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  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Loan Watch: Maguire learns the hard way

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    ‘Reserves on learning curve’ after draw

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves in action on Monday

  • First team

    Highlights as Motherwell beat Hearts

  • Women

    Women lose to Forfar after bizarre finish

  • First team

    Players speak after win over Hearts

  • First team

    Manager reacts to win over Hearts

  • First team

    Motherwell beat Hearts to record sixth straight win

  • First team

    Manager: We’re confident but Hearts are tough

  • Women

    Forfar up next for ‘Well in SWPL1

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Loan Watch: Maguire learns the hard way

    Loan Watch: Maguire learns the hard way

    Barry Maguire was left with plenty to ponder after being sent off in Queen of the South’s home defeat to Dundee United.

    The defender was caught in possession by Peter Pawlett, leading to the 20-year-old hauling him down in the box, denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity and seeing red.

    His team lost out 1-0, with Nicky Clark netting the resulting penalty.

    PJ Morrison and George Newell were both starters for Albion Rovers, as they lost out 1-0 at promotion-chasing Clyde.

    Newell had a late, late chance to grab an equaliser for his side, dragging a stoppage-time shot wide of the post.

    Neil McLaughlin played 90 minutes in League Two for Stirling Albion, as they twice threw away a one-goal lead to lose 3-2 at Elgin City.

    Former ‘Well man Dylan Mackin was again on target, as the Binos conceded two in the last 10 minutes to lose out.

    Broque Watson wasn’t in action for East Fife as they lost in the IRN-BRU Cup semi-final, owing to his involvement with the Motherwell Colts earlier in the season.

    In England, Aaron Taylor-Sinclair got his first minutes for Crewe Alexandra in a 1-1 draw with Paul Scholes’ Oldham Athletic.

    The left back came off the bench midway through the second half, as his team scored a stoppage time leveller at Boundary Park.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    ‘Reserves on learning curve’ after draw

    Maurice Ross says his reserve side’s 1-1 draw with Partick Thistle was a valuable learning experience in attacking play for the youngsters.

    Motherwell controlled possession for almost the entirety of the game, but struggled to create clear scoring chances against a defensive side in wet and windy conditions at Lesser Hampden.

    The team did carve out openings in the first half in particular, but fell behind in the second half and rescued a point through Conor Sammon’s equaliser.

    “We were in full control, which is what we like,” said Ross. I”t’s maybe an insight for the lads what it’s like when top teams have the majority of the possession.

    “Top teams move the ball with a constant eye on an opportunity to get in behind and kill you. We kept it with an idea of keeping it.

    “That is where I think the development will come. We aren’t just trying to move the ball about, we are trying to move an opponent about to find a space we can exploit and move into.”

    First teamers Sammon, Liam Donnelly and Danny Johnson started the match as part of a youthful Motherwell side.

    The trio would all contribute scoring chances in the first 45, with Johnson going close and Sammon having a goal disallowed for offside.

    Jamie Semple also had two big chances towards the end of the opening period, but twice missed the target.

    Ross’ side continued to dominate in the second half, but they struggled to create chances early on and were punished on the counter.

    Having escaped an arguably more-dangerous counter attack situation 10 minutes before, ‘Well were done when Dean Watson slid in Ally Roy, who was composed enough to steer past Rohan Ferguson one-on-one with 65 minutes on the clock.

    Motherwell continued to press on from going behind and finally got the goal their play deserved with eight minutes remaining.

    Sammon found a yard of space on the left side of the six yard box, before brilliantly turning his body, spinning and rifling the ball into the far corner of the net.

    “We got done with their goal but we didn’t panic,” added Ross. “We should have been three up at half time, but a draw isn’t a problem. It’s a development game, results aren’t the most important thing.

    “We want to see they’ve got an idea of how to win football matches. They came up against a team sitting deep with nine behind the ball, but we were in the position where we could move the opponent around.”

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves in action on Monday

    Reserves in action on Monday

    Motherwell’s reserve side take on Partick Thistle in the SPFL Reserve League on Monday afternoon.

    Kick off at Lesser Hampden is at 2pm.

  • First team

    Highlights as Motherwell beat Hearts

    Watch the highlights as Jake Hastie and David Turnbull strike to make it six league wins from six, beating Hearts 2-1.

  • Women

    Women lose to Forfar after bizarre finish

    Women lose to Forfar after bizarre finish

    Motherwell were defeated 3-2 against Forfar Farmington on Sunday in controversial circumstances.

    Kerry Montgomery’s last minute goal was chopped off to deny Motherwell a point, after seemingly completing a late comeback.

    However, the ball was judged to have hit the net after the referee’s final whistle.

    Motherwell started the game well, coming out the traps by creating some early attacking chances.

    Sarah Crilly was the architect of the best of the early chances, the winger making the most of the space out wide by making a bursting run down the left wing, before playing the ball straight into the path of Katie Rice who was arriving at the back post, the ball however was overhit and it came to nothing.

    As the game progressed Forfar grew into the and created more chances in the Motherwell half.

    They nearly went ahead through Robyn Smith’s long range volley, the ball was only partially cleared from the corner before falling to the striker who was situated at the edge of the box, the striker’s effort however slashed just wide of the post.

    The hosts broke the deadlock with 10 minutes played. Hannah Stewart was on hand to blast a volley past Morgan Hunter in the ‘Well goal. The goal came from some attacking pressure before the inviting cross was finished well by the midfielder, who had found space in the box.

    Spurred on by the early goal, the game was predominantly played in the Motherwell half. Minutes after the first goal, Donna Paterson was denied by a superb flying save from Hunter, tipping the headed effort past the post to prevent the hosts from extending their lead.

    With half an hour on the clock, Forfar extended their lead. Stewart grabbed her second of the match, capitalising on a loose ball.

    The bounce of the ball beat Maxine Welsh as she tried to clear it forward, Stewart was able to latch onto the loose ball before advancing forward. The midfielder then cut inside from the left before pulling the trigger on her right foot from outside the box, the ball sailed over Hunter into the net as the hosts began to pull away.

    Farmington were able to see the half out with a two-goal advantage,despite the best efforts of the Motherwell attack, who continued to press and play the ball in the final third. Frustratingly they were restricted to long range shots with Kerry Montgomery’s effort being the closest to finding the net.

    Motherwell started the second half brightly, determined to get an early goal to get themselves back in the game. Montgomery nearly got the visitors off to the perfect start as she came close with a long-ranged effort.

    The shot looked destined for goal, but Fiona McNicoll in the Forfar goal done brilliantly to tip it over the bar.

    Chelsea McEachren came close shortly after as the bright spell continued with the ‘Well looking the more dangerous of the two sides. The attacker picked up the ball down the left wing, wriggling past two defenders and working her way into a position to shoot. The shot was inches away from nestling into the top corner.

    Eventually, the attacking pressure paid off on the 54th minute as Motherwell managed to grab a goal back and blow the game wide open again. Rice was the scorer as her long-ranged driven strike bounced off the post and over the line to reignite the contest.

    Motherwell’s joy however was short lived. Four minutes later the hosts hit back, a superb free kick delivery from Nicola Davidson reached the head of Paterson, who broke free from her marker and produced a glancing header to direct it past Hunter to extend the deficit once more.

    Despite being behind, the women of steel never let their heads drop as the continued to build from the back and to work the ball into dangerous areas, but they couldn’t find a way through the disciplined Forfar side.

    With just over ten minutes to go, Motherwell came agonisingly close to reducing the gap once more. Montgomery pressed up the pitch well and nicked the ball back before making a run for the byline.

    Drawing the keeper out wide with her, she picked out Mhairi Fyfe in the box with a low driven pass. All Fyfe had to do was get a touch on it and it was a goal but a superb covering block from Paterson denied the substitute a chance to get the ‘Well back into the game.

    The chance seemed to have breathed new life into the ‘Well side as they continued to advance forward, looking to create something but once more the resilient Forfar were up to the task of batting back any Motherwell advance.

    Substitute Fyfe gave Donald Jennow’s side some late hope as she made it 3-2 in additional time with a well worked goal. Latching onto the through ball, the striker took on and dribbled past the defence before slotting her shot into the opposite corner of the net past the diving McNicoll in goal.

    There was drama at the final whistle as Montgomery fired a shot into the roof of the net, but the goal was chopped off as the ball was judged to have hit the net after the referee had blown the final whistle, denying Motherwell a late point.

    Next up for Motherwell is SWPL Cup action as they face Hutchinson Vale next Sunday in the capital.

  • First team

    Players speak after win over Hearts

    David Turnbull, Tom Aldred and Curtis Main speak as Motherwell make it six league wins from six in defeating Hearts.

  • First team

    Manager reacts to win over Hearts

    A delighted Stephen Robinson says a close affair was decided by his team’s confidence to keep pushing.

  • First team

    Motherwell beat Hearts to record sixth straight win

    Motherwell beat Hearts to record sixth straight win

    Motherwell made it six league wins from six in dramatic, late fashion as they defeated Hearts 2-1.

    Not surprisingly on the back of five successive wins, Stephen Robinson named an unchanged start for the fifth consecutive game.

    Hearts aiming for their fourth win over ‘Well this season started the more forceful and inside the opening 10 minutes the towering Uche Ikpeazu had a couple of efforts driven wide of Mark Gillespie’s goal.

    Then, in their first attack the Fir Park snatched the opening goal.

    There seemed little danger when Liam Grimshaw swept the ball out to Jake Hastie. But full of confidence the teenager dragged the ball towards the box, stepped inside Scotland defender Christophe Berra before rifling a stunning left foot finish high into the net beyond Coin Doyle’s reach.

    It was almost identical to Hastie’s opener against St Mirren and similarly boosted the home side who then put the Tynecastle defence under a bit more pressure.

    Curtis Main powered through the middle of visitor’s back three only to drive his left foot shot a couple of feet wide of goal. A David Turnbull corner then caused some panic in a packed penalty box before Berra hoofed the ball clear.

    The powerful Ikpeazu was proving a real handful and tightly marked Tom Aldred the Hearts’ striker went down appealing for a penalty.

    The goal mouth action, though, was at the other end. Alan Campbell wriggled away from a couple of Hearts players before sliding a pass in front of Hastie but although his drive was powerful it was straight at Doyle.

    After 31 minutes, Gillespie made his first save diving low to his left to push Oliver Bozanic’s low 20 yard drive round his post.

    Five minutes later the “Well ‘keeper was beaten as the visitors equalised. Eight yards in front of goal Steven Naismith completely mishit his first attempt.

    However, there was no luck about the Scotland striker’s second touch, reacting quickly to delicately lift the bouncing ball over Gillespie at full stretch and under the ‘keeper’s crossbar to make it 1-1.

    Two minutes from the end of a highly competitive first half Gboly Ariyibi set off on a mazy 50 yards run which carried him past three opponents before, from the byline, he fired the ball into the side netting.

    It was the on loan Nottingham Forrest winger who was first to make an impression after the restart. Collecting the ball 40 yards from goal Ariyibi held off Conor Shaughnessy as he dribbled the ball into the box before his low shot forced a fine block from Doyle.

    The Tynecastle stopper was forced into another fine save in the 57th minute. Charles Dunne played a long diagonal ball intended for Hastie, who had to steal the ball off Jake Mulraney before firing in a low shot which Doyle pushed beyond his post.

    Doyle denied ‘Well for the third time 62nd minute. This time Hastie was the provider releasing his fellow teenager Turnbull whose 20 yard drive was sailing under the bar until the Hearts ‘keeper leapt to palm the ball over.

    From Turnbull’s corner Main’s downward header was beyond the ‘keeper but Marcus Godinho was on the goal line to boot the ball clear.

    In an open game the Edinburgh side were still chasing a winner and twice Aldred’s timely interventions cleared any danger.

    In an attempt to stem the flow towards the home goal Carl McHugh replaced Ariyibi after 68 minutes. But his first action was in attack gliding Turnbull’s corner just over the crossbar.

    In a rare threat on the home goal, Bozanic’s free kick found its way to Ikpeazu and although his effort was tame the ball was sneaking inside the post until Gillespie reacted smartly to push the ball away from goal.

    The action was largely around Doyle’s goal and Hastie’s clever pass picked out Turnbull but he was forced wide at the angle of the six yard box before he could test the ‘keeper.

    In a last attempt to grab a deserved winner and make it six consecutive wins James Scott replaced Main but it didn’t look like coming as the game moved into added on time.

    However, when Ben Garuccio was sent off for a challenge on Grimshaw 25 yards from goal it provided ‘Well with one final opportunity to score.

    Although Turnbull’s curling free kick was on target, Doyle had it covered until the ball squirmed out of ‘keeper’s arms and over the line for a fortunate but thoroughly deserved winner.

  • First team

    Manager: We’re confident but Hearts are tough

    Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson says achieving six league wins in a row is possible, but a tough opponent lies in wait in Hearts on Sunday.

  • Women

    Forfar up next for ‘Well in SWPL1

    Forfar up next for ‘Well in SWPL1

    After getting off to a winning start in SWPL1, Motherwell are aiming to make it two wins from two on Sunday when they travel to Station Park for a meeting with Forfar Farmington.

    Kerry Montgomery’s long range effort clinched all three points as the women of steel edged out Stirling University in their opening game.

    It was the ideal way to start the new season, but life in the top flight will mean the tough games will come thick and fast.

    Kick off at Station Park is 1pm. Entry is priced at £4 adults, £3 concessions and free for under 16s.

    THE OPPOSITION

    Forfar Farmington enjoyed a comfortable first season in SWPL1 in 2018, following promotion to the top flight the previous year.

    The appointment of Stevie Baxter ahead of the 2019 campaign has also brought significant changes to the playing squad and the new boss will be hoping his side can gel quickly in order to build on last season’s success.

    A 4-0 defeat to Celtic on the opening day was a disappointing way to begin the season, but Baxter’s side will be determined to make amends in their first home fixture.

    POSITION

    Forfar: SWPL1 – 8th – zero points

    Motherwell: SWPL1 – 2nd – three points

    WHAT THEY SAID

    Kirsten Rolph is hoping Motherwell can build up momentum after a winning start.

    “Nobody needs to stress to us not to get carried away,” Rolph said. “We all know we are in for a tough season and are taking it game by game.

    “There is a great team spirit already, despite having only been together as a group for a few weeks.

    “During the game we all worked hard for each other and everyone was buzzing with the win.”

    Donald Jennow has been pleased with the attitude and work rate of his squad in the lead up to taking on Forfar.

    The ‘Well head coach is now urging his players to keep on improving, after an impressing showing against Stirling University.

    “We’ve put in a good week of work in the build up to Sunday’s game,” said Jennow. “What has been most pleasing is the determination of the players to keep on improving.

    “Every coach will strive for consistency and so I want us to replicate the things we did well last week while adding those thing that we’ve looked at following the Stirling game.”

    DON’T MISS OUT

    We’ll have a full match report and goal highlights here and on the club’s social media channels.