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  • Women

    Women hit eight to progress in cup

  • First team

    Highlights from derby day defeat

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Loan Watch: MacLean wins battle of loanees

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Colts prepare for Irn-Bru Cup action

  • First team

    Story of the match from the derby

  • First team

    Players react after derby defeat

  • First team

    Manager urges patience after loss

  • First team

    Motherwell slip to derby defeat

  • First team

    Johnson: We’ve upped our efforts

  • First team

    Previewing Motherwell v Hamilton Academical

  • Women

    Women hit eight to progress in cup

    Women hit eight to progress in cup

    Motherwell stormed into the last eight of the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup with an 8-1 victory over Aberdeen at Garthdee Sports Centre.

    Sammy Hare grabbed a hat-trick and Suzanne Mulvey a brace, while there were also goals for Caitlin RussellMegan Burns and an own goal from Dons midfielder Susan Murray.

    It was the hosts who began the brighter of the two sides, with Motherwell struggling to deal with the extremely poor conditions. Claire Johnstone twice had to make excellent stops to keep the scores level.

    Mulvey and Russell tried their luck from distance as ‘Well looked to take control of the game and the opening goal arrived after 25 minutes. A loose ball fell at the feet of Mulvey, who drilled a low shot into the net.

    Five minutes later it was 2-0, Russell driving down the right and teeing up Hare who made no mistake from close range.

    Motherwell were looking dangerous every time they attacked and they added two further goals before the interval. The first came after Kirsty Mclaughlin’s free kick was turned into her own net by Murray. Two minutes later, Russell’s brilliant run finished with a fizzing shot into the bottom corner.

    It only took 40 seconds of the second half for the women of steel to pick up where they left off. Burns’ shot from distance evaded Anna Blanchard in the Aberdeen goal to make it 5-0.

    The hosts pulled one back when Jo Fraser capitalised on an error by Johnstone, before rolling the ball into the empty net. But Motherwell responded within two minutes, Hare netting after a scramble in the Aberdeen box.

    Kerry Montgomery was full of energy having come off the bench and after her bursting run into the box was ended by a careless foul, Mulvey stepped up to convert from the spot.

    The final goal of the game came courtesy of Hare, who produced another excellent finish to round off a superb display.

    The draw for the quarter final takes place on Tuesday morning, in which ‘Well could be paired with the likes of Celtic, Hibernian or Spartans.

    Photography: Maureen Lyall / Aberdeen LFC

  • First team

    Highlights from derby day defeat

    Motherwell lost out in the opening Lanarkshire derby of the 2018/19 season, with Steven Boyd’s wonder goal the difference as Hamilton Academical were victorious.

    The hosts showed plenty of effort and endeavour but failed to take the chances that came their way, making it two defeats from two so far in the Ladbrokes Premiership in 2018/19.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Loan Watch: MacLean wins battle of loanees

    Loan Watch: MacLean wins battle of loanees

    Motherwell’s on-loan pair Ross MacLean and Jake Hastie came face-to-face in the Ladbrokes Championship on Saturday.

    Their respective clubs, Greenock Morton and Alloa Athletic, failed to register wins on the opening day and went into the game at the Indodrill Stadium looking to get points on the board.

    It would be MacLean’s side who would claim the upper hand, with both players lasting the 90 minutes as Chris Millar’s double secured victory for the ‘Ton.

    Shea Gordon also got another full game under his belt in the second tier as he helped Partick Thistle to victory in their first home league match of the campaign.

    Having lost to Ayr United the previous week, the Jags were comfortable winners over Falkirk at Firhill, leading 2-0 until a late, late consolation goal for the Bairns.

    In League Two, Neil McLaughlin played 75 minutes for Stirling Albion as they lost out 3-0 at home to Clyde.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Colts prepare for Irn-Bru Cup action

    Colts prepare for Irn-Bru Cup action

    Motherwell’s youngsters are in action on Tuesday night as they take on East Stirlingshire in the Irn-Bru Cup.

    Stephen Craigan will be able to field players aged up to 21 in this season’s competition, as they take on Lowland League opposition.

    The match is being played at the Falkirk Stadium with a 7.45pm kick off. Admission is priced at £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.

  • First team

    Story of the match from the derby

    The first Lanarkshire derby of the 2018/19 campaign ended in defeat for Motherwell, as Hamilton took the points in a 1-0 victory.

    The hosts put in plenty and were left feeling like they had lost a game they had dominated, which you can watch back in our story of the match.

  • First team

    Players react after derby defeat

    Allan Campbell, Peter Hartley and Gaël Bigirimana spoke after the disappointing defeat against Hamilton.

    The trio spoke of the need for more of a cutting edge in front of goal and the importance of bouncing back in the cup at Livingston next weekend.

  • First team

    Manager urges patience after loss

    Stephen Robinson says he’ll waste no time in trying to get his team to bounce back from Motherwell’s derby defeat.

    The manager says there’s work to do in the final third and improvements to make, as the Steelmen lost out to Hamilton Academical.

  • First team

    Motherwell slip to derby defeat

    Motherwell slip to derby defeat

    Motherwell slipped to a disappointing derby defeat in the first home game of the season. 

    Steven Boyd’s second half screamer was the only thing to separate the sides in the opening Ladbrokes Premiership game at Fir Park.

    Despite some sustained pressure on the Accies goal at the started each half, the Fir Park men failed to breach a stubborn visitor’s defence.

    In the home defence, Tom Aldred, back on loan from Bury, was pitched straight into the the Lanarkshire derby alongside Peter Hartley and Carl McHugh. With Alan Campbell back from suspension, Gael Bigirimana joined him in midfield for his first start of the season.

    The few highlights from the first half, came largely via Chris Cadden on the right. An early low cross had Gary Woods scrambling to gather with Curtis Main lurking for a slip.

    After 16 minutes, Cadden’s cross led to the first attempt on the Accies goal, but Bigirimana’s downward header was palmed away by Woods. Another burst from Cadden and ball across the goal found Main closing in but from an offside position.

    Ten minutes from the end of a rather uneventful first half the ‘Well front two finally clicked, when Hartley’s long ball was nodded on by Conor Sammon into Main’s path. But his shot was a yard wide of the post.

    Motherwell began the second with a it more urgency and a couple of left foot efforts from Main posted their intent. Bigirimana, whose measured set pieces provided some threat then curled a free kick across his forwards forcing Woods into a smart reactive save.

    Still to exert any sustained pressure on the Accies ‘keeper, ‘Well made a double substitution after 63 minutes, Danny Johnson and Elliot Frear hopefully bringing a fresh attacking option.

    However, it was Hamilton’s subs who made the breakthrough four minutes later. Ross Cunningham’s first touch hammered a free kick off the defensive wall. And when the ball rebounded to Steven Boyd, his first touch was a stunning volley sending the ball into Trevor Carson’s top left hand corner.

    With 13 minutes remaining, Stephen Robinson made his final change bringing on Alex Gorrin.

    Despite Motherwell having the bulk of the possession, Accies held firm and even passed up the chance to double their lead in the closing minutes when Cunningham’s effort hit the base of the post.

  • First team

    Johnson: We’ve upped our efforts

    Danny Johnson says the players have put in a shift this week as they aim to bounce back in the Lanarkshire derby.

    After the disappointment of defeat at Hibernian on Sunday, the striker is looking to nab a second competitive goal against Hamilton Academical this weekend.

  • First team

    Previewing Motherwell v Hamilton Academical

    Previewing Motherwell v Hamilton Academical

    Hamilton Academical are the visitors on Saturday in the first Lanarkshire derby of the 2018/19 campaign.

    Kick off at Fir Park is at 3pm.

    The first game with your new season card

    If you’ve bought your season ticket for the 2018/19 campaign, Saturday’s game is the first time you’ll get to use your new card to gain access to Fir Park.

    You won’t notice too much of a difference. Just approach the turnstile as normal and the operator will scan your card to get you in, as opposed to the old system of taking the voucher from your book.

    If you’re yet to collect your season ticket, there will be a collection point in operation at the Chapman Building office on Saturday before the game.

    You can print a match ticket at home

    If you haven’t got a season ticket, you’ve got options. You can turn up and pay at the gate as normal if you prefer, or you can buy your ticket online right now and print it off at home.

    In the Phil O’Donnell, Davie Cooper and South stands, you can get in for £24 if you’re an adult, £17 for concessions, £3 for Under 15s and £28 for a combined ticket for one adult and two children.

    If you want to watch the game from the John Hunter stand, it’s £20 for adults, £16 for concessions, £3 for Under 15s and £25 for a combined ticket for one adult and two children.

    Concession prices apply to those aged 60 and over, 16-18 year olds and full-time students with a valid matriculation card.

    Hamilton fans will be based in the lower tier of the south stand.

    Team news

    Charles Dunne, Ryan Bowman and Craig Tanner remain on the sidelines long term. Tom Aldred trained for the first time on Friday and will be in contention for the game.

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