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  • Women

    Wolecki Black wants more after win

  • Women

    Women return to winning ways

  • First team

    Highlights as ‘Well lose to Hamilton

  • First team

    “We let the fans down”

  • First team

    Robinson: We didn’t compete

  • First team

    Hamilton Accies 2 – 0 Motherwell

  • First team

    Preview: Hamilton v Motherwell

  • First team

    Bowman: We’re ready to battle

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Jamie Semple in Scotland squad

  • First team

    Our lads should be on Scotland radar

  • Women

    Wolecki Black wants more after win

    Eddie Wolecki Black praised his team’s battling qualities after Motherwell Ladies recorded their second successive home win with a 3-1 win over Central Girls.

    Despite continuing their strong early season form, the ‘Well boss said he didn’t feel his side quite match the standards they have set in their early season performances.

    “We said we wanted to make our home venue a tough place to come for anybody and we’ve backed up the win in our opening game here with another winning performance today,” Black said.

    “There’s one thing about us, we’re competitive there’s no doubt about that. If teams want to have a physical battle with us we are more than capable of matching that as we showed against Central.

    “That’s not to say that they were physical, I just believe we are more than capable of standing up for ourselves.”

    Motherwell battled back after conceding an early goal to take a 2-1 lead into half-time courtesy of Hayley Cunningham’s penalty and Kerry Montgomery’s superb curling effort.

    They would secure victory with 10 minutes remaining when Suzanne Mulvey turned home Sophie Gallagher’s lay-off.

    “We were more pleased with the second half because we put the game to bed and saw the game out,” Black added. “It was a big victory as I don’t think we were at our best.”

  • Women

    Women return to winning ways

    Eddie Wolecki Black’s Motherwell Ladies side showed their fighting spirit as they recovered from an early setback to defeat Central Girls 3-1 at the Braidhurst Campus.

    The women of steel found themselves a goal behind after Niamh Johnston headed into her own net from a dangerous corner after just nine minutes. But a stirring comeback saw ‘Well battle back into the game.

    A two-week break from competitive action – and disrupted training schedule due to the severe weather – was evident as Motherwell were uncharacteristically slow out of the blocks. The visitors thoroughly deserved to make the breakthrough after controlling much of the early proceedings.

    The goal seemed to be the wake-up call the home side needed though and Suzanne Mulvey’s shot on the turn spun wide of the target, before the hosts were offered the perfect opportunity to restore parity. Sammy Hare was bundled over just inside the box and Hayley Cunningham made no mistake from the spot.

    Seven minutes later and ‘Well were ahead in wonderful fashion. The move began with Kerry Montgomery picking up possession inside her own half and driving forward before laying the ball to Mulvey.

    She superbly picked out the Northern Irish international who had continued her run, before lashing the ball beyond Sarah Alexandrina King in the Central goal.

    It was a goal of real class from Motherwell who were beginning to control the game. However they suffered a major let-off before the break when Ellie Kane’s brilliant effort was tipped on to the bar by Clare Johnstone and, with the goal at her mercy, Abbie Callaghan was unable to turn home the rebound.

    The second half was a much more physical affair, with neither team really creating a great deal in front of goal. But it would be the home side who would secure all three points with 10 minutes remaining.

    After the Central defence failed to clear their lines, Mulvey turned home from Sophie Gallagher’s lay off.

    Victory for ‘Well means they move up to second in SWPL2, with another home fixture to look forward to next Sunday when Aberdeen visit Braidhurst.

  • First team

    Highlights as ‘Well lose to Hamilton

    Extended highlights from New Douglas Park as ‘Well lose 2-0 to Hamilton Accies.

  • First team

    “We let the fans down”

    Richard Tait, Andy Rose and Gaël Bigirimana speak after the loss to Hamilton Academical in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

  • First team

    Robinson: We didn’t compete

    Stephen Robinson didn’t recognise his team as they slumped to a 2-0 defeat against local rivals Hamilton Academical.

    Goals in either half put ‘Well to the sword in what was a dismal afternoon at the Superseal Stadium.

    Reflecting at full time, Robinson expressed his disappointment with his sides third defeat of 2018

    [pullquote]That’s not the team we’ve come to know. We didn’t compete today from start to finish.[/pullquote]

    In terms of the game I think our set play delivery was poor, whereas theirs was good and caused us problems.

    The first goal was poor defending from a set piece, which isn’t like us.

    It’s tough to take because the players have shown over the course of the season that they’re far better than they showed today.

  • First team

    Hamilton Accies 2 – 0 Motherwell

    Phil McGhee at the Superseal Stadium.

    In what had been an impressive run of four wins in five games, Motherwell’s good form came to an end with a poor showing in the Lanarkshire derby.

    In truth, Hamilton Academical were the more determined side as they secured a 2-0 win at the Superseal Stadium, and fought hard to protect Marios Ogkmpoe’s early lead.

    And when slack play allowed David Templeton to add a second midway through the second half, there was no way back for the under par Steelmen.

    In truth, the opening goal was the first real effort of the match with just ten minutes on the clock. The ‘Well defence failed to clear Templeton’s corner and as the ball bounced around the six yard box, Ogkmpoe cutely back healed the ball high into the net despite Richard Tait’s attempt to head the ball over the bar.

    For the remainder of the half, ‘Well bossed the middle of the park but without exposing the Accies defence, as they struggled to test the home goal for the remainder of the game.

    Good build up midway through the half found its way to Tait on the left of the box who cut inside on to his right foot before driving the ball narrowly past the post.

    Shortly after, Tanner fed the ball through to Curtis Main, who turned at the edge of the box before his low shot forced a routine save from Gary Woods.

    In the final action of the first half of a rather poor 45, Main’s head flick directed Tait’s cross narrowly over the bar.

    The weather failed to improve in the second half, but ‘Well came out looking rejuvenated for the second half. Within 10 minutes of the restart, Stephen Robinson made a double substitution with Nadir Ciftci and Gael Bigirimana bringing a bit of composure to the visitor’s play.

    Almost immediately Bigirimana, sent Tait in behind the home defence and when his cross was nodded out to Carl McHugh it was an invitation to repeat his winning goal against Hearts. However, on his favoured left, the ‘Well captain struck a sweet volley narrowly over the bar.

    But the sucker punch arrived 20 minutes into the half when miscommunication between McHugh and Bigirimana allowed Templeton to pick up the ball  the ball inside the centre circle. And although he chased the Accies man back into his own box, he couldn’t prevent Templeton steering the ball low past Carson to double Hamilton’s advantage.

    And despite placing the home defence under some sustained pressure in the closing stages, Accies never looked like surrendering their lead.

    With five minutes remaining and the bulk of ‘Well’s 1700 fans heading back across the Clyde, Ciftci curled a free kick wide of goal as the Accies ‘keeper still waited to make his first meaningful save.

    And to sum up ‘Well’s day in the final minute of injury time, Woods produced his first stop, diving full length to push Bigirimana’s curling shot round his post to deny the Fir Parker’s a consolation goal.

  • First team

    Preview: Hamilton v Motherwell

    Motherwell face Hamilton Academical in the Ladbrokes Premiership at the Superseal Stadium in the fourth Lanarkshire derby of the season. 

    And on the back of a dramatic victory over Hearts in the quarter final of the Scottish Cup, the Steelmen are back to league action on Saturday with huge momentum behind them.

    Carl McHugh’s stunning chest and volley from 25 yards sent Stephen Robinson’s side in to the last four, and with a top six spot to play for, now face an important game on Saturday.

    Having clinched three important points against Partick Thistle, Hamilton also go in to the derby clash on the back of a win.

    With two wins in three meetings against Accies this term, Stephen Robinson’s side could move within a point of sixth placed Hearts with a third derby victory.

    And manager Stephen Robinson is confident his side will be up to the task when they come up against Martin Canning’s side on Saturday.

    “We’ve done well in recent times against Hamilton and we aim to continue to do that, but we’re well aware of what a tough game it will be,” the Northern Irishman said.

    “But we’ll be ready to scrap. We’ll put out a team who’ll be ready to scrap and fight, that’s the first and foremost for us, but it will be a very tough game.

    “Since the winter break though we’ve won seven games, so we’re on a good run of form and against Hearts I thought our tempo was very good and back to what we’re about.”

    [pullquote]We’re scoring a lot of goals at the moment, the only game we haven’t scored in since the break was against Kilmarnock.[/pullquote]

    Having enjoyed a strong season at the helm, Robinson also took the chance to praise some of his players for their performances this term.

    In particular, his Scottish contingent have impressed on a regular basis in claret and amber.

    “We’ve got a couple of boys who I believe will be on Alex McLeish’s radar, whether that’s the 21s or the full squad,” Robinson said.

    “I hear a lot of the press talk about problems at right back but no one has mentioned Richard Tait.”

    Much like his manager, Ryan Bowman is relishing Saturday’s Lanarkshire derby.

    The strong striker knows that the Steelmen will be in for a tough afternoon, but insists ‘Well have the players to win the battle and pick up all three points.

    Speaking to the broadcast press ahead of Saturday’s game, the Englishman revealed the hard work going on around the training ground ahead of the fourth meeting with Hamilton Academical this season.

    [pullquote]We’ve been preparing all week for this derby match, there’s been a good atmosphere in training, and we’ll be ready for the battle.[/pullquote]

    “It’ll be a battle and a scrap, we know to expect that. But we have good form against them recently, especially at their place.”

    “We’re focused on Hamilton on Saturday because we know it’ll be a tough game for us,” the 26-year-old said.

    “We’ll be ready to battle, but once we win the battle we have the players who can win us the game on the ball.”

    Hamilton v Motherwell

    Saturday March 10, 2018
    3.00pm
    Superseal Stadium
    Tickets on sale at the gate.

    Admission prices are as follows:

    ADULTS£22
    OVER 65s£12
    UNDER 18s£12

    Motherwell supporters should enter through gates 7-12. Gates 7 to 9 will be cash-only gates, while gates 1o to 12 will be for those who have already purchased tickets.

    We are expecting a big crowd, so please get there early.

    If you are travelling by train, please leave extra time as you will be directed on a longer route to the ground.

    If you can’t make it along, you can follow the match on Twitter @MotherwellFC. Live audio commentary will be available on mixlr.com/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.

  • First team

    Bowman: We’re ready to battle

    Ryan Bowman is relishing Saturday’s Lanarkshire derby. 

    The strong striker knows that the Steelmen will be in for a tough afternoon, but insists ‘Well have the players to win the battle and pick up all three points.

    Speaking to the broadcast press ahead of Saturday’s game, the Englishman revealed the hard work going on around the training ground ahead of the fourth meeting with Hamilton Academical this season.

    [pullquote]It’ll be a battle and a scrap, we know to expect that. But we have good form against them recently, especially at their place.[/pullquote]

    “We’re focused on Hamilton on Saturday because we know it’ll be a tough game for us,” the 26-year-old said.

    “We’ve been preparing all week for this derby match, there’s been a good atmosphere in training, and we’ll be ready for the battle.

    “But once we win the battle we have the players who can win us the game on the ball.”

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Jamie Semple in Scotland squad

    Jamie Semple has been selected again to represent Scotland at Under 17 level.

    The young forward has made five appearances for his country so far and will join with the squad for their forthcoming UEFA Under 17 European Championship Elite Round matches.

    Scotland will kick off their group against Greece on March 21, followed by fixtures against Norway three days later and then Germany on March 27.

    The eight group winners in the final qualifying round, as well as the seven runners-up with the best record, will reach the finals in May.

  • First team

    Our lads should be on Scotland radar

    Stephen Robinson believes the Scots in his squad could catch the attention of Scotland manager Alex McLeish.

    Richard Tait, Chris Cadden and Allan Campbell have had terrific campaigns so far in claret and amber as the Steelmen prepare for a second semi final and a top-six push.

    Speaking to the broadcast press, the ‘Well boss spoke about his Scottish contingent ahead of a crucial Lanarkshire derby on Saturday.

    [pullquote]We’ve got a couple of boys who I believe will be on Alex McLeish’s radar, whether that’s the 21s or the full squad.[/pullquote]

    “I hear a lot of the press talk about problems at right back but no one has mentioned Richard Tait.”

    He added: “Since the winter break we’ve won seven games, so we’re on a good run of form and against Hearts I thought our tempo was very good and back to what we’re about.”

    “We’ve done well in recent times against Hamilton and we’re well aware of what a tough game it is, but we’ll have a team ready to go out and scrap and fight.”