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Short corner taken by Tom Hateley. Short corner taken by Tom Hateley from the right by-line.
Gary Smith joins the action as a substitute, replacing Michael Higdon. Long range effort by Jonathan Hayes goes wide right of the target.
Graeme Shinnie joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gregory Tade.
Unfair challenge on Gregory Tade by Nicky Law results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jonathan Hayes.
Corner taken short by Nicky Law.
Kenny Gillet concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Murphy. Direct free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.
Tom Hateley takes a outswinging corner. Keith Lasley fires in a goal from long range to the top left corner of the goal. Motherwell 3-0 Inverness CT.
Corner taken by Jonathan Hayes played to the near post, clearance by Tom Hateley. Inswinging corner taken by Jonathan Hayes, Shaun Hutchinson manages to make a clearance. Short corner worked by Richie Foran.
Jamie Murphy produces a drilled right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Foul by Richie Foran on Stephen Craigan, free kick awarded. Richie Foran is cautioned. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
Effort on goal by Shane Sutherland from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Foul by Jamie Murphy on Shane Sutherland, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jonathan Hayes.
Headed effort from deep inside the area by Tom Aldred misses to the left of the goal.
Steve Jennings concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Hayes. Steve Jennings is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Kenny Gillet takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Higdon on David Proctor. Ross Tokely takes the direct free kick.
The referee gives a free kick against Nicky Law for handball. Ryan Esson takes the direct free kick.
(Inverness CT) makes a substitution, with Shane Sutherland coming on for Andrew Shinnie.
Kenny Gillet gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Humphrey. Free kick taken by Tom Hateley.
Keith Lasley challenges Greg Tansey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Keith Lasley is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Ross Tokely takes the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Jonathan Hayes, Header by Richie Foran from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Shaun Hutchinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gregory Tade. The referee shows Shaun Hutchinson a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Greg Tansey. Corner taken right-footed by Andrew Shinnie from the right by-line, clearance made by Shaun Hutchinson.
Nicky Law produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Aldred on Steve Jennings. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Shaun Hutchinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Richie Foran. Free kick taken by Tom Aldred.
Shot by Nicky Law. Save by Ryan Esson. The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ryan Esson.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Gregory Tade. Indirect free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Nick Ross fouled by Steve Jennings, the ref awards a free kick. Ross Tokely restarts play with the free kick.
Stevie Hammell takes a shot. Save made by Ryan Esson.
Greg Tansey challenges Steve Jennings unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tom Hateley.
Shot by Steve Jennings. Jonathan Hayes gets a block in.
Greg Tansey has a volleyed shot. Darren Randolph makes a save. Greg Tansey takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
Stephen Craigan challenges Richie Foran unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Greg Tansey from the free kick.
Foul by Gregory Tade on Shaun Hutchinson, free kick awarded. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Higdon on Richie Foran. Ryan Esson restarts play with the free kick.
David Proctor challenges Nicky Law unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stevie Hammell takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Chris Humphrey, Michael Higdon takes a shot. Ryan Esson makes a comfortable save.
Andrew Shinnie has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
Unfair challenge on Ross Tokely by Michael Higdon results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Esson.
Jamie Murphy scores a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Motherwell 2-0 Inverness CT.Nicky Law provided the assist for the goal.
Goal scored by Stevie Hammell from inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Motherwell 1-0 Inverness CT.Assist on the goal came from Michael Higdon.
Stevie Hammell fouled by Nick Ross, the ref awards a free kick. Stevie Hammell restarts play with the free kick.
Richie Foran produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Andrew Shinnie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy. Keith Lasley restarts play with the free kick.
Richie Foran has an effort at goal from just outside the area that bounces off the post. Corner taken short by Jonathan Hayes. Corner taken left-footed by Jonathan Hayes to the near post, Stevie Hammell makes a clearance. Free kick awarded for a foul by Greg Tansey on Nicky Law. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Greg Tansey on Tom Hateley. Free kick crossed by Stevie Hammell.
Effort on goal by Nicky Law from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
The official flags Michael Higdon offside. Tom Aldred takes the free kick. The assistant referee signals for offside against Richie Foran. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
Tom Aldred fouled by Michael Higdon, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Esson.
Gregory Tade produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
Corner taken by Tom Hateley played to the near post, Richie Foran makes a clearance.
Effort on goal by Tom Hateley from 18 yards. Ryan Esson makes a comfortable save.
Effort from the edge of the box by Jamie Murphy goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Craigan by Gregory Tade. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
Rare strike for Hammell as Well cruise
Stevie Hammell scored his first Motherwell goal in seven and a half years to get his team's Clydesdale Bank Premier League campaign off to a perfect start with a 3-0 win against Inverness.
The left-back fired in off the post in the 25th minute to take his tally for the club to three goals in 386 appearances.
Jamie Murphy slotted home after a penetrating run three minutes later and Keith Lasley wrapped up the contest with a glorious strike in the 77th minute.
The hosts played some inventive football with new signings Nicky Law and Michael Higdon impressing.
Inverness contributed to an entertaining first half and Richie Foran and Greg Tansey both hit the post but they ran out of ideas after the interval.
With the SPL enjoying its earliest start to a season, scouts from at least 10 English clubs were present at Fir Park with home pair Murphy and Chris Humphrey the likely points of interest.
Tottenham, Wolves, Stoke, West Brom and Birmingham were among those represented and they saw an early burst of pace and imagination from Murphy.
The 21-year-old broke clear following a one-two with Higdon but slipped the ball just wide under pressure from the chasing Inverness defenders.
The hosts stayed on the front foot and Law shot inches wide of the far post following Higdon's flick on the edge of the box.
Caley Thistle, who had new arrivals Tansey, Gregory Tade, Andrew Shinnie and Tom Aldred in their line-up, had been restricted to occasional and unproductive counter-attacks until the 18th minute when Foran powered a shot off the base of the post from 25 yards.
Foran soon had a much better chance but blazed over with his left foot from 12 yards following Tade's knockdown.
Motherwell quickly took the lead after Humphrey got to the byline and crossed from the right. Higdon flicked on and Hammell ran on to meet the ball on the half-volley and shoot high in off the near post.
The 29-year-old previously scored for the club against Partick Thistle in 2004, although he did net four goals during an 18-month sabbatical at Southend.
Murphy soon doubled the lead three minutes after a clinical piece of forward play. Law's pass allowed the former Scotland Under-21 international to run at the Inverness defence and he sprinted between two men before placing the ball into the bottom corner.
Motherwell looked to be heading comfortably into the interval, but Tansey twice came close in the space of a minute.
The former Stockport midfielder curled a 30-yard free-kick off the inside of the post before meeting Tade's cross with a cushioned volley, which was blocked at close range by Darren Randolph.
Hammell almost added to his tally after a dynamic one-two with Murphy but his shot was blocked by Ryan Esson's legs.
Law threatened twice early in the second half, Esson palming away a curling effort from 16 yards before the former Rotherham midfielder shot just over from further out.
Motherwell contained their opponents comfortably and Higdon just failed to get enough contact on Murphy's deflected strike following a break by Humphrey.
Shane Sutherland came on for Shinnie in the 62nd minute as Caley Thistle manager Terry Butcher looked for a spark, but the visitors still struggled to create chances in open play.
They did force openings from set plays midway through the half but Tom Aldred headed wide and Sutherland volleyed well over.
Despite sitting deeper, Motherwell looked dangerous whenever they forayed into the final third.
Murphy fired just wide from a tight angle after Higdon set him racing down the right and Lasley removed any doubt about the result.
The ball broke to the midfielder 20 yards out following a half-cleared corner and he set himself up to thunder the ball into the top corner.
Jonny Hayes shot not far wide from long range for Inverness but they looked a beaten team.
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