Chapmans Motherwell extended their lead at the top of National League Division 3 on Saturday with a clinical 6-1 win away to Giffnock on Saturday, with sweeper Karlos Reilly grabbing an unlikely hat-trick.
Chapmans started the game with plenty of desire, looking like a team full of confidence following the previous weeks 11-3 demolition of Perthshire, and they were quick to take the lead, midfield powerhouse Chris Mitchell with an unstoppable low shot from a short corner. Motherwell continued to dominate the opening stages but were unable to turn their majority of possession into goals. This allowed Giffnock to claw their way back into the game, snatching an equalizer from a short corner. Despite bringing themselves back onto level terms Giffnock were content to sit back and allow Motherwell to dominate possession, still though Motherwell could still not find that incisive breakthrough.
However, Giffnock were soon the architects of their own destruction. When their captain and centre back were sin-binned for dissent, temporarily reducing them to 9 men. The Giffnock captain was incensed and launched into a further verbal tirade against the umpire that was no more effective than to see his yellow card become a red, and therefore to leave the field of play permanently.
Chapmans were unable to capitalise on this instantly though, as there was but 2 minutes until the half-time interval. Chapmans though started the second half with renewed vigour, and found themselves 3-1 up within a matter of minutes, sweeper Karlos Reilly grabbing 2 goals with clinical near post finishes. Motherwell were not done yet though, Chris Timlin grabbed the next with a cute finish from a tight angle, after a Giffnock had repelled 3 waves of Motherwell attacks.
Although Chapmans did find themselves in a potential spot of danger minutes later, when they themselves had striker Andy Liddle sin-binned for needless obstruction, much to the exasperation of captain Craig Beattie. This could have been a lifeline for Giffnock, yet Motherwell pressed for another goal and found it. Chris Mitchell once again scoring from a short corner, this time pouncing first on a rebound. Giffnock were noticeably demoralised and Motherwell scored their 6th and final goal not long after, Karlos Reilly ensuring the match ball would be his with a 3rd goal that was almost a carbon copy of his previous 2.