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Tuesday 2nd August 2022

Motherwell cinch Premiership

Team of the Week

Craig Fowler from A View From the Terrace names his SPFL Team of the Week

GK - Liam Kelly (Motherwell)
This week's Star Man, Motherwell's man between the sticks made two, frankly, ridiculous saves in his side's 1-0 win over St Mirren in the cinch Premiership on Sunday. The hosts were the better side in the contest, particularly in the second half as they peppered Kelly's goal looking to get back into things, but the Steelmen held on.

DR - Kyle Turner (Partick Thistle)
Asked to play an unusual role due to a lack of bodies in Thistle's backline, Turner did a stand-out job on the right side of defence as Ian McCall's men laid down a serious marker for the season with a 3-2 away win (having been 3-0 up) at pre-season title favourites Dundee.

DC - Stephen Welsh (Celtic)
Given the nod due to the absence of Carl Starfelt, Welsh put in an impressive performance at the heart of Celtic's defence and opened the scoring with a header inside three minutes as Aberdeen were beaten 2-0 on Sunday.

DC - Craig Watson (Airdrieonians)
Another goalscoring defender, Watson helped last season's play-off finalists get off to the ideal start in cinch League 1 with a 2-0 victory over Peterhead. As well as finding the net, Watson was imperious in defence.

DL - Kieran MacDonald (FC Edinburgh)
The newly-promoted side got off to a terrific start in League 1 thanks to a 2-0 away win at a team who finished well ahead of them in the title race last season, Kelty Hearts. MacDonald, a new signing this summer, rampaged up and down the flank all game, making life miserable for John Potter's men.

MC - Connor Duthie (Clyde)
The most eye-catching result in the third tier was reserved for Danny Lennon's visitors to Palmerston. Queen of the South were heavy favourites having just been relegated from the Championship and they took the lead inside a minute. Then the roof caved in. Clyde ran out 4-1 winners with Duthie a huge influence in the centre of the park.

MC - Ross Gray (Bonnyrigg Rose)
The newcomers to the SPFL got off to a winning start with a 2-0 victory over Forfar Athletic at a bouncing New Dundas Park. While brother Scott Gray got on the scoresheet, it was Ross who really stood out in the centre of the park, playing a pivotal role in the win.

MC - Ryan Kent (Rangers)
Rangers were forced into a second-half fightback at the Tony Macaroni Arena after trailing 1-0 at the break. They were able to do so, in part, thanks to Kent's cross for Scott Arfield to equalise. The winger also delivered a cross for Antonio Colak to head home, only for the goal to be disallowed for offside, as he tormented the Livi back-line.

FC - Declan Byrne (Dumbarton)
The former Albion Rovers forward netted twice in the opening five minutes to give recently-relegated Dumbarton the ideal start to their cinch League 2 season as they defeated Stirling Albion 2-0 at the Rock.

FC - Mitch Megginson (Cove Rangers)
Two goals from the striker meant it was a winning start for another newly-promoted side, this time Championship Cove Rangers newcomers, who defeated Raith Rovers. Megginson was the difference in a 2-0 home triumph.

FC - Scott Shepherd (East Fife)
Another double, this time in League 2 as East Fife showed no hangover from last season's relegation to defeat Elgin City 3-1 away from home. Shepherd got them well on their way with a first-half double before Scott Mercer made sure of the points.