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    Ross County 2 – 3 Motherwell

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    Build-up: Ross County

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    Club Statement: Jacob Blyth

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    SLO search continues

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    Robinson: Ready to bounce back

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    Carson: We drive each other on

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    The Foreign Legion: Chris Humphrey

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    Semple receives U17s call-up

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    Magical moment for young ‘Well fan

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    Ross County 2 – 3 Motherwell

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    A dramatic 3-2 extra-time victory away to Ross County secured Motherwell’s progression to the quarter final of the Betfred Cup.

    A composed finish from youngster Ross MacLean avoided penalties and sent the travelling ‘Well support in to party mode at the Global Energy Stadium in Dingwall.

    ‘Well manager Stephen Robinson made just one change to the side that lost 2-1 to Rangers at the weekend, with Gaël Bigirimana returning to the side in the place of injured Elliott Frear.

    And the hosts were forced in to an early change to an unaltered starting line up when Tim Chow was replaced by ex-Well man Jim O’Brien after just 12 minutes.

    In a fairly uneventful first half, Carl McHugh saw his long range effort fizz narrowly over the bar whilst Trevor Carson produced a stunning save from close range to deny Alex Schalk a certain goal just before the break.

    The remainder of the game was a different story for both sides though, as the game sparked in to life.

    Just five minutes in to the second 45, a well worked move resulted in the opening goal and the first out of three occasions Motherwell took the lead.

    Chris Cadden, bursting magnificently down the right flank, whipped in a stunning ball which Louis Moult nodded down for Bigirimana to lash home with venom from ten-yards.

    On the hour mark, a potentially game defining moment unfolded as substitute Alex Fisher saw his close range effort slice narrowly passed the post, which, had it gone in, may have wrapped up the tie.

    A few minutes later down the other end though, Ross County drew level.

    Stealing the ball inside the centre circle, O’Brien fed a lovely ball through for Schalk who breached the ‘Well back four and coolly dinked the onrushing Carson.

    With five minutes remaining and extra time just around the corner, Robinson made the bold decision to remove Moult and goal-scorer Bigirimana in place of Ryan Bowman and Ross MacLean.

    And after successfully defending a few late County set-pieces, the game headed in to extra time.

    But what a start to extra time the Steelmen made.

    Within the first two minutes, Cadden re-established the lead when he tapped home at the back post from close range after Ryan Bowman saw his header crash back off the bar.

    It looked as though it may have been plain sailing for the Steelmen until the final minute of the first half of extra time when County looked set to level the scoring before Dunne bundled the ball away – being deemed to have fouled in the process. The defender was given his marching orders as Stephen Finnie pointed to the spot.

    Substitute Craig Curran sent Carson the wrong way to drag the hosts back in to the game with just the second half of extra time remaining.

    With ten men and the momentum firmly with the Staggies, it looked like Motherwell were heading for a crushing defeat in the Highlands.

    Substitute MacLean had other plans though, and in the 112th minute, carved out the game defining moment.

    Latching on to a perfectly threaded pass from the ever-impressive Cedric Kipré, the young midfielder kept his composure to round Scott Fox and slot the ball home before wheeling away and celebrating with the travelling support.

    The tie was not wrapped up though and Carson produced an equally important moment with two minutes left, lurching down to his right to get an incredibly strong hand to a powerful effort on goal to keep the Steelmen in front and secure progression – with Aberdeen at Fir Park awaiting in the quarter final!

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     Alastair Reilly at Global Energy Stadium

     

    FT’ | 2-3

    10 man Motherwell deservedly through to the next round to play Aberdeen. COYW!!!!!!

    FULL TIME!!!

    ET 30′ | 2-3

    County have a corner as we go into 1 minute added on

    ET 28′ | 2-3

    WHAT A SAVE!!! Trevor Carson with an unbelievable close-range save!!!

    ET 22′ | 2-3

    MacLEAN puts the Steelmen back in front!! Looked offside from Kipré’s pass but keeps his cool and rounds the ‘keeper!!

    GGGOOAAALLLL!!!!

    ET 15′ | 2-2

    County get the final 15 underway.

    ET HT’ | 2-2

    First half of extra time ends 2-2

    ET 15′ | 2-2

    Motherwell sub, Plummer makes his debut for Rose

    ET 14′ | 2-2

    Goal – Curran converts from the penalty spot.

    ET 13′ | 1-2

    Penalty to County and Dunne ordered off!!

    ET 10′ | 1-2

    And another County sub, Mikkelsen on for Schalk

    ET 8′ | 1-2

    Schalk fires just past the post from a low cross as County bring on Keillor-Dunn for Routis

    ET 4′ | 1-2

    Good chance for Davies but his diving header flies inches over the bar!

    ET 3′ | 1-2

    Fisher’s cross is headered off the bar then powered in by CADDEN!!!! COYW!!!

    GGOOOOAALLL!!!!

    ET 1′ | 1-1

    Motherwell get the first half of extra-time underway. COYW!!!

    The game will now go into extra-time and, if needed, penalties.

    FT: Ross County 1 – 1 Motherwell

    90+2′ | 1-1

    MacLean booked and County will now have  free-kick wide on their right.

    90+1′ | 1-1

    Corner to Motherwell…..County finally get is clear after it bounces around the box

    Three minutes added on

    89′ | 1-1

    Bowman curls in a cross with his left foot but Rose can’t get enough on it and its out for a goal kick

    86′ | 1-1

    Naismith drills a shot through a ruck of bodies and thankfully it goes through them all and wide of the post.

    84′ | 1-1

    Double Motherwell sub, Bowman and MacLean on for Moult and Bigirimana

    82′ | 1-1

    Chance for Rose but looks a bit off balance and skews it wide of the post.

    81′ | 1-1

    Nice bit of play from County ends with Schalk spectacularly volleying wide of the post.

    79′ | 1-1

    So unlucky! FIsher’s header from a corner is cleared off the line by Fraser!!

    78′ | 1-1

    Ball falls to Moult after a good move down the right but Davies does superbly and throws himself in front of the goalbound shot

    75′ | 1-1

    Moult booked. Not really sure why as Fraser goes down in the box.

    70′ | 1-1

    County sub, Dow off for Curran

    69′ | 1-1

    Dow booked for a challenge on Cadden on the edge of the box.

    64′ | 1-1

    Goal – County back on level terms through Schalk who bursts clear and cooly finishes past Carson.

    59′ | 0-1

    What a chance for Fisher! Ball falls kindly for him inside the box but on the spin he hooks it just wide.

    57′ | 0-1

    Great chance for Schalk. Gardyne’s ball in is knocked across goal by Davies but the striker puts it over the bar from 6 yards.

    56′ | 0-1

    Motherwell sub, Tanner off for Fisher

    The big man is fine to continue

    53′ | 0-1

    Dunne is down receiving treatment. Brave clearing header at the backpost but take a knock.

    51′ | 0-1

    Cadden does magnificently down the right, clips in a great ball to Moult who nods it down to BIGIRIMANA who fires it home!!!

    GGGOOOAALLLL!!!

    Second half is underway. COYW!!

    HT: Ross County 0 – 0 Motherwell

    …Moult wins the header at the back post but from a narrow angle can’t get it on target.

    45′ | 0-0

    Two minutes added on as the Steelmen have a corner….

    44′ | 0-0

    ‘Well have a free-kick wide on the left. Swung in by Cadden….plucked out the air by Fox.

    42′ | 0-0

    What a save! Lindsay with a low ball in, Schalk diverts it goalwards but Carson gets a foot on it and puts it wide!!

    39′ | 0-0

    Good chance there for County. Routis header down to Lindsay but he fires over the bar!

    32′ | 0-0

    Corner straight off the training ground: Bigirimana to Moult who scoops his shot over the bar from 12 yards

    18′ | 0-0

    Looked promising there as Moult flicked it on to Tanner but his ball over the top can’t find Cadden on the break.

    15′ | 0-0

    Cadden’s ball inside is knocked on by Rose into the path of McHugh who fires inches over the bar from range

    12′ | 0-0

    County forced into an early change, Chow clashes heads and is replaced by O’Brien

    11′ | 0-0

    Great last-ditch tackle by Fraser to deny Tanner who was superbly played in by McHugh.

    7′ | 0-0

    Great ball wide by Moult finds Cadden and his cross is knocked out for a corner. ‘Well can’t capitalise from the corner though.

    5′ | 0-0

    ‘Well have a free-kick in a central area, clipped in by Tanner but Moult can’t direct it on target.

     

    County get the game underway. COYW!!!

     

    Out come the two teams, claret and amber for the Steelmen, navy blue for the Staggies.

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    Build-up: Ross County

    Motherwell face a long trip north tomorrow as the Betfred Cup heads in to the knockout stages. 

    And with Ross County up next for the Steelmen, Stephen Robinson’s men will face a tough test tomorrow night at the Global Energy Stadium.

    The ‘Well boss will be boosted by the return of Gaël Bigirimana, who missed Sunday’s league opener against Rangers.

    The manager said: “Elliott Frear will probably struggle, he came off with a hamstring injury and Ben Heneghan will be assessed today. Gaël’s back in the squad and ready to go.”

    Despite heading in to the league cup clash on the back of a 2-1 defeat, Robinson admitted that he has not been faced with the task of lifting his side.

    “It’s not been a case of picking the boys up, they’re a very determined bunch of players with lots to prove and they see the fruits of what we’re trying to do here and they really believe in it,” he said.

    “What it will be is trying to improve and, moving forward, pick up points – that we probably deserved on Sunday.”

    He added: “There isn’t too much time to feel sorry for yourself, let’s be honest, so we have to get on with it and prepare properly for Ross County, and we’ll go there confident.”

    [pullquote]Whether we’re playing in front of 10,000 people or 2,000 – you’ve still got to have the same motivation, energy and commitment levels.[/pullquote]

    And for Fir Park stopper Trevor Carson, tomorrow night will not be an easy game against fellow top-flight opposition.

    He said: “We’ve watched some videos on Ross County and they’ve done well the last few years, and I don’t think there’s any easy games when you’re playing other Premiership teams.”

    The Motherwell number one added: “Whether we’re playing in front of 10,000 people or 2,000 – you’ve still got to have the same motivation, energy and commitment levels and I have absolutely no worries about that here because the dressing room we’ve got is very much together.

    “We all want to achieve good things this season and we all know it’s going to come from hard work.

    “We may not have the same ability as the top teams but the things the manager harps on about are the things that come for free – working hard, being professional, out-running and out-tackling teams.”

    Tomorrow’s opposition Ross County will be buoyed by their victory against Dundee on Saturday in the league and will certainly be a side that Motherwell will need to work hard to beat.

    However, Jim McIntyre’s men were narrowly pipped to first place in Group D of the cup by Hibernian, who clinched top spot on goal difference, and in turn lost out on a seeded spot for the draw.

    The Staggies will be hopeful of having yet another successful stay in the top flight of the Scottish game, and with their 2015/16 League Cup glory fresh in the memory, another run in one of the countries premier tournaments will be at the forefront of tomorrow’s hosts.








    Ross County V Motherwell
    Wednesday 9th August 2017
    7.45pm
    Global Energy Stadium, Dingwall
    Available on the gate

    Admission prices are as follows: 

    ADULTS   £15 
    CONCESSIONS      £10
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    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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    Club Statement: Jacob Blyth

    Motherwell Football Club can today (Tuesday 8th August) confirm it has parted company with striker Jacob Blyth by mutual consent.

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    We have exclusive availability for sponsorship on the player warm-up-tops which gives your brand exposure in every home programme throughout the campaign and on the official online player profiles!

    Added to that you will receive an invitation to attend the end of season player of the year awards night where you will be joined by your sponsored player. Your sponsored player will also donate his training top to you complete with his signature.

    To take advantage of this unique opportunity for just £270 (including VAT) call our team on 01698 333 333 or email commercial@motherwellfc.co.uk

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    SLO search continues

    Motherwell FC’s recruitment for Supporter Liaison Officers (SLO’s) at the football club is ongoing.

    We are looking for four SLO’s to service the club and supporters in the build up to, on and after matchdays, to help improve the supporter experience at home and away games.

    The four SLO’s will need to represent each stand, with one SLO also having a heavy focus on the ‘Well Bois and away fans section of the stadium.

    Marketing and Fan Engagement Manager Ryan Murrant said: “This club have always been proactive on improving the supporter experience for those that come here, and for our own supporters when they travel to away games.

    “This SLO recruitment forms part of our strategy moving forwards and allows us to take our fan interaction to the next level. The board, the Well Society, Alan Burrows and Alan Marshall want us to have the best SLO’s out there and we will work towards that and continually look to improve how we operate.”

    He added: “We have invested a lot of time meeting amongst ourselves and with our contacts at other clubs to allow a role where the SLO’s in place have a free and positive impact on the matchday experience and we thank all those friends of the club for their help with this.

    [pullquote]”We hope to have the SLO’s in place for next season at the absolute latest however we won’t rush things through as we want the best people possible in place for those roles.”[/pullquote]

    Craig Hughes of the ‘Well Society added: “As a fan owned club it is vital that we do all we can to improve the experience for our supporters.

    “After researching the SLO role and the impact they have across Europe we felt it was vital that we introduced them here at Fir Park.

    “A number of months have been spent working to ensure this is done effectively and we are very much looking forward to beginning the recruitment process.”

    If you are interested in becoming an SLO or understanding more about the role please see the attached Job Description PDF.

    To apply for one of the positions, please send your CV to us at supporter.services@motherwellfc.co.uk and tell us more about yourself, why you should be suited to the volunteer role of an SLO and what stand you would best represent.

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    Robinson: Ready to bounce back

    ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson has not been faced with the task of picking his side up following Sunday’s defeat.

    Speaking to the broadcast press this morning, the Fir Park manager looked ahead to an away clash with Ross County in the Betfred Cup tomorrow night.

    And, despite heading in to the game on the back of the first loss of the season, the Northern Irishman admitted there have been a number of positives to take from Sunday’s game.

    [pullquote]It’s not been a case of picking the boys up, they’re a very determined bunch of players with lots to prove and they see the fruits of what we’re trying to do here and they really believe in it.[/pullquote]

    He said: “It’s not been a case of picking the boys up, they’re a very determined bunch of players with lots to prove and they see the fruits of what we’re trying to do here and they really believe in it.

    “What it will be is trying to improve and moving forward, pick up points, that we probably deserved on Sunday.”

    He added: “There isn’t too much time to feel sorry for yourself, let’s be honest, so we have to get on with it and prepare properly for Ross County, and we’ll go there confident.”

    You can watch the manager’s full press conference on MFC TV’s official YouTube channel.

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    Carson: We drive each other on

    Trevor Carson believes that healthy competition will keep him on top of his game for the season ahead.

    And the Fir Park stopper admitted that manager Stephen Robinson has a healthy balance of competition for places throughout the starting line up.

    Speaking to the press this morning, the Northern Irishman looked ahead to tomorrow night’s knockout clash against Ross County in the Betfred Cup.

    [pullquote]Russell is a very good goalkeeper, I’ve seen that first hand and it’s nice to have that pressure and knowing you need to be on it every day, not just on a Saturday but in training too.[/pullquote]

    He said: “It’s such a professional dressing room and we drive each other on, so after Sunday, even through the disappointment, I think we can be excited about what we can do this season.

    “Throughout the squad no one is guaranteed their spot which is a good thing because you have to be on it every day and for me, I know Russell is a very good goalkeeper, I’ve seen that first hand and it’s nice to have that pressure and knowing you need to be on it every day, not just on a Saturday but in training too.”

    He added: “We’ve watched some videos on Ross County and they’ve done well the last few years, and I don’t think there’s any easy games when you’re playing other Premiership teams.”

    You can watch Trevor’s full press conference on MFC TV’s official YouTube channel.

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    The Foreign Legion: Chris Humphrey

    Flying winger Chris Humphrey spent four seasons with the Steelmen where he arrived an unknown quantity and left as one of the most feared wide-men in the Scottish top flight.

    Born in Saint Catherine in Jamaica, Humphrey moved to the United Kingdom at the age of five. It was with his home-town team Walsall, and nearby WBA, Chris played his youth football before making his senior breakthrough with Shrewsbury.

    It was from the Shrews that Chris joined ‘Well in 2009, one of a number of recruits from England, signed by new manager Jim Gannon. Having featured in Motherwell’s exciting Europa League campaign, Chris made his league debut in a 2-2 draw with St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park on 15 August ’09.

    Injury and personal issues saw Chris miss a chunk of his first season at Fir Park but increasingly utilised by Gannon’s replacement, Craig Brown, Humphrey soon began to nail down a regular starting berth.

    A typically unpredictable winger, it would be fair to say that whilst his delivery could sometimes be erratic, he was extremely productive. Yet even when not at the top of his game, Humphrey remained a constant threat for opposition defences. In the knowledge that in a split second his blistering pace could leave them for dead, opposition defenders often doubled-up on Chris, thereby creating additional space for his team-mates.

    But the winger would continue to develop his game and greater consistency would come with it. His reward would be inclusion in the Jamaican international squad.

    As well as providing regular assists, eventually Chris began to find the net himself and netted his first for the club in a 3-1 win over St Mirren on 2 October ’10.

    Some memorable strikes would follow in his time at Fir Park – including a goal in a much celebrated win over Champions elect Celtic at Fir Park on 27 February ’13.

    Dundee Utd also suffered at his hands, more than once in fact, including a quite sensational strike from 25-yards in a midweek victory at Tannadice.

    His time at Fir Park coincided with games in the Champions League and Europa League, a Scottish Cup Final and Second and Third placed finishes. Humphrey was fortunate to play in an attacking team packed with creative talent and potency, but his team-mates benefited hugely from his presence also.

    In the summer of 2013, Chris returned to England to join Preston North End but not before bringing the curtain down on his Motherwell career in fine style. In his final game for the club, the winger sprinted almost 75 yards before calmly slotting past the Ross County keeper to secure a 2-0 victory for Stuart McCall’s men.

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    Semple receives U17s call-up

    ‘Well youngster Jamie Semple has been called-up to the Scotland under-17s squad for an upcoming International Tournament.

    The forward, who has represented his country at numerous age groups, received the well-earned recognition today for clashes against England, Italy and Turkey.

    The highly-rated 16-year-old, who recently penned a professional deal at Fir Park, has starred for the National team in recent months and broke in to Stephen Craigan’s under-20s side at the tail-end of last season.

    Brian McLaughlin’s side will start their tournament against Turkey on August 18th at St George’s Park.

    Everyone at Motherwell FC would like to congratulate Jamie and wish him and the under-17s all the best for the competition later this month.

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    Magical moment for young ‘Well fan

    ‘Well defender Charles Dunne may have shied away from singing in front of his teammates, but the summer signing more than made up for his decision.

    Upon his arrival at Fir Park, the 24-year-old knew that he would be required to partake in an initiation task – singing in front of the entire team – and, if he didn’t, he would be faced with a fine.

    But that didn’t stop Charles biting the bullet and with the money he was told to pay as a fine, he decided he would buy one lucky fan the brand new 2017/18 away kit.

    For Charles, it was rewarding to see the look on young fan Adam’s face – who got Dunne’s name and number on the back of his gift.

    He said: “It was great to see Adam’s reaction when I gave him his top and moments like that really are special.

    [pullquote]It was great to see Adam’s reaction when I gave him his top and moments like that really are special.[/pullquote]

    “I knew I always wanted to use the money to do something like that and his reaction really made it all worth while.”

    And he admitted that captain Carl McHugh and vice-captain Stevie Hammell encouraged the decision.

    “It came about from speaking to the skipper and Hammy,” the Irishman said, “and they both really appreciate how much gestures like this can mean to supporters.”

    Marketing and Fan Engagement manager Ryan Murrant added: “This epitomises what this club is about. When you have players going out of their way for random acts of kindness, or magic moments as we call them, then that says something about the culture that we have here.

    “Fair play to Charles for this and to the other lads who thought this would be better than him paying a fine. It’s truly magical.”