Extended highlights from Forthbank Stadium as Semple and Agyeman score their first goals for the 20s in a 3-0 win for the Steelmen.
TV: Highlights from Forthbank StadiumMonday 01 May 2017
Craigan: Opportunities for youngstersMonday 01 May 2017
Under-20s boss Stephen Craigan reflected on a positive afternoon as his side beat Inverness CT 3-0 in the penultimate Development League fixture of the season.
Jamie Semple and Alfredo Agyeman scored their first goals at under-20s level and Craigan admitted it shows there are good opportunities for youngsters at Motherwell Football Club.
Speaking to MFC TV at full time, the Northern Irishman said: “Sometimes when you come up against a stuffy team it’s about breaking their resistance and we thought with the penalty in the first half it might have broke it.
[pullquote]Sometimes when you come up against a stuffy team it’s about breaking their resistance and we thought with the penalty in the first half it might have broke it.[/pullquote]
“It took us a little bit longer than we wanted but then we eventually did and what an emphatic finish from Jamie Semple.”
He added: “Jamie’s been at the club for a long time and he’s patiently waited for his opportunities and it’s been tough for him because the under-20s have been doing well.
“So that shows that there’s opportunities for the young boys here at this club.”
You can watch Craigan’s full interview on MFC TV’s official YouTube channel.
Motherwell U20s 3 – 0 Inverness CT U20sMonday 01 May 2017
Motherwell under-20s secured a 3-0 victory on an afternoon of firsts for Stephen Craigan’s side.
15-year-old Jamie Semple and 16-year-old Alfredo Agyeman both grabbed their first goals whilst there was a debut for 14-year-old Cole Starrs.
Stephen Craigan named senior players David Ferguson, Joe Chalmers and there was a return to action for James McFadden and Ross MacLean.
And it was the player-manager who nearly opened the scoring when he got on the end of a good cross, brought the ball down in the box and was denied by an impressive double save from Caley keeper Stephen Foster.
However, it looked like the youngsters would get the lead they looked like they deserved when MacLean was fouled in the area and the referee took no hesitation as he awarded Craigan’s side a penalty.
The midfielder stepped up to take the spot kick he won, but his low effort to the keeper’s left was matched by a decent stop and the game remained goalless.
It was arguably the only talking point in a quiet opening period, with Inverness going close through Andrew MacRea and McFadden nearly beating the keeper following a neat, flowing move which he started and nearly finished.
The second half started on a similar note to the first, but the game was changed when Stephen Craigan made two crucial substitutions.
Firstly, Alfie Agyeman was introduced to the action just before the hour mark, replacing MacLean and just over ten minutes later, Jamie Semple replaced McFadden with the game still goalless.
Eight minutes later, he made the difference and it was largely thanks to some superb work by Agyeman.
The lively youngster burst past two men down the right flank and cut the ball back for Semple to slam thunderously in to the roof of the net.
Two minutes later Agyeman nearly made it two when Adam Livingstone’s bursting run then cross was headed narrowly over the cross bar.
But he made no mistake in the 82nd minute when Hastie fed him the ball and he took a touch before side footing in to the right corner from six yards.
With seven minutes left, Craigan made his final sub and handed a debut to 14-year-old striker Cole Starrs.
The youngster looked lively for the remainder of the match but it was Davie Turnbull who put the cherry on top for the Steelmen.
The midfielder was afforded too much time on the ball 20-yards from goal and hit an unstoppable effort in to the keeper’s top right-hand corner – leaving Foster with no chance and wrapping up an impressive final 20-minutes.
Motherwell U20s: Pain, McMillan, Ferguson, Chalmers, Armstrong, Livingstone, MacLean (Agyeman, ’57), Turnbull, McFadden (Semple, ’70), Hastie (Starrs, ’83), Fry
Unused subs: Pettigrew, MacDonald, McAleer
U20s back in League actionMonday 01 May 2017
Motherwell U20s face Inverness CT U20s in the penultimate game of the season this afternoon.
And manager Stephen Craigan will be keen to see his youngsters end the season strongly after they confirmed their highest Development League points tally last week.
The Northern Irishman will be without Allan Campbell, who has found his place in Stephen Robinson’s first-team, but may be boosted by the inclusion of some senior players.
This afternoon’s match takes place at Forthbank Stadium, Stirling, with kick off at 2pm.
TV: Highlights from Fir ParkSaturday 29 April 2017
Extended Highlights from Fir Park as Motherwell lose 2-3 to Dundee.
Dundee defeat in picturesSaturday 29 April 2017
Images from today’s 2-3 defeat to Dundee in the Ladbrokes Premiership.
Snaps courtesy of SNSPix
Robinson: We must cut out mistakesSaturday 29 April 2017
‘Well boss Stephen Robinson has called for individual errors to be cut out after his side lost 2-3 against Dundee this afternoon.
A controversial decision and some costly mistakes ultimately cost the Steelmen as Dundee leapfrogged Robinson’s men to move one point above them.
Speaking to MFC TV at full time, the Northern Irishman expressed his disappointment and reflected on this afternoon’s basement clash.
He said: “It’s a huge disappointment, I thought we dominated the first half and it’s probably the best 45 minutes we’ve had possession-wise since I’ve come in to the football club.
[pullquote]We make an individual error just before half time and then you go in 1-0 down and you find it hard to believe.[/pullquote]
“We make an individual error just before half time and then you go in 1-0 down and you find it hard to believe.”
He added: “We’re still very much in the game though but then the goals either side of ours weren’t good enough.
“The individual errors have to stop if we’re to remain in this division, they have to be put out the game.”
You can watch the manager’s full post-match interview on MFC TV’s official YouTube channel.
Motherwell 2 – 3 DundeeSaturday 29 April 2017
Motherwell were edged out by Dundee as Neil McCann’s side leapfrogged the Fir Parkers to leave the Steelmen in the play-off spot.
Despite second half goals from Louis Moult and Chris Cadden prompting a fight back, defensive lapses ultimately had Stephen Robinson’s men chasing the game.
However, for the second time this season, the Dens’ men had a slice of good fortune when Motherwell had a claim for a legitimate goal overlooked.
Captain Keith Lasley was recalled to the starting line-up, taking the midfield berth vacated by the injured Stephen Pearson in an otherwise unchanged ‘Well side.
Hopeful of maintaining the momentum from the last home win over Inverness Caley, the Fir Parkers’ took the game to a Dundee side in their first match under their new manager.
Despite having the bulk of the possession in the first half hour, ‘Well made no impression on Scott Bain’s goal as his team mates happily sat in.
A succession of free kicks from Elliot Frear failed to find a ‘Well player in the box until 30 minutes when the winger’s cross picked out Moult. But after chesting the ball down, the striker’s left foot effort was straight at the ‘keeper.
Five minutes later a lung-bursting run from Frear ended with an inviting cross and although Moult got his head to the ball it was after a push on Darren O’Dea.
With Frear and Chris Cadden unable to get in behind the visitor’s, Bain was untroubled until four minutes from the break when Cadden’s intended cross for Ryan Bowman was dipping under the bar until the Dens’ ‘keeper palmed it over.
It looked like stalemate as half-time loomed, when out of the blue Dundee nicked the lead.
Marcus Haber’s effort was palmed down by Craig Samson but as the ‘keeper scrambled to gather the loose ball Mark O’Hara lashed it high into the net.
If that was a blow to ‘Well’s hopes of taking three points, they were dealt a sickener four minutes after the restart. Kevin Holt was given to much freedom to set up Paul McGowan and although his effort was blocked in the goalmouth, Haber poked the ball over the line to double Dundee’s lead.
Within a minute that was halved and the home hopes lifted. Frear’s inswinging corner found its way to Moult at the far corner of the six-yard box who took a touch before superbly slamming the ball high over a busy goal line for his 14th league goal of the season.
That should have been the springboard for a ‘Well comeback but instead Dundee restored their two goal advantage. Again, Holt had space on the left and his cross found O’Hara diving to head home with a deflection which left Samson wrong footed.
With over 30 minutes remaining there was still time for ‘Well to take something from the game as Lionel Ainsworth replaced Bowman.
And only a great save from Bain denied Frear whose right foot shot from 12 yards was curling inside the post until the Dens’ ‘keeper at full stretch palmed the ball behind.
Shea Gordon and Craig Clay joined the action for the final 20 minutes as ‘Well pushed forward in the hope of pulling a goal back.
And it appeared to have arrived in the 76th minute when Ainsworth’s corner was headed on goal by Ben Heneghan’s and looked well over the line before being cleared by former ‘Well man Tom Hately. But as the ‘Well players turned to celebrate their was no indication from his assistant referee and Steven McLean waved play-on.
Three minutes later the ball was in the Dundee net. Moult’s touch sent Ainsworth through and although he screwed the ball across face of the goal Cadden slid in to guide the ball home and set up a grandstand finish.
As ‘Well chased a deserved equaliser, it took a fine double save from Samson to deny McGowan and Haber, and keep home hopes alive until the final whistle.
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Alastair Reilly at Fir Park
FT: Motherwell 2 – 3 Dundee
90′ | 2-3
83′ | 2-3
Dundee sub, El Bakhtaoui on for Ross.
80′ | 2-3
Cadden gets on the end of Ainsworth’s shot, sliding it into the net.
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76′ | 1-3
Drama again as Heneghan’s header looked to be over the line but no goal given.
72′ | 1-3
Motherwell sub, Clay on for McDonald
69′ | 1-3
Motherwell sub, Lasley makes way for Gordon
62′ | 1-3
Dundee sub, Wighton off for Williams
61′ | 1-3
Great chance for Frear but Bain saves brilliantly, diving low to his left to tip past.
57′ | 1-3
Motherwell sub, Ainsworth on for Bowman.
56′ | 1-3
Goal – Dundee make it 3. Wighton’s cross headed home by O’Hara.
50′ | 1-2
From a corner, Moult gets some space at the back post and superbly lashes it past Bain!
48′ | 0-2
Goal – It’s 0-2 to Dundee. Holt gets dow the left far too easily and from his cross Haber pokes home.
Second half is underway. COYW!!
Both teams are back out. A big 45 minutes lies ahead.
HT: Motherwell 0 – 1 Dundee
45′ | 0-1
Goal – Dundee’s first attack of the game leads to a goal. O’Hara lashes in a loose ball from close range.
42′ | 0-0
Close! Cadden’s cross/shot is heading into the top corner but for the hand of Bain, who tips it over.
37′ | 0-0
Great ball in by Frear forces O’Dea to head over his own bar. From the corner, Bain manages to punch clear for a throw-in.
32′ | 0-0
‘Well have a free-kick in a decent are on the right. Frear will take…..again no chance comes of it.
31′ | 0-0
First decent chance of the game as the ball falls to Moult 10 yards out but he fires straight into the arms of Bain.
28′ | 0-0
Gomis finally booked. Been persistently fouling all game and is now shown the yellow for a foul on McDonald
25′ | 0-0
Free-kick to Motherwell about 30 yards out, whipped in by Frear but Bain punches clear
6′ | 0-0
Dundee have their first corner of the game….Moult does well to head clear.
…played in too deep and it’s cleared for a throw-in.
4′ | 0-0
Frear twists and turns and wins ‘Well a corner on the left…
Lasley gets the game underway. COYW!!!!
Out come both sides, usual colours for both. Kick-off moments away!
Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson:
Dundee manager Neil McCann:
Pearson and Clay in the Signing ZoneSaturday 29 April 2017
The ‘Signing Zone’ continues this week prior to tomorrow’s fixture against Dundee at Fir Park.
So why not come to Fir Park tomorrow afternoon where Stephen Pearson and Craig Clay will be in The Well Shop’s ‘Signing Zone’ from 12.45pm until 1.15pm to meet fans, sign autographs and pose for selfies.
It provides an opportunity for the fans to meet Pearson, who came back to the club in January, and Clay, who signed last summer.
Each week, two different players will take their seats as the season progresses as part of the developing fan engagement programme here at Fir Park.
Share your pics on twitter @motherwellfc using #MFCSigningZone or facebook.com/motherwellfc
The club shop is situated at the Cooper Stand and is open from 9.30am.
Dee matchday magazine previewFriday 28 April 2017
The nineteenth issue of the Steelmen matchday magazine is on sale ahead of tomorrow’s league clash with Dundee at Fir Park.
Here, we take a look at what can be found inside the 68-page programme.
Aussie forward Scott McDonald looks ahead to a crucial clash and reflects on the season so far, as well as discussing the youngsters who have broke in to the first team.
Stephen Robinson gives his thoughts ahead of the game and there is an update from club captain Keith Lasley, along with ‘Getting to Know You’ – where Zak Jules is profiled – in the latest issue of the 2016/17 season programme.
The interesting feature ‘Well in Numbers’, where feature writer Andrew Paterson looks at some of the key numbers in Motherwell history, continues.
As part of the clubs aims to work closely with the Motherwell FC Community Trust and The ‘Well Society, regular updates are included in the programme.
‘Steelmen’ main features on tomorrow’s opposition remain, including an in depth look at Dundee as well as this season’s new ‘Tactics Board’, where we look at Neil McCann’s potential starting eleven as he takes charge for the first time.
Our match report section looks back on the Fir Parker’s big victory over Inverness CT two weeks ago.
An update on Stephen Craigan’s U20s side is included too, reporting on the youngster’s recent run of results.
All the latest news from Fir Park is included too, and you’ll get all the latest from the Ticket Office as well as an in-depth look at tomorrow’s match-officials.
All this and more is available for £3 and is on sale from the Club Shop as well as the usual sellers located in and around the ground pre-match.
You can also order back editions or take a subscription to the magazine for the rest of the season by visiting the website of our publishers, Curtis-Sports.