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  • Women

    Montgomery relishing Scottish Cup tilt

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Sligo cup tie to be played at Fir Park

  • Club

    Take part in the Scottish Football Supporters Survey

  • First team

    Carson plays as NI defeat Israel

  • First team

    Liam Donnelly nets in record NI appearance

  • First team

    Cadden and Campbell feature in Scotland win

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Goals from the Reserves’ win over Dundee

  • Archive

    Craigan continues to demand standards

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves beat Dundee in cup

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Colts drawn with Sligo in Irn-Bru Cup

  • Women

    Montgomery relishing Scottish Cup tilt

    Montgomery relishing Scottish Cup tilt

    Kerry Montgomery is relishing the prospect of taking on St Johnstone in the quarter-finals of the SSE Scottish Cup and continuing an incredible season for the women of steel.

    The SWPL 2 champions travel to McDiarmid Park on Sunday with a place in the last four up for grabs.

    Saints present familiar opposition for ‘Well, with the two sides having faced off in league action twice this season.

    On both occasions Motherwell have come out on top. The first was an impressive 6-0 success, while the meeting at McDiarmid Park last month was a much closer affair in which Megan Burns’ late winner secured a 2-1 victory.

    “St Johnstone proved a tough opposition in the last meeting, so on Sunday we will need to be at our best to book a place in the last four,” Montgomery said. “We expect a hard challenge, but I think that’s the games the girls relish and when we show our best on the pitch.

    “To reach the semi-finals and face a potential top three SWPL side would be massive for us and provide a great opportunity to test ourselves and see what level we are really at.

    “A cup semi final would be a game everyone would be excited and desperate to play in, so Sunday is vitally important for us to go and get the win to give us that massive opportunity.”

    Despite having clinched the league title with six games of the season remaining, Donald Jennow’s side showed no signs of complacency as they produced a superb display to defeat Central Girls 9-0 in their last outing.

    Northern Irish international Montgomery is sure that the targets set among the players will help drive them on through the final games of the season.

    “The win over Central signaled our intent for the remainder of our season, we want to finish on as many points as possible,” she added.

    “It was a great team performance after the international break everyone was glad to be back on the pitch.

    “I think especially our striking duo are keen to keep banging the goals in to claim the top scorer prize.”

    With the step up to the top flight of Scottish women’s football on the horizon, Montgomery is excited about what lies ahead for Motherwell.

    The close season brought overhaul among the squad, but the midfielder feels the togetherness within the squad is very strong.

    “We are a very tight group for only being together nine months. There’s a good amount of experience among us which I think has helped us to be as successful as we have been so far.

    “The banter between everyone is great even with the staff too, training is always enjoyable which I think is important. I believe the club has a promising future going into the top flight next season.”

    Last month saw Kerry feature in Northern Ireland’s World Cup quaifiers against Ireland and Slovakia, moving her on 10 international caps. Despite losing on both occasions, she believes the experienced gained will stand her in good stead going forward.

    “The World Cup qualifiers were a brilliant experience. It’s always an honour getting selected in the squad and representing your nation.

    “We have a very talented group of players so I’m always learning and being challenged at the highest level, I’m looking forward to the next campaign and pushing for more senior caps.”

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Sligo cup tie to be played at Fir Park

    Sligo cup tie to be played at Fir Park

    Motherwell Colts’ IRN-BRU Cup match with Sligo Rovers will be played at Fir Park.

    The game is scheduled to take place on Saturday, 13 October with a 3pm kick off.

    Tickets will be on sale for fans of both clubs via our online ticketing platform shortly. A pay gate will also be in operation on the day.

    Adult tickets are priced at £8, concessions £4 and kids aged 15 and unders go for £2.

    Concessions are 16 to 18 year olds, full time students with a valid matriculation card and ages 60 and over.

    SSE Airtricity League Premier Division side Sligo Rovers saw off Livingston Colts to reach the third round stage, while Stephen Craigan’s youngsters defeated East Stirlingshire and Dundee Colts.

  • Club

    Take part in the Scottish Football Supporters Survey

    Take part in the Scottish Football Supporters Survey

    Motherwell fans are being asked to take part in this year’s Scottish Football Supporters Survey.

    Operated by Supporters Direct Scotland, officially recognised as the lead supporters’ group in Scotland by the SPFL and Scottish FA, they have established a formal means to engage with the game’s key decision makers and represent fans’ views overall.

    You can participate in the survey by clicking here

    Last year’s survey results were presented to the Professional Game Board and at the Scottish FA Congress in December 2017. Almost 14,000 supporters participated in 2017, with overall outcomes including:

    • The consideration of value for money, which was regard as “the biggest threat to the future of the game in the next five years”.
    • Ticket pricing, kick off times and the relationship fans have with their clubs were considered to be the three most important factors in decision to attend a game.

    You can read more about the results of the 2017 survey, and the resulting “asks” by visiting scottishsupporters.net.

    The Scottish Football Supporters Survey will run annually over the next three years to allow them to continue to measure results and improvements, covering the topics of value for money, fan experience and supporter engagement.

    This year’s findings will be reviewed by Supporters’ Direct Scotland, the SPFL, the Scottish FA and also an insight group consisting of key media and communications staff from various SPFL clubs.

    The survey will run for two weeks closing on Sunday 16 September.

  • First team

    Carson plays as NI defeat Israel

    Carson plays as NI defeat Israel

    Trevor Carson played 45 minutes for Northern Ireland on Tuesday night as they defeated Israel 3-0.

    The goalkeeper earned his fourth cap for his country as he started the friendly match at Belfast, before being replaced at the interval by Michael McGovern.

    Michael O’Neill’s team return to action in October, as they face a UEFA Nations League double header.

    Both games will be played away for the green and white army, as they take on Austria and then Bosnia-Herzegovina.

  • First team

    Liam Donnelly nets in record NI appearance

    Liam Donnelly nets in record NI appearance

    Liam Donnelly was on the scoresheet for Northern Ireland as he marked his record-breaking appearance with a win over Spain.

    The defender picked up his 22nd cap for the Under 21s on Tuesday night, becoming the record cap holder at that age level.

    His night got even better as he scored a penalty to put his nation 2-0 up in Albacete.

    Northern Ireland went on to concede in stoppage time but held on for a big 2-1 victory.

  • First team

    Cadden and Campbell feature in Scotland win

    Cadden and Campbell feature in Scotland win

    Chris Cadden and Allan Campbell both started for Scotland Under 21s as they defeated the Netherlands on Tuesday.

    Fraser Hornby netted a double to keep the young Scots in the hunt for a qualification spot for the UEFA European Under 21 Championships next year.

    Cadden played the full 90 minutes in the win, which was sealed through Hornby’s late penalty.

    The Everton man had earlier netted from 40 yards into an empty goal after a mistake by the Dutch goalkeeper, before Teun Koopmeiners levelled.

    Campbell was forced off late in the first half with a knock, having started the match.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Goals from the Reserves’ win over Dundee

    Motherwell’s reserve side continued their unbeaten start to the 2018/19 season with victory in their Reserve Cup match with Dundee.

    Neil McLaughlin, Jamie Semple and Conor Sammon netted for Stephen Craigan’s side at Forthbank.

  • Archive

    Craigan continues to demand standards

    Stephen Craigan was pleased to see his side pick up a 3-1 victory over Dundee in Group D of the Reserve Cup.

    The Northern Irishman still wants more from his players though, as he continues to guide them on an unbeaten start to 2018/19.

    He said: “Naturally I’m happy that we won, but I still feel that the standard of our play at times didn’t reach the levels that we did on Thursday night.”

     

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves beat Dundee in cup

    Reserves beat Dundee in cup

    Motherwell Reserves produced an assured display as they defeated Dundee 3-1 in group D of the Reserve Cup on Tuesday afternoon.

    Stephen Craigan made a late change to his team, replacing Akeal Rehman with Neil McLaughlin in the starting eleven. The Northern Irishman also named Conor Sammon in his side due to the forward being ineligible to play against parent club Hearts on Saturday, and the experienced striker nearly made an immediate impact.

    Charging down Dee stopper Samuel Jackson inside the opening five minutes, the Irishman’s lunging block looked set to turn the ball home, but some wicked spin denied the opener and allowed the keeper to gather without too much trouble.

    He had a lot more to do in the 20th minute though, producing a fine stop to keep the scoreline level at Forthbank Stadium. James Scott, partnering Sammon up front, showed fine composure to shift the ball on to his left foot before firing an effort towards the roof of the net, only to see it tipped on to the crossbar.

    Shortly after though, the Colts took the lead. Captain Barry Maguire burst in to the box, but instead of going for goal, showed terrific composure to turn and tee up the more central Neil McLaughlin, who slid the ball home from just inside the box with a very neat finish.

    Despite controlling much of the first half, the second got off to a poor start when an aimless cross was sent in to the box and looked set to be gathered by Rohan Ferguson. However, the keeper made a rare mistake by his high standards, allowing the ball to slip from his grasp before seeing it be prodded in to an empty net by Dee striker Matthew Henvey.

    Just after the hour mark, Colts boss Craigan made his first change of the afternoon, calling on Jamie Semple to replace goalcorer McLaughlin. And within minutes, the decision paid off as Semple put the Fir Park side 2-1 up.

    Ghosting in at the back post, the youngster turned home a terrific cross towards the back post with his knee after the flight of the ball was misjudged by the Dundee defence. Semple showed terrific reactions to get enough on the ball to turn it inside the post and regain control of the Reserve Cup tie.

    With just minutes remaining of the group D fixture, Alfredo Agyeman did terrifically well to beat his man in the box before being bundled to the deck. The referee had no doubts, pointing to the spot immediately. Sammon stepped up and confidently dispatched the spot kick, sending Jackson the wrong way and wrapping up proceedings in Stirling.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Colts drawn with Sligo in Irn-Bru Cup

    Colts drawn with Sligo in Irn-Bru Cup

    Motherwell’s colts side will play Sligo Rovers in the third round of the 2018/19 IRN-BRU Cup.

    Stephen Craigan’s young team will take on the Irish opponents at home on the weekend of 13 and 14 October.

    The youngsters have already defeated East Stirlingshire and Dundee Colts in this season’s competition, becoming only the second-ever colts team to reach the third round stage.

    Sligo Rovers defeated Livingston’s colts team 4-1 in their second round match last weekend.

    A confirmed date, kick off time and venue will be announced in due course.