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    TV: Craigan praises Steelmen bottle.

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    TV: Highlights from Excelsior Stadium

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    Motherwell U20s 4 – 3 Dundee Utd U20s

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    Ticket news: vs Aberdeen

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    Player Boots Sponsorship

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    Under 20s face Dundee Utd in Airdrie

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

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    TV: McGhee reflects on Celtic loss

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    Celtic defeat in pictures

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    Motherwell 0 – 1 Celtic

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    TV: Craigan praises Steelmen bottle.

    Under 20s boss Stephen Craigan reacts to his teams stunning comeback against Dundee United under 20s this afternoon.

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    TV: Highlights from Excelsior Stadium

    Extended Highlights from Excelsior stadium where Motherwell and Dundee Utd under 20s played out an incredible 4-3 development league fixture.

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    Motherwell U20s 4 – 3 Dundee Utd U20s

    Three goals in the final eight minutes gave Motherwell Under 20s all three points in a seven goal thriller at Airdrie this afternoon.

    The game looked done and dusted after 83 minutes as the Terrors had a 3-1 lead, but a goal from Luke Watt and a Dylan Mackin double completed an incredible turn-around.

    Stephen Craigan made 2 changes to the side that lost to St Mirren a fortnight ago, David Turnbull dropped out for regular Alan Campbell and Jake Hastie came in for the injured Ryan Watters.

    The tone of the game was set within ninety seconds of kick-off when Brad Smith’s slack pass was intercepted by Hastie who then slid in Mackin and he made no mistake, cooly slotting though Booth’s legs.

    It was the perfect start for the young Steelmen, against a Utd side that had a handful of players in it that had tasted first-team action.

    The quartet of Coote, Telfer, Connolly and Murray caused problems all afternoon and with eleven minutes gone, the latter had won Utd a penalty after Morrison raced off his line but was beaten to the ball, hauling the United man down inside the box.

    Morrison was shown the yellow card and Moore stepped up, sending him the wrong way from the spot to put United on level terms.

    By now it had became apparent how open this contest would be and after a spell of end-to-end football, it was Motherwell who nearly took the lead after Hastie found himself in a central position, beat his man but shot straight at the grateful Booth who gathered it to safety.

    Motherwell were made to rue that missed chance two minutes later when Utd took the lead in unfortunate circumstances.

    Reghan Tumility, Utd’s right back, got down the wing and whipped in a great ball to the head of Simon Murray but  Morrison was on hand to superbly tip his close-range header over the bar. From that corner, there was a scramble and somehow Morrison ended up scooping the ball into his own net. It was cruel on the young goalkeeper, who had made a fine save just moments earlier.

    The game then reverted to its end to end nature,  with Simon Murray and Ali Coote passing up notable opportunities, but it was Motherwell who almost nicked the equaliser.

    Cadden and Watt combined, with the full-back curling in an inviting ball which found Jake Hastie at the back post but at the vital moment the ball to a wicked bobble and struck his knee, eventually flying over the bar.

    With a bit more luck the Steelmen would have been level just before half-time, when Watt’s cross deceived Booth and rattled back down over the cross bar, which would be the last action of the half.

    Stephen Craigan made a change at half-time,  with Hastie making way for Livingstone as ‘Well changed shape to a 3-5-2.

    United came out the traps quickest and had the bulk of the ball. Again, Murray found himself inside the box with plenty of space but Hall got there in the nick of time and deflected his shot over the bar.

    It felt like a goal was coming, such was the nature of the game, and in the fifty-fifth minute United added to their advantage.

    Connolly jinked into the box and his snap-shot was parried out to the feet of Moore who coolly slotted home from 10 yards.

    ‘Well almost replied immediately, when Mackin played in his striker partner Dylan Falconer. He got past the onrushing Booth but his shot was superbly slid off the line by Souttar.

    From then Utd piled on the pressure and had plenty of chances to add to their lead and bury the game but a combination of Morrison and the bar kept the scoreline within grasp.

    Time was running down as the contest turned into an old-fashioned slobber-knocker, with both sides  looking dangerous on the attack.

    But then the momentum swung Motherwell’s way.

    Luke Watt looked like he had run out of space and options but managed to expertly turn away from three United defenders and lashed a sweet right footed shot past Booth into the top corner.

    Incredibly, Motherwell were level moments later. Ben Hall’s header was judged to have been blocked by Moore’s hand and, with no complaints from the Utd man, the ref pointed to the spot. Dylan Mackin did the rest, sending Booth the wrong way.

    It was an incredible end to a highly entertaining game but it wasn’t done yet.

    With a minute left on the clock, the ball was flung into the box, Falconer won the header and it landed at the feet of Mackin. He didn’t have to be asked twice and fired it past the helpless goalkeeper completing a sensational turnaround for the young Steelmen.

    Motherwell U20s: Morrison, Watt, Hall, Ferguson, McMillan (Maguire), McLean (Leitch), Campbell, Cadden, Mackin, Hastie (Livingstone), Falconer

    Motherwell U20s subs: Long, Turnbull, Moore

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    Ticket news: vs Aberdeen

    ‘Well fans should note Aberdeen are offering discounted prices for Under 18s, when bought in advance from the Fir Park Ticket office.

    The Dons have slashed the prices for young ‘Well fans down to £1, saving £9 on pay at the gate prices.

    Please note, this reduced offer is not available on the turnstiles on the day of the match.

    Tickets for the match are priced at:

    Category:    Pre Purchase     Pay at the Gate 
    ADULT                        £25    £25
    OVER 65:                           £19    £19
    OVER 75:                           £15    £15
    UNDER 18:                           £1    £10
      • Fans who require wheelchair access should contact Sharon or John McCaskie on 07745494631 / 07711 992161 or email disabledfans@motherwellfc.co.uk.
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    Player Boots Sponsorship

    Player Sponsorship is a fantastic way for you, your business, or children to show their support towards your favourite Steelman.

    Our fans have showed tremendous support in sponsoring the players’ home and away shirts but you still have the chance to sponsor their boots!

    As a player boot sponsor, your name or business name will be listed in our match-day programme and on our official website for the season.

    And at the end of the campaign, you will be invited to the annual sponsors’ evening, where you can meet the squad and be presented with your boots signed by the player.

    The evening includes a three-course meal, presentations from the management and team, as well as entertainment from a guest speaker.

    You can secure their boots and your place at the dinner for £350.

    For a list of which players’ boots are available more, call 01698 333333 or email commercial@motherwellfc.co.uk

    When they’re gone, they’re gone!!

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    Under 20s face Dundee Utd in Airdrie

    The Under 20s are in action tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday) when they take on Dundee Utd at Excelsior Stadium.

    The young Steelmen are still searching for their first “home” win after eight games and will be looking for a repeat of the outcome the last time the two sides met with Motherwell coming out 1-0 winners.

    The Terrors have had similar form to ‘Well, with both sides losing their last game against St Mirren.

    They currently sit in eighth place in the SPFL Development League table, two points above the Claret and Amber men, but have played a game more.

    The match will take place at Excelsior Stadium, home of Airdrie, with kick-off at 2pm.

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

    Extended highlights from Fir Park as Nadir Ciftci’s first half strike is enough to consign Motherwell to a 0-1 loss.

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    TV: McGhee reflects on Celtic loss

    ‘Well boss Mark McGhee shares his thoughts following his side’s 0-1 Ladbrokes Premiership defeat to Celtic at Fir Park.

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    Celtic defeat in pictures

    Action images from today’s 0-1 defeat to Celtic at Fir Park in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

    Snaps courtesy of SNSPix.

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    Motherwell 0 – 1 Celtic

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     Phil McGhee Fir Park

    Motherwell failed to trouble Celtic in a fairly low-key afternoon at Fir Park as the SPFL leaders ran out narrow 0-1 winners.

    Despite falling behind to a Nadir Ciftci goal after only 14 minutes, the Fir Parkers, with Kieran Kennedy and Stephen McManus commanding at the back, survived a first half dominated by Celtic before contributing more in the second.

    After a well-respected minute’s applause for Joe Wark from a near 9,000 crowd, Motherwell kicked off McGhee’s second reign in the home dugout.

    And the new ‘Well boss raised a few eyebrows with his first team selection with Keith Lasley, Scott McDonald and Lionel Ainsworth all starting on the subs’ bench.

    That pitched Louis Laing into a holding midfield role and his strength alongside Liam Grimshaw’s energy and drive gave ‘Well a stable look defensively, particularly in the second half.

    Wes Fletcher making his first start since August, tested Craig Gordon after five minutes, but his low curling shot was easily taken by the Celtic ‘keeper.

    Although not seeing much of the ball, Motherwell looked fairly comfortable when, out of nothing, the visitors took the lead. The ‘Well defence failed to deal with a whipped ball into the box and when Connor Ripley could only beat out Kris Common’s snap shot, Nadir Ciftci steered the rebound beyond the grounded ‘keeper.

    A penetrating run from Stephen Pearson carried him to the byeline before finding Fletcher at the corner of the six yard box, but the close marking Dedryck Boyata prevented the striker turning and forcing a shot on goal.

    At the other end, Ripley had to palm a 30 yard free kick from Commons over his crossbar.

    Ten minutes from half-time Celtic came close to doubling their lead. A McManus challenge on Tom Rogic 25-yards in front of goal provided Commons with another free kick, which he curled over the defensive wall and thankfully for ‘Well off the face of the crossbar.

    By the start of the second half the morning mist had disappeared leaving the Fir Park pitch in summer sunshine as the Steelmen made a brighter start.

    Within seven minutes of the restart Ainsworth replaced Louis Moult just before a fine run and cross from Josh Law was nervously screwed over his own crossbar by Efe Ambrose.

    Motherwell then survived strong appeals for a penalty when Kennedy appeared to handle the ball inside the six yard box.

    Minutes later the central defender was just off the mark at the other end when he swivelled to meet a Law head-flick, only to steer his volley wide of goal.

    With hopes of stealing an equaliser, Scott McDonald, a scorer of memorable goals with both clubs, replaced Fletcher, before Dom Thomas came on at the expense of Johnson

    A half chance did come Motherwell’s way when Ainsworth’s freekick found its way to Kennedy at the back of the six yard box but his poor first touch allowed the ball to run out of play.

    Ripley, who had a relatively quiet second half, then had a couple of saves, punching away a powerful Leigh Griffith’s drive before going to ground to end Common’s run into the box.

    The ‘Well defence held firm to the end and although they failed to create a clear cut chance at the other end, the Fir Parkers finished the game still chasing an equaliser that might have been well beyond them on the evidence of the first half.

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     Ally Reilly at Fir Park

    Full time, Motherwell 0 – 1 Celtic

    90′ | 0-1
    Three minutes added on

    82′ | 0-1
    Boyata slides in Commons but it’s good covering by Law and the Celtic man can only poke it at Ripley.

    79′ | 0-1
    Ainsworth whips in a free-kick which Kennedy gets on the end of but his touch lets him down and it goes out for a goal kick

    78′ | 0-1
    McDonald booked for a heavy challenge on Ambrose

    75′ | 0-1
    Celtic sub, Bitton limps off for McGregor

    71′ | 0-1
    Motherwell sub, Thomas on for Johnson

    And a Celtic change, Mackay-Steven on for Armstrong

    65′ | 0-1
    Motherwell sub, McDonald on for Fletcher

    64′ | 0-1
    Celtic work some space for Brown who shoots wide for the post from 25 yards.

    60′ | 0-1
    Nearly the equaliser there as Kennedy hits a volley on the turn from just inside the box but it flashes just wide.

    59′ | 0-1
    Celtic sub, Ciftci off for Griffiths

    58′ | 0-1
    Motherwell camped in their own box under a lot of pressure. Celtic denied what looked like a penalty there for handball. A let off

    55′ | 0-1
    Great chance for Commons inside the box but Grimshaw did enough to put him off and he shoots wide.

    54′ | 0-1
    Great ball in from Law towards Johnson but Ambrose does enough to prod it out for a corner.

    53′ | 0-1
    Motherwell sub, Moult makes way for Ainsworth

    50′ | 0-1
    Kennedy tackles Brown inside the box, claims for the penalty but ref waves it away.

    Both teams back out the tunnel. No changes for either side,

    HT: Motherwell 0 – 1 Celtic #MFCvCFC

    43′ | 0-1
    Good ball in from Izaguirre finds the head of Boyata who bullets his header just wide of the post.

    38′ | 0-1
    Johnson wins the ball wide on the right and draws the foul from Brown. Good ball in from Johnson but no takers.

    …Commons curls it off the bar. Too close for comfort.

    36′ | 0-1
    Free-kick to Celtic in a very dangerous position, about 25 yards out…..

    28′ | 0-1
    Kennedy clears to Bitton who shoots first time from 20 yards. Well over the bar.

    26′ | 0-1
    Pearson escapes a booking, after a heavy tackle on Ambrose in the Celtic half.

    23′ | 0-1
    Commons has a shot from distance but Ripley manages to get two hands on it and push it over the bar. Corner to Celtic.

    21′ | 0-1
    Pearson bursts forward and crosses to Fletcher but he is dispossessed by Boyata at the front post.

    15′ | 0-1
    Goal – Ripley’s save from Commons’ shot falls at the feet of Ciftci who fires Celtic 1-0 up.

    13′ | 0-0
    Armstrong claims for a penalty but Johnson had fairly used his strength to nudge him off the ball.

    11′ | 0-0
    Armstong gets down the left and cuts inside. His right footed shot trickles wide of the post.

    8′ | 0-0
    Another Celtic corner, Chalmers knocking Ambrose’s cross wide of the post.

    5′ | 0-0
    Pearson wins the ball and plays in Fletcher who takes on the shot with his left foot but it is easy for Gordon to make the stop.

    4′ | 0-0
    McManus deflects Ciftci’s shot wide for a Celtic corner. Blackett gets his head to the delivery but nods it wide.

    Grimshaw and Moult get the ball rolling. COYW!!!

    Both sides and sets of fans observing a minutes applause for club legend, Joe Wark.

    Out come the teams from the tunnel….



    Motherwell manager Mark McGhee:

    “For 70 minutes I was really satisfied. We should have scored more goals, we should have had at least one penalty, maybe two. For the last 20 we should have been more brave on the ball.

    “We are in a good run now. We go into every game to win. We look forward to it and now it’s just about keeping the momentum.”

    Celtic manager Ronny Deila:

    “There was a 20-minute spell – 60 or 55 minutes in – where I felt we did a lot better. But you’re never sure that they’re not going to get another goal.

    “We might have nicked something but them winning 1-0 was just about the balance of the game.”


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