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    Motherwell U20s 0 – 0 Aberdeen U20s

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    Hospitality Offer: Cup and a Curry

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    Dons up next for ‘Well U20s

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

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    Robinson: We deserved the result

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    Hearts win in pictures

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    Motherwell 2 – 1 Hearts

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    Meet Newell and Petravičius

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    Steelmen: Issue #5 preview

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    Build-up: Hearts

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    Motherwell U20s 0 – 0 Aberdeen U20s

    Ten-man Motherwell maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a goalless draw against Aberdeen U20s tonight.

    Stephen Craigan’s youngsters were limited to few chances in front of goal and had a call for a penalty waved away by the referee on a largely quiet evening at Forthbank Stadium in Stirling.

    Youngster Jamie Semple made his second start for the under-20s with George Newell leading the claret and amber attack.

    However, the forward cut a lone furrow up top for the majority of the evening after Dylan King was sent for an early shower against the northern opposition.

    The Northern Irish centre-back picked up his first booking when he tripped Connor McLellan and was shown a second yellow in the 35th minute when a slack touch allowed Bruce Anderson to rob the youngster before being bundled off the ball.

    However, despite their man advantage the Dons struggled to create much going forward and Russell Griffiths was largely untested until three minutes before the interval.

    Anderson’s effort from outside the box forced a decent save from the Englishman and the stopper palmed the ball back in to the danger area where, fortunately, Jack McMillan was there to hook the ball clear.

    With his side level but down to ten men, Craigan removed Semple from the action at half time and replaced him with Kyle MacDonald.

    The second half nearly got off to the ideal start for Motherwell as Davie Turnbull got his head on the end of Dylan Falconer’s corner – but his effort flew narrowly past the post.

    Ellis Plummer tested Dons stopper Archie Mair on the hour mark when the defender burst past a number of challenges and struck his effort straight at the young keeper.

    On what was a quiet evening, the final five minutes sparked some life in to the game and brought some controversy with it.

    A neat ‘Well move down the right flank could have led to the breakthrough and certainly led to the talking point of the game.

    Allan Campbell’s one-two with Davie Turnbull saw the midfielder, who had shifted to right back, burst in to the box before being tripped by Danny Harvie, who got nowhere near the ball. The referee decided to wave play on.

    A few minutes later, the visitors had a penalty claim of their own but the referee adjudged marauding centre-back Scott McKenna to have dived in the area and booked the defender.

    Motherwell nearly snatched all three points when a clever run from substitute Alfie Agyeman and a perfect through ball from Jordan Armstrong led to a corner, but Aberdeen managed to eventually avert the danger and ensure the game ended goalless.

     

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    Hospitality Offer: Cup and a Curry

    With a semi-final place at stake what better way to watch the Betfred Cup quarter-final than amongst other fans in the comfort of our hospitality lounges?

    Tuck into our chefs speciality curry, followed by a delicious dessert, and then enjoy the action either side of half time snacks.

    All the family are welcome and with children just £5 and adults at £35 it is a deal not to be missed.

    To book your table when ‘Well face Aberdeen on Thursday 21st September, call the team now on 01698 333 333 or email hospitality@motherwellfc.co.uk

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    Dons up next for ‘Well U20s

    Stephen Craigan’s under-20s side face a home clash against Aberdeen in the Development League tomorrow night.

    And the Steelmen will be keen to maintain their fine start to the season following last weekend’s win against Dundee United at Station Park in Forfar.

    The Dons, who come in to the match on the back of a 2-2 draw with Ross County, will be keen to put in a positive performance following a heavy defeat to the ‘Well the last time the two sides met.

    Craigan will be without Shea Gordon, who is on international duty with the Northern Ireland under-21s this week.

    However, new arrivals Dylan King, Shaun Bowers and Liam Brown could be in line to make their first home starts in the Development league, while Deimantas Petravičius and George Newell could also be in line for a start.

    The game kicks off at 6pm at Forthbank Stadium in Stirling and you can follow all the action on Twitter – @MotherwellFC

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

    Extended highlights from Fir Park as Motherwell come from a goal down to beat Hearts 2-1.

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    Robinson: We deserved the result

    ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson felt his side deserved their 2-1 victory against Hearts this afternoon.

    And despite notching seven wins from nine games this season, the manager still believes there is more to come from his team.

    Speaking to MFC TV at full time, Robinson reflected on a positive 90 minutes and admitted his side won their physical battles.

    [pullquote]It’s a good start but we’re not getting carried away and we know we’ve still got things to improve on – there’s bits and pieces in the game that we can be better at.[/pullquote]

    He said: “We put both halves together today, we were aggressive and physical and to be honest I think in the first half we could have played better. We won that physical battle and then we could have done better on the ball sometimes.

    “We just corrected a few things at half time but I didn’t think we were very far away and I thought we deserved the result.”

    He added: “It’s a good start but we’re not getting carried away and we know we’ve still got things to improve on – there’s bits and pieces in the game that we can be better at.”

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    Hearts win in pictures

    Images from this afternoon’s 2-1 win over Hearts in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

    Snaps courtesy of SNSPix

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    Motherwell 2 – 1 Hearts

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    Phil McGhee at Fir Park

    Motherwell emerged from a hard physical battle with three well-earned points from a solid team performance. 

    The Steelmen showed great determination responding to Kyle Lafferty’s opener, with first half goals from Ryan Bowman and Louis Moult. And while the former gave the Jambo’s defence a torrid afternoon and thoroughly deserved his first league goal, Moult’s sublime finish was a worthy winner and a terrific way to mark his 40th goal in claret and amber.

    Following his impressive performance after coming off the bench last week, Bowman was given a starting place alongside Moult for the first time this season and on this showing It would be difficult to break up the pairing.

    Trevor Carson, returning from suspension, had a couple of crucial saves – but following a routine save after three minutes play broke to the other end.

    After out muscling Scotland defender Christophe Berra, Bowman’s ball into the box found Frear, but despite his goal bound effort rattling off Michael Smith’s arms, local referee John Beaton waved aside strong appeals for a penalty.

    To be fair the referee also ignored Hearts’ claims after nine minutes when Bowman needlessly pushed Rafal Grzelak to the ground 12 yards from goal. The Hearts’ fullback was clearly aggrieved and when he blocked Chris Cadden’s promising break a minute later he earned himself the first yellow card of the afternoon.

    With both sides exerting a physical presence, the flow of play was broken up until the 20th minute when ‘Well enjoyed their best spell.

    Ben Heneghan’s long ball found Bowman’s head and after a neat exchange with Moult, the  former Gateshead striker was denied the opener when Jack Hamilton blocked his angled drive.

    A couple of minutes later, Bowman turned provider, feeding Andy Rose on the bye-line but his ball across the face of goal found no takers.

    Then on the half hour and out of nothing the Edinburgh side opened the scoring. Kyle Lafferty was allowed to drift infield before rifling a low grounder just inside Carson’s right hand post from 30 yards.

    That temporarily stunned the Fir Parker’s until they conjured up an equaliser eight minutes from half-time. Richard Tait’s deep cross found Moult beyond the far post and when he headed the ball back across goal, Bowman dived between two defenders to nod the ball beyond the ‘keeper.

    Four minutes later, ‘Well were in front with an early contender for goal of the season. Frear laid the ball in front of Moult at the edge of the box and instinctively he curled the ball over Hamilton and under the ‘keeper’s bar for a superb finish.

    That pulsating end to the first half continued after the break and after 57 minutes Jamie Walker carried the ball towards the home goal before unleashing a dipping drive, but Carson was his equal diving high to his left to finger tip the ball beyond his post.

    Within a minute, ‘Well appeared to have extended their lead when Frear’s floated ball across goal was met by Moult and when he placed his header beyond Hamilton, the ball looked to have crossed the line before Berra headed it clear – but once again an assistant referee failed to signal a goal as play raged on.

    As the midfield battle became more physical, Alan Campbell replaced Frear after 66 minutes.

    The Fir Park side did have the ball in the net in the 74th minute but it was correctly ruled out. Cadden’s free kick found Heneghan and his header back across a packed goalmouth ended with Bowman forcing the ball over the line, but the ‘Well central defender was flagged offside.

    Motherwell then doggedly protected their one goal advantage with Cédric Kipré and Carl McHugh outstanding in particular, allowing Hearts only one effort on goal – a curling shot from Walker which dipped over the bar.

    Other than that ‘Well were in control as they made it two convincing consecutive home wins.

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     Alastair Reilly at Fir Park

    FT: Motherwell 2 – 1 Hearts

    Big win for the Steelmen and thoroughly deserved!! COYW!!!

    FULL TIME!!!

    There will be two minutes added on

    90′ | 2-1
    ‘Well break away but Fisher opts to hold up play and wins a free-kick out wide. Good play.

    79′ | 2-1
    And a Motherwell change, Moult off for Fisher.

    79′ | 2-1
    Hearts sub, Randall and Walker off for Moore and Buaben
    77′ | 2-1
    Walker is booked for pulling back Cadden.

    74′ | 2-1
    ‘Well have the ball in the net after Heneghan nods Cadden’s cross across goal and Bowman taps it in but the flag goes up!

    71′ | 2-1
    Hearts have a free-kick in a good area after Kipré is booked for a foul on Walker.

    67′ | 2-1
    Motherwell sub, Frear off for Campbell

    65′ | 2-1
    Tait’s cross into the box is nodded past the post by Moult

    62′ | 2-1
    McHugh slides in Moult but Hamilton makes the shot while the offside flag is raised.

    60′ | 2-1
    Hearts sub, Stockton off for Goncalves

    59′ | 2-1
    Drama as Moult’s goalward header is cleared by Berra. Looked over the line but linesman not having it!!

    57′ | 2-1
    Superb save by Carson as he beats away Walker’s brilliant effort from 20 yards!

    47′ | 2-1
    Early corner as Rose’s cross is knocked out by Randall, Hearts break and Frear is booked.

    Hearts get the second half underway. COYW!!!

    HT: Motherwell 2 – 1 Hearts

    Louis Moult’s 40th Motherwell goal gives the Steelmen the lead at the break.

    42′ | 2-1
    WHAT A GOAL!! Moult curls a beauty into the top corner from 20 yards. ‘Well back in front!!

    GGGOOAAALLL!!!

    37′ | 1-1
    Bowman brings the Steelmen level heading home from Moult’s header back across goal!

    GGGOOAALLL!!!

    30′ | 0-1
    Goal – Lafferty fires a low shot past Carson from 25 yards to give Hearts the lead

    22′ | 0-0
    Rose gets on the end for Bowman’s header but from a really tight angle, can’t steer his shot on target.

    21′ | 0-0
    Best chance of the game so far as Bowman breaks clear of the defence but Hamilton parries his left-footed shot to safety.

    10′ | 0-0
    Grzelak booked for taking down Cadden as he broke free down the right.

    4′ | 0-0
    ‘Well fans call for a penalty as the ball is fired off the Heart’s defender’s hand but it’s not given.

    2′ | 0-0
    From that corner the ball breaks to the edge of the box but Randall’s effort floats into Carson’s hands.

    1′ | 0-0
    Early corner for ‘Well but Hearts breakaway and Randall’s shot is deflected wide for a corner.

    Cadden gets the game underway. COYW!!!

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    Meet Newell and Petravičius

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

    Along with new signings Deimantas Petravičius and George Newell, supporters can meet Steelman – the clubs mascot.

    Located in the Well Shop, the Signing Zone was a hit last season and got off to a great start last weekend.

    Each week, two different players take their seats as the season progresses and 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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    Steelmen: Issue #5 preview

    The fifth issue of ‘Steelmen’ matchday magazine is on sale ahead of Motherwell’s league clash with Hearts.

    And the programme, with a new fan-orientated approach for the 2017/18 campaign, comes with some exciting new features.

    ‘Scouting Report’ looks at some of the key men for Jon Daly’s Hearts side, while writer Eddie Ferguson looks back on the career of Bert McCann in his feature piece ‘Bert McCann: Lynchpin of the “Babes”.

    ‘Made in Motherwell’ is an exciting new feature which uncovers some of the best local musical talent, while this weeks ‘Final Word’ column comes from the Scottish Sun’s Kenny Millar.

    Cover star Trevor Carson speaks in depth about his time with the club so far, his aims and hopes for the season ahead and just what it takes to be a goalkeeper.

    With six pages of kids content, there’s plenty for all ages in tomorrow’s matchday magazine as Steelman teams up with Louis Moult to teach us how to take a freekick like the forward, and Gaël Bigirimana is put on the spot for some quick fire questions.

    Updates from Stephen Robinson, Carl McHugh, the MFC Community Trust and the Well Society all feature in issue number five, which is available to buy around the ground tomorrow for just £3.

    You can also order back editions or take a season-long subscription to the magazine by visiting the website of our publishers – Curtis-Sports – CLICK HERE.

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    Build-up: Hearts

    Motherwell go up against Hearts in the Ladbrokes Premiership tomorrow afternoon in the second of three consecutive home games.

    And the Steelmen head in to the encounter on the back of their first win of the season – a 2-0 win over Ross County last weekend.

    Stephen Robinson was happy to see his side get off the mark in the league and feels that three points will boost the confidence of his side ahead of tomorrow’s game.

    “We’d won five out of six before Saturday,” the manager said. “So now we’ve won six out of eight and that builds a little bit of momentum.

    “Winning games of football obviously gives you confidence and belief so there’s a lot of belief in the squad.”

    He added: “We know that our first half performance wasn’t up to what we expected on Saturday but we turned that around and the boys responded and that’s the good thing.”

    The manager will be boosted by the returns of Carl McHugh and Trevor Carson from suspension, while Elliott Frear faces a late fitness test.

    And the winger, who has been a loss to the Fir Parkers over the past couple of weeks, admits the team is brimming with confidence.

    He said: “Once you get that first win [in the league] that breeds confidence throughout the team.

    [pullquote]Winning games of football obviously gives you confidence and belief so there’s a lot of belief in the squad.[/pullquote]

    “Hearts are a big team so it’ll be tough but we’ve done our research and [in training] we’ve been working hard and we’ll be ready for Saturday.”

    He added: “It’s been a step up for me coming from the Conference to here and so far the football has been the big difference – but I’m settled up here.”

    And, with two goals to his name this season, the Englishman will be keen to return to the starting eleven and maintain his fine form.

    Cédric Kipré, who penned a one-year extension to his contract, and new signing Deimantas Petrivičius will also be available for selection tomorrow afternoon.

    Opponents Hearts will arrive at Fir Park for their fourth consecutive away game of the season due to the on-going renovation works at Tynecastle, and Jon Daly’s men will be hunting for their second victory in the Ladbrokes Premiership this term.

    Daly took over at the club as interim boss and his team arrive at Fir Park tomorrow afternoon on the back of a hard-fought draw against Rangers last weekend.

    Despite going close, the encounter ended goalless and means the Irishman has lost just once at the helm when Hearts were defeated 4-1 at the hands of Celtic.

    With one win each on the table and just one place separating the Steelmen and the Jambo’s in the top flight- there are similarities between the two sides ahead of the clash on Saturday.

    Both clubs have new managers, both are filled with new players and, with a new season and new objectives ahead, it culminates in what could be a very interesting encounter at Fir Park.

     Motherwell V Hearts
     Saturday 26th 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.