derby Louis Moult netted four goals to help Motherwell get bragging rights over their rivals Hamilton Accies.
Moult returned from injury to bag a 13 minute hat trick as the hosts started magically. Ali Crawford got one back with a low curling shot, but Moult stepped up to grab the fourth from the penalty spot.
Crawford scored his second as Accies started to fight back however this couldn’t prevent the home side from getting all three points.
Delight was clear around the home support about Louis Moult returning for his first start in a Well shirt this season, after a nasty groin injury picked up at the end of last campaign force him to a small amount of appearances off the bench till this derby.
None of the spectators would have thought Moult would get a hat trick in a blitzing 13 minutes in the first half before adding another later on.
The difference between his strikes was magnificent. His first came in the 8th minute when keeper Craig Samson’s kick was headed by Ryan Bowman to Moult who tapped it under Accies goalie Remi Matthews who was heading towards him.
Then Richard Tait floated a perfect cross to the back post with Moult heading into the far corner. Horrific defending and Matthews sloppily coming off his line contributed to the goal.
His third arrived in 21 minutes; Bowman’s powerful volley was brilliantly saved by the keeper but Moult like a true striker pounced on the rebound and rifled it home.
He added a calmly composed penalty to his list of goals, after Hamilton’s Darren Lyon had tripped Bowman in the box, who wanted to take the spot-kick himself. However Moult took it and netted his spot kick with ease as if he was on a light walk around the block with no pressure on him.
Accies never gave up
Accies were annoyed after losing a Moult early goal but manager Martin Canning changed his side’s formation to more attacking minded. This worked as shortly after Crawford beautifully curled the ball around Samson and into the corner of the net after a through ball by Grant Gillespie.
Despite a lacklustre first half display the introduction of Rakish Bingham injected more energy and pace. This lead to him charging forward to cut inside and passed to Crawford who struck it into the top corner.
Accies had more efforts in the match but Mark McGhee’s side managed to survived the danger to get their first victory this season.
The home support were constantly chanting and banging their drum. The words “easy easy” was being shouted at their rivals as they won emphatically over their rivals. The stadium was rocking the entire game. This match showed how superb of a product Scottish Football can be if the quality of football is there and magic atmosphere.
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