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    ‘Well net six again to stay top

  • First team

    Highlights: Motherwell 2-1 Dundee

  • First team

    Players react to Dundee win

  • First team

    Robinson: We showed great character

  • First team

    Motherwell 2 – 1 Dundee

  • First team

    McHugh: We’re fully focused

  • First team

    Walsh in charge for Dee clash

  • Club

    Cup final ticket information

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    U20s: Highlights from Lennoxtown

  • First team

    Injury update on eight players

  • Women

    ‘Well net six again to stay top

    ‘Well net six again to stay top

    Motherwell blitzed Aberdeen for six to retain their place at the summit of the SWPL2 table.

    It is the third consecutive game Eddie Wolecki Black’s side have notched a sextuple as they look to secure promotion to the top flight.

    After a fairly even but end-to-end start, the deadlock was finally broken on the 33rd minute. The Dons were unable to deal with a testing cross and when the ball landed at the feet of Hayley Cunningham; the former Scotland striker added another to her season’s tally thanks to a smart half volley from just inside the box.

    After the goal Motherwell relaxed into the match and continued to search for another to extend their lead. The Dons were playing a high line at the back and were repeatedly catching ‘Well with a disciplined offside trap.

    As the half came to a close it was the hosts who were setting the tempo, Caitlin Russell looked dangerous any time she got the ball in the final third, but nothing more materialised and ‘Well would go into the break having to be satisfied with just a single goal advantage.

    The Fir Parkers came out the traps strong at the start of the second half, looking to pick up from where they left off. Their initial attacking pressure was rewarded when Heather Magill doubled the Steelwomen’s lead just seconds in.

    Cunningham was again involved; it was her corner that allowed Magill to guide her header into the bottom right corner to put ‘Well very much on the path to victory.

    The Women of Steel continued to push and after a spell of relentless attacking, found themselves 3-0 up on the 59th minute when Niamh Johnston netted. Picking up the ball out on the wing, Johnston dribbled her way into the box only for her initial shot to be saved before turning the rebound home.

    Almost straight from the restart, Motherwell were awarded a penalty when Mulvey was tugged down inside the box. Cunningham made no mistakes from the spot, firing high and down the middle her second goal of the game to put the home side 4-0 up.

    Motherwell made a double substitution just after the hour and one of them, Emma Black, made an instant impact, setting up Caitlin Russell to fire home from close range. The 40-times capped former Glasgow City skipper dribbled down the wing before picking out Russell, ensuring a straightforward finish to put the ‘Well five in front.

    But the women in claret and amber weren’t done yet. On the 71st minute Megan Burns added her name to the score sheet, striking a half volley into the back of the net from a corner. 6-0 ‘Well.

    Prolific scorer Suzanne Mulvey was close to getting amongst the goals on the 79th minute as she was put through for a one on one; however the keeper produced a great save to keep the score at six.

    Despite trailing, Aberdeen kept plugging away and had a great chance to grab a consolation goal with just four minutes left, Alexandria Vanous sent a curling effort inches wide of target.

    But it was to be Motherwell who after a clinical second half performance ensured that they would extend their stay at the top of the table with yet another 6-0 victory at home, the second in a row.

    Next up for the Women of Steel is a top of the table clash against Kilmarnock at Braidhurst on Sunday, 6 May.

    Motherwell: Johnstone, Condie (Black – 69mins), Cunningham, Magill, Johnston, McLaughlin, Mulvey, Nicolson, Reside (Canavan – 65mins), Russell, Burns

    Report: Andy Ross
    Pictures: Sally Neil

  • First team

    Highlights: Motherwell 2-1 Dundee

    The Steelmen secure Premiership status, coming from a goal down to beat Dundee 2-1. 

  • First team

    Players react to Dundee win

    Liam Grimshaw, James Scott and goalscorer Cédric Kipré react to a hard-fought home win against Dundee.

  • First team

    Robinson: We showed great character

    Stephen Robinson reflects on his sides victory over Dundee, which secures Premiership status for the Steelmen.

  • First team

    Motherwell 2 – 1 Dundee

    Motherwell 2 – 1 Dundee

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    Phil McGhee at Fir Park

    Motherwell tightened their grip on seventh spot after edging out Dundee in a tightly contested affair.

    After falling behind to a Genseric Kusunga goal, Ryan Bowman netted an equaliser before Cedric Kipre, with his first goal for the club, grabbed the winner shortly after half-time.

    ‘Well kicked off in the knowledge that they were mathematically clear of the automatic relegation spot. Stephen Robinson’s men, though, were determined to distance themselves from the dogfight to avoid the play-off spot. With Dundee still among that pack a tough ninety minutes was anticipated from a side which hadn’t lost at Fir park since 2015.

    The ‘Well line-up had that familiar look and shape about it. Curtis Main, with a splint to protect his left wrist, was able to lead the line alongside Bowman who passed up the first chance of the game. Only Andy Rose was missing from last week’s starting line-up.

    After only six minutes Chris Cadden’s cross picked out Bowman in the six yard box. Having directed his header onto the post, the big striker then stooped to meet the rebound only to aim the ball straight at the startled ‘keeper.

    Dundee’s response was immediate with Mark O’Hara’s low shot forcing Trevor Carson into an early save.

    The Fir Park ‘keeper then produced another couple of saves, standing firm to repel Simon Murray’s thumping drive, before turning Steven Caulker’s header over the bar.

    The ‘Well defence struggled to match the physical presence of the former Liverpool man and paid the price after 24 minutes. He climbed highest to direct Paul McGowan’s corner towards a packed goalmouth where Kusunga applied the touch to carry the ball over the line.

    That prompted an immediate response from the Steelmen with a bit more urgency about their play. Charles Dunne failed to get enough purchase on Cadden’s first corner. But from the second the full back powered his header towards goal with Bowman steering it high into the net to level the scores.

    A few minutes later Alan Campbell won the ball in the middle of the visitor’s half providing Curtis Main with the chance to hit a ferocious 25 yard drive which Elliot Parish was happy to parry wide.

    For the remainder of the half the the action switched from end to end with neither team dominating, although ‘Well were dealt a blow five minutes from the break when Bowman limped off and replaced with 17-year old James Scott.

    The start of the second half was delayed for five minutes while Dundee scorer Kusunga received treatment on the pitch before being stretchered off. When the game finally got underway it was the home side that looked more fired up – taking the lead within five minutes.

    In a well-worked free kick Cadden exchanged passes with Main before curling a tempting ball to the back post where Kipre gladly accepted, powering his header between Parish and his left hand post.

    However, with the Dens Park side desperate to take something from the game Carson was still the busier ‘keeper producing two decent stops to deny Kevin Holt and O’Mara.

    For the the final ten minutes Carson’s goal was under siege from a succession of corners and crosses. The 913-strong travelling support behind the ’keeper’s goal thought they had snatched a point only to see O’Hara fire over the bar from close range, ending the visitors hopes.

  • First team

    McHugh: We’re fully focused

    Carl McHugh vows the squad will continue to battle and push for seventh spot in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

    With just four league matches remaining, the skipper has his sights focused on Saturday’s clash with Dundee.

    And while the excitement builds around Motherwell ahead of May’s Scottish Cup final, the Irishman is confident that the showdown with Celtic won’t serve as a distraction for the Steelmen.

    “The next four games will be tough for us,” the midfielder admitted. “We’ll be playing against sides who are scrapping for their lives and they may not be the prettiest of games.

    “But we’ve shown that we’ll be committed in these last four games to get as many points on the board as possible before the final.”

    He added: “We have to play at a high intensity. We can’t play any other way. Any time we’ve dropped our standards, we’ve come unstuck.”

  • First team

    Walsh in charge for Dee clash

    Walsh in charge for Dee clash

    The referee for Saturday’s Ladbrokes Premiership match against Dundee is Nick Walsh.

    It marks the referee’s fourth ‘Well appointment of the 2017/18 campaign, after the 1-0 loss to Aberdeen back in September and the 1-1 draw against Patrick Thistle, both of which were played at Fir Park.

    He was also in the middle the last time the Steelmen played at home in the 2-2 draw with Rangers.

    The young official took charge of his very first Premiership game in the 2016/17 season, and his involvements with the Steelmen last term were his only involvements with the club prior to this campaign.

    Before the 1-0 loss against Aberdeen at Fir Park, ‘Well had a 100% record, albeit just in the two matches the official had taken charge of.

    In the five games he has overseen, Walsh has handed out 22 yellow cards, 10 of those flashed at a player in claret and amber.

    His assistants are David McGeachie and Ralph Gordon, with Willie Collum on fourth official duties.

  • Club

    Cup final ticket information

    Cup final ticket information

    Tickets for our 2017/18 William Hill Scottish Cup final against Celtic will go on sale on Friday, April 27.

    Motherwell will receive a maximum allocation of almost 15,000 tickets for the match.

    Supporters will be located in the west and south stands at Hampden Park. Ticket prices will start at £30 for adults and £15 for concessions.

    Motherwell fans will be seated in areas A1 through to B3 in the west stand, areas P1 to P6 in the William Hill south stand lower and sections Q1 to Q6 in the William Hill south stand upper.

    We encourage supporters to purchase their tickets as early as possible. Our initial allocation of tickets will be for 12,700, with the potential to receive the additional sections B4 and B5 in the west stand, should we sell.

    The club has until Tuesday, May 8 to request these tickets from the Scottish FA, or they will be reallocated to Celtic.

    The ticket office will be open from 9am until 6pm on Friday and will be open on the morning of Saturday’s game with Dundee.

    2017/18 season ticket holders and Well Society members will have exclusive access to purchase up to four tickets each first.

    Tickets can either be purchased in person at Fir Park or by calling 01698 333333. Please note, phone sales will not be taken at weekends.

    A general sale will then commence on Thursday, May 3.

    Chief Executive Alan Burrows: “We have worked extremely hard over the last week to get as many tickets as possible for this match, whilst agreeing to be flexible depending on how sales are going.

    “Like the Betfred Cup Final back in November, we have agreed to sell them block by block and request B4 and B5 in the west stand if we sell out in time.

    “After prolonged negotiations, we have managed to secure tickets in top tier of the south stand, above Motherwell fans, which was extremely important to us.

    “I would urge as many ‘Well fans as possible to get their tickets as early to avoid disappointment and to maximise the potential support at the final.”

    OPENING TIMES FOR SEASON TICKET HOLDERS / WELL SOCIETY MEMBERS

    Friday, April 27: 9am to 6pm

    Saturday, April 28: 9:30am to 12:30pm (no telephone sales)

    Monday, April 30: 9am to 5pm

    Tuesday, May 1: 9am to 5pm

    Wednesday, May 2: 9am to 6pm

    OPENING TIMES FOR GENERAL SALE

    Thursday, May 3: 9am to 6pm

    Friday, May 4: 9am to 5pm

    Saturday, May 5: 9:30am to 12:30pm (no telephone sales)

    TICKET PRICES

    William Hill south stand

    £35 Adult/£20 Concession

    West stand

    £30 Adult/£15 Concession

    Accessible seating in the William Hill south stand

    £18 Adult/£10 Concession

    Accessible seating in the west stand

    £15 Adult/£8 Concession

    Concessions are deemed to be those aged 15 and under, or 65 and over.

    Singing section will be in sections A4 and A5.

    For disabled association tickets, please contact Brian Davidson on 07428225254 or email tickets@mfcdsa.com.

     

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    U20s: Highlights from Lennoxtown

    Extended highlights as Motherwell Under 20s make it two wins from two games against Celtic in the SPFL Development League this season.

  • First team

    Injury update on eight players

    Injury update on eight players

    Motherwell have a number of players currently sidelined through injury.

    Andy Rose suffered an injury to his clavicle during the 0-0 weekend draw with Ross County.

    After having an x-ray on Sunday, the club are monitoring how long it is necessary for him to be out and are, at this stage, still hopeful he will make the William Hill Scottish Cup final on May 19.

    Curtis Main was also injured during the game in Dingwall. The striker had an x-ray on his wrist on Monday which didn’t show any initial fracture.

    He will undergo further tests this week to determine the extent of the injury but is not expected to spend long on the sidelines.

    Carl McHugh also damaged his front teeth during the match with County and had dental treatment on Monday. He is not expected to spend any time out.

    As has already been announced, George Newell fractured his cheekbone during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final win against Aberdeen. It is not yet known whether the young striker will need surgery.

    The medical staff are also continuing to monitor an ankle knock sustained by Nadir Çiftçi in training.

    Ellis Plummer, Peter Hartley and Craig Tanner remain our long-term injury absentees.