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    Motherwell U19s 3 -0 Stirling U19s

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    Dundee United Hospitality

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    Murphy’s battle cry

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    Murphy gives U21s hope

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    Dundee Utd Ticket Information

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    SPL Adrenalyn XL

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    Page nets Co-operative award

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    Mitre launch new TENSILE microsite

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    Club statement

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    Motherwell U19s 3 -0 Stirling U19s

    Motherwell U19s booked their place in the 3rd round to the SFA Youth Cup thanks to three second-half goals against Stirling Albion.

    Neither team could break the deadlock in the opening 45 but strikes after the interval from Josh Watt, Jamie Pollock and Steve Howarth was enough to give the young Steelmen a win.

    Manager Gordon Young plumped for the same starting eleven that were held to a 1-1 draw with Aberdeen the previous week. ‘Well were boosted by the return of top-scorer Steve Howarth who had recovered from an ankle knock to take his place amongst the substitutes.

    Both teams spent the first ten minutes feeling each other out; the game being played predominantly in the middle of the park. However, things exploded to life on the 13th minute mark when Watt almost opened the scoring for the Steelmen.

    Collecting a magnificent 50-yard cross-field diagonal from Pollock, the Glasgow-born youngster, who only recently turned seventeen, skipped past two challenges before shooting across the goalkeeper only for the ball to drop agonisingly wide of the far post.

    Keiran McGachie was next to threaten for the home side. The former Stenhousemuir man collected a well-worked throw-in on the edge of the area and his quick turn and shot was well saved by Murray Jackson at the second attempt. Two minutes later, Ross McKinnon fired a curling kick from the edge of the box into the hands of the Stirling as ‘Well continued to look for the opener.

    It took the visitor almost 40 minutes to register an effort in an otherwise quiet first half.

    Centre midfielder Daley McSorley was the first to have a go, but his thirty-yard strike was deflected wide of the post at the expense of a corner. Two minutes later, Andy Pender found space on the left flank and, after cutting inside, fired a low curling effort that forced Tom Bradley into a decent low save down to his left.

    But it was the Steelmen who would record the last real chance of the half and it was that man Watt again causing the problems.

    After intercepting a loose midfield pass on the half-way line, the winger burst clear, showing defender Ross Alexander a clean pair of heels. Bearing down on goal the opener looked imminent but the pint-sized predator could only blaze a shot high over the bar and the chance was gone.

    Level then at the interval and Gordon Young opted to make a change with Bradley Halsman replacing Ryan Scanlan in the middle of the park.

    The Steelmen came out the traps quicker in a pattern that would match the majority of the second half. After just five minutes, Captain Ross McKinnon, normally a left-back, created space for himself inside the box with a neat touch but his low angled shot was well saved by the feet of Jackson. The rebound landed, awkwardly, at the feet of substitute Halsman on the edge of the area but his shot sailed high and wide.

    ‘Well continued to press in search of the opener and McGachie was once again denied by Jackson after the big striker had cut in from the left touchline, danced past two challenges, before unleashing a curling shot that was turned away in spectacular style by the Albion number one.

    Stirling’s reply came via a weak effort from Gary Brass that presented Bradley no problems whatsoever.

    Motherwell continued to push and push in search of a breakthrough but the Binos were in a stubborn mood. Lee Erwin got on the end of a lofted through ball only to drag a shot way wide of goal. Moments later, Halsman had a stinging drive from the edge of the area comfortably caught by Jackson and you had the feelings it may well be one of those afternoons.

    But the deadlock was eventually broke after 67 minutes and Josh Watt got the goal his play deserved.  A cross from the left, by Watt, caused all sorts of problems inside the Stirling box but Euan Murray just couldn’t put a finish on it. McSorley’s poor clearance landed at the feet of the winger who turned inside Danny Ashe and unleashed a stunning thirty-yard bullet that flew past Jackson into the roof of the net.

    Incredibly, moments later, Watt almost doubled his tally when he got on the end of a cracking cross from substitute Howarth but could only smash his shot into the ground and Jackson was well-placed to catch.

    With 13 minutes left on the clock, Albion passed up a great chance to equalise. A long diagonal ball from left-back Matthew Johnston dropped kindly for Brass inside the area. The big striker had his shot blocked brilliantly by Murray, only for it to loop up kindly for McSorley but the midfielder could only head over with Bradley doing just enough to put off the midfielder.

    It was to prove a crucial and costly miss as Motherwell would secure the win some eight minutes later.

    Liam Sloan looped a pass back towards Tom Bradley with the Binos pressing high up the field. The former Bristol City stopper lashed a ferocious first time volley down field putting Motherwell immediately on the attack.

    Howarth managed to control the ball and prod it to the supporting Pollock who did fantastically well to lob it neatly over the out-rushing Jackson and into the net. Game over!

    Unbelievably, less than ninety seconds later, Pollock almost repeated that feat when he got on the end of a McKinnon through ball, lobbed the goalkeeper but his effort dropped just over the bar.

    However, ‘Well wouldn’t be prevented from adding a third as Steve Howarth grabbed his fifth of the season with virtually the last kick off the ball.

    Pollock won and took a free-kick on the edge of the box that careered back off the wall. The Scotland U19 maestro teed up Watt with a neat wide ball but the quality was yet to come.

    Watt delivered a stunning back post cross that was met well by Howarth who finished with some aplomb, turning a difficult header into the far corner of the net from six yards out.

    It was the exclamation mark on an otherwise comfortable performance from the Steelmen. Stirling battled hard but created little in the way of clear-cut chances and Young’s men deserve to be in the next round.

    Motherwell: Bradley, Sloan, Murray, Lynch, McKinnon, Scanlan (Halsman 45), Carswell, Watt, Pollock, Erwin (Connor 84), McGachie (Howarth 68). Subs not used: Muir, Griffin, Brown.

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    Dundee United Hospitality

    Motherwell versus Dundee United always has that little bit something special and the game on Saturday 23rd October will be no different.

    Both teams have made a reasonably solid start to the 2010/2011 campaign with ‘Well sitting third and United fourth.

    The teams meet in the SPL business on Saturday 23rd October and we want you to enjoy the big match in style.

    You will be welcomed on arrival with a glass of bubbly, then sit down to a fantastic three course meal.

    Complimentary Motherwell labelled wine will be served at your table and a pay bar facility is available via our attentive staff offering a drinks service to your table.

    Relax until before kick off with your complimentary matchday magazines and teamsheet before taking your seats in the centre of the Phil O’Donnell Stand for the match.

    Half time refreshments are served again in the Centenary Suite and a pay bar is available after match.

    Prices start from as little as £79!

    We also have amazing packages available in both the South Stand Boxes and the Millennium Suite.

    If you are interested, then contact Diane or Wilma on 01698 338062 or email commercial@motherwellfc.co.uk.

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    Murphy’s battle cry

    Scotland U21 starlet Jamie Murphy sounded the rallying call ahead of Monday night’s return match with Iceland at Easter Road.

    Murphy was on the scoresheet in Reykjavik last night but couldn’t prevent his side from crashing to a 2-1 defeat.

    Despite the reversal, Scotland have a great chance of overturning the deficit and the 20-year-old is desperate to get to the finals next summer.

    He said: “We aren’t out of it in any way. We need a 1-0 win at home to go through to the finals which is all you can ask for really. We also needed a win against Austria at home and we did it that night.

    “Let’s hope it’s another great night for us at Easter Road. It might take us until the very last minute. We have scored a few last-gasp goals in this qualifying campaign and have shown we never give up.

    “It will be the same against Iceland and hopefully we can do it.”

    Murphy is tired of the Scots coming close and added: “A couple of times we have come close to getting through to the Finals, only to miss out.

    “Last time around we missed out on getting to the play-offs by one goal.

    “Let’s hope this time is not another hard-luck story and we make it to the Finals in Denmark next summer.”

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    Murphy gives U21s hope

    Jamie Murphy scored a vital away goal as Scotland narrowly lost to Iceland in the UEFA Under-21 Championship play-off last night.

    The Motherwell striker, who has been in sensational form this season, put Scotland ahead but Iceland were not to be outdone at their National Stadium and fought back to take a lead into Monday night’s tie at Easter Road.

    Scotland started by defending deep, looking to use the pace of Maguire and Murphy to hit on the break.

    Aston Villa’s Barry Bannan looked lively from the off showing his class with trickery and quick feet, however Scotland failed to capitalise from a number of early set-piece opportunities.

    On 10 minutes Iceland’s Birkir Bjarnason showed great strength to hold off a heavy challenge from Scobbie in the wide right area but Caddis defended brilliantly under pressure at the back post to knock the resultant cross behind.

    Former Steelmen keeper Alan Martin pulled off three outstanding saves in quick succession when Birkir Bjarnason crossed a low ball which Sigthórsson, Sigurdsson and Gudmundsson all had had a go at finishing off during a frantic goalmouth scramble, but the Barrow keeper was equal to them all.

    Scotland then made Iceland pay for their missed chance by grabbing a fantastic away goal through Jamie Murphy. A dangerous ball over the top was collected by Murphy as the right back slipped and from 15 yards he smashed the ball past the helpless keeper.

    With Scotland galvanised by their early lead, Murphy was again at the centre of a promising Scotland attack.

    He drove across the face of the defence and was upended 25-yards out. The referee brandished a yellow card to Eyjólfsson.

    The set-piece was imaginative and very nearly put Scotland further ahead. Bannan ran over the settled ball, Maguire shaped to shoot then cleverly slipped in Bannan down the left flank but Wotherspoon’s run was flagged offside.

    The equaliser came on 34 minutes through a strike just as fine as Murphy’s at the other end. Bjarnason outstripped the defence and with his delivery only half cleared Gudmundsson half-volleyed a sweet strike from outside the box.

    Maguire hit the side netting after working his way in from the right and aiming his low left foot drive at the bottom corner but the sides remained level at the break.

    Billy Stark shuffled his pack at the start of the second half replacing Wotherspoon with David Goodwillie who went straight up top. Barry Bannan switched to the right and Jamie Murphy stepped back into a wide left position.

    Arfield hit the target on 60 minutes with a snap-shot after Bannan’s lay-off bounced awkwardly but Petursson held comfortably.

    Within minutes of taking to the field substitute Ormarsson broke Scotland’s resolve and secured a home win for Iceland. He shifted the ball onto his right foot and unleashed a 25-yard screamer.

    The goal sparked Scotland into life as they looked to equalise. Some sharper play around the box led to a scything challenge on Maguire but from 20 yards the Aberdeen man struck the wall.

    Substitute David Templeton also worked himself some space on the left but his effort went wide.

    Scotland will be without the suspended Scott Arfield for the second leg at Easter Road on Monday but a bumper crowd will ensure a grandstand finale to the tie.

    [Reports courtesy of SFA website]

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    Dundee Utd Ticket Information

    The club can today confirm prices ahead of the Co-operative Insurance Cup quarter-final clash with Dundee Utd on Tuesday 26th October.

    Tickets will be available on the gate with admission prices (all stands) as follows:

    • Adults: £15
    • Concessions: £10*

    *Concessions are listed as Under 16’s, Over 60’s and Full Time Students with a valid matriculation card.

    Season Tickets will be valid for this match using the “Special Cup” voucher in the middle of the book.

    Fans are also reminded that tickets for the Rangers game, due to take place at Ibrox on Saturday October 16th, are currently on sale from the Fir Park Ticket Office.

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    SPL Adrenalyn XL

    Panini are proud to announce The official trading card game of The Scottish Premier League, SPL Adrenalyn XL!

    This season we bring you the official trading card collection devoted the Scottish Premier League’s talent. There are 288 cards to collect, with plenty of special cards inside. Look out for…

    • 216 standard player cards
    • 12 super foil Club Captains
    • 12 super foil Shot Stoppers
    • 24 glitter foil Star Players
    • 12 glitter foil Fan’s Favourites

    Plus new this season, 12 gold foil Top Scorer cards!

    Starter Pack: For a RRP of £4.99 collectors will get a game board, rules sheet, a collector’s binder and 18 game cards presented in an awesome pack set.

    For more information, go to: www.paniniadrenalyn.com
    Starter Pack: £4.99

    Trading card packet (featuring 6 cards) : 60p

    The SPL Adrenalyn XL Card Game collection is available through all good newsagents now!

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    Page nets Co-operative award

    Jonathan Page has been named Co-opererative Insurance Cup Young Player of Round Three following his double against Brechin City.

    The 20-year-old scored both goals in the 2-0 win at Glebe Park last month to help Motherwell through to the quarter-finals.

    Page has had to be patient for a chance in the team, with the form of both Stephen Craigan and Mark Reynolds restricting him to the substitute’s bench.

    To his credit, he is philosophical about his position and knows he is being kept out by two players at the top of their game.

    “Both Stephen Craigan and Mark Reynolds are playing brilliantly at the minute and there’s not too much I can do about that,” he said.

    “However, it’s brilliant to learn from them and both are excellent role-models for any young player. I just need to keep plugging away, continue to be patient and when I get my chance, take it with both hands.”

    Page was thankful to the sponsors, Co-operative Insurance, for his award and hopes it won’t be the last of his fledgling career.

    He said: “It’s great to win the award and obviously I am delighted to have scored the goals that got us to the next round.

    “This is the first individual award I’ve won but hopefully it won’t be the last. We’ve got Dundee United at home in the next round of the Cup and if I get my chance, I hope to have the same impact as I did against Brechin.”

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    Mitre launch new TENSILE microsite

    Mitre are giving fans of all 72 Football League and 12 SPL Clubs the chance to win a limited edition Mitre TENSILE football.

    They have recently launched a new Microsite dedicated to the Mitre TENSILE – the official football of the Football League and SPL for the 2010/11 season. 

    The TENSILE is a revolution in football design and technology, comprised of just 10 panels and with over 30% less stitching – optimising power and efficiency, improving airflow and reducing drag.

    The TENSILE’s graphic design is completely unique; with each of the 72 Football League clubs and 12 SPL Clubs having their own TENSILE matchballs printed in club colours and with their club badge – and now fans of each club can get their hands on a limited edition ball from their team by visiting www.whateveryourcolours.com from Wednesday 29th September 2010.

    As well as offering fans the chance to win their club balls, the site includes a background on the unique TENSILE technology, links to see what the players and clubs think of the new ball, along with access to the Mitre Facebook and Twitter feeds.

    Nicki Lesirge, Marketing Manager for Mitre, commented, “We’re delighted to announce the launch of the TENSILE Microsite.

    “The ball is a revolution in football technology and we’ve already had fantastic feedback from both players and managers.

    “We wanted to give something back to the fans by giving away the club balls, and we hope they’ll continue to engage with their clubs through the Microsite”.

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    Club statement

    The club are today pleased to announce the appointment of Derek Weir as Vice Chairman with direct responsibility for finance.

    In addition, Chairman John Boyle has sold a block of shares to Derek, although Mr Boyle continues to hold a controlling interest in the club.

    Commenting, Chairman John Boyle said: “Derek joined the Board two years ago and his increased involvement will greatly assist the club in these challenging times for Scottish football clubs.  He is a lifelong Motherwell supporter and bought his first season ticket 35 years ago.

    “In his commercial life he has held many senior finance roles, in the UK and overseas, latterly as Head of Barclays Corporate in Scotland and Ireland.  He now holds a number of non-executive roles which will allow him to devote some time to his new role at Motherwell, in particular the ongoing requirement to secure additional sources of finance for the club.”

    Derek will work closely with Leeann Dempster, who was appointed to the role of Chief Executive last year.  Her appointment has been an outstanding success and the club is now extremely well served with a combination of existing and new directors overseeing segments of the club’s activities such as communications, finance, safety & stadium and supporter relations.

    The club will shortly announce a profit for last year and, although modest, will be the sixth profit in the last seven years.

    As a club, Motherwell have punched significantly above their weight having had three consecutive years in Europe.  However the Board recognises that we operate in a difficult environment and is very focused on the need to balance the books whilst remaining competitive on the park.

    Derek Weir added: “As a fan, I regard the opportunity to work with the club as a privilege. As Directors we are only ever part of a longer story. Motherwell has played a very positive role in the history of the game and it is our role to ensure that continues.

    “It is not always obvious to the fans but John Boyle has personally supported the club to a massive extent and continues to do so. That cannot continue forever, nor should it. Our income must exceed our costs if we are to secure the club for the future.

    “Our collective focus will be on ensuring fans come first in all that we do at the club. We have a superb core base of support and we are focused on increasing that by positioning the club as a true family club at the heart of the community. We have high hopes that the business side of the club can match the success being achieved by Craig, his management team and the players on the field.

    “I look forward to working alongside John, my fellow Directors and everyone involved with the club and I urge every Motherwell fan to play what part they feel they can. It’s a good time to be at Motherwell and I’m excited about the future.”

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    Saunders deflated by groin injury

    Steven Saunders admits he is devastated at missing Scotland’s crucial U21 play-off match with Iceland following a groin injury sustained against St Mirren.

    The young defender, who is enjoying a terrific run in the team, fell awkwardly ten minutes into the second-half of the 3-1 win at Fir Park and had to be replaced by Stevie Hammell.

    Initials fears were that Saunders would miss the International double-header and those were realised after he was withdrawn from the squad following an examination by SFA doctors.

    Speaking exclusively to motherwellfc.co.uk, Saunders said: “I’ve been fortunate since I’ve came to Motherwell that I’ve pretty much remained injury free so to get injured now and miss the Scotland game is a massive disappointment.

    “I think it’s the first time in something like 15 years that the team have a real chance of qualifying and I can’t play which I am gutted about.

    “Hopefully the boys will do the business and I get the opportunity to play in the tournament next summer. It’ll be a tough game, that’s for sure.

    “I know from playing the Icelandic U19s side just how good they are and, of course, Breidablik had six or seven U21 players in their side and we know how tough they were to breakdown.”

    It looked a rather innocuous incident at the time but it was clear moments later that the youngster had hurt himself.

    Saunders explained what happened; “I went in for the tackle and, to be honest, I probably didn’t have to.

    “That’s maybe a wee bit of inexperience on my part. I lost my footing and my legs went away from me and I felt my groin straight away. I tried to stand up but couldn’t so had to signal to the bench.

    “In terms of when I’ll be back; I’m not putting a date on things but I want to get back to fitness as quickly as possible. I’ll be working with John (Porteous) almost every day and hopefully I won’t miss many games.

    “The important thing for me is that I return as quickly as possible but not too early where I’m not ready and make things worse.”