Chapmans Motherwell earned a hard fought 3 points to extent their 100% record for the season, winning 3-1 against Glasgow University at Garscube on Sunday.
Chapmans started well, but both sides were obviously tired from having played games the previous day and the game was more of a midfield possession battle with limited clear cut chances a either end. It was always Motherwell who had the cutting edge though, with industrious striker Ian Dyett winning penalty corners and coming close to opening the scoring in the early stages. If there was an opening goal it was looking increasingly likely Dyett would be the man to score it, and he did just that after 20 minutes, slipping a superb sliding finish past the Glasgow University goalkeeper.
Motherwell maintained the upper hand in possession after taking the lead, yet were still finding goals hard to come by, the Glasgow University defence holding firm. Despite both Chris Timlin and Craig Beattie having good chances to increase their advantage. Motherwell did though find their second goal minutes before half-time, Karlos Reilly scoring from the near post with a trademark penalty corner finish.
Chapmans came out from half-time knowing they needed just one more goal to win the game and they found it within themselves minutes after the restart. David Mitchell taking advantage of the new auto-play rule and leaving defenders flailing in his wake, powering into the D and exchanging a neat 1-2 with Ian Dyett before powering the ball home.
This put Chapmans firmly in the driving seat and they continued to dominate possession, and could have seen their lead increased, Alasdair Swanson and Mitchell again coming close. However, the final goal of the game was to fall to the home side in what proved to be merely a consolation goal. A superb solo marauding run from their centre-back, that he eventually fired home from the top of the D. The game though always looked like it would be Motherwell’s, and the 3-1 victory puts them 5 points clear at the top of National League Division 3.