Despite an accomplished second-half goal from Craig Moore, ‘Well crashed to a 1-3 home defeat at the hands of Celtic at Fir Park.
TV: U20s Highlights from Fir ParkTuesday 14 August 2012
TV: Jenks disappointed at defeatTuesday 14 August 2012
The U20s caretaker boss Bobby Jenks was left frustrated as Motherwell crashed to a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Celtic.
The Fir Park side contained the likes of Lee Hollis, Jon Page, Stuart Carswell and Bob McHugh but came unstuck against a talented and vibrant Celtic side.
First half goals from Bahrudin Atajic and Darnell Fisher gave the visitors a commanding lead at the interval although Craig Moore reduced the deficit with 25 minutes left on the clock.
It was left to Denny Johnstone to seal the win for John Kennedy’s men with a sublime finish from just inside the area.
[pullquote]A lot of the boys obviously lack game time but we haven’t had the personnel to arrange more games.[/pullquote]
Jenks told MFC TV: “It was a hard first game to play in.
“A lot of the boys obviously lack game time but we haven’t had the personnel to arrange more games.
“I actually enjoyed the game but it slipped away from us in the first half. We didn’t compete in the middle of the park or get the ball up to the striker’s feet.
“We came out in the second half, changed the shape a bit, and did a lot better and got ourselves back into it. We could have had an equaliser when Nicky Devlin went through but unfortunately we didn’t and they went on to win.”
Motherwell U20s 1 – 3 Celtic U20sTuesday 14 August 2012
Motherwell Under 20s lost 3-1 to Celtic in their first game of the new 2012/13 season.
A free-kick from Bahrudin Atajic and a counter attack goal from Darnell Fisher had the Bhoys 2-0 up at half time, before Craig Moore pulled one back midway through the second half.
However, a sublime piece of skill from Denny Johnstone ended the game a contest with a third goal ten minutes from time.
Motherwell started brightly against John Kennedy’s young side and we’re first to threaten when Josh Watt’s direct running conjured up a corner kick. From Stevie Hetherington’s delivery, Jonathan Page headed wide of target.
Celtic started to find their way in to the game with Patrik Twardzik testing Lee Hollis from distance, before the ‘Well goalie made a smart stop at the feet of Kirwan after spilling an effort from Jack Kirwan.
Swedish striker Atajic then blasted a free kick over the bar from edge of the box having gone down under a challenge from Stuart Carswell.
The visitors eventually took the lead on 34 minutes from a similar position, after Darnell Fisher hit the deck following challenge from Zaine Francis-Angol, which drew a booking for the former Spurs full-back.
Twardzik fired the set piece in to the wall, but Page was penalised for encroaching, allowing a retake. This time Atajic found the target, as his right footed effort nestled in Hollis’s bottom left corner.
For all their possession, Motherwell couldn’t carve out an opening, with another Page header from a Nicky Devlin delivery their best the home side could manage.
In contract, Celtic were clinical and doubled their lead with only three minutes of the first-half remaining. Full-back Darnell Fisher broke up the right and, aided by a fortuitous ricochet off the thigh of Francis-Angol, he slotted the ball under Hollis from twelve yards.
The second half carried on where the first left off with Celtic soaking up pressure and looking to create chances on the break. They could and should have added to their lead, when Hollis made a great save at the feet of Kirwan, after a sclaffed effort from Twardzik had evaded the home defence.
Motherwell introduced Adam Asghar from the substitute’s bench was to set up Craig Moore to reduce the deficit. A perfect through-ball inside Fisher made its way to Moore, who had McNally back-pedaling towards the visitor’s box. The pint-sized hitman took another touch to steady himself before smashing the ball low beyond Fasan to make it 2-1.
It was a deserved goal that galvanized the hosts so much so Nicky Devlin almost leveled shortly after when he ghosted in behind Fisher, only to spoon Josh Watt’s pass wide of the post.
After losing the goal Celtic eventually settled and started to increase the pressure once again and after Denny Johntone had hit the post form around the neatly spot, he made it 3-1 to Celtic with a brilliant individual goal.
Collecting the ball on the left wing, he pirouetted past Page, before unleashing a fierce drive high across Hollis. It was a great goal which effectively killed the game a contest.
A Moore header from Kerr’s returned ball back across goal was the closest ‘Well came to pulling another back but it finished 1-3 Celtic with the youths plenty to work on ahead of the next match against Ross County next week.
Motherwell: Hollis, Devlin, Francis-Angol (Cummins – 46), Hetherington, Kerr, Page, Watt, Carswell, McHugh (Shirkie – 62), Moore, Leitch (Asghar – 63)
Subs Not Used: Stewart, Murray, Johnstone, Higgins
Cautions: Francis-Angol, Page, Moore
Goals: Moore (65)
‘Well reject double offerTuesday 14 August 2012
Motherwell have rejected bids for both defender Shaun Hutchinson and midfielder Nicky Law.
21-year old Hutchinson, who is contracted until the summer of 2014, has been in excellent form of late and has been attracting interest from a number of top clubs south of the border before a bid from a Championship club was received late last week.
Nicky Law has been a star since his arrival at Fir Park from Rotherham last summer but the offer from a League One club was deemed unacceptable.
‘Well boss Stuart McCall said, “Whilst we understand every player at this club has a value, we also need to ensure we protect our interests by getting the right price for our talent.
[pullquote]Rejecting both offers, which were significant in Motherwell terms, is also a sign of intent from the clubs’ board that they are not prepared to accept any bid that comes our way[/pullquote]
“Shaun has been terrific for us since I arrived at the club and has been a virtual ever-present in that time. He has all the raw materials you would want from a centre-back; he’s young, big and powerful and the experience of playing in the Europa League and Champions League is standing him in good stead.
“He is already a top player, I would say he’s one of the hottest young talents in the SPL, and we are certain he’ll mature into an even better defender as his experience grows. That’s why any offer for him needs to be realistic.
“Nicky has been the cornerstone of a lot of success going forward over the last twelve months and is vital to us. His contribution from midfield was key in qualifying for Europe last term and any offer for him would have to reflect his contribution to our side.
“Rejecting both offers, which were significant in Motherwell terms, is also a sign of intent from the clubs’ board that they are not prepared to accept any bid that comes our way.
“Unless a vastly-improved offer comes in then it is business as usual.”
Levante tickets on sale TuesdayMonday 13 August 2012
Tickets for the forthcoming Europa League Play-off with La Liga side Levante U.D. will go on sale from the Fir Park Ticket Office on Tuesday 14th August.
Tickets will go on full general sale but 2012/13 Season Ticket seats will be reserved for seven days to allow holders to sit in their usual spot if they so wish.
Prices for the match have been set at:
Adults: £25 Concessions: £20 Juveniles: £15
- Concessions are listed as Over 60s and Full Time Students with a valid matriculation.
- Juveniles are listed as Under 16s.
- If you are new to Fir Park, check our handy ‘New Fans’ section that will detail everything you need to know about matchdays.
- Fans who require wheelchair access should contact Sharon or John McCaskie on 01555 870122 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
U20s kick-off this TuesdaySunday 12 August 2012
Another reminder that the Under 20s squad will kick-off the new campaign with a home clash against Celtic at Fir Park this Tuesday (7pm KO).
The league is made up of fifteen teams – the SPL twelve plus Dunfermline Athletic, Falkirk and Hamilton Academical – these clubs have been invited on the basis that they have maintained a youth policy at “Performance Academy” level for the past three seasons.
One club will have a free week in each round of fixtures.
The games will mostly feature clubs’ younger talent but teams are allowed to play two over-age outfield players of any age plus one player who is under 23 and one of the two goalkeepers in the squad of 18 may also be over-age. Up to two trialists may feature but clubs must reduce the number of over-age players they field accordingly.
In a change from normal first team football, teams can field up to five substitutes in a match, four of them outfield.
Adults and Concessions:
Season book holders or Well Society membership: £4
Season book holders or Well Society membership: £2
TV: Highlights from Fir ParkSaturday 11 August 2012
Extended highlights from Fir Park as a Bob McHugh equaliser sixteen minutes from time gave a battle-weary ‘Well a deserved 1-1 draw with St Johnstone.
TV: Randolph pleased with penalty stopSaturday 11 August 2012
Republic of Ireland International Darren Randolph was pleased his penalty stop contributed to Motherwell picking up a deserved point at Fir Park this afternoon.
The leg-weary ‘Well had just lost Stevie Hammell, who had been ordered off for a foul on Chris Millar, as the former Charlton faced a battle of wits with Saints skipper Dave MacKay from twelve yards.
Thankfully for the home side, Randolph went the right way to make the stop and although Davidson netted soon after, there was no doubt it was a crucial point in the match.
[pullquote]I think it’s the first time I’ve stopped a penalty; I keep going the wrong way![/pullquote]
Substitute Bob McHugh later brought the teams level and Randolph, who will this week hope to win his first full cap as Ireland line up against Sebia in a friendly, was pleased with a point.
“It almost feels like a win for us after the amount of games we’ve had recently,” he told MFC TV.
“Nobody but the players know what it was like in Athens and how hard it was especially with all the travelling and it was another warm day today.
“We knew we were tired but we also knew if we put the effort in for 90 minutes we could win the game.
“We’re delighted with the result in the dressing room. I think it’s the first time I’ve stopped a penalty; I keep going the wrong way!
“But it was a bit gutting to lose the goal so soon afterwards. We managed to get the equaliser so I suppose my save counts towards the point and it was a good feeling.”
TV: McCall proud of his playersSaturday 11 August 2012
‘Well boss Stuart McCall described today’s performance as one of the most pleasing in his career as a shattered Motherwell fought back for a 1-1 draw with St Johnstone.
The Steelmen had only got back into the country at 5am on Thursday morning after facing Panathinaikos in Athens where temperatures at kick-off reached almost 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
And that, combined with the long travel to and from Greece, had clearly taken its tool as the Fir Park starts looked match-weary even in the early stages.
To compound matters, ‘Well were reduced to ten men when Stevie Hammell was adjudged to have fouled Chris Millar in the box.
[pullquote]In my time here that is one of my most pleasing results because they stuck at it.[/pullquote]
‘Well eventually slipped behind when Murray Davidson headed home a near post corner but the home side dug in and Bob McHugh lashed on a leveller with just ten minutes to go.
It was a brave, spirited and gutsy display and the former Scotland midfielder lavished praise on his players in his post match press conference.
He told MFC TV: “I’ll never make excuse for my team and if we deserved to get beat then I’ll say that but I know what the lads went through in Athens the other night in the heat on the big park and I felt if we were to win the game today we’d have to come in at half-time ahead.
“We had two or three opportunities and I thought we controlled the first half but just couldn’t get the goal. Second half I could see signs of tiredness and we got sloppy.
“Mentally and physically we weren’t sharp but I understand why. To go a goal down with 10-men, I think a lot of teams would have wilted but we stuck at it and I don’t normally celebrate goals but I celebrated that as it was a great relief and they deserved it for their efforts.
“In my time here that is one of my most pleasing results because they stuck at it.”
St Johnstone draw in picturesSaturday 11 August 2012
Pictures from the 1-1 draw with St Johnstone in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League at Fir Park.
These action shots and more are available to buy online at motherwellpics.com.