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    Hearts 2 – 0 Motherwell

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    Stephen Pearson: Injury Update

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    Midfielder Jake Taylor signs on loan

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    Bolton visit for Lasley Testimonial Match

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    Motherwell 0 – 2 Dundee Utd

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    Hearts 2 – 0 Motherwell

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     Phil McGhee at  Tynecastle

    A goal in both halves consigned a disappointing Motherwell to a 0-2 defeat at high-flying Hearts this evening.

    After containing the Jambos for the opening thirty minutes, restricting them to very little, Scott McDonald pulled down Sam Nicholson inside the area for a penalty. Gavin Reilly converted from twelve yards to give the hosts an interval lead.

    ‘Well made a positive start to the second period and put the Jambos under some pressure, before Billy King grabbed a second with a twenty-yard shot that squirmed under Connor Ripley.

    It was a disappointing evening for the Steelmen, who failed to really lay a glove on Hearts who now sit top of the table after three successive wins.

    For ‘Well, the result leaves them in seventh spot, three points after three matches.

    Ian Baraclough made three changes to the starting eleven that lost to Dundee United four days ago. Lionel Ainsworth, Jake Taylor and Louis Moult all made their first start of the campaign, replacing Joe Chalmers, Jack Leitch and the injured Wes Fletcher. The influential Stephen Pearson remained sidelined with a knee injury.

    Hearts came out the traps flying and Nicholson fired early intentions with a flashing shot from twenty yards that skidded past the post.

    Motherwell’s first opportunity came on the eighteenth minute when Morgaro Gomis headed an Ainsworth cross at his own goal, but Alexander was well positioned to stop the own goal.

    A minute later, ‘Well were almost in when McDonald robbed Prince Bauben on the edge of his own area, allowing Moult to collect. However, the former Wrexham man could only trickle a low shot back towards the Hearts keeper.

    ‘Well had settled into the match after their shaky start and almost hit Hearts with a classic counter, but Johnson’s hooked cross was plucked by Alexander with Moult ready to head home.

    Just as it looked as if ‘Well were beginning to get the upper hand in the match, Hearts took the lead courtesy of a penalty. After dispossessing Scott McDonald thirty yards from goal, Sam Nicholson burst towards the box. As he was winding up to hit it, he was bundled to the ground by the former Aussie International with referee Brian Colvin pointing to the spot.

    Former Queen of the South man Gavin Reilly stood up and coolly slotted the ball into the bottom right hand corner, sending Ripley the wrong way.

    ‘Well’s reply was instant, Johnson’s taking on a left-footed effort from twenty yards, but Alexander was comfortable enough, holding on at his near post.

    With the majority of the 16,000 plus crowd roaring them on, Hearts continued to create though. Bauben flashed a header just wide of target and Reilly almost grabbed his second with a stinging shot that Ripley was equal too.

    With just one goal in at as ‘Well got the game going again, the Fir Parkers made a positive start to the second half and Ainsworth nearly had his side level within two minutes, flashing a low shot/cross across the face of goal, but it dropped wide with no takers.

    Motherwell had the majority of play but just after the hour, Hearts sealed the game with a second goal. A ball out to the right flank had Billy King in space. He cut back onto his left foot before lashing a shot at Ripley who allowed it to squirm under him and into the net.

    Motherwell huffed and puffed through the closing twenty-five minutes and had a Laing shot drop wide, an effort from David Clarkson sail over and a low Johnson strike in the dying seconds that was comfortably held by Neil Alexander in the home goal.

    In the end, despite numerous half chances, Hearts ran out comfortable and deserved winners. It’s back to the drawing board for Ian Baraclough, who now faces another tough challenge as Aberdeen visit Fir Park this weekend.

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     Ally Reilly at Tynecastle

     FT: Hearts 2 – 0 Motherwell #HMFCvMFC

    88′ | 2-0 | #HMFCvMFC
    Ball falls kindly to Clarkson on the edge of the box but he volleys over the bar.

    86′ | 2-0 | #HMFCvMFC
    Motherwell sub, Clarkson on for McDonald

    83′ | 2-0 | #HMFCvMFC
    Hearts sub, Rossi off for McGhee

    76′ | 2-0 | #HMFCvMFC
    Motherwell sub, Moult off for Thomas

    66′ | 2-0 | #HMFCvMFC
    Motherwell sub, Lasley off for Leitch.

    64′ | 2-0 | #HMFCvMFC
    Goal – King cuts in from the right and fires past Ripley to make it 2-0.

    59′ | 1-0 | #HMFCvMFC
    Hearts sub, Juanma on for Sow.

    58′ | 1-0 | #HMFCvMFC
    Taylor booked for a wild challenge on Reilly.

    55′ | 1-0 | #HMFCvMFC
    Bit of Motherwell pressure but Hearts break away and Reilly tests Ripley with a long range shot.

    47′ | 1-0 | #HMFCvMFC
    Great feet from Ainsworth to get past Rossi and he gets a away a great low shot/cross. No takers though!

    Second half | 1-0 | #HMFCvMFC
    Taylor and Lasley get the second half underway

    HT | 1-0 | #HMFCvMFC
    Half time, Hearts 1 – 0 Motherwell.

    45′ | 1-0 | #HMFCvMFC
    Three minutes added on.

    …whose first time cross is too long for Ainsworth at the back post.

    44′ | 1-0 | #HMFCvMFC
    Almost a glorious chance as Ainsworth is in plenty of space but McDonald doesn’t spot him and plays it to Moult…

    38′ | 1-0 | #HMFCvMFC
    Hearts dominating and Reilly stings the palms of Ripley with a left-footed shot from the edge of the D.

    37′ | 1-0 | #HMFCvMFC
    Very nearly 2 as Buaben is picked out in the box and his header flashes wide of the post.

    34′ | 1-0 | #HMFCvMFC
    ‘Well looking for a quick reply but Johnson’s left footed shot from 20 yards is held comfortably by Alexander

    32′ | 1-0 | #HMFCvMFC
    Goal – Reilly slots it home to make it 1-0 Hearts.

    32′ | 0-0 | #HMFCvMFC
    Penalty to Hearts….

    28′ | 0-0 | #HMFCvMFC
    Law does enough to deflect Ozturk’s header wide of the post for a corner.

    28′ | 0-0 | #HMFCvMFC
    Laing is booked for bringing down King. Another free-kick in a dangerous area…

    25′ | 0-0 | #HMFCvMFC
    The ball into the box is poor and ‘Well counter through Ainsworth. Ball is worked to Johnson whose cross is gathered.

    25′ | 0-0 | #HMFCvMFC
    Hearts have free-kick in a dangerous area, after Hammell hauled down King on the edge of the box.

    19′ | 0-0 | #HMFCvMFC
    Great chance as McDonald dispossesses Buaben and plays in Moult but his left footed shot is too weak to trouble.
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    18′ | 0-0 | #HMFCvMFC
    Half chance there as Ainsworth swings in a good ball from the right. Gomis’ header has to be dealt with by Alexander

    13′ | 0-0 | #HMFCvMFC
    Looks like both players will continue, thankfully.

    12′ | 0-0 | #HMFCvMFC
    Stoppage in play as Laing and Reilly receive treatment for a head knock. Both doctors are on…..

    2′ | 0-0 | #HMFCvMFC
    Home side looking dangerous. Sow breaks clear of the back-line but McManus recovers well, sliding the ball to safety.

    2′ | 0-0 | #HMFCvMFC
    Nicholson with the first sight of goal. His shot from 20 yards skids just past the post. Ripley had it covered, though

    Kick-off | #HMFCvMFC
    Sow and Reilly get the game underway. COYW!

    Pre-match | #HMFCvMFC
    The teams are out the tunnel at a packed Tynecastle. Should be a good one….

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    TV: Baraclough up for Tynecastle test

    Ian Baraclough is looking forward to sampling the Tynecastle atmosphere and knows ‘Well will have to be at their best to derail the high-flying Jambos.

    The Gorgie club have returned to the top league with a bang, beating St Johnstone and Dundee in the opening two games, scoring six goals.

    ‘Well have lost just twice in their last nine visits to Tynecastle, but this could arguably be the toughest test faced over that run.

    However, with a great win at the Caledonian Stadium and a very encouraging performance, albeit ending in defeat against Dundee Utd, means mood in the Claret and Amber camp is high.

    [pullquote]We need to be fresh, full of energy, which we are, and I’m looking forward to what will be a really good atmosphere and I think that’ll give the players a bit of incentive to go and do well[/pullquote]

    Steelmen boss Baraclough is looking forward to it and has challenged his players to once again upset the odds in front of a large, vociferous home crowd.

    He said: “Robbie Neilson’s side have started very, very well. They’ve carried the momentum through from the Championship-winning team and at home they’ll be a force to be reckoned with.

    “So we’ve got to be right on our game. We need to be fresh, full of energy, which we are, and I’m looking forward to what will be a really good atmosphere and I think that’ll give the players a bit of incentive to go and do well.

    “It’s a great stage, a great ground. I’ve never played there, but people I’ve spoken to say it’s one of the best in Scotland for atmosphere.”

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    Stephen Pearson: Injury Update

    Motherwell FC has learned the full extent of Stephen Pearson’s injury, sustained on the opening day of the season at Inverness.

    A scan has revealed the 32-year old former Scotland International has some knee cartilage damage that will require fairly routine surgery to rectify.

    That surgery will go ahead this coming Friday (14th August).

    However, both the surgery and recovery could rule the player out for six weeks.

    The will come as a blow to Ian Baraclough but the ‘Well boss was remaining optimistic and was relieved it wasn’t more serious.

    [pullquote]These sorts of contact based injuries are, sadly, unavoidable and part of the game so we can’t do anything but get on with it.[/pullquote]

    “There was a worry when it first happened that Stephen may have sustained a cruciate ligament injury, so we’re obviously delighted that’s not been the case.

    “These sorts of contact based injuries are, sadly, unavoidable and part of the game so we can’t do anything but get on with it.

    “Stephen has started the season well, but this gives opportunities to other players to stake a claim for a spot in the starting eleven. I am confident in those who will now get their chance to stand up and take responsibility.”

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    Midfielder Jake Taylor signs on loan

    Motherwell FC has today completed the loan signing of Reading’s Welsh International Jake Taylor.

    Taylor, a 23-year old midfielder, has been with the Royals for 16 years but from 2011 onwards, has enjoyed loan spells at Aldershot, Exeter, Cheltenham, Crawley and Leyton Orient.

    He has played a total of 23 times for Reading in the Championship, scoring three goals (the vast majority of those coming last season).

    As an aside from his club career, Jake has also played for the Welsh Under 17s, Under 19s, Under 21s before eventually making his senior debut, earning his first cap against Cyprus in October last year.

    Taylor has joined on loan until the end of the season, with a break option in January. He will wear squad number 25 and will go straight into the squad for Wednesday night’s game against Hearts, subject to clearance formalities.

    [pullquote]I am coming to Motherwell with the aim of getting as much game time as possible and to help the team. I’m 23 now and it’s important that I am getting as much first-team football as I can[/pullquote]

    Speaking to MFC TV, Taylor said: “I am really pleased to be at the club and just can’t wait to get started now.

    “I’ve had a good pre-season down at Reading, played a few games and I feel fit and ready to go.

    “I am coming to Motherwell with the aim of getting as much game time as possible and to help the team. I’m 23 now and it’s important that I am getting as much first-team football as I can.

    “I’ve spoke to a couple of ex Motherwell players like Nick Blackman and Tom Hateley and both had nothing but good things to say about the Club and Scottish football and that certainly helped make my mind up about joining.”

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    Tynecastle ticket information

    A reminder for fans with regards to ticket information for Wednesday’s match against Heart of Midlothian.

    ‘Well fans will the housed in the Roseburn Stand, and have been allocated a lower and upper section, with varying prices.

    Tickets for the lower tier are now sold out.

    Ticket prices for the Roseburn Stand upper are:

    Adults:   £24 
    Over 65’s & student                    £18
    Under 18s                   £14
    Under 12s                   £5

    Tickets are on sale at the Fir Park ticket office up until 3pm on the day of the match. Any tickets remaining after that will be transferred to Tynecastle to be sold at the ground (although these are expected to be extremely limited). As of close of play Tuesday, only around 275 tickets remain.

     

     

     

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    Bolton visit for Lasley Testimonial Match

    English Championship side Bolton Wanderers will travel to Fir Park on Saturday 5th September as opponents for Keith Lasley’s Testimonial match.

    The game will top off the celebrations for the Club Captain who, given his 14 years of service and commitment, has became a real favourite with the Fir Park crowd.

    The Paisley born midfielder has played over 400 games in Claret and Amber, scoring twenty-two goals in the process, and is known and respected for his hard work and passion in the heart of the Motherwell team.

    Neil Lennon’s side will provide stiff opposition and have a raft of talent available, with a few familiar names. Recent addition Stephen Dobbie played for Hibernian, St Johnstone and Queen of the South and also in the ranks is Dan Twadzik’s brother, Filip.

    Other notable names include ex-Liverpool pair Jay Spearing and Emile Heskey.

    There will be activities for the kids pre-match in the Centenary Lounge from 1pm including meet the players.

    Tickets are priced at £10 for Adults and £5 for Juveniles/Concessions, and can be bought in advance from the Fir Park Ticket office or on the gate.

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

    Extended highlights from Fir Park where Motherwell concede two late goals and lose 2-0 to Dundee Utd in the first home game of the season.

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    TV: Baraclough frustrated at home loss

    Steelmen boss Ian Baraclough was left to rue missed opportunities as ‘Well went down 0-2 at home to Dundee United.

    The Steelmen played well again and created numerous opportunities throughout the ninety minutes, but couldn’t capitalize.

    And two goals in the last seven minutes handed the visitors all three points in a game with very little between the teams.

    It was a cruel blow, but the Fir Park boss was remaining philosophical and challenged his men to rebound against Hearts in midweek.

    [pullquote]That’s two games in a row we’ve done a lot of good things, but it shows you need to take advantage when you’re on top and the chances are presented.[/pullquote]

    Speaking to MFC TV after the match, he said: “We were the ones creating chances and got stronger as things went on but we weren’t ruthless enough and when that’s the case, you leave yourselves open to getting suckered punched.

    “I actually thought we were better this week than last week at Inverness yet we’ve come away empty handed. It’s a tough one to take but listen, we’re on the right track.

    “That’s two games in a row we’ve done a lot of good things, but it shows you need to take advantage when you’re on top and the chances are presented. We’ll work on that and hope to bounce back against Hearts.”

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    Dundee utd defeat in pictures

    Action pictures from this afternoon’s 0-2 defeat at home to Dundee Utd.

    Snaps courtesy of SNSPix.

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    Motherwell 0 – 2 Dundee Utd

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     Phil McGhee Fir Park

    Two goals in the final seven minutes consigned an unlucky Motherwell to their first home defeat since February.

    After a positive opening to the season at Inverness last week and the first 30 minutes of their first home fixture, it was a bitterly disappointing outcome for Baraclough’s men.

    However, despite dominating play for large periods of the game, ‘Well failed to capitalise in front of goal and ulitmately paid the penalty as United gradually came into the game, forcing some great saves from Connor Ripley on his home debut.

    Along with the ‘keeper, midfielder Joe Chalmers and striker Wes Fletcher made their home debut, with Louis Laing making his return after his loan period was made permanent.

    All four impressed on their first Fir Park appearance and with Stephen Pearson’s sidelined with a knee injury, Jack Leitch made his first league start in almost a year.

    United also boasted several changes since the sides last met when ‘Well won 1-0 at Fir Park last November.

    The home fans anticipation that Baraclough’s new line-up could build on last week’s win were matched by the home side’s complete domination for the first quarter of the game.

    With Chalmers and Marvin Johnson on the left and right flanks respectively, and Scott McDonald supporting Fletcher from the middle, United were pressed into their own third from the start.

    After only three minutes Johnson cut along the box, working a slick 1-2 with Chalmers before his left foot strike had the ball curling inside the post until Luis Zwick at full stretch palmed the ball wide.

    Chalmers in the centre of goal almost got on the end of Josh Law’s low cross and as the ball bounced in the six yard box Zwick nicked it off the alert looking Fletcher’s toes.

    In the 15th minute McDonald was next to test the United ‘keeper but his drive from 20 yards was straight at the waiting Zwick.

    At that stage Motherwell’s slick passing and possession should have been rewarded but gradually the fizz went out of their play. Ripley, who was a virtual spectator for the first 25 minutes, was then called upon to hold John Soutar’s through ball.

    The ‘keeper’s next involvement after 32 minutes, though, brought acclaim from the fans behind him in the Cooper stand. The ‘Well defence failed to clear its lines and as the ball rolled out to the edge of the box Scott Fraser’s rising strike looked destined for the opener until Ripley rose high to his left to tip the ball over.

    United finished the half the stronger side and five minutes from the break Ripley had to throw himself to the right to beat away a bouncing grounder from Charlie Telfer.

    That feat was repeated shortly after the restart when the ‘Well ‘keeper got down smartly to smother Telfer’s low drive.

    Some surging runs from Johnson coupled with some neat exchanges and crosses from Chalmers and Stevie Hammell on the left, worked the visitor’s defence.

    But it was Ripley to the rescue after 56 minutes when he stood firm to again deny Telfer, his close range shot rebounding off the ‘keeper’s face.

    From the resultant corner the home side broke upfield but after outpacing Coll Donaldson, Johnson could only slam his finish against the exposed ‘keeper.

    A minute later a wonderful ball from Josh Law in behind the Tannadice defenders found Chalmers racing in at the back post but with Zwick again exposed he scooped the ball over the bar.

    Eager to keep the pressure on the visitor’s goal Baraclough made a couple of changes with Louis Moult making his first Fir Park appearance, replacing Fletcher, before Dom Thomas came on for Chalmers.

    The substitutes soon made their presence felt and after a couple of shots from Thomas were blocked, Moult’s looping header beyond the back post forced Zwick to palm the ball over his bar.

    Despite the probing runs from the wings via Thomas and Johnson, ‘Well couldn’t unlock the United defence and it looked like stalemate.

    With 11 minutes remaining David Clarkson came off the bench as the fans acknowledged the striker’s second spell at Fir Park.

    However, any thoughts of a hero’s return were erased as United stole the points with two late strikes.

    And after Ripley reacted quickly to block Aidan Connolly’s thumping angled drive the ‘Well ‘keeper conceded his first goal of the season in the cruelest manner. Paul Dixon swept the ball across the face of the home goal where Laing’s swipe sent the ball racing past the helpless Ripley.

    If ‘Well’s on loan ‘keeper was blameless at the first goal, he blotted his fine home debut with a yellow card after racing out of his box to obstruct Connolly.

    Worse was to follow for Ripley and the ‘Well defence in injury time when the ‘keeper raced upfield for a Johnson corner and was then left stranded as United stormed to the other end allowing Murray to slam home a second goal, and scoreline which flattered United and was a bitter reflection on Motherwell’s contribution.

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     Ally Reilly at Fir Park

    FT’ | 0-2 | #MFCvDUFC
    Motherwell 0 – 2 Dundee Utd

    94′ | 0-2 | #MFCvDUFC
    Goal, Utd counter with Ripley out his goals and Murray makes it 2-0.

    93′ | 0-1 | #MFCvDUFC
    Motherwell corner…

    91′ | 0-1 | #MFCvDUFC
    Ripley booked as he raced off his line and nudged Connolly off the ball.

    88′ | 0-1 | #MFCvDUFC
    Hammell takes a booking, tugging Muirhead’s shirt as he broke away.

    A real sore one as Motherwell have been well on top.

    83′ | 0-1 | #MFCvDUFC
    Goal – Laing slices a powerful low cross into his own net. 1-0 Utd.

    81′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Connolly battles hard, wins the ball back in the “Well box and fires a shot at Ripley, who beats it away,

    79′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Motherwell sub, Leitch makes way for Clarkson

    78′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Utd sub, Erskine off for Murray.

    73′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Dundee Utd sub, Bodul off for Connolly.

    71′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Dundee Utd sub, Muirhead on for Telfer.

    70′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Johnson delivers a deep corner which, from a narrow angle, Moult almost heads in! Good save by Zwick.

    65′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    A second Motherwell sub, Dom Thomas on for Chalmers

    64′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Leitch booked for a foul on Souttar.

    61′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Motherwell sub, Fletcher hobbles off and is replaced by Moult.

    58′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Another great chance! Law plays it into Chalmers 12 yards out but somehow Zwick does enough to force him to fire over!

    58′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Johnson breaks away from his own half and finds himself 1v1 but Zwick denies him with his foot!

    57′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Telfer goes through 1 on 1 but Ripley stands big and tall and makes the save with his face.

    54′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Great ball over the top from Hammell but Zwick gets off this line quick and gets there ahead of Fletcher.

    …but McDonald’s free-kick is straight into the wall.

    52′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Johnson hacked down by Souttar in a great area…..

    51′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Great ball in from Law to the head of Fletcher but he can’t quite get it right and the chance fades away.

    49′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    ‘Well counter-attack though Johnson but with better options, the goes for the long-range shot but it’s a routine save.

    46′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Utd out the traps quickly as Telfer charges forward, but his shot from 20 yards is well over the bar.

    45′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Utd get the second 45 underway.

    HT | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Motherwell 0 – 0 Dundee Utd

    41′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Again Ripley is called into action and again he is equal to it as Telfer gets a powerful shot away from long range.

    38′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Ball appeared to strike Chalmers on the hand inside the box but thankfully Bobby Madden ruled it ball to hand…

    35′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Free header there for Erskine but he couldn’t quite rise high enough to make contact. A let off.

    33′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    What a save by Ripley! Dived high to his left to turn away Fraser’s (I think) shot form 20 yards. Brilliant!

    27′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Game has became a bit of a midfield battle now, not a lot in the way of chances.

    16′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Good effort from McDonald who turned 25 yards out and got a low shot away. Unlucky.

    7′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Been a good start to the game from a Motherwell point of view. Plenty of balls in and around the box and positive play

    3′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Johnson drifts in-field, gets a bit of time on the ball and from 20 yards, forces Zwick into a good save.

    Kick-off | #MFCvDUFC
    Lasley and McDonald get the game underway. #COYW

    Pre-match | #MFCvDUFC
    Here we go, both sides out the tunnel to rapturous applause

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