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    Away Day Guide: vs St Johnstone

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    Clancy in charge at McDiarmid Park

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    Football on Friday is curry night

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    TV: Highlights from McDiarmid Park

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    TV: Johansson pleased with Saints win

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    St Johnstone U20s 0 – 1 Motherwell U20s

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    TV: Highlights from Pittodrie

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    Aberdeen defeat in pictures

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    TV: McCall bullish despite defeat

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    Helen Templeton’s Blog #8

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    Away Day Guide: vs St Johnstone

    St JohnstoneSt Johnstone Football Club
    McDiarmid Park
    Crieff Road
    Perth

    Tel: 01738 459 090
    Web: www.perthsaints.co.uk

    Opened: 1989
    Capacity: 10,696
    Sat Nav: PH1 2SJ
    Distance from Fir Park: 61.8 miles (1 hr 06mins)

    Tickets

    ADULTS:   £22 
    OVER 65s:   £12
    AGED 13-18:                          £11
    UNDER 12s:   FREE*
    • ‘Well fans will be housed in the Main Stand.
    • Kids Under 12 go free but must be accomapnied by an adult.
    • Saints also offer a reduced price ‘mixed’ family Stand behind the goal (Ormond Stand) where one adult and up to two children aged 12 or under can gain admission at a cost of £15.
    • Fans who require wheelchair access should contact Sharon or John McCaskie on 07745494631 / 07711 992161 or email disabledfans@motherwellfc.co.uk.

    By car

    The stadium is located close to the A9 and is relatively straightforward to get to – although please be aware of new average speed cameras installed between Dunblane and Perth.

    Head towards Perth on the M9 and take the first exit at Broxden roundabaout (signposted Football traffic) on to the A9. Then take the fourth exit at Inveraimond roundabout so you have turned back on yourself.

    Exit on to the slip road and turn left at the roundabout on to the A85 (Crieff road). The stadium will be clearly visible on the left.

    Parking is available for visiting fans behind the Main Stand, priced at £5.00 per car. Street parking is also available on numerous streets around the ground.

    Supporters Bus

    The Central Branch plans to run a bus (numbers permitting), leaving from the Bentley Hotel. Please phone Jim 01698 299650 to book.

    By bus

    Several operators run buses to Perth, departing every hour from Buchanan Station in Glasgow city centre.

    Further information and timetables are available online at www.citylink.co.uk.

    By train

    Perth station is over three miles away from the ground, although frequent bus services run throughout the city.

    Further information and timetables are available online at www.scotrail.co.uk.

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    Clancy in charge at McDiarmid Park

    Referee for this Friday’s SPFL Premiership match against St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park is Kevin Clancy.

    It will be Kevin’s second Motherwell appointment of the new season; the other was back in August when he handled the tight 1-0 defeat at Tannadice when Mario Bilate’s late wonder strike separated the teams.

    He’ll be a relatively familiar face, despite being a new referee, given he handled four matches last term too.

    The first was the swashbuckling 2-2 draw with Dundee United at Tanandice in September 2013.

    Henri Anier had ‘Well ahead at the interval but two quick-fire goals from United had McNamara’s men ahead. Step forward substitute Lionel Ainsworth, who smashed home a brilliant leveller to give the Steelmen a deserved point.

    The second was the excellent 1-0 win at Pittodrie on Boxing Day when a resolute ‘Well came away with all three points thanks to Ainsworth’s winner.

    The third was against Friday’s opponents, again at McDiarmid Park last February when Tommy Wright’s men ran out convincing 3-0 victors.

    And, finally, he was the man in the middle for the vital 2-1 win over Saints (again) with Ainsworth and Stephen McManus on the score sheet, helping to avenge that earlier defeat and put the Steelmen on the road to SPFL Premiership runners-up.

    It would have been his fifth game, but John Beaton replaced him at the last minute ahead of the Aberdeen match back in August, after a hectic midweek European jaunt to Russia.

    Prior to last season, his last Motherwell match was against Aberdeen at Pittodrie (again), back in March, when the teams drew a blank in a 0-0 draw.

    It was one of two ‘Well fixtures the 31-year old took charge of during the 2012/13 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 fabulous debut goal.

    His overall record in charge of Motherwell reads eight matches in total, Motherwell winning four, drawing two and losing two. ‘Well have scored eleven and conceded eight.

    There have been twenty-five cautions dished out in those seven matches, fourteen of them to a man wearing Claret and Amber and zero dismissals.

    Kevin will be ably assisted by John McCrossan and Dougie Potter with John Beatonon 4th Official duties. The referee observer is George Clyde and the SPFL Delegate is Alan Dick.

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    Football on Friday is curry night

    Friday football is back at Fir Park for the first time in over eleven months, and we want you to join us for a ‘Curry Night’ in the Centenary Suite.

    ‘Well face Dundee United on Friday 7th November (7.45pm KO) in what will be another vital SPFL Premiership match.

    Join us from 5.30pm onwards to enjoy our tasty three-course curry event with full service and a Pay bar facility pre and post match.

    On your table will be a plentiful supply of Poppadoms and spiced onions. We’ll start with mixed pakoras, served with fresh salad and dipping sauce, followed by your choice of either a Chicken or Vegetable Curry (served with basmati rice and mini naan breads).

    To cool you down, finish the meal with a delicious Strawberry Crunch, served with fresh whipped cream alongside you choice of tea or coffee and mints.

    Legendary defender Brian Martin will be the host with your chance to meet first team players and club staff throughout the evening.

    Remember, all hospitality packages at Fir Park also include your match ticket, programme, teamsheet and half time tea too.

    The package is priced at £60 for adults and £45 for concession (both inclusive of VAT). Season Ticket holders can upgrade their regular stand ticket for just £25.

    If you would like to book your seat or table, please phone the Commercial Department on 01698 338 018, email commercial@motherwellfc.co.uk or book online by Clicking Here.

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    TV: Highlights from McDiarmid Park

    Highlights from McDiarmid Park as Liam Anderson’s 18th minute goal gives ‘Well a 1-0 win over St Johnstone.

    MFC TV

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    TV: Johansson pleased with Saints win

    Jonatan Johansson was pleased his side took all three points from McDiarmid Park, but challenged them to play better.

    The young Steelmen ran out deserved winners in the end, Liam Anderson’s 18th minute goal separating the sides.

    Motherwell could, and should, have extended that lead but passed up numerous guilt-edge chances.

    However, some careless play allowed Saints to create several opportunities of their own, and the Fir Parkers could quite easily have lost the match on another night.

    However, the Finn was keen to extenuate the positives, particularly with a big week coming up, including the SFA Youth Cup against Celtic this Sunday.

    [pullquote]I am pleased with the result, pleased with the clean sheet but I think we can play better.[/pullquote]

    Speaking to MFC TV, the former Rangers and Charlton striker said: “We created a lot of chances but, in saying that, at times we were sloppy and had to ride our luck.

    “In games like tonight, you are desperate for a second goal to come, just to settle everyone down, but we could easily have lost goals too.

    “I am pleased with the result, pleased with the clean sheet but I think we can play better.

    “We can take positives from the likes of Craig Moore, playing his first game since May, who was instrumental in the goal. Liam Anderson did well for his first game back after injury; had a few good crosses into the area and took his goal really well too.

    “We now have a huge game this Sunday in the SFA Youth Cup against Celtic and I am pleased to go into the match on the back of this solid win.”

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    St Johnstone U20s 0 – 1 Motherwell U20s

    Motherwell Under 20s returned to winning ways with a hard-fought victory over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.

    After back-to-back defeats by Rangers and Kilmarnock, the young Steelmen were desperate for the three points and they got them thanks to Liam Anderson, who scored after eighteen minutes of his first start of the season.

    Both teams created chances, although ‘Well boss Jonatan Johansson will be scratching his head at how his team didn’t extend their lead after passing up numerous glorious chances as the game headed towards its conclusion.

    The win was soured though with the sight of young Jack Leitch being stretchered off, leg in a brace, with what appeared to be a bad injury. He is due a scan in the next few days to assess the damage so hopefully it is not as serious as it looked.

    ‘Well made an astonishing eight changes to the team that lost to Kilmarnock last Tuesday with Nielsen, Watt, Ferguson, Cadden, McCall, Higgins, Thomas and MacLean dropping out, replaced by Stewart, McNulty, J.Leitch, Carswell, Erwin, Anderson, McHugh and Moore.

    Both teams started the game with chances – Dylan Easton seeing his fifth minute shot deflect into the side netting courtesy of Morgyn Neill’s block. Down the other end, Lee Erwin went close with a stinging thirty-yard shot that whistled inches past the left hand upright.

    There were howls from the visitor’s bench when Alex Kitchen appears to pull Craig Moore in the area, before going through the back of the striker to win the ball. Referee Mike Roncone had a good look at it, but decided no penalty.

    Adam Morgan then let fly from distance for Saints before ‘Well got their noses in front.

    Good hold up play by Moore allowed Erwin to slide in the supporting Liam Anderson. The winger took a good first touch, hared in on goal and kept his cool to slot it beyond Mark Hurst for his first of the campaign.

    To their credit, Saints went immediately in search of a leveler and Easton saw another shot deflect wide for a corner.

    Shortly after, from a corner, Jason Kerr was twice denied within the space of a second as both Jack McMillan and Jack Leitch headed his efforts off the line.

    Helped by a stoppage to the game as referee Roncone pulled up and had to go off for some treatment, ‘Well weathered the storm and regrouped. Erwin headed a McNulty cross straight at Hurst before, three minutes later, linking with Moore only to spin and shoot over the bar.

    It was back and fourth though and Saints again came within an inch of an equaliser. Morgan found himself clear of the ‘Well defence and was only denied by the outrushing Ross Stewart. The ball spun out to Easton whose goalbound effort was again headed off the line by the recovering McMillan.

    For their part, Motherwell managed a couple of efforts before the break with Moore heading a McNulty cross wide before McHugh sent a skidding low effort crashing inches wide of target.

    The second half was no older than one minute when Jack Leitch went down in agony. His screams alerted to something serious and Aileen Anderson and Adam Stokes, the Motherwell physiotherapists, were quickly onto the pitch. He wasn’t able to continue though and, with his leg in a brace, was stretchered off, replaced by Dom Thomas.

    Motherwell went on to dominate for a 15-minute spell and should have extended their lead. Moore sent another McNulty cross wide of the post before Thomas’ shot looked to be heading for the corner, only to be blocked by the sliding Scott Wilson.

    There was another moment of controversy to follow when Saints’ Easton was booked for simulation after a coming together in the area with Bob McHugh. On first look, it looked like a penalty for the hosts but the referee was having none of it, much to the annoyance of the small, but vocal, local support.

    Both teams continued to trade chances though, Morgan sending a header straight at Stewart before Moore came close after getting on the end of Erwin’s head on, only to send his lobbed effort wide of target.

    Saints keeper Hurst was certainly the busier of the two ‘keepers and he had to look smart to save a turn-and-shot from Moore and a low bouncing effort from McHugh.

    He could only look on though as ‘Well came within an inch of securing the game on the 75th minute. McHugh, who enjoyed an excellent second half, took his side forward before crashing a curling effort off the base of the post. It spun out at speed towards substitute Chris Cadden who could only screw the rebound over the bar.

    Motherwell continued to make all the chances though, McHugh again shot wide before being denied a certain goal after a last-ditch saving tackle inside the six-yard box by Matthew Buchanan.

    Then, a minute later, ‘Well passed up another glorious chance when Anderson’s low cross was miscued by Cadden only to fall kindly for Thomas whose effort was somehow deflected wide for a corner.

    From the resulting kick, Neill’s flicked header landed at the feet of Cadden who leathered a shot high and wide of target.

    Somehow, the score remained at 1-0 despite a later run and shot from Easton that sailed high over the crossbar. It was a worth win for ‘Well, albeit Saints did have chances throughout the ninety minutes.

    Johansson’s men now face a big SFA Youth Cup game this weekend away to Celtic on Sunday.

    Motherwell: Stewart, McNulty, McMillan, Hall, Neill, Carswell, Leitch (Thomas – 50mins), Erwin (Cadden – 71mins), McHugh, Moore (McCall – 71mins), Anderson

    Subs Not Used: Currie, Ferguson, MacLean, Higgins

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    TV: Highlights from Pittodrie

    Highlights from Pittodrie as an early Jonny Hayes consigned ‘Well to their fourth consecutive league defeat.

    MFC TV

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    Aberdeen defeat in pictures

    Action pictures from this evening’s narrow 1-0 defeat by Aberdeen at Pittodrie in the SPFL Premiership.

    Snaps courtesy of SNSPix.

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    TV: McCall bullish despite defeat

    Stuart McCall is confident he can turn around Motherwell’s fortunes despite crashed to a fourth straight Scottish Premiership defeat.

    The Steelmen lost 1-0 to Aberdeen, with an early strike from Jonny Hayes separating the sides in a dour contest at Pittodrie.

    However, as much as the team leaked goal in the last three matches, they look far more organised and assured, it was bad luck as opposed to poor defending which separated the side.

    That being said, the Fir Park boss will still be concerned with the lack of openings his side are creating.

    Despite this, the former Scotland boss was in bullish mood saying: “I was a bit lost and helpless after last Saturday and when you are on the run that we are, to lose a goal as early as that, it would have been easy to fold and lose by four or five.

    “But we spoke after the game and there is a real belief there. The first 11 games have been a disaster, there is no doubt about that, but our season starts against St Johnstone next Friday and it can’t come quickly enough.

    [pullquote]I know words are cheap but I sense a real desire, determination and hunger in the dressing room. We have got lots of players back now and competition for places.[/pullquote]

    “Yes, obviously, confidence with the run we are going through is still fragile but with the desire and determination that is in those lads, I know once we turn it around, we can go on a run.”

    The decisive goal was as untidy as the match itself, Hayes benefiting from a ricochet at the edge of the penalty area before slotting the ball past Dan Twardzik in the third minute.

    McCall added: “We talked all week about getting off to a good start and getting a foothold in the game. Initially I thought it was poor defending which led to the Aberdeen goal but I have seen it again and we were just unfortunate.

    “Stephen McManus makes a tackle which ricochets off Stevie Hammell and falls in Hayes’ path and he scores. You fear the worst after that with the run that we are on but the players showed courage to get on the ball without creating clear-cut chances.”

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    Helen Templeton’s Blog #8

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    Ladies

    The Ladies unbeaten run looked certain to be broken at the weekend as they went 3-0 down by half time to Renfrew Stallions.

    The weather for the game was typical of a Scottish autumnal day. Howling winds, teaming rain and bitter temperatures was the setting, but with a Scottish twist of warm sunshine sporadically thrown in for good measure!

    With this fixture set to be a tough contest, the first goal was going to be crucial.

    The ‘Well ladies started strongly and pressed Renfrew high in their own half, almost breaking the deadlock within the first 10 minutes of the game.

    Unfortunately, not being clinical enough in front of goal allowed the Stallions to settle into the match and to create chances of their own. Sadly, it didn’t take them long to convert.

    Stallions winger Kirsty McBride was tumbled in the box and the referee had no hesitation pointing to the spot. A nervous moment for goalkeeper Danielle McNamara, but despite her best efforts, the ball was struck sweetly and nestled in the bottom corner. Renfrew 1 Motherwell 0

    Despite great spells of play from Motherwell, it wasn’t enough and it was to be Renfrew who netted next to double their advantage. A great ball through from the Stallions experienced midfield gave their striker plenty of space to compose herself and strike the ball into the side netting, a cool and confident finish. Renfrew 2 Motherwell 0

    A few minutes later, all was not well for our ladies as Renfrew broke once again and found space in behind the ‘Well defensive line. One thing stallions didn’t do, was waste their chances. As the whistle blew, the half finished Renfrew Stallions 3 Motherwell Ladies 0.

    It’s hard to believe a team who are 3-0 down at half time are having much impact on the game, but ‘ at no point did the Well ladies look out of the running. As we know, football is a game of two halves and Motherwell ladies aren’t a team who gives in easily.

    Pamela Liddel unfortunately had to make an early departure, so the 55th minute saw the introduction of on-form striker, Sophie Gallagher and it didn’t take her long to make her mark on the game. First glance at a chance and the young striker was to make no mistakes. Fantastic pressure and a composed head in front of goal, Sophie placed the ball passed the onrushing stallions goal keeper to spark the start of the Well comeback. Stallions 3 Motherwell 1.

    Toni Mason, I’ve heard who was once referred to as a player with the heart of a lion, wasnt prepared to let things lie there either! A misplaced pass from Motherwell allowed Renfrew to regain possession deep in their own half. A lost ball perhaps? …not my Mason’s standards! A darting run from the talismanic midfielder saw immediate pressure on the Stallions back line and a strong tackle saw the ball fall sweetly into the path of mason who, fired an absolute cannon past the keeper from just inside the 18-yard box. Stallions 3 – Motherwell 2

    With ten minutes remaining, Motherwell seemed untouchable. Retaining possession and regularly breaching into the Stallions box, it looked certain they would score. It was inspiring to watch, the work rate was high and there was no doubt the belief was there that they could take something from this game.

    A penetrating diagonal through ball from the Motherwell left wasn’t dealt with by the home defence, allowing Natasha Roberts to latch onto the loose ball, took it around the keeper and slotted home, Stallions 3 Motherwell 3! Incredible.

    Motherwell pushed so hard for the equaliser, but Renfrew, with a little bit of good fortune, held out in the remaining minutes to see the game out. The referee blew for full time and the match ended a stalemate.

    A great performance from both teams and one that certainly made it worth both sets of fans venturing out in some wild weather.

    Full Time: Renfrew Stallions 3 Motherwell Ladies 3

    Manager Graeme McArthur said after the match: “I was really disappointed in our first half performance and to go 3-0 down wasn’t good enough; our standards are higher than that.

    “However, I can’t give enough credit to my squad of players in the second half. To come back from three goals down at any level is something not to be sniffed at and in the end, we were really unfortunate not to sneak a win.

    “We had several opportunities in the latter stages, but one in particular gave us a fantastic chance to walk away with the points, but it wasn’t to be. The game was double edged in that I was delighted to comeback and draw, but I was also disappointed for the girls who I genuinely felt, despite going three goals down, deserved more with the effort the put in in the second half.”

    Fixture Info:

    Last game of season 2013/14: Sun 26th Oct, Motherwell LFC v Daisy Park, 12noon KO

    Under 9s:

    The Under 9s were at K Park again last Sunday for their weekly tournament. A hugely successful day saw the youngsters leave unbeaten and having performed really well as a squad. The girls did well to defend so tightly at the back, but still create plenty of chances up top. They showed great strength in all areas of the park and like a team with years of experience, moved the ball really well in all areas of the park. Coach Laura Daly said: “The team are showing huge improvements on a weekly basis and that’s a credit to their hard work and commitment in training.”

    Under 11s:

    The Under 11s were in action against Rossvale at the weekend. A carbon copy of the ladies result saw the youngsters draw 3-3 and then steal a win 3-1 in the resulting penalty shoot out. The team fought hard and created some fantastic link up play, particularly between the midfield and striker. Well done girls!

    U9 and U11 Fixture Info:

    Sunday 26th October, Kilwinning Festival, KO 9.30am.