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    Motherwell 3 – 0 Aberdeen

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    Steelmen: Issue #7 preview

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    Build-up: Aberdeen

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    ‘Well vs Dons: Ticket Information

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    Cadden: Hungry for Hampden return

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    Robinson: Confidence is high

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    TV: Highlights from Easter Road

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    Motherwell 3 – 0 Aberdeen

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    Motherwell produced an outstanding performance to sweep aside Aberdeen and set up a Betfred Cup semi-final with Rangers.

    And following a comprehensive, stunning sixth win in the cup, ‘Well fans head back to Hampden, where the cup run started with a belief that the team’s fighting spirit could take them all they way to the final.

    In a contest which Motherwell dominated from start to finish, two early goals from Louis Moult and Peter Hartley set them up for a famous victory, with a Moult stunner five minutes from time rounding off a fabulous evening.

    With only one change, Stevie Hammell back for the suspended Charles Dunne, the Motherwell line-up had a familiar look and shape about it. And that meant an immediate press on the Aberdeen goal.

    However, it was the visitors who forced the first save when Trevor Carson pushed Ryan Christie’s shot wide forcing Chris Cadden to block Gary MacKay-Steven’s effort from the loose ball.

    For the remainder of the half the play was towards the Aberdeen goal and a helping hand from the ‘keeper made the breakthrough after only 13 minutes.

    Ryan Bowman did well to force his way into the box before nudging the ball towards the corner of the six-yard box. Joe Lewis looked favourite to gather the ball until Moult nipped in front to cleverly flick the ball up and turn an audacious effort over the bemused ‘keeper, who could only turn and palm the ball into his own net.

    There was no doubting the scorer six minutes later though when ‘Well doubled their lead and took a firm grip of the cup-tie. Hammell curled a free kick towards the back of the six yard area for Peter Hartley to power a header down and under the diving Lewis for his first ‘Well goal.

    A regular scorer with his previous clubs, the big centre back came close again on the half hour mark, when, from another Hammell free kick, Hartley’s header flashed across goal.

    At this stage Derek McInnes’ men were being out thought and out fought with every ‘Well player contesting every ball, and he made a very early change to try and salvage the game by replacing MacKay-Steven with Adam Rooney.

    Just before the interval another surging run from Bowman took the action towards the Aberdeen box before he laid the ball across to Cadden, whose drive was on target until it deflected off a Dons’ defender.

    While an option might have been to sit back and defend their two goal lead, Motherwell started the second half on the front foot.

    The Fir Parkers almost extended their lead within five minutes when Moult followed Richard Tait’s thrown in into the box before unleashing a left foot shot which produced a fine diving block from Lewis.

    In truth, with the Steelmen determined to doggedly protect their own box, the only goal threat came at the Aberdeen goal.

    Amazingly, Hartley was only denied a second when his low shot through a packed box was blocked on the line by Logan.

    Fifteen minutes from time, Dons were even more fortunate not to concede a third when Allan Campbell chested down brilliantly before firing an angled drive past Lewis – only to watch the ball rebound off both goal posts before bouncing into the relieved ‘keeper’s hands.

    Fittingly, five minutes from time, Moult removed any doubts his name would be on the scoresheet and cap a terrific evening’s work. Liam Grimshaw whipped a long ball down the right for the striker to chase but when he cut into the box Moult decided to claim his 9th goal of the season flashing the ball past Lewis from a tight angle for a scoreline which reflected Motherwell’s superiority.

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     Lewis Irons at Fir Park

     

    FULL TIME!!!

    90+1′ | 3-0
    Motherwell sub, Tanner on for Moult

    90′ | 3-0
    Fisher booked for a foul on Logan

    88′ | 3-0
    Christie booked. Looked a bad one on Tait, could have easily have broke his ankle!

    87′ | 3-0
    Motherwell sub, Bowman off for Fisher. Some shift from Bowie!!!

    86′ | 3-0
    It’s 3!!!! Moult breaks away and fires an unstoppable effort past Lewis!!!!!

    GGOOOAAALLL!!!

    79′ | 2-0
    Bowman wins a free-kick in a good area for Motherwell but Hammell’s ball in is headed away at the back post.

    77′ | 2-0
    Cadden booked for pulling down May as he broke away.

    74′ | 2-0
    So nearly 3!! Campbell with a great volley which strikes one post, runs along the line and comes back out off the other post!

    69′ | 2-0
    Motherwell sub, Rose makes way for Grimshaw

    66′ | 2-0
    Great save from Carson!! Christie breaks away and fires a shot towards the top corner but for the fingertips of Carson!!

    64′ | 2-0
    Bowman does really well to force a corner from Considine……cleared off the line by Shinnie!

    58′ | 2-0
    Hammell booked for not throwing the ball straight back to an Aberdeen player. Not a lot in that.

    52′ | 2-0
    Rooney gets the break of the ball on the edge of the box but his shot on the turn lacks any power to test Carson

    49′ | 2-0
    ‘Well work a chance from a throw-in – Tait feeding Moult who drops the shoulder and gets a good shot off but it’s well saved.

    47′ | 2-0
    Tait whips the ball in but Moult’s shot is blocked by O’Connor!

    Both teams are back out, it’s time for the second half. COYW!!!

    HT: Motherwell 2 – 0 Aberdeen

    The Steelmen will take a deserved two goal lead into the second 45.

    43′ | 2-0
    Christie finds a bit of space but from distance can’t hit the target. Well wide.

    41′ | 2-0
    Kipré booked for a foul on May wide on the Aberdeen left.

    40′ | 2-0
    Bowman breaks down the left and squares it to Cadden whose shot is deflected over the bar for a corner

    36′ | 2-0
    Change for Aberdeen, Mackay-Steven off for Rooney

    30′ | 2-0
    Tait wins a free-kick wide on the left….Hammel clips it in but Bowman can’t divert it goalwards!

    27′ | 2-0
    Cadden forces a corner…..corner is drilled in low but Aberdeen eventually clear from Moult

    19′ | 2-0
    HARTLEY with his first goal for the Steelmen! Hammell with the delivery and the defender nods past Lewis!! COYW!!

    GGOOAALL!!!!

    16′ | 1-0
    Ball has a shot from just outside the box but it is deflected wide for a corner. From the corner, Ball heads over from 8 yards!

    13′ | 1-0
    MOULT will claim it with a cheeky flick over his shoulder but it is Lewis who knocks it into the net!

    GGGOOOAALLL!!!

    Cadden then breaks and does well to win a corner.

    9′ | 0-0
    Great chance for Mackay-Steven but Cadden is on hand with a wonderful block to deny a certain goal!

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    2′ | 0-0
    Early bit of pressure for ‘Well, Tait with the cross in but Reynolds heads it clear.

    Christie gets the game underway. COYW!!!!

    Out come the two teams, claret and amber for ‘Well, blue for the Dons!

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    Steelmen: Issue #7 preview

    The seventh issue of ‘Steelmen’ matchday magazine is on sale ahead of Motherwell’s quarter final clash with Aberdeen in the Betfred Cup.

    And the programme, with a new fan-orientated approach for the 2017/18 campaign, is packed full of new content, and is available for just £2 tonight.

    Writer Eddie Ferguson looks back in-depth at some of the incredible stories during John Gahagan’s time at Fir Park in his feature piece ‘John Gahagan: Turning Dreams in to Reality”.

    We also take a look back at the two sides route to the quarter finals, with interviews from Carl McHugh and Andrew Considine both featured.

    Updates from Stephen Robinson and a word with Derek McInnes also feature in the issue which is available to buy around the ground tonight.

    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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    Aberdeen Ticket information

    Can all supporters please remember the majority of supporters will be paying on entry to Fir Park this evening, so please come early to assist with entry into the various stands.

    To ease some of the congestion, the following turnstiles will be set up to take pre purchased tickets only:

    John Hunter Stand: Turnstile Number 1

    Davie Cooper Stand: Turnstile Number 1 and 2

    Phil O Donnell Stand: Turnstile number 5

    McEwan Fraser Legal Stand: Turnstile 1-6 will take pre purchased tickets for allocated seating

    • Turnstiles 7 and 8 will take cash only  (turnstile 5-6 will double up taking cash if there is a queue at 7-8)

     

    All supporters are encouraged to pre purchase a ticket from the ticket office and allow the appropriate time to enter the stadium on the night of the match.

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    Build-up: Aberdeen

    Motherwell face Aberdeen in the Betfred Cup quarter-final as Stephen Robinson’s men look to extend their unbeaten run. 

    And it is the Steelmen’s first League Cup quarter-final since the 2010/11 campaign, when the club beat Dundee United 1-0 at Fir Park.

    Stephen Robinson’s side head in to the cup clash on the back of a good run of form, having gone four games undefeated.

    And with just one stop potentially separating Motherwell from a trip to Hampden in the semi-finals, there is plenty of motivation and hunger around Fir Park.

    And the manager believes a cup run can keep dreams alive around the club as the season goes on.

    He said: “We’re looking forward to every game at the minute. The confidence is high among the players and it’s a big game for the football club.

    “For a club like us [the cup] gives us an opportunity to give the fans something to cheer about and keeps our season on-going, otherwise the past few seasons have been mostly about battling relegation.”

    With Aberdeen up next in the league on Sunday, the next few days will be a test of Motherwell’s mettle.

    [pullquote]For a club like us [the cup] gives us an opportunity to give the fans something to cheer about and keeps our season on-going, otherwise the past few seasons have been mostly about battling relegation.[/pullquote]

    Robinson added: “We’re just focussed on the first game, we’ll try and get a result in the first game and then worry about the second game after that.”

    The ‘Well boss has a fully fit squad, with Elliott Frear making good progress following his concussion.

    However, Charles Dunne, who picked up a red card in the last-16 clash with Ross County, will be missing through suspension

    And one man who will be hugely important for the Steelmen is the in-form Chris Cadden.

    The 21-year-old isn’t just focussed on his own game though – as he admitted he hopes to give the people of Motherwell something to cheer about.

    “People in Motherwell deserve a run in the cup cause it’s been a while since we’ve done well in any cup,” he said. “But hopefully for us and the fans we can get a day at Hampden.

    “We’re just taking every game as it comes, and obviously the league is important, but it would be brilliant for us to have a run in the cup so we have to try and achieve our objective on Thursday.”

    [pullquote]People in Motherwell deserve a run in the cup cause it’s been a while since we’ve done well in any cup. But hopefully for us and the fans we can get a day at Hampden.[/pullquote]

    He added: “The gaffer has made sure that one of the things we need to do is make sure people hate coming to Fir Park and they’re in for a tough game – and that’s what we’ve done so far.”

    Aberdeen, currently unbeaten domestically, will be tough opponents for the Steelmen though and will be hungry to repair last season’s cup heartbreak.

    Despite making it to two cup finals, the Dons ended the season with no silverware – losing out to Celtic in the Scottish Cup and the Betfred Cup and they’ll undoubtedly be hungry to go one step further this term.

    A number of new faces will be on show for the Reds, following a busy summer for McInnes’ side – making for an intriguing cup encounter.

     Motherwell V Aberdeen
     Thursday 21st September 2017
     7.45pm
     Fir Park, Motherwell
     Tickets available from the Fir Park Ticket Office and available on the gate

    Admission prices are as follows: 

    ADULTS   £10
    CONCESSIONS     £5 
    • Concessions are listed as over-60, 16-18s and full time students with a valid matriculation card
    • Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Brian Davidson on 07725 917161

    If you can’t make it 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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    ‘Well vs Dons: Ticket Information

    The ticket office will be open until 5pm today and from 9am tomorrow, and would encourage supporters where possible, to pre purchase their tickets.

    For those who have pre purchased their tickets, access can be gained through the following turnstyle

    John Hunter :      Gate 1

    Davie Cooper :    Gate 7

    Phil O’Donnell:   Gate 5

    Cash turnstyles will also be in operation .

    For Away support please follow directions given by the Stewards at the McEwan Fraser Legal South Stand .

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    Cadden: Hungry for Hampden return

    Midfielder Chris Cadden believes ‘Well supporters deserve a cup run as him and his teammates prepare for the Betfred Cup quarter final.

    Cadden, who turned 21 yesterday, insisted the Steelmen will be fired up to try and progress to the last four.

    Speaking to the press, the Motherwell number 7 looked ahead to the game tomorrow night.

    [pullquote]People in Motherwell deserve a run in the cup cause it’s been a while since we’ve done well in any cup – but hopefully for us and the fans we can get a day at Hampden.[/pullquote]

    He said: “People in Motherwell deserve a run in the cup cause it’s been a while since we’ve done well in any cup – but hopefully for us and the fans we can get a day at Hampden.

    “We’re just taking every game as it comes, and obviously the league is important, but it would be brilliant for us to have a run in the cup so we have to try and achieve our objective on Thursday.”

    He added: “The gaffer has made sure that one of the things we need to do is make sure people hate coming to Fir Park and they’re in for a tough game – and that’s what we’ve done so far.”

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    Robinson: Confidence is high

    ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson admitted the confidence is high among his squad as they prepare for the visit of Aberdeen in the Betfred Cup quarter final.

    Speaking to the broadcast press, the Northern Irishman looked ahead to the cup clash at Fir Park.

    And Robinson admitted his players are taking things one game at a time ahead of a double header with Derek McInnes’ Aberdeen side.

    [pullquote]We’re looking forward to every game at the minute. The confidence is high among the players and it’s a big game for the football club.[/pullquote]

    “We’re looking forward to every game at the minute,” the Fir Park boss said. “The confidence is high among the players and it’s a big game for the football club.

    “For a club like us [the cup] gives us an opportunity to give the fans something to cheer about and keeps our season on-going, otherwise the past few seasons have been mostly about battling relegation.”

    He added: “We’re just focussed on the first game, we’ll try and get a result in the first game and then worry about the second game after that.”

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    Clancy to officiate quarter final clash

    Referee for Thursday’s Betfred Cup quarter final clash with Aberdeen at Fir Park is Kevin Clancy.

    The 33-year-old takes charge of his second Motherwell clash of the season, both of which have been in the Betfred Cup, after officiating on five occasions last term.

    His first of this season was at Fir Park when the Steelmen ran out 4-0 winners in what was an impressive display against Group F’s hardest opposition.

    Two Lanarkshire Derbies were overseen by Clancy during the 2016/17 season – including 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 fourteen matches in total, Motherwell winning six, drawing three and losing five. ‘Well have scored twenty and conceded nineteen.

    Kevin will be assisted by Sean Carr and Andrew McWilliam. John McKendrick is the fourth official.

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    TV: Highlights from Easter Road

    Extended highlights from Easter Road as Motherwell come back from two down to earn a draw courtesy of a Louis Moult double.

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    Hibernian draw in pictures

    Images from this afternoon’s 2-2 draw with Hibernian in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

    Snaps courtesy of SNSPix

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