‘Well boss Mark McGhee looks ahead to Saturday’s William Hill Scottish Cup 5th Round against Inverness CT at Fir Park.
McGhee previews Caley Cup clashFriday 05 February 2016
TV: Highlights from CappielowFriday 05 February 2016
Extended highlights from Cappielow as a young Motherwell U20s side lose 4-0 to Celtic in the Development League.
Craigan – Our youngsters worked hardFriday 05 February 2016
U20s boss Stephen Craigan couldn’t fault his young side’s effort despite going down to league leaders Celtic today.
The Steelmen, without a single overage player in their ranks, came up against an undefeated Celtic who could call on the likes of former England International Carlton Cole and £12 million Man City loanee Patrick Roberts.
And although the Fir Park teenagers went down 4-0, they battled and fought for the full ninety minutes in the Greenock rain.
[pullquote]Despite the final score, we worked hard, stuck to our task and showed a lot of commitment and desire.[/pullquote]
Stephen Craigan told MFC TV after the match: “Given the experience and quality in the Celtic side, and the run they’ve been on, we always knew it was going to be a difficult afternoon.
“We spoke over the last few days about how to bridge that gap with commitment and keeping our shape and during the first half, it was good and worked well.
“The second half was more difficult, with Celtic’s quality on the flanks. They have a player worth two or three times our entire club, and we have a fifteen year old who was at school this morning.
“Despite the final score, we worked hard, stuck to our task and showed a lot of commitment and desire. They key for us is not being able to make enough good first passes and giving it away too easy after we got it back.
“So there are aspects we can be happy and content with, other things we need to work harder on.”
Celtic U20s 4 – 0 Motherwell U20sFriday 05 February 2016
An inexperienced Motherwell Under 20s crashed to league-leaders Celtic at a wet and miserable Cappielow this afternoon.
The young Steelmen, who didn’t field a single overage player and even had fifteen-year old James Scott on the pitch for forty-five minutes, took on the unbeaten Celtic who could call on the likes of former England striker Carlton Cole and £12-million pound Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts.
With the rain lashing down, Regan Hendry fired the hosts in front after ten minutes, but a brave ‘Well more than held their own in a game played at a furious pace.
However, with the youngster tiring after the third game in seven days, Celtic added another three after the break with Hendy grabbing another, a Jack McMillan own goal and a late strike from Roberts on his first appearance.
It was a competitive opening to the game, with Motherwell content to make their mark with a couple of physical challenges. However, the hosts were soon in front and the on-loan City man was involved, cutting in from the left before teeing up Hendry who fired low into the bottom corner from 25-yards.
To their credit, the Steelmen regrouped and started to put their foot on the ball. A well-worked corner allowed Luke Watt to fire a shot at goal, but Conor Hazard in the home goal was more than equal.
Shortly after, a slack pass from Roberts almost had Ryan Watters in on goal, but he could only flight an effort narrowly over the bar.
At the other end, Celtic again went close when a positive run and shot from McMullan had Brett Long scrambling, but thankfully it went inches over the bar.
Motherwell’s best chance of the half came with nine minutes left to the interval. Robbie Leitch’s cross from the left pin-balled about the area before landing at the feet of Jake Hastie, but he could only drag a low shot just off target.
Stephen Craigan’s side made a positive start to the second period and only a terrific save from Hazard denied Watt from distance, with Jamie McCart on hand to hook away the rebound with Ross MacLean waiting to pounce.
It was to prove a vital stop as with their next attack, Celtic got a vital second, which all but secured the game.
Hendry flicked the ball into the path of Roberts, but the recovering Jack McMillan managed to stop him in his tracks. Unluckily for ‘Well, the ball broke loose and as Barry Maguire slipped as he attempted block, allowing Hendry to lash it high into the net.
Celtic soon added a third, Roberts exploiting space on the right flank before his low ball across the face was turned into his own net by the unfortunate McMillan, who was trying to knock it behind or a corner.
The home side had their tails up and sub Mark Hill almost added another but was thwarted by Long, who saved his low shot well with his feet.
Aidan McIlduff had the ball in the net but had it disallowed by an assistant’s flag. The same player went close again shortly after, but fired it over the bar.
As the game looked to be heading for a conclusion, Celtic added a fourth with virtually the last kick of the match. Hendry and Roberts combined again, and after a neat back flick, the nineteen-year old winger curled a strike past Long and into the corner.
Motherwell: Long, McMillan, Livingstone, Maguire, Watt, Campbell, Watters, R. Leitch (J.Moore – 89mins), Falconer (Scott – 46mins), Hastie (Turnbull – 68mins), MacLean
Subs Not Used: Morrison, Leighton
McLean in charge of Caley Cup clashThursday 04 February 2016
The Referee for today’s William Hill Scottish Cup 5th Round match with Inverness CT at Fir Park will be Steven McLean.
It will be Steven’s fourth Motherwell appointment of the season and his fourth visit to Fir Park. The first was back in late August when Louis Moult’s first half penalty gave the Steelmen narrow 1-0 victory over Kilmarnock.
The second was another narrow victory, this time the 2-1 success against Partick Thistle when an own goal and a Scott McDonald header gave ‘Well all three points.
Most recently was the 2-2 draw with Hearts in late November, when the Steelmen were twice pegged back to draw despite goals from Moult and Marvin Johnson.
Now one of Scotland’s most recognisable whistlers, ‘Well fans will be familiar with the 34-year old, particularly as he handled four matches last term.
The first was the 0-2 home defeat to Inverness in mid August when goals from Greg Tansey and Aaron Doran spoiled Henrik Ojamaa’s return to the club.
The second fixture was a win at Ross County a month or so later, John Sutton and Iain Vigurs both hitting spectacular goals that day.
The third was ‘Well’s 1-0 win over Dundee Utd back in November, where Iain Vigurs’ second half strike gave the Kenny Black led Motherwell all three points.
The final match was the league closer at home to Partick Thistle, an uneventful affair that ended in 0-0 stalemate the week before the Steelmen would do battle with Rangers in the Premiership Play-offs.
His overall record in charge of Motherwell reads fifteen wins, six defeats and four draws from twenty-five matches.
In those games, ‘Well have scored 49 and conceded 39. 69 cautions have been dished out, 41 flashed at those wearing Claret and Amber.
Four players have been sent off, two for ‘Well (Fraser Kerr and Keith Lasley in the same match against Killie in February 2013).
McLean will be ably assisted by Davis McGeachie and Kyle McMullan, with Andrew Dallas on fourth official duties. Iain Brines will be the referee observer.
Fixtures rescheduled for televisionWednesday 03 February 2016
Fans should note forthcoming fixture amendments in March and April.
The match with Dundee Utd, originally scheduled for Saturday 12th March has been switched to Friday night, 11th March (7.45pm KO). This match will be live on BT Sport
Motherwell’s game with Celtic, scheduled for Saturday 9th April has been switched to lunch-time kick off on the same day (12.30pm KO), and will be live on Sky Sports.
Scottish Cup: Ticket & Match InformationWednesday 03 February 2016
A reminder that tickets for the William Hill Scottish Cup 5th Round clash with Inverness CT are still on sale.
The match will take place at Fir Park on Saturday 6th February 2016, with a 3pm kick off.
Tickets for the match will go on sale Saturday, 23rd January 2016 at 10am with prices agreed at:
ADULTS: £15 CONCESSIONS: £10 JUVENILES: £5
- Concessions are listed as Over 60s and Full Time Students with a valid matriculation card.
- Juveniles are listed as Under 16s.
In addition, similar to the last round, both clubs have agreed a joint initiative whereby any fan that pre-purchases either an adult or concession ticket on or before 3rd February 2016 will qualify for an additional juvenile tickets free of charge.
For clarity, that is one free juvenile ticket per adult/concession ticket purchased on or before 3rd February 2016.
Any tickets purchased after the 3rd February, or on the turnstile on the day of the match, will be subject to the standard pricing of £15 for adults, £10 concessions and £5 juveniles.
Away fans are also able to claim this same deal, but should check directly with Inverness CT for full sales and distribution arrangements.
General Manager Alan Burrows added: “The take up of a similar offer at the Cove Rangers match was particularly encouraging and we obviously we want as many people to come to what is a vital 5th Round match as possible.
“There’s a strong relationship between both clubs and it’s great we’ve been able to work together to try and incentivise this additional match.
“We will announce additional ticket office opening hours of the next few days to allow as many Motherwell fans to take up the deal as possible.
“For those that don’t want to, we will obviously still have the pay at the gate facility available on the day of the game too.”
Scottish Cup hospitality just £39.95Wednesday 03 February 2016
The club continue their William Hill Scottish Cup run on Saturday 6th February with a match against Inverness CT.
Following the recent announcement of ticket prices for this game, below is a note of our match-day hospitality packages.
Remember, this match is not included in your season book.
All hospitality packages include a ticket, match programme, team-sheet and half time refreshments.
Centenary Claret: Arrive at our Centenary Suite for 1pm. Full, four course table service with access to a pay bar till kick off and then again for an hour post-match.
Book now from only £39.95 for an adult and £35 for a child under 16.
Centenary Amber: Arrive at our Centenary Suite for 1pm. Full four course table service with complimentary bar and then again for an hour post-match.
Book now for £79.99 for an adult, £69.95 for concession and £45 for a child under 16.
Centenary Ticket Only: Arrive at our Centenary Suite for access to pre-match pay bar, prime match seats then half-time refreshments followed by access to the bar after the game.
Book now from only £29.95 for an adult, concession £19.95 and £14.95 for a child under 16.
Millennium Ticket: Enjoy a lighter bite pre-match and at half-time with a complimentary bar for one-hour pre & post-match.
Book now for £55.95 for an adult, concession £35 and £30 for a child under 16.
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TV: Highlights from FirhillTuesday 02 February 2016
Extended highlights from Firhill as Steven Lawless’ late strike consigns Motherwell to a 1-0 defeat against Partick Thistle.
Thistle defeat in picturesTuesday 02 February 2016
Action images from today’s 1-0 defeat to Partick Thistle in the Ladbrokes Premiership at Firhill.
Snaps courtesy of SNSPix.