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    Rangers: Tickets and match information

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

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    20s vs Airdrie in pictures

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    Craigan: Mixed emotions after Cup exit

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    Motherwell U20s 1 – 2 Airdrieonians

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    Craigan: The lads are excited

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    Laing completes loan move

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    Under 20s to take on Airdrie

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

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    St Johnstone defeat in pictures

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    Rangers: Tickets and match information

    Tickets for the Ladbrokes Premiership match with Rangers on Saturday at Ibrox are still available from the Fir Park ticket office.

    This is an all ticket match and tickets will not be available at Ibrox on the day of the game. Tickets are priced as follows:

    ADULTS:   £24 
    CONCESSIONS      £18
    JUVENILE   £7
    • Juveniles are under 16s
    • Concessions are over 65 and 16 & 17 year olds

    The ticket office is open late on Thursday night the 18th August (until 7pm) and is also open till 1pm on the day of the game for fans wishing to purchase tickets.

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

    Highlights from Fir Park as Motherwell’s Under 20s exit the Irn Bru cup after  a 1-2 defeat by Airdrie.

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    20s vs Airdrie in pictures

    Images from today’s 1-2 loss to Airdrie in the Irn Bru Cup at Fir Park.

    Snaps courtesy of SNSPix

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    Craigan: Mixed emotions after Cup exit

    It was mixed emotions for Stephen Craigan as he watched his U20s put on a brave showing against Airdrie, but ultimately exit the IRN-BRU Cup.

    The young Steelmen, with an average age of just seventeen, went toe-to-toe with their senior opponents for the full game, but came up just short.

    Former ‘Well striker Iain Russell put the Diamonds in front just before the break before Adam Brown doubled the advantage minutes after the restart.

    Dylan Mackin pulled one back with a ferocious strike to set-up a grand stand finale, but despite creating chances, the youngsters couldn’t get level.

    It brings to an end Motherwell’s run in the IRN-BRU Cup, but there were plenty of positives for Craigan, his team applauded off at the end by the 1,007 fans inside Fir Park.

    [pullquote]They put so much into the game, they had a great appetite for it; I can’t praise their attitude enough. [/pullquote]

    “Anytime you’re involved with the Under 20s you always come away with mixed emotions,” he sighed.

    “They put so much into the game, they had a great appetite for it; I can’t praise their attitude enough. We maybe came up a little bit short and lacked that little bit of quality in the final third, particularly when coming up against an experienced defensive line, guys who have played a lot of first-team games.

    “That’s why I enjoyed being a part of this tournament because it’s a great experience for our lads and a marker for where they’ve got to get to.

    “Sometimes when you play against other Under 20s sides you don’t always learn things, but from both the Edinburgh City and this game tonight, it’s been a brilliant experience for all of us. We’re just gutted we’re out.”

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    Motherwell U20s 1 – 2 Airdrieonians

    A terrific display from the Under 20s came close to producing an IRN-BRU Cup shock against League One side Airdrie, but they came up just short in a 1-2 defeat.

    A goal either side of the interval sent the visitor’s on their way to the next round, however, a fabulous strike from Dylan Mackin set up a terrific last half hour.

    Despite falling just short, the young ‘Well’s efforts were recognised with a standing ovation from the home fans in the 1,007 crowd at the final whistle.

    After taking five minutes to find their feet against their more senior opponents ‘Well had the first crack at goal, Thomas Fry’s low twenty-yard drive forcing Rohan Ferguson to throw himself low to his left and push the ball round his post.

    Airdrie’s replied with a long drive from Andy Ryan which produced a firm first save from Peter Morrison.

    As the young Fir Parkers gained in confidence Jack McMillan burst towards the goal line before crossing into a packed box but Ferguson cut out the danger. David Turnbull then had a 25-yard drive which whizzed over the bar.

    Stephen Craigan’s boys were content in possession as they probed for gaps in the visitor’s defence that was well marshalled by former Fir Park favourite Marc Fitzpatrick.

    But it was the home ‘keeper who was tested when he firmly held a curling shot from Adam Brown.

    After receiving treatment for a head wound Morrison then produced a couple of reflex saves to deny the Diamonds an opening goal.

    In the 21st minute the ‘keeper rose smartly to palm Scott Stewart’s header over his bar. That stop was surpassed seven minutes later Joe Gorman’s effort took a deflection inside the six yard box and as the ball was heading just under the bar, Morrison reacted superbly to beat the ball away.

    Ryan Hastie’s speed and footwork earned him an opening at the edge of the opposite box and his left foot drive across the goal forced a good save from Ferguson who pushed the ball beyond the inrushing Mackin.

    Just before the half-time whistle Hastie had possession in a similar position but literally lost his boot and footing.

    It proved to be a costly slip as Airdrie immediately raced to the other end. And when Ryan rolled the ball back to Iain Russell on the 18yard line he calmly stroked it low inside Morrison’s right hand post.

    Before the young ‘Well team could reply after the break Airdrie had snatched a second when Ryan had time in the middle of the box to chest the ball down before driving low and hard past Morrison.

    To their credit the young Steelmen then showed great strength of character.

    And after firing a shot narrowly over Mackin pulled one back in the 53rd. Darting between Airdrie’s central defenders, the young ‘Well striker hammered an unstoppable drive high into the net.

    That restored confidence and twice within a couple of minutes the home side came close to producing an equaliser.

    Firstly, from the corner of the box, Thomas Fry curled the ball wide of Ferguson’s post before the ‘keeper firmly held Ross MacLean’s drive at the end of a terrific run.

    The ‘Well fans in the Phil O’Donnell stand thought that Luke Watt had rattled home the equaliser when the ball crashed high into the netting, only to realise that it was on the outside of the post.

    Morrison then produced a couple of solid stops to keep the deficit to one.

    Twenty minutes from time only a terrific save from Ferguson denied ‘Well the equaliser. Substitute Dylan Falconer turned 10 yards from goal before unleashing a thumping drive which the ‘keeper matched with an outstretched hand.

    The First Division side had another let-off ten minutes later when Luke Watt was tripped as he burst into the box but referee Mike Taylor waved aside genuine appeals for a penalty.

    It took a amazing save from Morrison to deny Ryan, who looked certain to slam Russell’s cross home from four yards until the ‘Well stopper spread himself to brilliantly block.

    That kept the game and the fans on an edge until the final whistle but despite pressing the game towards the visitor’s box until the end, the young ‘Well couldn’t find an equaliser and a crack at extra-time their performance deserved.

    Motherwell U20s: Morrison; McMillan, Armstrong, Maguire, Watt; Campbell, MacLean (J.Moore – 87mins), Turnbull (Scott – 79mins), Hastie (Falconer – 65mins), Fry; Mackin

    Subs: Stevenson, Livingstone

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    Craigan: The lads are excited

    U20s manager Stephen Craigan knows tomorrow nights  Irn-Bru cup clash will be a big ask for his players.

    But the Northern Irish coach is confident that his young players will be excited for the occasion.

    Speaking to MFC TV, Craigan said: “It’s going to be a big ask with Airdrie being in League One and going full-time this year – they’ve got lots of good players and a good manager.

    “I’ve managed to watch them on two occasions and I’ve been impressed with what Kevin McBride’s trying to do and how they’re trying to play and the intensity in their play and the freedom they’re trying to play with.”

    [pullquote]It’s going to be a big ask with Airdrie being in League One and going full-time this year.[/pullquote]

    He added: “There’s no doubt Edinburgh City was a big test for us but this will be a bigger test again.”

    Craigan admits that he is mostly looking for his young players to stick to the game-plan and put in a good performance.

    He said: “I just hope that we can go in to it and make an impression on the game – I hope we can play without fear and play free and put in that structure that we’ve spoke about on the lead up to tomorrow night.

    “If we’re competitive in the game first and foremost, I’ll be pleased.”

    [pullquote]They’re looking forward to it. After we beat Edinburgh City there was a sense of anticipation as to who we’d get in the draw.[/pullquote]

    And the manager admits that they are all excited to get out onto the pitch at Fir Park tomorrow night.

    He said: “They’re looking forward to it. After we beat Edinburgh City there was a sense of anticipation as to who we’d get in the draw.

    “The boys will all have their own reasons to be up for it, for example Dylan Mackin was out at Airdrie on loan.”

    He added: “But ultimately it’s exciting for them; they want to play competitive football. We talk about games like the Youth Cup final and against Edinburgh City, and these games are to see how the boys cope with the occasion.”

    The game will take place on Tuesday 16th and Motherwell fans will be housed in the Phil O’Donnell stand, with visiting fans in the South Stand.

    The Centenary Suite bar will be open from 6pm for home fans to enjoy a pre-match drink.

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    Laing completes loan move

    Motherwell FC can today confirm defender Louis Laing has completed a five-month loan spell to English League Two side Notts County.

    Injuries disrupted the player from tying down a spot in Mark McGhee’s starting eleven, but the 23-year-old has secured a move on loan back to Meadow Lane.

    The Englishman spent a short spell at the club back in 2014 on loan from Nottingham Forest, and the ex-Sunderland man will hope to make a number of appearances over the next six-months.

    [pullquote]We hope a loan to Notts County will help him get regular games and get him sharp. It’s a club he knows well and the perfect place for him to rediscover his top form.[/pullquote]

    Laing, who joined Motherwell last season, has made twenty-nine appearances in Claret and Amber, scoring twice.

    ‘Well boss Mark McGhee said: “Louis has struggled to get a run of consecutive games since I’ve been at the club, mainly because of niggly injuries.

    “We hope a loan to Notts County will help him get regular games and get him sharp. It’s a club he knows well and the perfect place for him to rediscover his top form.”

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    Under 20s to take on Airdrie

    Motherwell U20s are back in action this Tuesday evening when they take on local rivals Airdrie in the IRN-BRU Cup.

    Stephen Craigan’s men won the right to face the Diamonds after edging out Edinburgh City FC 2-1 in the previous round.

    Airdrie, managed by former Steelmen midfielder Kevin McBride, have had a mixed bag start to the new campaign.

    They lost in the Betfred Cup to Partick Thistle and Queen of the South, but beat Stenhousemuir and drew 3-3 with Queens Park.

    They then opened their league season with a 1-3 away win at Hampden against the Spiders, but came up short this weekend, losing 2-4 at home to Livingston.

    The match will take place at Fir Park, kick-off is 7.45pm. Admission is on the gate, Motherwell fans in the Phil O’Donnell Stand and visiting fans in the South Stand, priced at £5 for adults and £2 for concessions and juveniles.

    The Centenary Suite bar, located in the Phil O’Donnell stand, will be open to home fans from 6pm for pre-match drinks.

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

    Highlights from Fir Park as St Johnstone come from behind to win 1-2 in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

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    St Johnstone defeat in pictures

    Action images from today’s 1-2 loss to St Johnstone at Fir Park.

    Snaps courtesy of SNSPix

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