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    Motherwell U20s 2 – 1 Dunfermline U20s

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    Under 20s to face the Pars

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    Alise gets a Scotland call up

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    Helen Templeton’s Blog #1

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    Three matches moved to a Friday

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    Trust launch Girls Performance Centre

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    Celtic game moved to Sunday

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    TV: Highlights from Newtongrange

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    TV: Johansson hails best yet

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    Hearts U20s 2 – 5 Motherwell U20s

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    Motherwell U20s 2 – 1 Dunfermline U20s

    Motherwell U20s made it back-to-back wins after edging out Dunfermline 2-1 at Fir Park this evening.

    The Pars went ahead after just nine minutes when Ross Millen curled home a beautiful free kick from 20 yards.

    ‘Well passed up the chance to level when Dylan Mackin was thwarted from the penalty spot, but Cadden did eventually equalise on the hour mark, slotting home after great build-up play from Dom Thomas.

    It stayed that way until Steven Higgins won it for ‘Well, the striker capitalising on a goalkeeping error to win it with just seven minutes left to play.

    Jonatan Johansson kept faith in the side that dismantled Hearts six days ago with just one change, goalkeeper Max Currie coming in to replace Ross Stewart having to be content with a place on the bench.

    Although Dunfermline made the better start, it was ‘Well who had the first chance but Dylan Mackin’s volley did little to trouble Jamie Wilson in the visitor’s goal.

    Pars wasted no time in replying, immediately going on the attack and were unlucky not to take the lead when Allan Smith’s shot whistled just past Currie’s post.

    However, it wasn’t long until John Potter’s men were in front and it was a goal of some quality.

    Thomas gave away a free kick on the edge of the area, allowing Millen to step up. He curled an effort high into the top corner, leaving a full stretch Max Currie absolutely helpless.

    ‘Well went on the search for an equaliser and Cadden tested Wilson from distance, before Higgins had a shot deflected wide and from the resulting corner, David Ferguson’s effort was straight at the Pars stopper.

    Higgins had another shot for ‘Well before Dunfermline had a great chance to double their advantage, Smith racing away one on one with Currie, but the keeper came out on top, blocking with his foot.

    At the other end, Wilson looked smart to deny both Cadden and Higgins before making another great from the penalty spot. Higgins was brought down in the area by Cammy McClair, with referee Grant Irvine quick to point to the spot.

    Dylan Mackin stepped forward, but again Wilson made the save, diving low to his left.

    Motherwell started the second half on the front foot, Higgins firing just wide after cutting in from the flank before Morgyn Neill flashed a header just wide.
    However, with their next attack, Motherwell drew level and it was all down to the creativity of Dom Thomas. The little winger beat three players before squaring it for Cadden who coolly slotted past Wilson for 1-1.

    ‘Well sensed blood and went looking for a second and it was Cadden again, this time his low shot was again saved by the visiting keeper.

    There then followed two penalty claims, one at either end but neither were given. ‘Well were claiming first, Higgins’ cross appeared to hit a hand, but the officials were having none of it.

    Two minutes later, Smith went over in the area and was booked for simulation. It looked harsh as there did appear to be some contact, but enough for a spot kick is certainly up for debate.

    Both teams traded chances, Stuart Urquhart’s long range free-kick was tipped onto the bar by Currie before Thomas pulled a shot wide when the goal was at his mercy.

    However, with seven minutes left, ‘Well grabbed the winner. Cadden’s long ball was uncharacteristically missed by the outrushing Wilson, allowing Higgins in for a open goal and he tapped home into an empty net to take all three points.

    Motherwell U20s: Currie: McMillan, Ferguson, Hall, Neill, McCall, Mackin, Cadden (R.Leitch – 84mins), Higgins, Thomas, McLean

    Subs: Stewart, Watt, Campbell, Watters, McNulty

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    Under 20s to face the Pars

    The Under 20s return to action tonight  when they take on Dunfermline at Fir Park.

    Jonatan Johansson’s men will be going into the game in high spirits, having beat Hearts last week with a convincing 5-2 win.

    The Pars, on the other hand, go into tonight’s clash having lost both their games so far this season, going down 2-1 away to Hearts and 1-0 at home to Hibernian.

    ‘Well had the upper hand at home last season, winning 2-1 with goals coming from Jack Leitch and Craig Moore.

    Kick-off at Fir Park is 6pm.

    PRICES:

    Adults and Concessions:
    Season book holders or Well Society membership: £2
    Standard: £3

    Under 16s:
    Season book holders or Well Society membership: £1
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    Alise gets a Scotland call up

    Alise Stewart, Motherwell FC Girls Under 15 striker has been called up to the Women’s Under 15 National Training Camp at Toryglen from September 11th to 13th after some fantastic performances for the Girls Under 15’s team and the Scotland Regional Development Squad.

    On hearing of her call up Alise commented, “When I first heard about the call up I was surprised and nervous at the same time.

    “Now the news has sunk in I just cant wait to test myself. I just can’t wait to get started and test myself against other girls and the whole Scotland set up sounds amazing.

    “I would also like to thank my coaches Adam Shaw and Maxine McCrindle for helping me in the past two years to get where I am now.”

    Proud parent Jim Stewart said “I’m really delighted for her. She has worked really hard over the past few years to work on her game and I’m happy it has been recognized.”

    Coaches Adam and Maxine who have steered the Under 15’s to promotion to the Performance League are also delighted with the call up and have praised Alise for her attitude, ability and hard work. Both are talented coaches and are to be praised for their fantastic work with the team over the last couple of season.

    Everyone at Motherwell Football Club would like to wish Alise every success at the National Camp.

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    Helen Templeton’s Blog #1

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    Hi I’m Helen “Dibsy” Templeton.

    I was having a chat the other day with a colleague about the importance of football to the lives of young children and the discussion was along the lines of furthering opportunity outside of football and encouraging young people to experience a wider range of activity.

    The conversation turned to me as a child (many, many years ago!) and I was always giving everything a go. Any sport I could get a hand at, I was in there… Football, golf, athletics, cross-country, not to forget good old highland shinty; a game feared by even the bravest of highland lassies!

    There was always something about the beautiful game that kept enticing me back. I’m not sure even now, 26 years later what that something was, but I know it’s still there and I know I can’t shake it.

    It was at the age of four I made the decision to get involved and have a go. Even though it meant rainy playtimes playing on gravely Tarmac, skint knees and “Rock, Paper, Scissors” to find out who was going to climb the fence and fish the ball out of the neighbouring loch, I can happily say I’ve never looked back since.

    One of only two girls in my primary school to play, meant growing up playing along side the boys and by Primary 7, I was allowed to go along and train with the local senior team. From here, I was well and truly inspired by the skill, determination and both physical and mental attributes required to be a top level player.

    First year at high school came and with it, more new friends who had also caught the footy bug. I still remember to this day, first week in high school, pestering the PE teacher: “Let get a girls footy team Sir, can we!? can we!?” and, from what I’m led to believe, it’s still thrives today, 18 years later!

    I don’t think a day went by in my high school years where I didn’t kick a ball. I was always told “You’ll get to an age where you will discover make up and parties; football will become a thing of the past.” I’m still waiting for that to happen!

    In my latter years at school I joined Ross County LFC, where I had the privilege of playing against a childhood hero and arguably one of Scotland’s greatest female players, Julie Fleeting! This was a dream for me and one that only added fuel to the fire.

    I then was accepted into Moray House in Edinburgh to do PE teaching. This led me to join Guilianos ladies, who were in the Scottish Premier League at that time. The caliber of player in this league was something I could only aspire to be.

    Playing alongside the likes of Shelley Kerr and being coached by ex Scotland Internationalist Maggie Wilson made Sundays by far my most favoured day of the week! To play along side and against characters I had grown up watching on the tele and in admiration of, was a dream come true.

    I then crossed the River Forth and spent the next few seasons playing for Dunfermline Athletic LFC and Raith Rovers LFC, before moving west to join Hamilton Accies.

    I was also privileged in representing my country at Scottish University level for three years. I have made so many friends through football over the years and have had the privilege of traveling the length and breath of the country to represent my team.

    Hamilton Accies was where I settled for eight years, the longest spell at any club since I first kicked a ball. Accies will always hold special memories for me. I was made to feel part of the family from the day I signed. Which made my decision to leave one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made.

    26 years of playing the beautiful game and I still have the passion just as much as I did when I first kicked a ball at the age of four. Which leads me to where I am now, a new challenge.

    I have just this week signed with Motherwell Ladies FC and have taken on the role of Media Liaison officer. A fantastic opportunity for me to be part of such a forward thinking club, both on and off the pitch. It has been great to get to know the staff and players this first week and everyone has been so lovely and welcoming.

    I am really looking forward to the challenges ahead and am very excited to be part of what’s to come. And what is that I hear you ask? Well as they say, stay tuned for regular articles sharing all that is girls and women’s football at Motherwell FC!

    I am ecstatic to say that with my first article I bring some fantastic news from the Motherwell camp. Alise Stewart from the Under 15s squad has been selected for international duty – Brilliant news Alise, well done! We are all very proud of you and wish you the best of luck.

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    Three matches moved to a Friday

    Three consecutive Motherwell matches have been moved to Friday night over October & November for live television coverage.

    Motherwell’s game with Aberdeen at Pittodrie, originally scheduled to take place on Saturday 25th October, will now go ahead on Friday 24th (7.45pm KO).

    The away trip to St Johnstone, originally penciled in for Saturday 1st November, will now be played on Friday 31st October (7.45pm KO).

    And finally, the home match against Dundee United, which was due to take place on Saturday 8th November, will now happen on Friday 7th November (7.45pm KO).

    All games will be broadcast live on BT Sport.

    >> Updated Fixture List

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    Trust launch Girls Performance Centre

    The MFC Community Trust have launched a Girls Performance Centre designed to increase participation in football for girls and women between the ages of 7 and 17 and develop the elite players of the future.

    The Girls Performance Centre will provide a professional framework to develop female players by employing a long-term player development model which will transition the player through key stages in their career.

    The Centre will also deliver a wide range of other functions including player welfare, physiotherapy, injury clinics, sports science, sports psychology, performance analysis, diet and nutrition, player recruitment, player profiling and progression.

    The Centre will be based in Fir Park Stadium providing access to state of the art 3G pitches, sports barn, cardio room, fitness room and classrooms.

    Uniquely the Under-9 and Under-11 squads will travel to Fir Park after school to use the Learning Centre where a tutor will provide support for homework assignments before training sessions. Under 13 and Under 17 squads will also be in place by the new season starting in March 2015 as they complete the player pathway.

    Charlie Bennett, General Manager of the Community Trust commented: “At Motherwell FC we feel everyone should have the same opportunities to take part in football regardless of whether they are a boy or a girl. In the last year we have established a ladies team and attracted some fantastic players to Fir Park including Ami Bulloch, Pamela Liddell, Toni Mason, and Ainsley Douglas who have all represented Scotland at various levels.

    “We’re using these players as role models to inspire young girls to play football and attract them to our setup.

    “In addition our Under-15’s team has been promoted to the Performance League and five players are training with the Scottish FA’s regional development squad and indeed Alise Stewart has just been called up to a National Camp.

    “We have tried to incorporate best practice from across Europe into the Centre and are very confident we will provide a supportive but challenging environment for female footballers. So for any young girl with ambitions we feel Motherwell Football Club is a very attractive proposition for them.”

    Anna Signeul, the Scottish Women’s National National Coach visited Fir Park on Wednesday and added: “This is a great initiative from Motherwell, and one that I am delighted to support.

    “The fact the Centre will cater for both grassroots and elite players is a very interesting concept, which should benefit girls across the community, whether they are starting out at participation level, or progressing to the top end of the game.

    “Engaging current and former players to act as role models to inspire young players is key, and I am very keen to see how the Performance Centre develops in coming years.”

    Linda Gibson has been appointed Performance Centre Manager whilst Ainsley Douglas will be responsible for the Technical Development of players within the Centre. Other senior players from the Ladies team will also be involved in a variety of coaching and support roles.

    If you would like more information on our innovative Girls Performance Centre please call us the Community Trust 01698 239926 or email them at community@motherwellfc.co.uk.

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    Celtic game moved to Sunday

    Motherwell’s match with Celtic later this moved has been put back 24 hours, to Sunday 21st September.

    The Parkhead side are in Europa League action on Thursday 18th, meaning the match was always likely to be moved although the kick-off time remains at 3pm.

    Tickets will go on sale as soon as they arrive from Celtic (confirmation will be posted on this website when they arrive), priced at:

    ADULTS:   £26 / £23 
    CONCESSIONS:                       £17 / £14
    JUVENILE:   £10
    • Concessions are listed as Over 65s and Under 16s.
    • Juveniles are listed as Under 13s.
    • The cheaper priced ticket is for restricted view only.
    • If you plan on making the trip to Glasgow, check our our ‘Guide to Celtic’.
    • Fans who require wheelchair access should contact Sharon or John McCaskie on 07745494631 / 07711 992161 or email disabledfans@motherwellfc.co.uk.
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    TV: Highlights from Newtongrange

     Highlights from Newtongrange as Motherwell turn in an excellent performance to beat Hearts 5-2.

    MFC TV

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    TV: Johansson hails best yet

    Jonatan Johansson hailed his side’s 5-2 win over Hearts as one of the best performances of his tenure at Fir Park.

    The Finn has been in post as Under 20s boss for over two years, but rarely have they dominated a much so much, scoring five and perhaps could’ve had more.

    There was a dogged, steely determination evident from the first minute and the work rate without the ball was fantastic to watch.

    Although Dylan Mackin and Steven Higgins both bagged braces, every ‘Well player would head back west to Lanarkshire satisfied with an excellent night’s work.

    [pullquote]The way we worked as a team was excellent, probably the best since I’ve been at the club[/pullquote]

    Johansson was delighted with his young side, who didn’t field a single over-age player in the squad.

    “It was really, really good and very pleasing to see,” he told MFC TV after the match.

    “The way we worked as a team was excellent, probably the best since I’ve been at the club.

    “You want that from your young players; you accept mistakes will happen but the energy and work-ethic we had throughout the match, particularly the first-half, was really excellent.

    “We were in their faces, aggressive with our pressing to win the ball back and played really well on the counter. We probably could’ve scored more, but the hunger and the desire was the real pleasing aspect of the game.”

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    Hearts U20s 2 – 5 Motherwell U20s

    The Under 20s recorded their first win of the season in some style, beating Hearts 5-2 at Newtongrange this evening.

    The young Steelmen were right at it from their first whistle and roared into a two-goal lead thanks to Dylan Mackin and David Ferguson.

    Hearts pulled one back but Steven Higgins restored the advantage seconds before the interval.

    Mackin added a fourth shortly after the restart and Higgins a fifth as ‘Well threatened to run riot.

    Hearts did pull one back late on, but it couldn’t take the gloss off what was one of the young Steelmen’s best performances in quite some time.

    Jonatan Johansson made six changes to the team that lost at home to Aberdeen two weeks ago: O’Brien, Leitch, Ainsworth, Lawson, McHugh and Ojamaa dropped out, replaced by youngsters McMillan, Hall, McCall, Mackin, Higgins and McLean.

    Motherwell started fantastically well and Mackin fired a warning shot after just six minutes before putting the visitors ahead just sixty seconds later.

    Chris Cadden found space inside the eighteen-yard box and he fired across the face where Mackin was on hand to slide the ball home at the far post.

    It was ‘Well who were setting the pace of the game, taking the match to their opponents, working ever so hard, particularly when not in possession.

    That was evident with the next attack of note when after heavy pressure on the Hearts defence, ‘Well won the ball back in a good area and when Mackin helped it on to Cadden, his lobbed effort landed just the wrong side of the crossbar.

    It looked as if it was only a matter of time before Motherwell extended their advantage and they did just that on the half-hour mark. A succession of corners eventually lead to Thomas’ cross ball landing at Ferguson on the edge of the area and he smashed home a volley through a ruck of bodies.

    It took Hearts until the 32nd minute to register a chance when Soufian El Hassnaoui snatched a shot, drilling it high over the bar, quickly followed by a good run by Alistair Roy, only to be halted by a heavy touch as he set himself to shoot.

    Against the general run of play, Hearts did pull one back ten minutes from the interval. El Hassnaoui flicked on a corner from the right forcing Stewart to parry, but Roy was on hand to poke home the rebound from close range.

    However, it wouldn’t deter the young Steelmen who went immediately on the attack and in search of more goals.

    Dom Thomas went close with a curling strike, Higgins fired straight at Robbie Brown before hitting the post after racing clear one v one. Mackin was also hungry for another, bringing about an excellent one-handed stop from the Hearts keeper.

    However, the pressure finally told as ‘Well deservedly extended their advantage just seconds before the interval. Hearts didn’t properly deal with a corner and when Ferguson jumped with the keeper, the ball spun loose, eventually landed back at the feet of the defender who teed up Higgins to slot home from close range.

    It was a fitting end to a super first half from the Fir Parkers and the picked up the second where they left off, adding a fourth after just six minutes.

    After twice defending Dom Thomas corners, the third was a superbly drilled ball that begged Dylan Mackin to head home, and he did just that, powering a bullet past the stranded Brown and into the net.

    Higgins saw a close range headed land just the wrong side of the post before adding Motherwell’s fifth on the 75th minute. It was a real counter attacking goal too, as ‘Well hit quickly on the break, Thomas eventually collecting inside the area from a Cadden pass, before squaring it across goal for Higgins who tapped home from a few yards out.

    At that stage, it looked as if ‘Well could run a mock but, to their credit, Hearts regrouped and finished the game stronger. They forced Stewart into a fabulous double save, blocking a shot from Jamie Walker then up like a flash to also stop the rebound from sub Ian Smith.

    However, the ‘Well stopper was helpless when Walker did beat him two minutes later. Neill conceded a free-kick 20 yards out and the midfielder’s effort was a beauty, curling high over the wall and into the top corner.

    Hearts had a few more half-chances in the closing ten minutes, but little to trouble the visitor’s keeper.

    It was a welcome three points for the young Steelmen who will now look to build on that when Dunfermline visit Fir Park next week.

    Motherwell: Stewart, McMillan, Ferguson, Hall, Neill, McCall, Mackin, Cadden (R.Leitch – 88mins), Higgins, Thomas, McLean

    Subs Not Used: Currie, Watt, Campbell, Watters