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    Helen Templeton’s Blog #13

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    Motherwell 3 – 1 Kilmarnock

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    Helen Templeton’s Blog #13

    Fir park opens it’s doors for league leader ladies in midweek showcase match.

    Equality between male and female sport has always been a hotly debated topic, not always helped by sexist comments from the media suggesting female sports in some way lacks the excitement and skill of their male counterparts…but we know this isn’t true! Unfortunately though, despite the high skill level, commitment, vision and drive of female footballers, it often seems that the game doesn’t always receive backing in equal measures.

    Despite women’s football being one of the fastest growing sports in the world, it seems a constant battle to receive the financial backing, dedicated media coverage and general status it deserves. Let’s look at our female national A squad who are higher ranked than the men’s team…but I bet you didn’t know that, but who would blame you, it’s not like our beautiful game is regularly showcased on the back page of our morning papers.

    So let’s strip things back to basics. Ok, so we can’t hide the fact that there has to be some kind of financial backing to raise the status of women’s football, but let’s look beyond that. Women’s football needs to firstly be on a par with that of our men’s teams before anything else. Certain aspects of the game may differ but being treated the same is where I believe it starts. The simple things like training kit, equipment and facilities used are a basis for equality. Some of our female teams here in Scotland train 4 times a week, that’s more than most of out top level men’s teams…as well as manage a full time job or further education …and kids too! The sad thing is though that a lot of the clubs in Scotland who have both men’s and women’s teams playing at a high level, have little or no affiliation with their female counterparts at all.

    But clubs like Motherwell FC have fully embraced being affiliated with their ladies team and offer a huge amount of support in order to ensure they are not only treated as equals, but are given the best opportunities possible to join forces and together, achieve club goals! This has really helped Motherwell ladies create a highly professional set up which is undoubtedly an attractive feature when looking to seek top level players. Motherwell FC whole heartedly supports their female counterparts in a whole host of different ways. The ladies are given full use of first team facilities for both their training nights and more! This includes the club gym, cardio and conditioning rooms and state of the art training equipment. The ladies take full advantage of this privilege on a Wednesday night when they use both cardio and conditioning equipment to ensure they are hitting cardio and muscular endurance targets before heading out to the 3G astro facility to the rear of the stadium for their skills and tactics based sessions. The use of these facilities is paramount to any professional set up to ensure players are performing at peak levels.

    Motherwell FC have also supported the ladies this season in ensuring they look as professional off the pitch as they do on it! This season the club donated full training kit and match day tracksuits to all players. Sourcing funding to buy this amount of quality merchandise for any club is no mean feat. It’s fantastic to have this support and have all players affiliated with the club, proudly wearing the badge …which gives the perfect look for match day photos! Gone are the days your mum stands at the side of the park with a disposable camera trying to catch you in your best action shot! Motherwell FC have linked up the ladies team to provide them with their own professional photographers who cover their SPFL Premiership games! A huge thank you to SNS pix who have kindly agreed to support the ladies with their league and cup campaigns this season. SNS pix have already covered 2 of the ladies games so close in to the start of their season and you can see for yourself, the quality of their work is absolutely outstanding! Thank you SNS pix! Be sure to follow us on twitter: @MotherwellLFC to see match day photos.




    Impressive isn’t it!? …but there’s more!!

    Motherwell FC has given the ladies team the use of their first team stadium, Fir Park for selected games this season, allowing the ladies to use first team changing facilities and the pitch to play on but also allowing them to open the doors of Fir Park to the friends, families and fans of their club. Something I believe is a key factor to the success of the women’s game.

    Playing in a professional stadium on a carpet surface is every players dream isn’t it? To have the eyes of the world on you..to score that world class goal and turn to face the thousands of screaming fans chanting your name!? Come on, admit it, we’ve all had that dream once or twice! Its exciting! Plain and simple! It’s the kind of thing that gives a player goosebumps. Walking down the tunnel, anticipating that first step onto inch perfect grass! It reminds you of why you give the blood sweat and tears and leave every ounce of energy you have on the training ground, knowing that come match day, the stadium is where you get to showcase your hard work.

    It makes it professional! Facilities are of the highest order. Not only does it look fantastic, but as a player in those surroundings it makes you feel fantastic, which can only be a good thing for team morale but more importantly, team performance! It certainly makes all the difference in the world to a player to play on that kind of surface rather than having to avoid potholes and the latest present left by the local dog!

    There is absolutely no question a professional surface raises the quality of the game. A slick passing surface allows the ball to travel at pace, smoothly across the grass. This raises the tempo of the game and in turn increases the tiki taka quick style of play which we all love to see on match day! …great for the players…great for the fans! Watching women’s football is an absolutely brilliant day out! The quality of the game can bring just as much flair, skill, determination, grit, aggression and excitement as any men’s game! Coming along to the local park, with no seating, toilets or shelter is one thing, but coming along to watch a women’s game in a 15,000 seater stadium, bovril to hand and a pitch perfect view really does make it a fantastic family day out for all! It’s a great opportunity to bring along the family and inspire our future stars into the game! Regular stadium games will attract a regular match day crowd of dedicated fans but will also create an attractive environment to bring out a whole new set of MLFC supporters and that can only be a good thing!

    So thanks to Motherwell FC nows your chance to get your friends, family, uncles, aunties, nieces, nephews, granny’s and granda’s out and along to experience the passion and Well family atmosphere of the women’s game in Lanarkshire’s finest stadium! The first opportunity to see the Ladies take to the pitch will be on the evening of Wednesday13th May where they will play Edinburgh South in the league, 8pm KO. Well ladies formally invites you all to come along, cheer and support our ladies from the stands as they take to the hallowed turf of Fir Park for the first time this season! It would be great to see some first team fans there showing support to our ladies and entry is absolutely FREE! A fantastic Wednesday night out for all the family.

    A huge thank you to all at Motherwell FC for your support this season, including all the first team players and staff for your continued support on social media. Motherwell FC have shown the ladies a tremendous club support and one that rightly puts our men and women on an even playing field. It’s fantastic to be working in unity to achieve club success.

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

    Extended highlights from Fir Park as goals from Erwin, McDonald and Ainsworth gave ‘Well a 3-1 win.

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    TV: Baraclough hails battling ‘Well

    ‘Well boss Ian Baraclough praised the resilience of his side after the 3-1 win against Kilmarnock at Fir Park.

    The Steelmen had roared into a comfortable 2-0 lead at the break and were looking good to see out the match for a vital win.

    However, Josh Magennis halved the deficit and there was a spell when you could almost feel the nerves inside the stadium.

    However, to their credit, ‘Well were able to regain their composure, regain their ascendancy in the match and eventually added a decisive third late on to confirm the victory.

    A pleased Ian Baraclough told MFC TV after the match: “We had to dig in at times, show some character and had do some of the uglier sides of the game tonight. We did that which in turn allowed us to go and play our football when the opportunity allowed for it.

    “I enjoyed some of our attacking play. It can be difficult when you’re under a bit of pressure to show that sort of football, but credit to the players.

    “The goals all had some nice elements to them and we do carry a threat. We’re creating chances – I think we had 19 shots tonight and that’s certainly an encouraging sign.”

    [pullquote]I enjoyed some of our attacking play. It can be difficult when you’re under a bit of pressure to show that sort of football, but credit to the players.[/pullquote]

    ‘Well now sit three points behind Kilmarnock with two games left to play.

    Ross County have the chance to extend that back to six if they beat St Mirren in Dingwall at the weekend, but Baraclough is adamant is side need to finish the season with victories to really ramp up the pressure on others in the fight.

    Asked if his side needed six points from their next two, he added: “We’ve got to, otherwise tonight’s win is for nothing. Two wins gives others very little margin for error, but we’ll take it one step at a time.

    “We’ve built some momentum over the last ten games, albeit with a few blips along the way; but we need to try and maintain that. I believe in the players and I think they can go and deal with it. It’ll be difficult, but they’ve got the ability

    “But for now we’ll take a break over the weekend then come back in on Monday with all guns blazing towards St Mirren next weekend.”
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    Kilmarnock win in pictures

    Action pictures from this evening’s 3-1 win over Kilmarnock at Fir Park.

    Snaps courtesy of SNSPix.

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    Motherwell 3 – 1 Kilmarnock

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    Phil McGhee Fir Park

    A resounding ‘Well win closed the gap on Kilmarnock to three points and ensures that the fight to avoid the play-offs goes on.

    After a slow start, two goals from Scott McDonald and Lee Erwin in the latter part of the first half provided Motherwell with the perfect foundation for what should have been a comfortable and well deserved win.

    But when Josh Magennis pulled one back for Killie soon after the break, ‘Well fans had to endure a few missed chances and anxious moments before Lionel Ainsworth came off the bench to make it 3-1 and put the game and the three crucial points beyond any doubt.

    Knowing that it really was a ‘must win’ game, Ian Baraclough was forced to make one change from the side which drew with Ross County, Simon Ramsden coming in at right back for the injured Josh Law.

    The ‘Well defence had an early escape when a Magennis’ pass somehow found its way to the unmarked Paul Cairney but from12 yards his low shot was blocked by George Long.

    Not surprisingly, given the stakes, the Fir Park players were are a little nervous in possession and Killie almost made them pay after 15 minutes when Magennis had time to control the ball before firing an angled drive which Long brilliantly blocked with his feet.

    It took the home side 22 minutes for their first threat on goal when Marvin Johnson, who was a constant threat on the left, curled the ball towards Scott McDonald but his header drifted harmlessly over.

    In their next attack six minutes later, though, ‘Well found the target and take charge of the game.

    Lee Erwin showed tremendous skill just inside the box to evade three tackles. And although Craig Samson got down well to parry the young striker’s shot on the line, McDonald nipped in to ram the ball home for his second goal in two games.

    Lee Ashcroft was annoyed when he narrowly failed to head home the equaliser on the half hour mark but the Killie centre back was left bamboozled when the home side made it 2-0 seven minutes from the interval.

    Lee Erwin appeared to have little options as he chased a long ball at the edge of the box closely marked by Ashcroft. But the striker twice turned his opponent before dragging the ball towards the centre of the box, finishing off a fantastic solo goal by drilling the ball across Samson to put ‘Well in the driving seat.

    And a with Killie dazed McDonald almost made it 3-0 but his header from Johnson’s cross was well saved by Samson at the foot of his post.

    In attempt to stave off a another crushing defeat Gary Locke made two changes at the interval and within seven minutes they had pulled a goal back.

    The ‘Well defence failed to deal with a Jamie Hamill corner and after the ball had floated across the six yard box a few times, Magennis forced it home to give the visitors a lift.

    The third goal which would have eased the home fans almost came on the 70th minute. Erwin’s headed flick found McDonald who rolled the ball in front of Conor Grant and his rising shot was netbound until Samson palmed the ball over.

    That gave the ‘Well players a spark to their play and another swift move ended with Keith Lasley drilling his shot wide from 20 yards.

    Firstly Erwin and then Johnson skied efforts over the bar as the game entered the final 10 minutes on a bit of a knife edge.

    With five minutes remaing, Baraclough brought on Lionel Ainsworth and Anthony Straker just in time to see McDonald curl a 25 yard free kick just outside Samson’s right hand post.

    But it was left to Ainsworth to make certain of the points in the final minute of normal time. McDonald carried the ball towrds the box before playing in the sub who stepped inside Daryl Westlake before sweeping the ball past Samson for a great finish.

    John Sutton then came on for the five minutes of added on time but it was McDonald who might have added another when he raced through the expose Kille defence before forcing a fine diving save from Samson.

    However, despite his heroics the Kilmarnock ‘keeper couldn’t prevent his side from slipping to their seventh consecutive defeat and gives the Steelmen hope they can get out of the bottom two.

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     Ally Reilly at Fir Park

    Great performance and an enormous three points. COYW!!!!

    FULL TIME!!!

    90′ | 3-1 | #MFCvKFC

    Almost 4 as McDonald bursts clear but Samson stands tall and diverts it wide for a corner.

    90′ | 3-1 | #MFCvKFC

    Motherwell sub, Sutton on for Erwin.

    90′ | 3-1 | #MFCvKFC

    Ainsworth drills it past Samson after being played in McDonald!! Great goal!


    87′ | 2-1 | #MFCvKFC

    McDonald curls his free-kick from 25 yards just wide of the post with Samson beat!

    86′ | 2-1 | #MFCvKFC

    Motherwell subs, Grant and Hammell off for Ainsworth and Straker

    85′ | 2-1 | #MFCvKFC

    Westlake booked for a late challenge on Erwin….

    82′ | 2-1 | #MFCvKFC

    Erwin cuts past Ashcroft but his shot from just outside the box is high and over the bar.

    Young ‘Well fans can vote now for their Man of the Match by using #MatchAttaxMOTM. #MFCvKFC

    76′ | 2-1 | #MFCvKFC

    Barbour is bandaged up and will continue, Johnson back on too.

    75′ | 2-1 | #MFCvKFC

    Sore one for Barbour an Johnson who clash heads going for a header. Both down receiving treatment.

    73′ | 2-1 | #MFCvKFC

    Nice bit of play by Hammell and McDonald sets up Lasley who fires well wide from 25 yards.

    71′ | 2-1 | #MFCvKFC

    Kilmarnock sub, Pascali off for the bearded Connolly

    70′ | 2-1 | #MFCvKFC

    Good save by Samson to beat Grant’s powerful shot over the bar from 15 yards. Corner….cleared by Killie.

    68′ | 2-1 | #MFCvKFC

    Hamill and Pearson booked. Looked like it got a bit heated between the two.

    64′ | 2-1 | #MFCvKFC

    Pascali booked for a late challenge on Pearson. Grant’s delivery is too deep and goes out for goal kick.

    63′ | 2-1 | #MFCvKFC

    McDonald picks the ball up on the left and crosses high to Erwin but he can only head wide. Awkward chance.

    Tonight’s match attendance at Fir Park is 3,986. Thanks as always for joining us. #MFCvKFC

    59′ | 2-1 | #MFCvKFC

    Free-kick to ‘Well in decent area, Johnson delivers and it’s nodded wide by what looked like a Killie player.No corner.

    52′ | 2-1 | #MFCvKFC

    Goal, Magennis pulls one back for Killie, tapping home from close range

    49′ | 2-0 | #MFCvKFC

    Killie free-kick in a good wide position,taken short then cleared by Lasley

    46′ | 2-0 | #MFCvKFC

    Johnson and Lasley get the second 45 underway. COYW!

    Half-time | 2-0 | #MFCvKFC

    Two Killie subs, McKenzie and Clingan off for Obadeyi and Kiltie.


    Motherwell 2 – 0 Kilmarnock

    42′ | 2-0 | #MFCvKFC

    Johnson whips in a deep cross which McDonald gets his head to but can’t generate enough power to beat Samson.

    41′ | 2-0 | #MFCvKFC

    Samson called into action again, this time getting his foot onto Johnson’s powerful low drive. All Motherwell now!

    39′ | 2-0 | #MFCvKFC

    Hammell does superbly to release Erwin, who shows enough strength and finishes past Samson to make it 2-0!!!!


    36′ | 1-0 | #MFCvKFC

    Great bit of wing play from Johnson as he skips past Barbour but his drive cross has nobody on the end of it.

    35′ | 1-0 | #MFCvKFC

    Good play down the left wing leads to a ‘Well corner but Miller and Cairney combine to clear the danger.

    30′ | 1-0 | #MFCvKFC

    Ashcroft has a free header 6 yards out but somehow fails to hit the target!

    26’| 1-0 | #MFCvKFC

    Samson can only beat Erwin’s powerful shot out to McDonald who was on hand to tap in from 2 yards!!! 1-0!!


    17′ | 0-0 | #MFCvKFC

    Strong, strong claim for a penalty there! Westlake appeared to move his arm towards to the ball to clear from Grant.

    16′ | 0-0 | #MFCvKFC

    Magennis gets a low shot away from a tight angle which ricochets off Hammell.Long does excellently to get a foot on it!

    9’| 0-0 | #MFCvKFC

    Erwin wins a corner off Pascali…great Conor Grant delivery but nobody on the end of it.

    2′ | 0-0 | #MFCvKFC

    Big chance for Cairney who gets on the end of a low cross but Long is equal to it and O’Brien mops up!

    2′ | 0-0 | #MFCvKFC

    Ball falls nicely for Cairney about 25 yards out and he tries his luck. Thankfully it whizzes well wide.

    Kick-off | 0-0 | #MFCvKFC

    Hamill and McKenzie get the game underway. COYW!!


    Motherwell manager Ian Baraclough:

    “The win drags us closer to Kilmarnock. What happens in those situations, all of a sudden players get edgy, make decisions that you probably wouldn’t do normally, fans get edgy.

    “I feel as though we are a side that are in the ascendancy but it’s all to play for. There are two massive games now for both us and Kilmarnock and it gets us closer and they know we are on their tails.”

    Kilmarnock manager Gary Locke:

    “We knew if we got a result tonight we were okay. The fact that Motherwell have beaten us, we are right in the mix.

    “No point feeling sorry for ourselves, we have got to make sure we respond. We have been on a terrible run and we have to rectify that next week.”


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    Final day details confirmed

    The SPFL has confirmed the final round of bottom six fixtures in the Premiership will all take place on Saturday 23rd May.

    There was an option for matches to be switched to Friday night for live television coverage on BT Sport, but the league has confirmed the games will go ahead on the Saturday as originally planned – with kick-off 3pm.

    The Steelmen are due to take on Partick Thistle that day in a fixture that could prove to be vital in the bid to avoid the bottom two.

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    TV: Law has positive mindset

    Josh Law reckons the mood in the Motherwell camp is positive ahead of three crunch games to end the season.

    The Steelmen sit in the Premiership’s play-off spot, six points adrift of Ross County and tomorrow’s opponents Kilmarnock,  but a win is going to be vital to peg back the Ayrshire side and set-up a dramatic climax to the season.

    Law, who has settled into his role of right back, believes his side can prove the doubters wrong and find their way out of eleventh place.

    Speaking to the broadcast press at today’s press conference, he said:  “The mood in the camp is good and although last week we wanted all three points, a point keeps us within distance of Ross County and Kilmarnock, which makes tomorrow’s game massive for us.”

    [pullquote]There is obviously tension but there is also a confidence and a determination that we can get out of this position and a win tomorrow gives us a chance.[/pullquote]

    “We’ve got to stick together and get through this; it’s our only option and we’ll be looking to get the three points to get things rolling again and set up a tense finish to the season.

    “It’s win or bust, with three games left and six points off safety. If we can win tomorrow it may make Ross County and Kilmarnock a little nervous, so a win is essential.

    “It doesn’t matter if you’ve been here for ten months or ten years, we all have pride in ourselves , our team mates and who we are working for and we owe it to the fans to come together as a group and stay in this division.”

    MFC TV

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    TV: Baraclough wants ‘Well win

    Despite numerous possible permutations for survival, Ian Baraclough concedes his side need to take maximum points tomorrow to be in with any chance of avoiding eleventh place.

    The Steelmen play their seventh Friday night game of the season tomorrow when they take on Kilmarnock, who have lost their last six games, a run which the Fir Park boss is sadly familiar with.

    The Englishman told the assembled press: “We’ve been on the run they are on and it is difficult to get yourself out of it. It’s difficult to suddenly switch from six defeats to thinking we are a decent side.

    “Players have doubts, in themselves and each other. We’ve had that period and managed to get some decent results off the back of it by understanding that we are a good team and have good ability.

    [pullquote]We’ve been on the run they are on and it is difficult to get yourself out of it. It’s difficult to suddenly switch from six defeats to thinking we are a decent side.[/pullquote]

    “Hopefully we can play on the fact they are on a poor run themselves. There will be nerves and an edginess to the game. Supporters can get edgy and sometimes that can transmit onto the players but if we can attack it, we can eradicate those nerves and there will be a confidence in the way we can go and play and that is when you can get the best of the players.

    “We’ll have to go for it as we have to win the game. We’ll have to put in a lot of effort to go and get the chances and we’ll have to be creative and defend well. They won’t come here to just pick up a point and they have their threats, which we know all about, but for me the way we play best is by taking the game by the scruff of the neck, playing on the front foot and trying to play in their half.

    “Of course we need favours from other sides but we’ve got to concentrate on ourselves and we can’t worry about what happens elsewhere or in another weeks time. It’s here and now, it’s a Friday night game and we can make sure we can put teams above us under a certain amount of pressure if we go and win our game.”

    MFC TV

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    Curry Night returns this Friday

    Friday football is back at Fir Park yet again and we want you to join us for a ‘Curry Night’ in the Centenary Suite.

    ‘Well face Kilmarnock on Friday 8th May (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).

    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 from just £25.

    If you would like to book your seat or table, please phone the Commercial Department on 01698 333333 or email commercial@motherwellfc.co.uk

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    Under 20s squad updates

    Motherwell Football Club today confirmed to its Under 20s which players would be offered extended deals.

    David Ferguson, Ben Hall, Chris Cadden and Dylan Mackin have all been offered new contracts to stay with the club.

    In addition, seven players have been promoted from the club’s Elite Academy Under 17s to be first-year full time professionals for 2015/16.

    They are: Dylan Falconer, Jake Hastie, David Turnbull, PJ Morrison, Barry McGuire, Josh Moore and Adam Livingstone.

    Sadly, Max Currie, Morgyn Neill, Danny McNulty, Craig McCall, Liam Anderson and Steven Higgins will leave when their contracts expire at the end of the month.

    Motherwell Football Club would like to sincerely thank each and every player who is leaving for their contribution and wish them every success in the future career.