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    Motherwell 4 – 0 Morton

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    Build-up: Greenock Morton

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    Robinson: Expecting a tough challenge

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    Rose: Ready to make strides

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    From the Training Ground

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    Flashback: vs Morton

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    Clancy in the middle for Ton clash

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    Fresh 2017/18 matchday programme

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    The Foreign Legion: Mitchell Van der Gaag

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    Rangers tickets on sale

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    Motherwell 4 – 0 Morton

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    A very impressive display from Motherwell easily dealt with the potential challenge of Morton, taking them to the top of Group F and favourites to move into the next round of the Betfred Cup.

    Although the Greenock side had an impressive campaign last season there was little chance of the Cappielow side repeating their cup win over Motherwell two years ago – especially after the Fir Park men opened the scoring in the opening minutes.

    There were two changes from the side which kicked off the Betfred Cup campaign at Hampden. Ryan Bowman was rewarded for last week’s double with a start in the home attack and Charles Dunne made his debut at the expense of Stevie Hammell.

    And the former Oldham defender took less than three minutes to mark his first appearance in a ‘Well jersey to claim his first goal.

    The opportunity to grab an early opener looked to have been lost when Trevor Carson’s long ball over the Morton defence released Craig Tanner but one-on-one with the ‘keeper, his effort was blocked by Derek Gaston.

    From the resultant corner Tanner picked out Carl McHugh whose floated header towards goal was nodded over the line by Dunne for the perfect start.

    Ten minutes later, Tanner’s corner was again met by McHugh but this time he powered his diving header just over the bar.

    Carson, whose distribution with either foot seems a real bonus, claimed another assist when the Steelmen doubled their lead after 25 minutes.

    The ‘keeper’s free kick from well beyond his box, was glanced on by Bowman and when Tanner slipped the ball through to Cadden, the young midfielder confidently angled his drive across the ‘keeper for his second goal of the campaign.

    Ryan Bowman almost made it three when he hooked Richard Tait’s cross narrowly wide of goal.

    Morton’s hopes of a fightback were hampered seven minutes from half-time when the experienced Gary Harkins was shown a red card for a high and dangerous tackle on Tanner.

    In the minutes before the interval, Bowman had a couple of chances to extend the home lead. Firstly, Michael Doyle’s short pass back sent the ‘Well striker towards goal but Gaston raced out of his box to make a great blocking tackle.

    Then Dunne’s incisive pass allowed Bowman to turn at the edge of the box and his low shot was sneaking inside the post until the ‘keeper leapt low to palm it away.

    Comfortably in command at the interval, Motherwell used their extra man in the second half to move the ball around the final third and keep Morton penned deep in their own half.

    Following a couple of chances, including a crisply struck 22-yard effort from the hugely influential Gael Bigirimana, the Fir Parkers finally made it three nil after 66 minutes.

    Carl McHugh’s intelligent chipped effort from 25 yards rebounded from the face of the crossbar and Richard Tait reacted quickly to squeeze the ball between the keeper and his right-hand post.

    That also signalled a double substitution with strikers Louis Moult and Alex Fisher intent of giving the overworked Morton defence a difficult final 20 minutes.

    Still to regain full fitness Moult took only six minutes to mark his appearance from the bench with another superb free kick curling the ball from the corner of the box beyond Gaston’s despairing dive.

    Andy Rose replaced Tait and he came close to making it five, but slid Dunne’s pass on the wrong side of the post.

    The best chance to go nap for the second consecutive week fell to Moult but having pounced on Bobby Thomson’s slack pass back the ‘Well striker rattled the ball off the advancing ‘keeper, with Bigirimana doing exactly the same with the rebound.

    Motherwell now travel to the capital on Tuesday evening knowing that a win over Edinburgh City will guarantee them top spot in the section.

     

    tab:As it happened]

     Alastair Reilly at Fir Park

    The Steelmen ease past 10-man Morton and now top Group F.

    FT: Motherwell 4 – 0 Greenock Morton

    88′ | 4-0
    Morton sub, Armour on for Russell

    83′ | 4-0
    Should have been 5! Back pass is too short which lets Moult in but Gaston makes a fine double save from Moult then Bigirimana

    81′ | 4-0
    Dunne clips in a great ball to the back post which Rose knocks just wide of the post.

    Changes for Morton as well, Quitongo and Thomson off for McHugh and Strapp

    76′ | 4-0
    Motherwell sub, Tait off for Rose.

    73′ | 4-0
    It’s that man Moult again! Curls a beauty over the wall and past Gaston!!

    GOOOAALLL!!!!

    72′ | 3-0
    ‘Well have a free-kick right on the edge of the box…..

    68′ | 3-0
    Motherwell subs, Frear and Bowman off for Fisher and Moult

    67′ | 3-0
    Could feel it coming and there it is! McHugh curls one off the bar and Tait is on hand with a nice finish!

    GGOOAALLL!!

    65′ | 2-0
    Bigirimana with a rocket from distance but Gaston makes it look comfortable with some safe hands.

    63′ | 2-0
    Lovely quick bit of passing sets Frear clear down the left. His low cross is met by Bowman but he can’t steer it on target.

    53′ | 2-0
    Kipré powers a shot from distance but see’s it fly just over the bar

    51′ | 2-0
    That would have been beautiful. Bigirimana with a Cruyff-flick to Tanner who does the same to Cadden but Gaston saves!

    Quitongo gets the second half underway.

    HT: Motherwell 2 – 0 Greenock Morton

    45+1′ | 2-0
    Bowman’s turn and shot from the edge of the box is tipped past for a corner.

    43′ | 2-0
    Nearly three as Bowman broke clear but again Gaston stands up well and makes the save!

    38′ | 2-0
    RED CARD! Harkins sent off for a high and late challenge on Tanner.

    37′ | 2-0
    Cadden gets the break of the ball and bursts forward. Opts for the shot but slices it past the post.

    32′ | 2-0
    Bigirimana booked for a firm challenge.

    27′ | 2-0
    Cross into the box finds Bowman who tries the spectacular flying volley. Skews it wide of the post, though.

    25′ | 2-0
    Bowman’s flick-on is knocked into the path of Tanner who knocks it on to Cadden who cooly slots home past Gaston!

    GOAALL!!!

    23′ | 1-0
    Nice bit of play there between Bigirimana and Tanner but as the ball is fed through to Bowman, he is ruled offside.

    12′ | 1-0
    Chance! Great corner in from Tanner finds McHugh who attempts a diving header but it goes just over the bar!

    10′ | 1-0
    Bigirimana with a very speculative free-kick from 35 yards. Well over the bar.

    3′ | 1-0
    Dunne opens the scoring! McHugh flicks on a corner and the debutant heads home from close!!

    GOOAALL!!

    2′ | 0-0
    Great chance! Carson’s ball over the top leaves Tanner 1v1 but Gaston stands up and makes a good stop!

    Tanner gets the action underway. COYW!!!!!

    Out come the sides, kick-off fast approaching. COYW!!

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    Motherwell caretaker manager Stephen Robinson:

     

    Greenock Morton manager Jim Duffy

     

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    Build-up: Greenock Morton

    Motherwell host Greenock Morton in arguably the toughest fixture of the Fir Parkers Betfred Cup group.

    Following the 5-1 victory over Queen’s Park, Stephen Robinson’s men prepare for Jim Duffy’s Morton – who come in to the clash on the back of a penalty victory over the Spiders midweek.

    And with things starting to gel in the Fir Park camp, Robinson is feeling optimistic, but knows the Ton will be a difficult challenge.

    “It’s been good this week,” Robinson said,  “because it goes a lot easier and a lot quicker when you’ve won a game and we won the game comfortably – it was a good performance.

    “It’s still very much pre-season and I know the competitive games have started but people are still finding their feet and still finding an understanding for each other.”

    He added: “I went to watch Morton the other night – it was a good game and Queen’s Park did well against them.

    “But I’m expecting a tough challenge from Jim Duffy’s side who are always up for it, will be aggressive and put balls in behind and they’ll be well organised too.”

    With the likes of Michael Tidser, Gary Harkins and ex-Well man Ross Forbes, the middle of the park will be a key area of the park tomorrow afternoon.

    And one man who could play a crucial role is summer signing Andy Rose, who is relishing the challenge awaiting him this season.

    The 27-year-old ex-Seattle Sounder’s star said: “It’s been a really enjoyable month full of hard work, as you’d expect. Everybody at the club has been very supportive so it’s been a really easy transition.

    “Hampden was a fantastic experience last week. It’s obviously an amazing stadium to play in with a beautiful pitch so to kick the season off there was a great experience.”

    The training is very intense – and as long as you have guys pushing you for a spot you’re going to get better so it’s a great squad to be a part of.

    When asked about the competition for a spot in the starting eleven, the Australian added: “It’s hugely important for any club and I expected that coming in. I’m excited about that and I think that pushes you as a player.

    “I’m at a point in my career now where I really want to take a step forward and I think the only way you do that is by developing and getting better every single day.

    “Being pushed to your limit in training every day, that’s something the manager certainly does here – the training is very intense – and as long as you have guys pushing you for a spot you’re going to get better so it’s a great squad to be a part of.”

     








    Motherwell V Greenock Morton
    Saturday 22nd July 2017
    3.00pm
    Fir Park, Motherwell
    Available at the Fir Park ticket office and on the gate

    Admission prices are as follows: 

    ADULTS   £12 
    CONCESSIONS      £6
    • Concessions are listed as Under 18s, over 60 and students
    • Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Darren  on 07722 912666 or email darren@mfcdsa.com.

    If you can’t make it to tomorrow, don’t miss the action by tuning in to mixlr.com/motherwellfc for live commentary or follow the match on Twitter @MotherwellFC

    You can see the match highlights on MFC TV’s YouTube channel, as well as full reaction and a match report right here on the official website.

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    Robinson: Expecting a tough challenge

    Stephen Robinson is fully prepared for a “tough challenge” tomorrow afternoon with the visit of Greenock Morton to Fir Park.

    And the ‘Well boss, who admits Morton will be the hardest fixture of the group stage on paper, also believes his side are still gelling despite a solid start to the tournament.

    Speaking to the broadcast media this morning, the Northern Irishman looked ahead to tomorrow’s Group F clash.

    He said: “It’s been good [this week] because it goes a lot easier and a lot quicker when you’ve won a game and we won the game comfortably – it was a good performance.

    [pullquote]I’m expecting a tough challenge from Jim Duffy’s side who are always up for it, will be aggressive and put balls in behind and they’ll be well organised too.[/pullquote]

    “It’s still very much pre-season and I know the competitive games have started but people are still finding their feet and still finding an understanding for each other.”

    He added: “I went to watch Morton the other night – it was a good game and Queen’s Park did well against them.

    “But I’m expecting a tough challenge from Jim Duffy’s side who are always up for it, will be aggressive and put balls in behind and they’ll be well organised too.”

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    Rose: Ready to make strides

    Summer signing Andy Rose is relishing the season ahead having settled in nicely at Motherwell.

    And the midfielder, who spoke to the broadcast press this morning, looked ahead to this weekend’s clash with Morton – as well as opening up on his new teammates who form a squad he admits is “great to be a part of”.

    The 27-year-old said: “It’s been a really enjoyable month full of hard work, as you’d expect. Everybody at the club has been very supportive so it’s been a really easy transition.

    “Hampden was a fantastic experience last week. It’s obviously an amazing stadium to play in with a beautiful pitch so to kick the season off there was a great experience.”

    [pullquote]The training is very intense – and as long as you have guys pushing you for a spot you’re going to get better so it’s a great squad to be a part of.[/pullquote]

    When asked about the competition for a spot in the starting eleven, the Australian added: “It’s hugely important for any club and I expected that coming in. I’m excited about that and I think that pushes you as a player.

    “I’m at a point in my career now where I really want to take a step forward and I think the only way you do that is by developing and getting better every single day.

    “Being pushed to your limit in training every day, that’s something the manager certainly does here – the training is very intense – and as long as you have guys pushing you for a spot you’re going to get better so it’s a great squad to be a part of.”

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    From the Training Ground

    Stephen Robinson prepares his side for the first home game of the season with the visit of Greenock Morton.

    Following the 5-1 victory over Queen’s Park, the Fir Parkers head in to a tough second match in the Betfred Cup.

    Morton, currently sitting on five points following their penalty shoot-out victory against Queen’s Park midweek, have become a tough side to beat under Jim Duffy.

    But the Steelmen are fully prepared

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    Flashback: vs Morton

    Ahead of Saturday’s Betfred Cup clash against Greenock Morton, we take a look back at the same meeting… 13-years ago. 

    Goals from Jim Paterson, Kevin McBride and David Clarkson saw the Steelmen overcome 10-man Morton in the second round of the CIS Insurance Cup back in August 2004.

    Paterson slotted home from Scott Leitch’s pass before the break and in the second period, Ton captain Derek Collins conceded a penalty, resulting in the skipper being given his marching orders.

    Clarkson was the recipient of the red card offence, and Kevin McBride stepped up to blast home the spot-kick.

    Clarkson, involved yet again, rounded goalkeeper Craig Coyle for the third – before Gordon Marshall saved a Peter Weatherson penalty.

    The comfortable win in the second round of the cup ensured there was no repeat of the disaster at Forfar, when the Fir Park side were dumped out on penalties the season prior.

    The hosts began the match promisingly when striker Weatherson fired across goal, and just a few minutes later his strike partner Alex Williams was also off target.

    The travelling ‘Well broke the deadlock three minutes before the break through Paterson, who was sent clear into the box by Leitch.

    The winger slotted home from a tight angle on the left after rounding the keeper, with Stewart Greacen’s attempt to block on the line not enough as the hosts fell a goal behind.

    The home side had a great chance to draw level when Williams headed a great chance wide from inside the six-yard box from a John Maisano corner.

    Williams was lively just moments later and combined with Weatherson in the Motherwell box again only for the latter to be denied by a superb block from Martyn Corrigan.

    McDonald almost converted O’Donnell’s free-kick to make it three when he directed a header on target that Coyle did well to tip over.

    The tie was all but over in the 68th minute, when last man Collins brought Clarkson down in the box and was shown a red card.

    McBride blasted the penalty high beyond the keeper before Clarkson made it 3-0 in the 75th minute.

    Richie Foran headed the ball on and the Scotland Under-21 international kept his composure to take the ball past Coyle and slot it in to the empty net.

    Morton were denied a consolation goal five minutes from time when Gordon Marshall saved Weatherson’s penalty to ensure the stopper left Cappielow with a clean sheet.

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    Clancy in the middle for Ton clash

    Referee for Saturday’s Betfred Cup match against Greenock Morton at Fir Park is Kevin Clancy.

    The 33-year-old takes charge of the Steelmen’s first home match of the 2017/18 season after officiating on five occasions last term.

    Two of those included Lanarkshire Derbies – the goalless draw at Fir Park and the dramatic 1-0 victory towards the end of the season in which Louis Moult’s header secured three crucial points.

    His overall record in charge of Motherwell reads thirteen matches in total, Motherwell winning five, drawing three and losing five. ‘Well have scored sixteen and conceded nineteen.

    Kevin will be assisted by Joseph Lawson and David Dunne on Saturday afternoon.

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    Fresh 2017/18 matchday programme

    ‘Well fans have the chance to express their love for their club in an exciting new way this season. 

    Every home matchday, one lucky supporter will have their name and their words printed on the vibrant new cover of Steelmen matchday magazine.

    As one of the country’s first fan owned clubs, this season’s programme reflects the power of the Fir Park faithful by including heartfelt words from a different supporter on every issue of ‘Steelmen’.

    And Marketing and Fan Engagement manager Ryan Murrant believes it is an exciting step forward for the programme.

    He said: “Lewis Irons has delivered a brilliant programme over the last 12 months and he is really keen to develop it further for our supporters.

    [pullquote]The idea of asking supporters to provide content for the cover each game is quite unique and we are immensely proud and pleased that we can engage in this way.[/pullquote]

    “As well as some exciting new player features, one other superb development is the introduction of six pages of junior content so we can now reach a younger audience.”

    He added: “The idea of asking supporters to provide content for the cover each game is quite unique and we are immensely proud and pleased that we can engage in this way.

    “We want to hear what Motherwell means to our supporters and this is another spin off or our #MadeInMotherwell project.”

    Programme editor Lewis Irons said: “We’re all excited to see the matchday programme take a slightly different approach for the coming season.

    “Following the transition in to fan ownership, the 2017/18 edition of ‘Steelmen’ has been designed to reflect one of the most important aspects of the football club – the fans.

    “Not only will we expand the junior section of the programme but we will be introducing more historic content too – to reach all of the unique readers we welcome here to Fir Park.”

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    The Foreign Legion: Mitchell Van der Gaag

    Mitchell Van der Gaag’s ‘Well career was something of a slow burner but when the Steelmen’s need was at its greatest the Dutchman was at the top of his game and with one strike of the boot arguably justified every single penny of Motherwell’s £400,000 outlay. 

    Van Der Gaag was one of the last of Alex McLeish’s big money signings that came on the back of the £1.75m sale of Phil O’Donnell; but his capture in March 1995 largely flew under the radar being overshadowed at the time by the tragic passing of former ‘Well star Davie Cooper.

    Mitchell endured a torrid start to his time at Fir Park, suffering a season ending injury in just his second match for the club at home to Partick Thistle

    Things got a little better when the 1995’96 season kicked off and in the space of a fortnight Mitchell found himself involved in Motherwell’s hugely disappointing UEFA Cup loss to MyPa-47 and worse still was again struck down by an injury that would this time see him sit out the next six months.

    At last though, things began to go Mitch’s way.

    Fully recovered and available for selection once more, Van der Gaag’s return to the side in February 1996 coincided with Motherwell’s best spell of form all season.

    Going on a terrific run of six wins and a draw, where not a single goal was conceded, the defender was now fully proving his worth both in defence and in the opposition box.

    Mitchell opened the 1996’97 with a goal on the opening day of the season away to Dundee Utd and ‘Well began the season in decent shape. Motherwell’s form however became erratic, not helped by several injuries to key men, Van der Gaag amongst them, and the Steelmen found themselves looking set to face local rivals Airdrie in a nerve-jangling play-off as the season reached it’s climax.

    Somehow Motherwell regrouped and went undefeated in the final five fixtures which included a momentous 2-0 win over Champions elect Rangers at Ibrox in the penultimate game of the season.

    ‘Well went into the final fixture knowing they had to match Hibernian’s result against Raith Rovers to ensure safety. A healthy crowd lead to a delayed kick-off giving Motherwell the merest advantage over the Hibees in knowing what required to be done to stay up.

    In a tumultuous contest against Dunfermline that swung back and forth, it was Van der Gaag, in what would turn out to be his final game for Motherwell, who struck the decisive goal that would ensure survival for Alex McLeish’s men on goal difference.

    With ‘Well trailing 2-1 with less 15 minutes left Van der Gaag rocketed home from 30 yards after Mickey Weir had nudged his free-kick towards him sparking wild scenes around Fir Park.

    In the immediate aftermath there were suggestions of a new extended contract for the defender but the summer would see him return to the Netherlands to join Utrecht with ‘Well recouping all they spent a couple of years previously.

    What a way to go out!

    Mitchell would in time go into coaching and reportedly came close to returning to Motherwell as manager in 2015.

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    Rangers tickets on sale

    Tickets for the opening game of the 2017/18 Ladbrokes Premiership campaign go on sale today.

    And with the Steelmen welcoming Rangers to Fir Park on Sunday, August 6, it makes for an interesting league opener in Lanarkshire.

    So don’t miss the chance to get your tickets for the enticing clash.

    Motherwell V Rangers
    Sunday 6th August 2017
    1.30pm
    Fir Park, Motherwell
    Available from the Fir Park Ticket office

    Home admission prices are as follows: 

    ADULT   £27 / £20* 
    CONCESSION    £18 £16*
    JUVENILE     £14 £10* 
    FAMILY (ADULT & JUVENILE)     £27 £27* 
    • *Prices valid for John Hunter Stand only
    • Concessions are listed as over 60 and students with a valid matriculation card
    • Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Darren  on 07722 912666 or email darren@mfcdsa.com.

     

    Away admission prices are as follows: 

    ADULT   £27
    CONCESSION    £18 
    JUVENILE     £14
    RESTRICTED VIEW     £15 / £10** 
    • **Restricted view seats in the McEwan Fraser Legal stand are marked as £15 for adults and £10 for concessions and juveniles
    • Concessions are listed as over 60 and students with a valid matriculation card
    • Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Darren  on 07722 912666 or email darren@mfcdsa.com.