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    Man Utd’s Grimshaw joins on loan

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    Highlights from Dumbarton

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    TV: Craigan content with draw

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    Rangers U20s 2 – 2 Motherwell U20s

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    Under 20s take on Rangers

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

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    Kilmarnock win in pictures

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    TV: Baraclough wants more despite win

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    Motherwell 1 – 0 Kilmarnock

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    Keith Lasley Testimonial

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    Man Utd’s Grimshaw joins on loan

    Motherwell FC is delighted to confirm the signing of Manchester United midfielder Liam Grimshaw on loan until January.

    Liam, 20, is the current skipper of the United Under 21 team and is a versatile centre midfield player. He can also play at fullback and centre-back and made his MUFC Senior Academy debut against Manchester City in 2012.

    His subsequent form was so eye-catching that he received a first-ever England call-up, to the Under-18s for a match against Italy, and captained an Academy XI in a friendly at Loughborough University before taking on the armband regularly.

    Grimshaw was also named captain for United’s first foray into the UEFA Youth League and was, later that season, shortlisted for the Reserve Player of the Year award for his contribution as he made 20 appearances during their title-winning campaign.

    He has again kicked off this season as the Captain of the United U21s team in their 1-1 draw with Leicester.

    ‘Well had to fend off some late competition from the English Championship to sign the player, who will wear the number 4 shirt during his stay at Fir Park.

    [pullquote]First of all I’ll be looking to get into the side, then I’ll be looking to play as many games as possible and try to improve as a player.[/pullquote]

    Speaking to MFC TV, Grimshaw said: “I’m looking forward to it and it’s a new experience for me as I’ve only ever played at Manchester Utd my whole career.

    “First of all I’ll be looking to get into the side, then I’ll be looking to play as many games as possible and try to improve as a player.

    “I’ve played a few positions for Man Utd, starting at centre back then right back but I prefer midfield. I like to get my foot in and pass the ball simply.

    “I’ve watched a few games in Scotland and know it’s a good standard and can’t wait to get playing.”

    ‘Well boss Ian Baraclough added: “We are delighted to get Liam in and we hope he will add further strength to our midfield.

    “He is a player we have watched regularly and have been patient trying to get him confirmed. Although he is young, he has been schooled at an excellent club and he’ll add some steel in the middle of the park.

    “He’ll compete with the likes of Stephen Pearson, Keith Lasley, Jack Leitch, Jake Taylor and some of our young talent in the Under 20s for a starting spot, which gives us some decent competition.”

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    Highlights from Dumbarton

    Extended highlights from The Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium where Rangers and Motherwell play out a 2-2 draw in the Development League.

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    TV: Craigan content with draw

    Stephen Craigan talks to MFC TV following this evening’s 2-2 draw with Rangers in the SPFL Development League.

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    Rangers U20s 2 – 2 Motherwell U20s

    Motherwell and Rangers U20s shared the spoils tonight, with a 2-2 draw at Dumbarton.

    Stephen Craigan’s side had a youthful look to it, with six changes from their last outing, a 2-1 defeat to Aberdeen.

    In goal PJ Morrison made his 20s debut, replacing the injured Brett Long while the other notable inclusion was right back Craig Reid who made his comeback from injury after five months out.

    ‘Well started brightly and very nearly made the breakthrough just seconds in.

    Ryan Watters broke quickly from the centre and combined with Adam Livingstone who played in Jack McMillan. His cross was met by the head of Cadden but Kelly got down quickly to his right to make the save.

    That was a statement of intent from Cadden, though, as he got his name on the scoresheet in the 8th minute.

    He took a touch past the onrushing Halkett inside his own half and from there he seemed to have all the time in the world to drive into the box and put it past Kelly, who perhaps should have done better.

    However, that lead would prove to be short lived as in the 17th minute, Gers were level.

    Josh Jeffries received a clever short corner and skipped past Leitch. His low ball in found centre-back David Brownlie who duly dispatched it past Morrison.

    ‘Well had struggled to test Kelly in the Rangers goal and found themselves through Jordan Thompson who curled in a spectacutlar free-kick from 25 yards.

    This would prove to be the final bit of goalmouth action until into the second half.

    Jack McMillan and Adam Livingstone looked impressive going forward and combined well again down the left wing. The ball was crossed for Dylan Mackin but is was just an inch too far in front of him and as he stretched, could only scoop the ball over the bar from six yards.

    Motherwell seemed well in control of the second half without really testing Kelly but finally got their reward 18 minutes from the end.

    Substitute Jake Hastie was sent through on goal by Mackin and showed good pace and strength to see off two Rangers defenders. He got a bit of luck as the ball ricocheted  off his shin and fell into the path of Ryan Watters who cooly slotted into the net from 10 yards.

    As the full-time whistle blew, both sides would probably feel a draw was a fair result.

    Motherwell: Morrison,  Reid (Maguire 82), Hall, Ferguson, McMillan, Watters, Cadden, Campbell, R. Leitch, Livingstone (Hastie 71), Mackin

    Motherwell unused subs: Potts, Turnbull, Moore

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    Under 20s take on Rangers

    Motherwell Under 20s are back in action on Tuesday night when they take on Rangers at Dumbarton.

    The Steelmen have won one and lost one of their SPFL Development League games thus far.

    Rangers, who have played a game more, are unbeaten having won two and drawn one, leaving them sitting second to top-of-the-table Celtic.

    The game will take place at Dumbarton’s heaper Insurance Direct Stadium and kick-off is 6pm.

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

    Extended highlights from Fir Park as Louis Moult’s first half penalty gives ‘Well all three points against Kilmarnock.

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    Kilmarnock win in pictures

    Action pictures from today’s 1-0 win over Kilmarnock at Fir Park.

    Snaps courtesy of SNSPix.

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    TV: Baraclough wants more despite win

    ‘Well boss Ian Baraclough was pleased his side took all three points but wants his players to see out games more comfortably.

    For the third successive league game, ‘Well took a first-half lead, this time via a 13th minute Louis Moult penalty.

    However, unlike the previous two games, where ‘Well ended up losing 2-1, the game would finish 1-0.

    The visitors had a lot of the ball, particularly in the second half, but in truth they rarely threatening Connor Ripley’s goal.

    However, Baraclough would like his side to be more in command and make closing things out more relaxing.

    [pullquote]Despite the win, I’ve come away feeling a little frustrated because I want us to be better than that and certainly, take chances that would have made the closing stages more comfortable than perhaps it was.[/pullquote]

    He said: “Sometimes football works in strange ways, we have probably turned in our two worst performances of the season this week but have won twice.

    “To be fair, stuck at it and there were umpteen chances we could have gone and created but for our final ball that wasn’t up to scratch.

    “Despite the win, I’ve come away feeling a little frustrated because I want us to be better than that and certainly, take chances that would have made the closing stages more comfortable than perhaps it was.

    “That all being said, we restricted Kilmarnock to very little by way of chances and I hope back-to-back wins starts to give the players more belief about their ability and what we can do.”

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    Motherwell 1 – 0 Kilmarnock

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     Phil McGhee Fir Park

    Motherwell recorded their first home win of the season with a Louis Moult penalty separating the two sides.

    After four consecutive league defeats it was a very welcome three points as, at the third attempt, ‘Well managed to hold onto an early lead.

    However, despite the trickery and promptings of Dom Thomas over a very impressive ninety minutes,’Well failed to add to their early goal, which subsequently made the last ten minutes more nervous than it should have been.

    After his league cup appearance in midweek, Kieran Kennedy made his league debut alongside Stephen McManus at the heart of the ‘Well defence and they did well to blunt the physical threat of Josh Magennis and Kris Boyd. The reshaped defence also included Joe Chalmers at left back for the injured Stevie Hammell.

    It was a first start of the season for Thomas who was aiming to supply Louis Moult who kept his place in attack, leaving latest recruit Theo Robinson on the bench. And it was the lively Thomas who set ‘Well on the front foot bursting into the Killie box to earn a corner followed by a similar burst from Scott McDonald only to fire over the bar.

    As the Fir Parkers buzzed about the visitor’s box Lionel Ainsworth and then Keith Lasley had powerful shots blocked.

    A slick moved when McDonald’s weighted pass sent Thomas in behind might have resulted in the opener but the winger’s fierce shot was palmed over by Jamie MacDonald.

    When the breakthrough finally arrived after 13 minutes there was an element of good furtune when Mark O’Hara’s clumsy challenge felled Moult inside the box. The ‘Well striker showed little sympathy, though, when he steered the resultant penalty kick low past the ‘keeper for his third goal in three games.

    Four minutes later it took a brilliant block from Connor Ripley to prevent Magennis firing home the equaliser. That aside the ‘Well ‘keeper had a quiet afternoon especially in the first half as Motherwell still looked the more likely to score. Thomas’quick feet opened up another chance for a drive at goal before ‘Well had the ball in the net twelve minutes from the break.

    Another superb pass from Thomas set up Moult who quickly fired the ball beyond MacDonald only to be harshly judged from an offside position.

    As half time approached ‘Well’s early buzz had disappeared and Kilmarnock probably relieved that they were only one behind.

    That prompted Gary Locke to bring on Tope Obadeyi at the break and provide the visitors with a powerful front three.

    However, it was the delicate touches from Thomas that caught the eye and after fleecing O’Hara on the left a couple of times his crosses into the box found no takers.

    In an attempt to find a decisive second goal Ian Baraclough swapped strikers for the last half hour with the tireless Moult making way for debutant Theo Robinson before Marvin Johnson replaced Ainsworth.

    It was Robinson who looked to impress with a combination of speed and strength although his first effort on goal after 72 minutes was well over the target. A minute later Chalmers burst upfield to drive a low left foot shot a few yards wide of the post.

    With 15 minutes remaining and Killie still hoping for an equaliser Louis Laing came into the back four at the expense of Jack Leitch.

    In the end the ‘Well defence comfortably held out for a clean sheet and a win that could have been more convincing.

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     Ally Reilly at Fir Park

     FT’ | 1-0

    Louis Moult’s first half penalty separates the two sides and gives Motherwell the three points.

    FT’ | 1-0
    Full time whistle blows!!

    93′ | 1-0
    Robinson turns on the burners and gets away from one, but his shot from 25 yards is blocked.

    91′ | 1-0
    Free-kick delivery was decent but was headed over by Boyd.

    91′ | 1-0
    Chalmers booked for a foul about 30 yards out, wide on the right.

    90′ | 1-0
    Three minutes added on.

    88′ | 1-0
    Loose Killie ball out of defence gives Johnson the chance to cross but his front post ball has not takers.

    84 | 1-0
    Good play between McDonald and Thomas sets the Aussie up inside the box but his shot is tame and straight at MacDonald.

    79′ | 1-0
    Obadeyi chests the ball inside Chalmers but his shot is a tad ambitious as he volleys it well over the bar.

    76′ | 1-0
    Motherwell sub, Laing on for Leitch.

    72′ | 1-0
    Seconds later, Chalmers advances forward but his shot lacks the power and direction required and bobbles wide.

    72′ | 1-0
    Robinson spins 30 yards out and opts for a shot on his left foot. Well over the bar though.

    71′ | 1-0
    O’Hara’s shot is blocked for a corner….. Hamill’s delivery goes right though the box.

    70′ | 1-0
    Frustration as Robinson puts in a great ball but it just doesn’t fall for ‘Well player inside the box.

    66′ | 1-0
    Motherwell sub, Ainsworth makes way for Johnson

    64′ | 1-0
    Killie sub, Kiltie comes on for Magennis.

    60′ | 1-0
    Motherwell sub, Robinson makes his debut, replacing Louis Moult.

    56′ | 1-0
    Thomas skips past his man again and Ainsworth gets on the end of his delivery. Deflected wide for another corner…

    54′ | 1-0
    Ainsworth’s cross is deflected wide for a corner. Again though nothing comes of the delivery.

    48′ | 1-0
    Another Killie corner, this time headed away by Moult.

    47′ | 1-0
    Obadeyi knocks the ball off Law to earn Killie corner. ‘Well defended delivery clears the danger.

    Killie get the second half underway. #COYW!

    45′ | 1-0
    Killie sub, Obadeyi on for Higginbotham

    HT’ | 1-0
    Half-time whistle blows, @louismoult’s penalty gives ‘Well a 1-0 lead going into the break.

    39′ | 1-0
    Close! Ainsworth cuts in from the right and on his weaker foot, gets a powerful shot away which drifts just over the bar!

    34′ | 1-0
    Looked tight but Moult is flagged offside after sliding the ball into the net. Hard to tell on first viewing.

    30′ | 1-0
    Action has slowed down a little. Not a lot of talking points…

    22′ | 1-0
    Half way through the first half, here’s a check on the match stats….

    21′ | 1-0
    Kilmarnock sub, Smith limps off for Westlake.

    20′ | 1-0
    Could be an early Killie change here. Smith looks to have pulled a muscle as he crossed the ball in…

    18′ | 1-0
    Seem to tweet this at least once a game but great save from Ripley!! Denies Magennis from close range with a big left hand.

    12′ | 1-0
    Moult steps up and makes it 1-0 from the spot! 3 in 3 for Moulty now!

    12′ | 1-0

    12′ | 0-0
    Penalty to Motherwell!!

    10′ | 0-0
    Lovely through ball by McDonald sets Thomas free down the left. From a narrow angle, he forces MacDonald into a good save!

    7′ | 0-0
    Good opening spell from Motherwell. Couple of blocked shots from Thomas then Leitch. Forced a corner but no end product.

    3′ | 0-0
    McDonald picks the ball up and drives at the Killie defence. Gets a shot away from just inside the box but it flies over the bar.

    1′ | 0-0
    Thomas wins ‘Well the first corner of the game, headed clear by Boyd, though.

    Lasley and McDonald get the game underway. #COYW



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    Keith Lasley Testimonial

     The Captain’s Testimonial is fast approaching and we are offering some unique experiences for the day.

    English Championship side Bolton Wanderers will travel to Fir Park on Saturday 5th September as opponents, with a 3pm kick-off.

    Firstly, we have an exciting Sponsorship Package available where you can play an important part in his special day and be involved in the matchday celebrations while, at the same time, promoting your company/brand to the Fir Park faithful!

    Match Sponsorship Package
    Match Sponsorship (maximum of 3 available):
    Included in this unique package:
    • Full page advert in the programme
    • PA announcement
    • Message on scoreboard
    • Select and meet your Man of the Match
    • Unique Keith Lasley Testimonial shirt signed by first team squad
    • 4 Directors’ Box seats
    • Opportunity to attend Player Signing Session before opening to the public
    Total Cost £1,700

    Alternatively, here is a unique opportunity for your child, grandchild, niece or nephew to walk out on to the pitch at Fir Park.

    Each child will walk out with either a Motherwell or Bolton player pre‐match to welcome Keith as he takes to the pitch.

    Player Escort Package
    Included in the package is:

    • A Keith Lasley T‐shirt for the child to wear on the day
    • 2 main stand tickets (one for the player escort and accompanying adult).
    • A player signing session will take place prematch and Player Escorts will have first priority to meet the new Motherwell squad before the queue!
    • Aswell as their very own MFC autograph book, pen, and matchday programme!
    Total cost: £100
    Player Escort is suitable for children aged 5‐12 years (approx)

    For more information or to book, please contact: