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    Wolecki Black joins ladies team

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    Motherwell v Hamilton in Scottish Cup

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    Under 20s face Staggies trip

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    TV: Highlights from Pittodrie

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    Aberdeen victory in pictures

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    Robinson: Boys bought into game plan

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    Aberdeen 0-2 Motherwell

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    Players visit cup final ticket winners

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    Build up: Aberdeen

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    Watch squad train ahead of Aberdeen

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    Wolecki Black joins ladies team

    Motherwell FC is delighted to announce the appointment of Eddie Wolecki Black as the new manager of the senior ladies team.

    The appointment forms part of a complete review of the girls and ladies programme at Fir Park.

    Previously the MFC Community Trust has had sole responsibility for the running of all the programmes and teams from under 10s to first team.

    Under the new system, the senior ladies team will fall under the direct remit of the club, whereas the development pathway will continue with the Community Trust.

    The senior ladies team currently competes in SWPL2, the second tier of the Scottish women’s game. They recently finished third in their debut season at that level. That followed back-to-back promotions in 2015 and 2016.

    Wolecki Black, a UEFA pro licence coach, has a sterling reputation within the women’s game. He is best known for a four-year spell at Glasgow City, where he won an historic ‘quadruple treble’ of the SWPL1 title, the Scottish Cup and the League Cup.

    [pullquote]“I am absolutely delighted to welcome Eddie to the club and believe it’s a huge coup for us to get him here.[/pullquote]

    He also guided City to the quarter final of the Women’s Champions League, eliminated by eventual finalists Paris Saint Germain back in 2015.

    That success at Glasgow came after a title-winning season with Junior side Lochee Utd and a year at League Two team Montrose.

    After leaving the women’s game, he had a brief spell with Scottish Lowland League side Edusport Academy, before joining Airdrieonians with the team battling for promotion to the Scottish Championship.

    Sadly, Eddie took ill at a game against Cowdenbeath at Central Park and was unable to fulfill his role for the remainder of that campaign. He left Airdrie later that year and did some coaching with another lowland league side, BSC Glasgow.

    With his health improving each day, he now feels ready to return to management and, alongside assistant Donald Jennow, will spearhead Motherwell’s campaign in 2018.

    “I’m delighted to be honest,” he said. “I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to come back in, I’d obviously been looking around and had been unsuccessful in one or two applications.

    “But I was contacted by Alan Burrows, we had some conversations which have led to this day so I’m very keen now just to get started.”

    Motherwell Chief Operating Officer Alan Burrows added: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Eddie to the club and believe it’s a huge coup for us to get him here.

    “Not only is he a hugely respected and qualified coach with experience at various levels, I can see a real huge hunger and determination in him to get back involved.

    “I’m delighted Motherwell can be a club that can give people the chance to get their lives back on track after a setback. I am certain Eddie will build on the fantastic progress already made within the ladies team as we strive for promotion to the top level.”

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    Motherwell v Hamilton in Scottish Cup

    Motherwell will play Hamilton Academical in the fourth round of the 2017/18 William Hill Scottish Cup.

    The Steelmen will host the Accies on the weekend of Saturday, January 20, 2018.

    Doddie Weir and Colin Cameron conducted the draw on Monday.

    Thirty-two teams will take part in the fourth round, with all Scottish Premiership sides entering at this stage.

    2017/18 Scottish Cup fourth round draw

    Dunfermline Athletic v Greenock Morton

    Ayr United v Arbroath

    Albion Rovers v St Johnstone

    Motherwell v Hamilton Academical

    Hearts v Hibernian

    Livingston v Falkirk

    Dundee v Inverness CT

    Formartine United v Cove Rangers

    Montrose/Queen of the South v Partick Thistle

    Celtic v Brechin City

    Peterhead v Dumbarton

    East Fife v Brora Rangers

    Alloa Athletic v Dundee United

    Fraserburgh v Rangers

    Aberdeen v St Mirren

    Kilmarnock v Ross County

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    Under 20s face Staggies trip

    Motherwell Under 20s face a long trip north to face Ross County on Tuesday afternoon in the Development League.

    Stephen Craigan’s youngsters will be keen to bounce back to winning ways, following a run of two draws, as they prepare to face the northern outfit at the Global Energy Stadium.

    County, sitting in sixth, come in to the encounter on the back of a 3-2 victory over Dundee United last Tuesday. 

    And with two points separating County from the Fir Parkers in third, Craigan will be keen to see his side pick up three points. 

    You can follow all the action on live twitter @MotherwellFC with kick off at 2pm. 

     

     

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    TV: Highlights from Pittodrie

    Highlights from Pittodrie where Louis Moult’s double secured all three points in a comfortable 0-2 win over Aberdeen.

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    Aberdeen victory in pictures

    Images from Saturday’s game against Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

    Snaps courtesy of SNSPix

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    Robinson: Boys bought into game plan

    ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson hailed his players for implementing a new system as they returned to action with a 2-0 win over Aberdeen.
     
    The Steelmen put in a fine display at Pittodrie, nullifying the host’s attacking threat on an afternoon when Louis Moult bagged his 50th goal in claret and amber. 
     
    Speaking to MFC TV at full time, Robinson praised his side ahead of next weekend’s Betfred Cup Final. 
     
    [pullquote]From start to finish we implemented a new system today, we worked on it all week and the boys really bought in to it, really applied themselves well and we probably could have won by more goals today.[/pullquote]
     
    “It was a terrific performance today,” he said. “We had the performance against Ross County but we had the end product today.
     
    “From start to finish we implemented a new system today, we worked on it all week and the boys really bought in to it, really applied themselves well and we probably could have won by more goals today.
     
    “Tactically, I can do what I want but if the players don’t buy in to it or take it on board then they’re the ones who have to go out there on the pitch and deliver it, and they did.”
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    Aberdeen 0-2 Motherwell

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    Grant Russell at Pittodrie

    Louis Moult scored his 50th goal for Motherwell as the team won all three points in a excellent performance at Aberdeen.

    The striker scored a double within minutes either side of the half-time break to send the Steelmen into next week’s Betfred Cup final on a high.

    Manager Stephen Robinson tweaked his formation to switch to a back four, with a midfield diamond seeing Chris Cadden moving to slot in behind the strike partnership of Louis Moult and Ryan Bowman.

    After a good start from Motherwell, it was the hosts who carved out the first real goalscoring opportunity. Ryan Christie burst clear on the left byline and crossed to the near post, but Adam Rooney’s flick dropped wide.

    The visitors then immediately responded with a great chance of their own with only five minutes on the clock. Bowman held the ball up well to feed Liam Grimshaw on the edge of the box, with Joe Lewis having to stretch far to his right to turn the ball away.

    Lewis again came to the Dons’ rescue straight after. Andy Rose found space 10 yards out to the left of the goal, but the ‘keeper stood tall to block his shot.

    The Steelmen continued to cause problems. Next Rose had another shot from just inside the box which Lewis tipped back across the six-yard box, but Peter Hartley just couldn’t connect at the back post.

    The game calmed down for the majority of the first half afterwards, with neither side able to carve out another real opportunity before ‘Well made the breakthrough with three minutes left in the half.

    Tait’s free kick from wide on the right was perfectly placed to meet the head of Moult at the back post, and his header looped over Lewis to give the visitors a deserved lead at the break.

    Early in the second half, Motherwell doubled their advantage and it was that man Moult again.

    Cadden beat McKenna for pace down the right and his brilliant low cross to the front post was met perfectly by the striker’s run, giving Moult his 50th goal in Motherwell colours.

    Motherwell immediately looked to tighten up defensively, withdrawing Bowman for Elliot Frear, who dropped in to the left of midfield, with Cadden moving to the right.

    From then on in it was consistent pressure from the Dons, with Robinson’s men looking to capitalise on the counter. Trevor Carson had to be smart to parry May’s near post shot from close range with 20 minutes to spare, but the backline defended expertly to keep Derek McInnes’ side at bay.

    Motherwell: Carson; Tait, Kipre, Hartley, Dunne; Rose, McHugh, Grimshaw (Campbell 71), Cadden; Moult (Fisher 87), Bowman (Frear).

    Subs not used: Griffiths, Tanner, Plummer, Petravicius.

    Aberdeen: Lewis, Logan, Arnason, McKenna, Considine; Tansey (May 45), O’Connor, McLean; Christie, Rooney (Stewart 82), Mackay-Steven (Wright 70).

    Subs not used: Rogers, Reynolds, Maynard, Ball.

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     Alastair Reilly at Pittodrie

    FT: Aberdeen 0 – 2 Motherwell

    A comfortable afternoon’s work for the Steelmen. Moult on the double! COYW!!!!

    FULL TIME!!

    90′ | 0-2
    Three minutes added on.

    89′ | 0-2
    Motherwell sub, Moult off for Fisher

    86′ | 0-2
    Christie booked for a rash foul.

    82′ | 0-2
    Aberdeen sub, Stewart on for Rooney

    81′ | 0-2
    Moult sizing up a free-kick some 28 yards out……unlucky. Lands on the roof of the net.

    73′ | 0-2
    Chance for May as he gets in behind down the left but from a tight angle Carson tips his shot by the post.

    72′ | 0-2
    Motherwell sub, Campbell on for Grimshaw

    70′ | 0-2
    Aberdeen sub, Wright on for Mackay-Steven

    56′ | 0-2
    Motherwell sub, Bowman off for Frear

    55′ | 0-2
    Great play by Cadden as he bursts pas McKenna and fires a great ball across goal to MOULT who fires in his 50th Motherwell goal!!!

    GGGOOOAAALLLL!!!!

    A change for the Dons at half-time, May on for Tansey

    Aberdeen get the second 45 underway. COYW!!

    HT: Aberdeen 0 – 1 Motherwell

    A deserved first-half lead for the Steelmen

    43′ | 0-1
    Tait fires in a deep free-kick to MOULT who evades his marker and heads home!! COYW!!!

    GGGOOAAALLL!!!!

    40′ | 0-0
    Bowman booked. Not a lot in that really.

    17′ | 0-0
    Grimshaw’s cross can only be headed out for a Motherwell corner….Cadden swings it in but Rose heads wide of the post.

    10′ | 0-0
    Close again! Rose again calls Lewis into action with a great effort but again the ‘keeper is up to the challenge, palming the ball away from the onrushing Bowman.

    9′ | 0-0
    McHugh’s shot from inside the box is deflected over the bar for a corner….Cadden’s inswinging corner asks questions of Lewis who has to punch it to safety.

    5′ | 0-0
    Close again! Rose gets the break of the ball inside the box but Lewis manages to palm away his powerful shot.

    5′ | 0-0
    Chance! Bowman works the ball to Grimshaw who tries his luck from the edge of the box with a good low effort but its beaten away by Lewis

    4′ | 0-0
    Christie battles well down the left and gets a low cross in at the front post which Rooney flicks wide of the post.

    1′ | 0-0
    Early sniff of goal as Dunne gets in behind the Aberdeen defence and gets a good cross in but it’s nodded behind for a corner.

    The Steelmen get the action underway. COYW!!!

    Out come the two sides here at Pittodrie, with ‘Well in their black away kit. It’s a cold one!

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    Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson: “It was a terrific performance today. We had the performance against Ross County but we had the end product today.

    “From start to finish we implemented a new system today, we worked on it all week and the boys really bought in to it, really applied themselves well and we probably could have won by more goals today.

    “Tactically, I can do what I want but if the players don’t buy in to it or take it on board then they’re the ones who have to go out there on the pitch and deliver it, and they did.”

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    Players visit cup final ticket winners

    Two young boys from Uddingston received a special visit from two of our players this week as part of sponsors McEwan Fraser Legal’s cup final #HomeRun promotion.

    Brothers Marcus (10) and Aston (8) Hope were entered into the competition to win four tickets to next Sunday’s final, nominated by their uncle Derek.

    Sadly, both boys lost their father Brian in August. It has been a difficult time for all of the family.

    To help just a little, Richard Tait and Andy Rose visited the boys at home to deliver the special surprise that they would be going to the final.

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    Build up: Aberdeen

    Motherwell return to Premiership action following the international break, with Aberdeen awaiting the Steelmen at Pittodrie on Saturday afternoon.

    It is a welcome return to domestic football for Stephen Robinson and his squad, who are searching for a return to winning ways in the final game before the club’s trip to Hampden for the Betfred Cup final against Celtic.

    And in Derek McInnes’ second-placed Aberdeen, there are not many tougher games awaiting the Fir Parkers in the coming weeks.

    Whilst this is the third meeting with the Dons, it is the first trip to the Granite City in the 2017/18 campaign and it falls just a week before a triple header with Celtic.

    But for Robinson, all the attention is on Aberdeen.

    “Next week will take care of itself, we’re very much focused on Aberdeen,” the Northern Irishman said.

    “We’ve had two good games against them and we’re one of only two teams to beat them domestically this season, so it’s going to be a tough game but it’s one that we’re very much looking forward to.

    “Training has been very, very good and I think that’s the intensity of training and the environment we’ve created from day one.”

    He added: “We’ve lost two league games, so we want to get back to winning ways now and hopefully that starts on Saturday.”

    [pullquote]We’ve had two good games against them and we’re one of only two teams to beat them domestically this season, so it’s going to be a tough game but it’s one that we’re very much looking forward to.[/pullquote]

    Robinson will have a full strength squad to pick from, which will inevitably bring about a selection headache for the ‘Well boss.

    And in his group of players, Robinson has a squad who are full of belief, fight and togetherness.

    Richard Tait insists the Fir Parkers are intent on returning to Lanarkshire tomorrow night with three points.

    “It’s a big match for us,” the defender admitted. “We did well against them in the cup earlier this season then we played them a couple of days later and got beat.

    “I think we can go up there full of confidence knowing that we’re good enough to get a result, so that will be the aim – to go there and pick up some points.”

    He added: “In and around the town everyone is excited for next week but inside the football club everyone is concentrated on this game.”

    Aberdeen, who come into this clash in second place, will be equally hungry to pick up three points having won just once in their last three games.

    Derek McInnes will be without captain Graeme Shinnie, who is out through suspension.

    Aberdeen V Motherwell
    Saturday 18th November 2017
    3.00pm
    Pittodrie, Aberdeen
    Pre-purchase at the Fir Park ticket office, also available on the gate.

    Admission prices are as follows:

    ADULTS £26
    OVER 60 £19
    OVER 75 & UNDER 21  £15
    UNDER 18 £10
    JUVENILE / UNDER 12s  £6
    • Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Brian Davidson on 07725 917161

    Special offer for Motherwell Season Ticket holders using Voucher A. Only redeemable at the Fir Park Ticket Office. Not available on the gate:

    ADULTS £15
    CONCESSION / OVER 60, UNDER 18  £10
    JUVENILE / UNDER 12s £6

    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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    Watch squad train ahead of Aberdeen

    Motherwell return to Scottish Premiership action on Saturday away to Aberdeen and we’ve been on the training ground watching the boys go through their paces ahead of the fixture.

    The full squad trained this week, with a number of first team players returning from injury and keen to be involved for the trip to Pittodrie.

    For more exclusive content, subscribe to MFC TV’s official YouTube channel.

    Don’t forget, season ticket holders are reminded that a special discounted price is available for our trip to face Aberdeen on Saturday.

    Adults can gain entry to Pittodrie for just £15, concessions for £10 and under 12s for £6, but tickets must be purchased in advance from Fir Park before you travel.

    Our ticket office is open from 10am on Saturday before you head north. Season ticket holders must bring Voucher A to the stadium at the time of purchase.

    Normal pay at the gate prices for Pittodrie are as follows:

    ADULTS£26
    OVER 60£19
    OVER 75 & UNDER 21 £15
    UNDER 18£10
    JUVENILE / UNDER 12s £6

    Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Brian Davidson on 07725 917161.