Highlights from this morning’s game at Bayview where Motherwell u20s progressed to the second round of the youth cup with a win over East Fife
TV: Highlights from BayviewSunday 22 September 2013
East Fife U20s 0 – 3 Motherwell U20sSunday 22 September 2013
Motherwell finally excised their Bayview ghosts from last season with a comfortable 3-0 win in the SFA Youth Cup.
Jonatan Johansson’s men crashed out the Cup at the first stage last season with perhaps the most disappointing performance of the campaign.
Two first half goals from Craig Moore made sure there was to be no repeat of last season’s shock result. A further goal in the second half from Liam Anderson secured progression to the next round.
Motherwell almost made the best possible start to the game when Craig Moore was sent clean through in the second minute but chipped his left foot shot wide of the post. The little striker made amends five minutes later when he did open the scoring.
A Steven Higgins cross to the far post was turned back into the six yard box by Paul McCafferty for Moore was on hand to stab the ball home from close range.
Young McCafferty almost turned provider again only minutes later but Moore could only scoop his cross over the bar.
Moore came close again mid way through the half when he hooked a Jack Leitch free-kick wide of the front post. Higgins should’ve doubled the lead when he burst into the box but shot wide from a tight angle.
It was all Motherwell by now and the second eventually came in the 29th minute and once again Moore was the scorer. He ran on to a Dom Thomas through ball and rounded the keeper before slamming home with his left foot.
The home side almost pulled one back just before the break but Ritchie Hutton could only shoot over from a tight angle after being sent clear.
Moore could have added two more in the early stages of the second half, firstly he chested a Thomas wide at the front post. His second chance also came from a Thomas cross this time he headed narrowly wide at the back post.
The sides swapped long-range efforts with Daryl Falconer’s effort for the home side not troubling Ross Stewart in the ‘Well goal. At the other end, centre-half Nathan Doig blocked Thomas’ goalbound effort.
With less than ten minutes to go, Motherwell finally made it three. Sub Liam Anderson latched on to a loosed ball twelve yards out and smashed a left-foot volley high into the net.
This was the final action of the game and Motherwell can now look forward to the draw for the next round having put this tricky tie behind them.
Motherwell: Stewart, Ferguson, Cadden, Hall, Neill, Leitch, McCafferty (McCall – 85mins) Thomas, Moore, Shirkie, Higgins (Anderson – 71mins) subs: Currie, Macken
Subs Not Used: Currie, Mackin
TV: McCall excited by Tannadice testFriday 20 September 2013
Stuart McCall is predicting a close encounter when two of the league’s form teams meet at Tannadice on Sunday.
Dundee United host the Steelmen with both teams going into the match after some encouraging recent results.
The Tangerines have won three of the last four, only losing to Champions Celtic, and have scored eleven goals in the process.
‘Well are on the back of three consecutive wins which have pushed them to third in the table.
It is so finely poised ahead of the match and McCall is expecting a tight affair.
[pullquote]People would probably say that we both made slow starts but have come into a bit of form in recent weeks.[/pullquote]
“Both teams have had an overhaul of players during the summer,” he told Motherwell’s weekly media conference.
“People would probably say that we both made slow starts but have come into a bit of form in recent weeks.
“It’s a place we have been fortunate enough to have had good results in recent years, and hopefully we can do so again.
“Make no mistake; it will be a tough one. They have been free-scoring lately and have talents in the attacking department that can hurt anyone.
“However, we have a plan in place and will go there on Sunday in confident mood, looking for the win.”
TV: Lasley wants extended runFriday 20 September 2013
Skipper Keith Lasley has challenged his teammates to continue their good run of form when they face Dundee United this Sunday.
The Fir Parkers have won their last three matches, disposing of Partick Thistle, Kilmarnock and St Mirren respectively.
One theme that has been consistent through those matches has been the amount of chances ‘Well have struggled to convert, making for a somewhat nervy ending.
And the veteran midfielder admitted the players themselves are keen to show more of a ruthless streak in forthcoming matches.
“We have been pleased with how results have gone but the one criticism of ourselves, in the dressing room, is the need to be a little more ruthless,” he told the gathered press at Motherwell’s weekly news conference.
“We’ve had a fair amount of chances to kill teams off; you think back to the two home games against Partick Thistle and Kilmarnock and in both those occasions, we have opportunities to extend our lead, and make it a little more comfortable in the closing stages.
[pullquote]It is obviously going to be very tough against Dundee United on Sunday, but there is certainly a real desire and belief amongst the lads to keep our little run going.[/pullquote]
“We just need to make sure that when we are on top in matches, we need to take advantage that little bit more than we currently are.
“That being said, we have been delighted to take nine points from the last three matches, particularly as it came after a couple of disappointing results against Aberdeen and Inverness.
“It is obviously going to be very tough against Dundee United on Sunday, but there is certainly a real desire and belief amongst the lads to keep our little run going.”
Player Sponsorship OpportunitiesWednesday 18 September 2013
There are still Home, Away and Euro sponsorship opportunities available for the 2013/14 season.
With the arrival of Lionel Ainsworth and Henri Anier, along with the emergence of some of our younger talent in to the first-team, this is your chance to own a piece of Motherwell history.
As a sponsor, your name or company name will be listed in our award-winning matchday magazine and on the official club website – motherwellfc.co.uk.
Your name will be highlighted by our PA announcer alongside that of your chosen player on a matchday if he is selected in the first-team; fantastic exposure for any small business or as a special gift to the ‘Well fan in your life!
At the end of the campaign, you will be invited to the annual sponsor’s evening.
Mix and mingle with Motherwell stars from the past and present before your chosen player joins you at your table for dinner and later, presents you with his jersey.
The evening also includes a fabulous three-course meal, an intimate Q & A with the Management Team, as well as entertainment from Fir Park favourite, Tam Cowan.
To check the outstanding availability and purchase online, please CLICK HERE.
For more information or to sponsor a player please contact 01698 338008, email (including your contact telephone number) email@example.com.
Book Now: Robbie Williams Tribute NightWednesday 18 September 2013
Join us for an amazing night of music as Alan Walker performs his sensational Robbie Williams Tribute act.
Alan is a multi-talented tribute act artist with many years of experience and his accurate and energetic tribute to the former Take That star is sure to be a huge hit.
For just £20 per person you will be treated to Robbie’s biggest solo hits throughout the years and a delicious three course meal in the atmospheric Centenary Suite at Fir Park.
It’s a perfect night out for the ladies – come along on Friday 18th October at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.
You can book your place online now by clicking here. Alternatively, phone the club on 01698 333333.
Clancy in charge at TannadiceWednesday 18 September 2013
Referee for this Sunday’s Scottish Professional Football League Premiership clash with Dundee Utd at Tannadice is Kevin Clancy.
With the season only recently kicking off, it will come as no surprise to learn that it’s Kevin’s first Motherwell match of the new campaign.
It would have been his second but he was replaced at the last minute ahead of our clash with Aberdeen last month, replaced by John Beaton, after a hectic midweek European jaunt.
Coincidentally, his last Motherwell match was against Aberdeen, at Pittodrie, back in March when the teams drew a blank in a 0-0 draw.
It was one of two ‘Well fixtures the 29-year old took charge of last season, his other being the 2-1 away win at Dundee when Michael Higdon bagging a double as Stuart McCall’s men came back from a losing position to pick up all three points.
His only other Motherwell match was in the 2011/12 Scottish Cup, where he was the man in the middle as the Fir Parkers demolished Queen’s Park 4-0, a certain Henrik Ojamaa smashing home a debut goal.
His overall record in charge of Motherwell reads three matches in total, Motherwell winning two and drawing one. ‘Well have scored six and conceded just the one. There have been six cautions dished out in those three matches, five of them to a man wearing Claret and Amber and zero dismissals.
He had a busy season in 2012/13, with some high profile matches including Celtic’s 5-0 win over Dundee at Celtic Park, Spain U17s wins against both Poland and Azerbaijan and the UEFA Europa League qualifier between Inter Baku and JK Trans Narva of Estonia.
Already this term he has taken charge of Inverness Caledonian Thistle’s opening day win over St Mirren in the highlands with Saints reduced to ten men after David van Zanten was sent for an early bath. That and Hibs 2-1 win at Rugby Park a few weeks ago.
Coincidentally, Kevin was in Russia the same time ‘Well faced Kuban Krasnodar. He was appointed to take charge of FC Rubin Kazan vs Randers in the second leg tie of the 3rd Qualifying Round of the Europa League
He has also been in Croatia on Europa League duty when he handled Lokomotiva Zagreb’s match with Dinamo Minsk, managed by ex ‘Well defender Bob Maaskant. The Belarusian side ran out 3-2 winners.
Slightly less glamorous, he also had Dundee’s 1-0 win over Alloa in the Ramsden’s Cup two weeks ago.
Kevin will be ably assisted by Graham Chambers and Douglas Rose with George Salmond handed 4th Official duties.
TV: Highlights from Creamery ParkTuesday 17 September 2013
Highlights from Creamery Park in Bathgate where goals from Dom Thomas and Craig Moore saw off St Mirren U20s 2-0.
TV: Johansson celebrates Saints winTuesday 17 September 2013
Jonatan Johansson paid tribute to the first-team players who helped ‘Well to their first win in six weeks.
The Finn had the luxury off adding the likes of Paul Lawson, Lionel Ainsworth and Adam Cummins to his squad and all three contributed to a much better showing from the young Steelmen side.
That additional experience, coupled with some fine individual performances from the likes of Ross Stewart and Jack Leitch, laid the foundations for the success.
And Johansson hopes the win will help kick-start the season ahead of Sunday’s SFA Youth Cup clash with East Fife.
[pullquote]There were a lot of players that have played their best game for me, and they were helped by the first team players who came here to play tonight on a difficult surface with no complaints.[/pullquote]
Speaking to MFC TV, Johansson said: “There were a lot of players that have played their best game for me, and they were helped by the first team players who came here to play tonight on a difficult surface with no complaints.
“It was a very professional performance.
“We’ve got players who have great delivery from set-pieces and that showed tonight when Leitch put the ball in for our first goal. It was great for Dom to get it and it settled us down as it was a little scrappy before that; it helped give us a platform to build on.
“The second goal was a great goals and great work again from Dom. There was a good deep run from Lawson to open it up and we don’t do that often enough. Dom saw that run and although he didn’t play it to him, he used it as a decoy, cut inside and did really well to slide in Moore who had a great finish.
“We can now look ahead to the cup game on Sunday and hopefully start a good run in the Cup.”
Motherwell U20s 2 – 0 St Mirren U20sTuesday 17 September 2013
Motherwell Under 20s ended a four game losing streak with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over St Mirren this evening.
The Steelmen hadn’t tasted success since their opening day win at Rugby Park six weeks ago, but a goal in either half handed Jonatan Johansson a much-needed boost.
Dom Thomas opened the scoring after eleven minutes, before Craig Moore grabbed his fifth of the campaign twenty-five minutes from time to seal the win.
Saints weren’t without their chances, Ross Stewart having to make a string of excellent saves throughout the ninety minutes.
Motherwell had a more experience feel about them with the likes of Paul Lawson, Lionel Ainsworth and Adam Cummins drafted in from the team that lost to Hibs one week ago. Jonatan Johansson opted for five changes in total and it had the desired effect right from the off.
The hosts made the better start and scored with their first real attack. Having won a corner from a deflected Craig Moore shot, Jack Leitch whipped a terrific ball towards the back post where Cummins was lurking.
The defender crashed a header off the crossbar but Dom Thomas was well placed to prod into the net from close range – his first of the new season.
Both teams traded half-chances with Ainsworth firing a volley just wide of the post after Lewis Morgan had forced Ross Stewart into the first save of the match.
It was actually the first of many for the Scotland Under 19s goalie – his best perhaps came on the 20th minute. Anton Brady collected some thirty yards out and his crashing effort was heading in under the crossbar but for a last ditch hand to turn it over.
His next came twelve minutes later when his namesake Jordan managed to wriggle clear of David Ferguson but his low shot was again brilliantly turned around by the Steelmen stopper from point-blank range.
Saints upped their efforts in search of a leveler and Jordan Stewart was again denied, this time by a stunning last-ditch block inside the six-yard box by Jack Leitch.
‘Well managed to weather the storm though and had a decent chance of their own before the interval. Leitch was again involved, sending a superb ball out to the left flank for Thomas whose first time cross was pinpoint for Cadden but he screwed it over.
Ross Stewart was the star of the first-half for ‘Well and he picked up where he left off as the second got underway. He was on hand to deny Jon Scullion just three minutes after the restart, the big striker’s fearsome drive tipped over the crossbar at the expense of a corner which was eventually hooked clear.
Saints had enjoyed the majority of possession with ‘Well content to hit on the counter attack; utilising the creativity of Lawson and Leitch combined with the pace of Ainsworth, Thomas and Moore.
And they all combined for Motherwell’s decisive second goal on the 65th minute. Thomas was the principle architect though, collecting a Lawson pass, dribbling past three tackles before slipping in Craig Moore who lashed it high past Kieran Hughes and into the net.
Saints tried hard to get back into the game but chances either flew wide of the post, blazed over the bar or were straight at Ross Stewart.
Johansson introduced Steven Higgins and Paul McCafferty late in the game but it ended 2-0; ‘Well delighted to get back to winning ways ahead of Sunday’s Cup clash with East Fife.
Motherwell: Stewart, Cadden, Ferguson, Cummins, Neill, Leitch, Ainsworth, Lawson, Moore, Thomas (McCafferty – 81mins), Shirkie (Higgins – 71mins)
Subs Not Used: Currie, Hall, McCall, Mackin, Anderson