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Reserves & Under 18s
Reserves see off St Mirren
Monday 25 March 2019
The reserves made it back-to-back wins with a comfortable 4-1 victory over St Mirren.
Liam Donnelly and the returning Chris Cadden were the notable inclusions in the ‘Well starting XI.
Scotland international Cadden was playing his first Motherwell match for four and a half months, having been sidelined with a knee injury.
The young Steelmen got off to the best possible start when David Devine opened the scoring after just 85 seconds.
Jamie Semple’s near post corner was met perfectly from the big centre back, and his downward header across the goalkeeper found the back of the net.
The visitors were dominating and added a second just 17 minutes later.
Semple’s free-kick towards the penalty spot was only partially cleared and when it dropped for Cadden on the edge of the box, he unleashed an unstoppable volley past David Wilson and into the net.
Motherwell continued to push for a third before the interval.
Semple had a free-kick in a good area that sailed over the cross bar, Broque Watson brought about a smart save from Wilson with a low shot from inside the box and Donnelly fired over at the back post after good build-up play and cross from Adam Livingstone.
The second half was a similar story to the first, with ‘Well dominating much of the proceedings.
Watson had the first effort of the second half, connecting with a back-post header that was comfortable for Wilson to catch.
Shaun Bowers was introduced on the hour, in place of Cadden, and he almost got amongst the goals himself, finishing off a superb passing manoeuvre, only to see his close range shot well stopped by the Buddies keeper.
However, it was only a matter of time before a third goal arrived and when it did, it was a deserved one for the excellent Jamie Semple, who got himself on the scoresheet with a sweet low strike from the edge of the area.
Akeal Rehman came close to a fourth shortly after, cutting inside on his left foot, but Wilson was on hand to turn his low shot around for a corner.
‘Well introduced two 16-year-olds from the bench, with Jack Brown replacing David Devine and Liam Motherwell making his first bow for the reserves, taking the place of Kyle MacDonald.
The only blotch on the copybook for the visitors was a Saints goal five minutes from time. Matthew Grant forced the error inside the Motherwell box, before squaring it for the unmarked Josh Jack, with the sub having the simplest of tasks to tuck home.
However, there was no danger of a comeback and just to make sure, Liam Donnelly added an exclamation point with a fourth on the stroke of full time. Semple had been brought down on the edge of the area, allowing the former Northern Ireland Under 21 captain to step up and curl home a stunning strike to make the points safe.
This year’s event will take place at the Alona Hotel in Strathclyde Park on Saturday, April 20. Tickets are now sold out.
Reserves & Under 18s
Reserves face St Mirren
Monday 25 March 2019
With a week to go until their SPFL Reserve Cup final, Motherwell are on league duty on Monday.
Maurice Ross’ team travel to face St Mirren at the Ralston Training Complex. Kick-off is at 2pm.
Motherwell exit SWPL Cup
Sunday 24 March 2019
Motherwell were defeated 5-0 by Spartans at Ravenscraig on Sunday, ending their run in the SWPL Cup for this season at the quarter-final stage.
An emphatic first-half performance from the visitors all but sealed the fate of the tie, as they scored five goals in under half an hour.
A hat-trick from Beth McKay and a double from Zoe-Ann Johnstone ensured that the Spartans were well in control at the end of the half. But an improved second-half performance from the women of steel ensured that the scoreline would remain to spare further blushes.
Spartans enjoyed most of the possession in the opening stages of the match before eventually finding the net through Johnstone with 10 minutes played. The attacker found space with the ball in the middle of the pitch before spotting Morgan Hunter off her line, she turned and fired her shot into the top right corner.
Goal number two came a matter of minutes later with McKay getting her first of the match. The attacker continued to exploit the space in the middle of the pitch before unleashing her effort just inside the box. Hunter couldn’t do anything to stop the ball hitting the net.
The onslaught continued, with McKay getting her second goal three minutes later. From a corner the on-form attacker prodded the ball into the net with 15 minutes on the clock.
The Spartans blitzkrieg continued as McKay got her hat-trick with 21 minutes played. The initial cross into the box was pushed away by Hunter, but McKay was there unmarked at the edge of the box to pass into an empty net.
Goal number five came with just under half an hour played, as Johnstone get her second after converting an inviting through ball into the box. The ball was played in front of the attacker, who dribbled past her marker before firing home.
Motherwell managed to contain Spartans more effectively in the second-half and even threatened the opposition goal at times. But confidence remained low as Spartans seemed to have the tie won at the break.
Second-half substitute Mhairi Fyfe got Motherwell’s best chance of the match as the game entered its closing stages, picking up a through ball she stepped past her marker before aiming her shot. The striker was off balance however, and the keeper was able to tip it out for a corner.
That proved to be as good as it got for the women of steel after a disappointing result ends their run in the SWPL Cup.
Motherwell return to league duty next Sunday as they face Spartans once more. The match will be at Ainslie Park Stadium, with the match kicking off at 1pm.
Cash gate for Aberdeen v Motherwell
Sunday 24 March 2019
Motherwell make their final away trip before the Ladbrokes Premiership on Wednesday, 3 April, with Aberdeen the opponents.
Cash gates will be in operation at Pittodrie. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.
Gate prices are as follows:
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Montgomery set to face familiar foes
Saturday 23 March 2019
Kerry Montgomery will come up against familiar opposition when Spartans visit Ravenscraig in SWPL Cup on Sunday.
The ‘Well captain enjoyed a successful time with the capital side between 2012 and 2015, winning the SWPL Player of the Year award in her final season.
Last season, Montgomery had the chance to come up against her former club in the semi-final of the SSE Scottish Cup and she again made a big impact, netting the second goal in an impressive 3-1 win for the women of steel.
It’s a game that she ranks as one of her favourites since joining the club in early 2018 and she is determined for a repeat showing when the two sides clash for a place in the last four.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” she said. “It should be competitive and a really good game to watch and be involved in.
“Spartans are always a tricky team to come up against, it was a club I played at previously so I know they’ll be very prepared for the match.
“I’m sure they’ll be looking for revenge after last years semi-final, we however have a completely different team from that match so will be a very different game from the last one.
“I’d love us to get through to the semi final in our first season in the top flight as a brand new team.
“It would be a brilliant achievement.
“I’m really proud to be a part of this group we have in just now, it’s a great bunch of hard working girls, eager to learn and become a name in this league.”
Motherwell have experienced a mixed start to life in the top flight of Scottish women’s football.
Four points from their opening four games mean they currently occupy fifth spot in the SWPL1 table.
Montgomery believes the start made has given the team a platform to build upon, but insists ‘Well will have to take some risks to book their place in the last four.
“Cup games are very different from league games,” she added. “We’re still building on our league performances and trying to cement our way of playing.
“In a quarter final cup match I think we’ll take a lot more risks and try new things.
“We have already shown this season that we can compete and everything we work on in training is coming together.”
Last week, ‘Well took a richly deserved share of the spoils when they came up against former boss Eddie Wolecki Black’s Celtic.
Much of the game took place in the middle of the park, with Montgomery playing a vital role.
The 30-year-old is relishing her role as club captain and is loving the challenges that come with top division football.
“The more of a challenge the more I know I need to lift my game,” she added. “I know the girls feed off of that too. So I made sure I left everything on the park in that game.
“It was a very good point away from home for us, but we need to push on now and find the cutting edge in the final third to take three points in big games.
“If Donald [Jennow] has the belief in me to let me wear the captains band then I know I need to prove every game that I’m willing to dig deep for the team and lead the very best I can.”
‘Well quartet start for Scotland Under 21s
Friday 22 March 2019
All four of Motherwell’s players in the Scotland Under 21 squad started their 0-0 draw with Mexico on Friday afternoon.
Allan Campbell, Jake Hastie, Barry Maguire and David Turnbull were all picked for the match in Spain, the first of two friendlies for Scot Gemmill’s side.
Turnbull played the first half, while Hastie got 75 minutes, with Campbell and Maguire playing the full 90.
Celtic’s Mikey Johnston missed a last-second penalty for the young Scots, denying them a late victory.
The Under 21s are in action against Sweden on Monday. Kick off in Marbella at 12.30pm.
‘Well four prepare for Scotland Under 21s clash
Friday 22 March 2019
Motherwell’s international quartet are all in contention to play for Scotland’s Under 21s against Mexico on Friday.
Allan Campbell, Jake Hastie, Barry Maguire and David Turnbull are all in Scot Gemmill’s squad for the friendly match in Marbella.
Midfielder Campbell already has plenty experience at Under 21 international level, but his three team-mates are in the selection for the first time.