This was a game which before a ball was kicked was pretty even in the statistics but only one game can change everything.
Both sides started brightly which high tempo and entertainment on show for those in the stands. Kilmarnock were passing the ball around beautifully as were the Steelmen, so competition for possession was tough. Only a minute had gone when from the Motherwell defence the ball was hoofed up to the six yard box and Vigurs almost opened the scoring but his effort was saved by Kilmarnock keeper Samson.
The same free flowing football continued and after 10 minutes, the break finally came, thanks to a free kick from Barry Nicholson and what was initially thought to be a header from Darren Barr but on closer inspection, it was actually an own goal from McManus. Motherwell did not just sit and sulk, they went on the counter attack. In the 20th minute the equaliser for Motherwell came, thanks to a gaping and non-existant Kilmarnock defence, that allowed Anier to slow through the goal.
Shots and chances came and went from both sides for quite a considerable time and when it was closing in on half time, the Steelmen went two up as a result of Jackson Irvine making a mistake with passing the ball. Sutton scored on the edge of half time. Motherwell 2-1 Kilmarnock.
Second half and was pretty much the same minus no further goals. Even when the officials announced 4 minutes of added time and after umpteen tries from Kris Boyd, Kilmarnock just could not find the crucial equalising goal.
Full time whistle blew.