Extended highlights from Forthbank Stadium as despite playing with ten men for most of the game the Under 20s earn a point against Aberdeen.
TV: Highlights from ForthbankTuesday 29 August 2017
Craigan: Boys responded wellTuesday 29 August 2017
Stephen Craigan admitted that he was delighted with the way his players responded to going down to ten-men against Aberdeen tonight.
Despite having a man less for nearly an hour, the young Steelmen held on for a goalless draw at Forthbank Stadium.
The under-20s boss spoke to MFC TV at full time after his side maintained their unbeaten start to the season.
[pullquote]I’m delighted with the way the boys went about the game in the second half. We slightly changed the shape to put the onus on to [Aberdeen] to work a bit harder.[/pullquote]
He said: “I’m delighted with the way the boys went about the game in the second half. We slightly changed the shape to put the onus on to [Aberdeen] to work a bit harder.”
He added: “I think when you go down to ten-men you almost need an out-ball somewhere and we tried to keep two strikers on the pitch so that we could go long when we were under pressure.
“From the message we gave at half time the boys took it on really, really well.”
Motherwell U20s 0 – 0 Aberdeen U20sTuesday 29 August 2017
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.
Hospitality Offer: Cup and a CurryTuesday 29 August 2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dons up next for ‘Well U20sMonday 28 August 2017
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
TV: Highlights from Fir ParkSaturday 26 August 2017
Extended highlights from Fir Park as Motherwell come from a goal down to beat Hearts 2-1.
Robinson: We deserved the resultSaturday 26 August 2017
‘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.”
Hearts win in picturesSaturday 26 August 2017
Images from this afternoon’s 2-1 win over Hearts in the Ladbrokes Premiership.
Snaps courtesy of SNSPix
Motherwell 2 – 1 HeartsSaturday 26 August 2017
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!!!
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!!
37′ | 1-1
Bowman brings the Steelmen level heading home from Moult’s header back across goal!
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!!!
Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson:
Hearts interim manager Jon Daly
Meet Newell and PetravičiusFriday 25 August 2017
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