• MySTV

Motherwell 3-1 Kilmarnock: Well secure Premiership safety

McHugh, Ainsworth and Frear netted while Frizzell added one for the visitors.

Motherwell celebrate securing their Premiership status.
Motherwell celebrate securing their Premiership status. SNS

Second-half goals from Lionel Ainsworth and Elliot Frear secured Motherwell's top-flight status for a 33rd consecutive season after a 3-1 victory over Kilmarnock.

Ainsworth netted with a brilliant free-kick from a tight angle before Frear scored on the breakaway to move Motherwell six points ahead of second-bottom Hamilton, who lost 3-2 against Ross County.

Carl McHugh had given Motherwell a lead inside a minute but Kilmarnock, playing with the freedom of a team who had already secured their Premiership safety, came back well and levelled through Adam Frizzell.

Hamilton were already a goal down in Dingwall by the time Motherwell kicked off and the mood around Fir Park was further lifted when Frear won a corner seconds later. The home players congregated beyond the back post but McHugh broke off towards the front past and met Frear's low delivery, sweeping it into the bottom corner.

Killie quickly settled though and Jordan Jones began to cause all sorts of problems down the left, first starting the move which ended with the unmarked Dean Hawkshaw shooting well over from 20 yards.

The visitors levelled in the 17th minute following another move from the same side. David Ferguson took the sting out of Jones' cross but Keith Lasley mis-controlled and Frizzell placed a shot inside the far post.

Chris Cadden volleyed just wide after Louis Moult's knockdown at the other end but Jones soon set up Greg Taylor with a defence-splitting pass. Russell Griffiths came well off his line to block and then set up Moult with his kick-out but Jamie MacDonald also saved one-on-one.

Ferguson was booked for a foul on Jones and was skinned by the former Middlesbrough player moments later, with Griffiths saving at his near post after the winger beat another man.

Stephen Robinson had seen enough and replaced Ferguson with Lionel Ainsworth in the 38th minute, with Cadden moving to right-back, but Killie again came close in the final minute of the half when Taylor curled a shot on to the top of the bar from 20 yards.

Taylor was at the heart of the action as Motherwell regained the lead within eight minutes of the restart. The full-back was booked for what looked a fair tackle on Frear just outside the edge of the box. As everyone waited for a cross from the free-kick, Ainsworth powered a swerving drive into the far corner past a stunned MacDonald.

MacDonald soon got a fingertip to Cadden's low cross to deny Moult a tap-in and Kilmarnock again recovered well from conceding as they began to dominate possession and push Motherwell back, and Frizzell shot just over from 20 yards.

The tension eased as the home fans celebrated Ross County taking the lead and Scott McDonald was inches away from converting Frear's ball across goal, but Hamilton were equalising at the same time in Dingwall.

But there was breathing space for the hosts in the 78th minute when Ainsworth won the ball and fed Moult, whose ball inside found Frear in yards of space. The winger rounded MacDonald and netted his first goal for the club.

The celebrations ramped up a gear in the closing stages when County took the lead and continued after the final whistle.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check. That e-mail's already in our system. Please try again.
Forgot password?
This field is required. At least 6 characters please. Did you enter your details correctly?
If you've forgotten your details then use the 'Forgot password?' link.
Need to reset your password?

We'll send a link to reset your password to

We've sent you details on how to reset your password

Please check your email and follow the instructions.

Forgotten your email address?

Have you forgotten the email address that you previously joined with? Don't worry, by emailing enquiries@stv.tv we can help.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
At least 6 characters please
This field is required. At least 6 characters please.
You have to be 16 or over to join
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date
Type your full postcode and select your address This field is required. It doesn't look like you've entered a valid postcode. Can't find your address? Confirm the details you've given us are correct by clicking here

By continuing you agree to our Terms of Use, including our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. Any issues contact us.

Upload Profile Picture

Please make sure your image is under 2mb in size and a valid JPG, PNG or GIF.

Are you sure?

Unfortunately, you'll be unable to access our premium content. We’ll be sorry to see you go, but if you change your mind you can rejoin us at any time.

Please verify your STV account

Please verify your STV account using the email we sent you. If you have lost the email, we can send you another one, just click the button below.


We've sent you a new verification email.
Please check your email and follow the instructions to verify your account.

Welcome to STV
Thanks for joining us.


Sorry, you must be at least 12 years old to place a vote for your Real Hero.

Please review our Voting Terms of Use for more information.


Sorry! It seems that you are using a browser that is incompatible with our voting service.

To register your vote please copy the below URL in to your regular mobile browser. We recommend Google Chrome, or Safari.



Sorry, you seem to have already voted in this category.

Thanks for voting

Now share your vote with friends on your social network

Share on twitter Share on facebook

Cast your vote

Please register or sign in to continue.

Cast your vote

This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date

Cast your vote

Please fill out this form to cast your vote. As you are under 16 years old you will not create an STV account. Why do we need these details?

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check.
Location This field is required.
Parental Consent This field is required.

That's you. All that's left is to click the 'Submit Vote' button below. By doing so, you confirm that you and your parent or guardian have read and accept our Voting Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Cookie policy, and that the details you have entered are correct. We'll look after them as carefully as if they were our own.