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    Motherwell 2 – 0 Ross County

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    Build-up: Ross County

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    Over land and sea…

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    Ferguson joins the Steelmen

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    The Signing Zone returns

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    Robinson: Time to get up and running

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    Fisher: No easy games

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    Under-20s face Crusaders in Irn-Bru Cup

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    Judicial Panel Appeal: Outcomes

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    TV: Highlights from Forthbank Stadium

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    Motherwell 2 – 0 Ross County

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    In the first of three consecutive home games, Motherwell claimed their first league win of the season. But it was truly a game of two halves as ‘Well, second best to well drilled County in the first half, raised their game in the second to finish comfortable winners. 

    After a disjointed opening 45, Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson rang the changes at the break with the Fir Parkers looking more like themselves in the second period. Richard Tait gave them the lead within nine minutes of the break and when Louis Moult claimed his first league goal of the season from the penalty spot, to ease ‘Well to their first league points.

    Without the suspended Trevor Carson, Russell Griffiths started in goal and with Carl McHugh also serving a one match ban, it allowed Alex Fisher to partner Moult in attack with Craig Tanner supporting from the midfield.

    Within 90 seconds, Moult almost caught Scott Fox off his line with an effort from 35-yards but the ball drifted past the County ‘keeper’s post.

    With four red cards already this season, a harsh early booking for Ben Heneghan made the ‘Well defender wary of collecting a second during the remaining 87 minutes.

    It was generally an untidy opening period with both sides guilty of misplaced passes and Griffiths’ first save after 18 minutes was as a result of an error when Cedric Kipre’s acrobatic attempt to clear the ball sent it towards his own goal.

    The visitors were the more comfortable on the ball and from a great break down the right Michael Gardyne was set up at the edge of the box but his firm drive was well parried by Griffiths.

    There was no fluency to ‘Well’s play and a frustrated Andy Rose was shown a yellow card after pulling back Craig Curran at the edge of the box – but thankfully Alex Schalk fired the resultant free kick high into the Davie Cooper stand.

    As County continued to control the play Schalk forced a routine save from Griffiths.

    Then five minutes from the break the Steelmen came close to stealing the lead. A swift break down the right found Chris Cadden racing onto Moult’s measured pass but the final ball across the six-yard box just eluded the diving Fisher.

    That aside, it was a poor first half from the Fir Parker’s with the only consolation being that County failed to make superiority count in terms of goals.

    The ‘Well boss recognised that changes were required at the interval and, as well as bringing on Ryan Bowman and Allan Campbell, he shuffled his defence, switching Kipré to right back with Tait moving to the opposite flank.

    That helped inject some urgency into ‘Well’s play and within two minutes Moult had earned himself a free-kick, but from 25 yards he curled his effort over the bar.

    As the home side continued to press the visitors they were presented with the opener in the 53rd minute. Gael Bigirimana’s ball across the box was completely missed by Andrew Davies allowing the unmarked Tait to sweep the ball past Fox from 10-yards and claim his second goal of the season.

    That stunned the Highlanders who might have grabbed a quick equaliser when Schalk broke through on goal but Griffiths stood tall forcing the County striker to fire over the bar.

    Motherwell needed a second goal to kill of the spirited Staggies and it arrived in the 74th minute. Moult worked a clever one-two with Bowman at the edge of the box before being impeded by Kenny van der Weg as he homed in on goal. The County defender was shown a red card before Moult sent Fox the wrong way from the spot and make the first win of the season safe.

    With the extra man advantage, the Fir Parker’s finished the game in control. And on a couple of occasions some clever play from a sharp looking Moult just failed to set up Bowman for a goal that his presence and appetite in the second half deserved.

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     Alastair Reilly at Fir Park

     

    FT: Motherwell 2 – 0 Ross County

    A much improved second half from the Steelmen provides the first three points of the season. COYW!!!!

    FULL TIME!!

    88′ | 2-0
    Bowman bursts away but Fraser gets the tip of his toe on the ball to nick it away from what surely would have been a goal

    85′ | 2-0
    Pause in play as Bowman and Naismith are treated for headknocks. Looks like both will play on.

    82′ | 2-0
    Motherwell sub, Bigirimana off for MacLean

    77′ | 2-0
    Moult with a great first touch with his left foot to set himself up for a shot but it’s too weak to trouble Fox.

    75′ | 2-0
    MOULT steps up and sends Fox the wrong way from 12 yards. COYW!!!!

    GGGOOOAALLLL!!!

    74′ | 1-0
    RED CARD! Van Der Weg fouls Moult in the box and is sent off!

    And a final sub for County, Davies makes way for Kelly.

    65′ | 1-0
    Ross County sub, McKay on for Schalk

    60′ | 1-0
    Great burst of pace by Bowman gets him past Fraser but his cut-back to Moult is intercepted!

    57′ | 1-0
    Glorious chance for County as Schalk gets in behind but blasts his shot well over the bar!!

    53′ | 1-0
    It’s TAIT who gives the Steelmen the lead! Found himself with plenty of room in the box and cooly slotted past Fox!

    GGGOOAAALLL!!!

    51′ | 0-0
    Ball falls kindly to Bigirimana but he shoots just wide of the post.

    50/50 | Today’s Half Time Draw winning tickets are: 173945 for £200; 173158 for £75 & 173987 for £25.

    …..Moult curls it well over the bar.

    46′ | 0-0
    Chance for ‘Well. Free-kick from about 25 yards….

    Second half is underway. COYW!!!

    Half-time subs for ‘Well, Campbell and Bowman on for Fisher and Tanner

    HT: Motherwell 0 – 0 Ross County

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    There will be one minute added on.

    43′ | 0-0
    County have a free-kick wide on their right…..headed clear by Cadden

    40′ | 0-0
    Decent chance there as ‘Well break through Cadden but his cross is not met by Fisher who goes down, ref not interested.

    38′ | 0-0
    Schalk has a low shot from range but it fails to really trouble Griffiths.

    27′ | 0-0
    Rose booked for pulling down Curran about 25 yards from goal.

    24′ | 0-0
    Good save by Griffiths! Gardyne received it in the box but his low shot is equalled by the stopper.

    18′ | 0-0
    Acrobatic effort there from routis but it’s a routine stop for Griffiths from his overhead-kick

    17′ | 0-0
    Tim Chow booked for hauling down Tanner as he broke away.

    14′ | 0-0
    Early change for County, O’Brien limps off and is replaced by Routis

    6′ | 0-0
    Curran gets past Heneghan but Dunne is on hand to knock it out for a corner.

    4′ | 0-0
    Fisher does well on the left and wins a free-kick for the Steelmen. From Tanner’s delivery, County clear.

    3′ | 0-0
    Yellow already! Heneghan shown the card for a foul on Curran

    2′ | 0-0
    Half-chance for ‘Well as Moult gets the break of the ball some 30 yards out. Tries the lob but it drifts wide.

    Schalk gets the game underway. COYW!!!

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    Build-up: Ross County

    Motherwell host Ross County in the Ladbrokes Premiership tomorrow afternoon as they search for an all-important three points. 

    And with just seven competitive games played so far this term, Saturday’s clash marks the second meeting with the Staggies in the 2017/18 campaign already.

    Three points separate Jim McIntyre’s men in seventh from the Fir Parkers in eleventh as Stephen Robinson’s men search for their first win of the league campaign.

    And the manager admits that, despite positive performances and a solid start to the season of five wins in seven games, the main focus is on the result tomorrow.

    “We want to get our league season up and running,” he said. “We started well in the cup and in the two league games that we’ve lost we’ve been very much in the game and had we taken our chances things may have been different.”

    He added: “We’ll play a lot worse but win football matches because we’ve had two good performances – but I’d prefer to play poorly and win on Saturday if I’m honest.”

    [pullquote]We’ll play a lot worse but win football matches because we’ve had two good performances – but I’d prefer to play poorly and win on Saturday if I’m honest.[/pullquote]

    And following the last-16 Betfred Cup victory over Ross County, striker Alex Fisher believes the Steelmen can take confidence from their win in to this weekend’s clash.

    He said: “Off the back of our cup win [against Ross County], we showed to ourselves and to the rest of the league what we’re about – going down to ten-men and still going on to win.”

    He added: “There’s no easy games in this league so we’ve been working on our game plan all week and hopefully if we manage it right we’ll come away with the important three points.”

    Having started the league season in decent form, winning their opening game away to Dundee before being narrowly defeated by Aberdeen last weekend, the Staggies look to have carried in some momentum from the tail end of the 2016/17 season – where they ended the campaign in fine form.

    And that dramatic cup-tie will have had knock on effects for the Fir Parkers and Ross County, who come in to the game relatively unscathed compared to Motherwell.

    Skipper Carl McHugh will be out through suspension alongside Trevor Carson, while Charles Dunne will be eligible to play following a successful appeal to his red card last weekend.

     Motherwell V Ross County
     Saturday 19th August 2017
     3.00pm
     Fir Park, Motherwell
     Available on the gate or purchase in advance from Ticket Office.

    Admission prices are as follows: 

    ADULTS   £23/£19 
    CONCESSIONS     £16/£15
    JUNIOR   £12/£9
    FAMILY     £29/£24
    • Cheaper price is for John Hunter Stand
    • Juniors are 15 and under
    • Family ticket is one adult and one junior
    • Concessions are listed as over 60, 16-18 and over and full time 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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    Over land and sea…

    We have a fantastic offer for our supporters to watch Stephen Craigan’s under 20’s when they travel to Northern Ireland to face Crusaders in the second round of the Irn-Bru cup.

    Join us on our supporters coach leaving Fir Park at 8am and enjoy a day with other ‘Well fans and lunch on us before you see the stars of the future in action at 3pm.

    We’ll be offering our supporters the chance to nominate a ‘Well man of the match and then one lucky fan will get to present the award to the star man.

    Also anyone that books onto the trip will also receive discounted hospitality for the game vs Kilmarnock on September 9th.

    To sail the seas for the under 20’s call our commercial team on 01698 333 333 or email commercial@motherwellfc.co.uk and book your £70 place now.

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    Ferguson joins the Steelmen

    Motherwell FC can today confirm the signing of highly-rated young goalkeeper Rohan Ferguson from Airdrie.

    The 19-year-old stopper, who will immediately re-join Airdrie on a season-long Development loan, has attracted plenty of attention after breaking in to the Diamonds first-team aged just 17.

    And in his spell with the Lanarkshire side, Ferguson has gone on to make nearly 60 first-team appearances and has attracted bids from several Premiership clubs.

    Upon signing a three-year contract with the Steelmen, the teenager said: “I’m absolutely buzzing. This deal has been going on for about a week or so and I’m just happy to get it over the line now.

    “It’s a massive step for me and the fact that I’ll be going back to Airdrie on loan played a big part in my decision because I’ll be able to come here and learn from the goalkeepers but also continue to play first-team football.”

    [pullquote]I’m absolutely buzzing. This deal has been going on for about a week or so and I’m just happy to get it over the line now.[/pullquote]

    ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson added: “We have watched a lot of Rohan and our goalkeeping coach Craig Hincliffe is a big fan, having worked with him briefly.

    “We have recruited him for the future, so it was extremely important for us to ensure he continues his development by playing games. There was no point him coming here and not playing, so the move suits everyone in the short term.

    “But working within our set-up every day and playing at the weekend will accelerate his process and we anticipate he’ll be challenging for a spot in the first-team next year.”

    The club can also confirm that defender Luke Watt and winger Jake Hastie will join Ferguson at Airdrie next term – heading out on initial six-month Development loans.

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    The Signing Zone returns

    The Signing Zone is back for the 2017/18 campaign and there’s a unique chance for ‘Well fans tomorrow afternoon.

    Along with skipper Carl McHugh and goalkeeper Trevor Carson, supporters can meet Steelman – the clubs brand new mascot!

    Located in the Well Shop, the Signing Zone has been a hit and is back for the season from tomorrow onwards.

    Each week, two different players take their seats as the season progresses as the fan engagement programme here at Fir Park continues to develop.

    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

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    Robinson: Time to get up and running

    Stephen Robinson is hungry to see his team get off the mark in the league this weekend as Motherwell host Ross County.

    The Fir Park manager admits that it has been a positive start to the season in terms of performances, but is now calling for results.

    Speaking to the broadcast press this morning, the Northern Irishman admitted his side must capitalise on their chances.

    [pullquote]We want to get our league season up and running. We started well in the cup and in the two league games that we’ve lost we’ve been very much in the game.[/pullquote]

    He said: “We want to get our league season up and running. We started well in the cup and in the two league games that we’ve lost we’ve been very much in the game and had we taken our chances things may have been different.”

    He added: “We’ll play a lot worse but win football matches because we’ve had two good performances – but I’d prefer to play poorly and win on Saturday if I’m honest.”

    The ‘Well boss also addressed issues surrounding suspensions and contract negotiations – and you can watch his press conference in full on MFC TV’s YouTube channel.

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    Fisher: No easy games

    Alex Fisher is well prepared for tomorrow’s visit of Ross County – but admits there are no easy games in the top flight.

    With seven competitive games played, the striker is relishing the busy schedule and is hungry to get off the mark.

    Speaking to the broadcast press, Fisher looked ahead to the Steelmen’s third league game and a second meeting with the Staggies already.

    [pullquote]There’s no easy games in this league so we’ve been working on our game plan all week and hopefully if we manage it right we’ll come away with the important three points.[/pullquote]

    He said: “It’s nice to be getting in to the nitty-gritty of the league now and have the success that we’ve had in the cup so far.

    “Off the back of our cup win [against Ross County], we showed to ourselves and to the rest of the league what we’re about – going down to ten-men and still going on to win.”

    He added: “There’s no easy games in this league so we’ve been working on our game plan all week and hopefully if we manage it right we’ll come away with the important three points.”

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    Under-20s face Crusaders in Irn-Bru Cup

    Motherwell u20s will go up against Crusaders in the second round of the Irn-Bru Cup.

    Following last night’s 2-1 victory over Queen’s Park, Stephen Craigan’s side now face an away trip to Seaview in Belfast for the first time since 2006.

    The cup clash will take place on either September 2/3.

    Sligo Rovers v Falkirk

    Elgin City v Bray Wanderers

    Crusaders v Motherwell Colts

    Albion Rovers or Spartans v Linfield

    The New Saints v Livingston

    Dumbarton v Connah’s Quay Nomads

    Peterhead v Annan Athletic

    Dundee United v Alloa Athletic

    Berwick Rangers v Queen of the South

    St Mirren v Heart of Midlothian Colts

    Hamilton Academical Colts v Cove Rangers

    Aberdeen Colts v Inverness Caledonian Thistle

    Ayr United v Montrose

    Stranraer v Partick Thistle Colts

    Buckie Thistle v Dunfermline Athletic

    Raith Rovers v Ross County Colts

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    Judicial Panel Appeal: Outcomes

    Motherwell FC’s trio of appeals were heard at Hampden Park this morning in front of the Judicial Panel.

    The appeals against Charles Dunne’s red card at Ross County and Trevor Carson’s dismissal at St Johnstone were both rejected.

    However, the appeal against Charles Dunne’s red card against St Johnstone was upheld.

    Trevor Carson, alongside skipper Carl McHugh, will now be suspended for Saturday’s match against Ross County. Charles Dunne will serve his one-match ban in the Betfred Cup Quarter Final against Aberdeen next month.

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    TV: Highlights from Forthbank Stadium

    Extended highlights from Forthbank Stadium as the under 20s come from behind and beat Queen’s Park 2-1 in the IRN-BRU Cup.