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    TV: Reserves draw with Killie

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    TV: Saunders hoping for Spiders test

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    Scottish Cup 4th Round draw

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    New Sky Sports & ESPN TV Deal

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    Officials named for Utd clash

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    Over 25s Monday Night Football

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    TV: Aberdeen 1 – 2 Motherwell

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    TV: Daley thankful for debut strike

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    TV: McCall delighted with Dons win

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    Aberdeen win in pictures

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    TV: Reserves draw with Killie

    Motherwell Reserves met Kilmarnock for the second time in three weeks and it was another goal fest, this time ending 3-3.

    The last time the teams met at Dalziel Park, ‘Well ran out 4-1 winners. However, at Garscube this time, ‘Well would not have it all their own way. Goals from Steven Howarth and a Ross Forbes doubled were cancelled out by James Dayton and a brace from Jorge Galán.

    Motherwell made a great start to the match when Ross Forbes opened the scoring early on. Collecting a lovely pass from fellow midfielder Stephen Hughes, the 22-year old took a good touch before smashing a shot past the keeper with the aid of a deflection.

    It was end to end stuff and Killie equalised shortly after. On-loan Osasuna striker Galán collected the ball some twenty-five yards from goal, wasted no time in turning before skipping past Tim Clancy and curling a lovely shot round Tom Bradley into the net.

    If the equaliser was quality, Motherwell’s second goal of the match with right out the top drawer. A superb passing move involving six players eventually led to Jordan Halsman feeding Forbes on the edge of the box. One touch to set himself, the former Scotland U21 International unleashed an unstoppable right-footed strike into the postage stamp corner; his second of the afternoon.

    The first-half scoring wasn’t done there though as Killie made it 2-2 before the break. James Dayton collected from deep, skipped past Jon Page to create space for himself before dinking a lovely shot over the outrushing Tom Bradley.

    Killie went ahead in the second half and it was that man Galán who was on target again. The home side capitalised on a Lawless slip five yards from the edge of the ‘Well penalty area. A terrific ball towards the back post was inviting for the Spaniard, and he duly obliged, heading home from close range.

    Motherwell would get a deserved draw from the match though – Page’s bursting from the back starting the counter attack. The Englishman’s ball wide to the right flank for the trialist striker was good, the ball across the face was even better. It allowed Steven Howarth the opportunity to finish and he needed no invitation, tucking home from underneath the crossbar to complete and excellent move.

    Motherwell: Bradley, Halsman, McKinnon, Page, Clancy, Hughes, Lawless, Carswell, Trialist, Smith, Forbes

    Subs On: Pollock, Howarth

    -WATCH HIGHLIGHTS EXCLUSIVELY ON MFC TV-

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    TV: Saunders hoping for Spiders test

    Steven Saunders is hoping for a clash with his former side as Motherwell were drawn against either Queen’s Park or Elgin City in the 4th Round of the Scottish Cup.

    Saunders came through the ranks with the Spiders before joining Motherwell in the summer of 2008.

    He has since gone on to play 72 times in Claret and Amber as well as representing Scotland at U19s, U21s and the full squad against the Faroe Islands at Pittodrie.

    Despite being months away from recovering from a terrible Achilles tendon tear, the 20-year old is keen to see his old side take on his current employers.

    “Obviously being the fourth round of the Scottish Cup, there were a number of tricky ties on offer so it’s good to be at Fir Park with the chance of a win,” he said.

    “In saying that, it would be a scalp for either of them so we’ll obviously have to guard against complacency and be at our very best to progress.

    “If I had to choose, obviously it would be great if it was my old side Queen’s Park got through and we played them. They still hold a special place in my heart but at the same time, it would be great to get one over of them.”

    -WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW WITH STEVEN ON MFC TV-

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    Scottish Cup 4th Round draw

    Motherwell have been drawn against either Elgin or Queen’s Park in the fourth round of the William Hill Scottish Cup.

    The draw took place at Hamden this morning with World Champion boxer Ricky Burns pulling the teams.

    Matches are due to be played on the weekend of 7th and 8th of January 2012.

    More to follow…

    THE FULL DRAW:

    Ross County v Stenhousemuir
    Livingston v Ayr United or Montrose
    Raith Rovers v Morton
    Hearts v Auchinleck Talbot
    Cowdenbeath v Hibernian
    St Johnstone v Brechin City
    Stranraer or Forfar Athletic v Aberdeen
    Culter or Partick Thistle v Queen of the South
    Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Dunfermline Athletic
    Falkirk v East Fife
    Motherwell v Elgin City or Queen’s Park
    Arbroath v Rangers
    Peterhead v Celtic
    Airdrie United v Dundee United
    Dundee v Kilmarnock
    St Mirren v Hamilton Academical

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    New Sky Sports & ESPN TV Deal

    The Scottish Premier League today announced a new five-year deal with Sky Sports and ESPN for the live rights to Clydesdale Bank Premier League games.

    The clubs agreed a deal on improved terms which will run from season 2012/13 to the end of season 2016/17.  

    Each broadcaster will continue to show 30 live games per season across the UK.

    Neil Doncaster, Chief Executive of the SPL, said: “Sky Sports and ESPN are two of the biggest names in sports broadcasting and the SPL has enjoyed an excellent relationship with both broadcasters over the course of the current contract, a period which has seen a 28% increase in viewing figures.

    “In the current economic climate, announcing an increase in value is excellent news for our clubs. We are very much looking forward to working with both broadcasters over the coming seasons to continue to raise the profile of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League and provide fans with excellent coverage of their league.”

    Barney Francis, Managing Director of Sky Sports, said: “We’re delighted to agree this deal with the SPL and continue our partnership with Scottish football that began 20 years ago.  This long-term agreement means Sky Sports viewers can continue to enjoy coverage of 30 live matches a season, including each Old Firm head-to-head, across TV, mobile, online and tablet devices.”  

    Ross Hair, Managing Director, ESPN – Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “The Clydesdale Bank Premier League has been an important part of our schedule in these first two-and-a-half seasons of our local ESPN channel in the UK and Ireland.

    “Scottish football has performed well on ESPN as we work to build our brand locally and develop our long-term business. We are very proud of the coverage that we have delivered to fans and are very pleased that they have responded with great support and an increasing connection to ESPN on TV and across digital media. We are very excited to continue our coverage and pleased to extend a great partnership with the league.”

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    Officials named for Utd clash

    Referee for Saturday’s Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Dundee Utd is the experienced Iain Brines.

    Iain will be handling his second Motherwell match of the campaign; he was in charge for the 1-0 win over St Mirren back in August when a last-minute Tom Hateley free-kick gave the Steelmen all three points.

    He will be a familiar face to ‘Well fans over the years, none more so than last season where he handled six Motherwell matches, more than any other official.

    He was the man in the middle for the games against St Johnstone in early September, St Mirren at Fir Park one month later, Rangers on Boxing Day, Saturday’s opponents Dundee Utd at Tannadice in January, Inverness in the Highlands last March and the Scottish Cup Semi Final against St Johnstone.

    A Nick Blackman wonder strike and an own-goal from Kevin Rutkiewicz was enough to earn the Steelmen all three points in Perth and late goals from Tom Hateley and Jamie Murphy gave ‘Well a 3-1 against Danny Lennon’s men.

    Managerless ‘Well were thumped by Rangers despite John Sutton’s goal early in the second half. A Kenny Miller double along with goals from Vladmir Weiss and a Steven Saunders own goal gave Rangers a comfortable 4-1 win.

    United were comfortable 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Johnny Russell and David Goodwillie and Inverness ran out 3-0 winners courtesy of goals from Sutherland, Foran and MacDonald – arguable the worst performance of the season.

    Prior to that Saints game three months ago, his most recent appointment was that fantastic day at Hampden when Craigan, Murphy and Sutton booked ‘Well a spot in the Final.

    To his credit, Brines was excellent in all six matches with the games at McDiarmid Park and the Caledonian Stadium passing off without a single caution; a rarity in modern football.

    The 44-year-old, who has been a top-flight official for a decade and amongst FIFA’s elite group for five years, has already handled SPL games at Easter Road, Ibrox, St Mirren Park, Pittodrie, East End Park and Rugby Park.

    His overall record in charge of the Steelmen is a bit of a mix bag. Of the 30 games he has taken charge of, Motherwell have won eleven, draw four and lost fifteen.

    In those games, 106 players have seen yellow, 48 of which in claret and amber, while three have been sent for an early bath.

    Iain will be assisted by Gary Cheyne and David Watt with John Beaton on fourth official duties.

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    Over 25s Monday Night Football

    Enjoy watching footy at the weekend? Fancy a kick about? Why not get involved in our new over 25s Monday Night Football project at Fir Park.

    The programme, that will take place on the Astroturf facility behind the East Stand, will concentrate more on the fun aspect rather than the toils and spoils of competitive football.

    Whilst building your fitness levels, our emphasis will be more on style and skill so you can express yourself in a fun, friendly and relaxed way.

    So, if you are over 25 and looking to take part in our fun football evening, then get involved for just £3 per week.

    • 10 week block booking
    • Starts Monday 5th December 2011 – 9 – 10pm

    You can book online at www.motherwellsoccerschools.com or by phoning 01698 239926.

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    TV: Aberdeen 1 – 2 Motherwell

    All the goals from Pittodrie as Motherwell continue their incredible away run with a 2-1 victory over Craig Brown’s men.

    -CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE GOALS FROM THE MATCH ON MFC TV-

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    TV: Daley thankful for debut strike

    Jamaican International Omar Daley was delighted to net his first goal for the club against Aberdeen this afternoon.

    The 30-year old was playing as a second striker, partnering Michael Higdon in attack, and got his name amongst the scorers with a brilliant second-half strike.

    And the former Bradford winger gave thanks to a higher power when interviewed by MFC TV after the match.

    “I am delighted and I have to give God thanks; I have got to give the big man praise.

    “When the gaffer told me I was going to play striker; I was never going to turn down the opportunity to start my first match.

    “I told myself, when I get a chance, I am going to shoot and thankfully it has gone in.”

    -WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW WITH OMAR ONLY ON MFC TV-

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    TV: McCall delighted with Dons win

    ‘Well boss Stuart McCall was absolutely delighted with his side who turned in another gritty away day performance to take all three points at Pittodrie.

    A goal in either half from Michael Higdon and Omar Daley handed the Lanarkshire side the win, Motherwell’s seventh away success in nine games on the road this term.

    And McCall praised his side after recording a fourth successive win over Craig Brown’s side.

    “It was a gritty, determined performance from the boys,” the former Scotland International said.

    “Down the spine of the team, Craigan, Jennings and Higdon, epitomised everything we did that was good. When we went 2-1, there was a real determination to see the game out. The number of blocks in and around the eighteen yard box was superb.”

    -CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW WITH STUART ON MFC TV-

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    Aberdeen win in pictures

    Pictures from the 2-1 win over Aberdeen in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League at Pittodrie Stadium.

    These action shots and more are available to buy online at motherwellpics.com.

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