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  • First team

    Players react to win over Livingston

  • First team

    Manager pleased with closing day win

  • First team

    Motherwell end season with win over Livingston

  • First team

    Manager reflects ahead of Livingston visit

  • First team

    Previewing Motherwell v Livingston

  • First team

    Get your tickets now for visit of Livingston

  • First team

    In Numbers: Ending the season against Livi

  • Women

    Defeat for ‘Well at Hibs

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Shea Gordon to join Partick Thistle

  • Women

    Well face tough Hibernian test

  • First team

    Players react to win over Livingston

    Tom Aldred, Gboly Ariyibi and Dean Cornelius speak as Motherwell bring down the curtain on the 2018/19 season.

  • First team

    Manager pleased with closing day win

    “It was a good entertaining game and a fitting way to end the season.”

    Stephen Robinson reflects on the closing day win over Livingston.

  • First team

    Motherwell end season with win over Livingston

    Motherwell end season with win over Livingston

    Motherwell rounded off their Ladbrokes Premiership season with a thoroughly entertaining 3-2 win over Livingston – taking their points tally to 51 and their highest haul since season 2013/14 when they finished league runners-up.

    An action packed first half saw a Liam Donnelly headed goal and a David Turnbull double provide ‘Well with a three goal advantage – not to mention two penalties saved inside an amazing minute.

    Not surprisingly the pace of the game and chances diminished in the second forty-five until 10 minutes from time when Livingston substitute Scott Tiffoney grabbed a quick double to set up an exciting finale to the game and the league season.

    The only change to a familiar looking line-up was Carl McHugh making way for Liam Donnelly to make his first start of 2019. And while Trevor Carson made a welcome return from serious illness to take his place on the bench, there were no seats for the out of contract quintet; Curtis Main, Jake Hastie, Elliot Frear, Alex Gorrin and former captain Peter Hartley.

    In an attempt to give the match more than an end of season atmosphere, ‘Well invited 4,000 school kids to occupy the South Stand and while they noisily enjoyed a thoroughly entertaining game, for older spectators the match had an element of deja vous.

    A week shy of 16 years ago James McFadden, on the eve of collecting his PFA Scottish Young Player of the year award, conjured up a majestic hat-trick as ‘Well demolished Livingston in a 6-2 thriller. That proved to be his last game before heading to Everton in August for £1.25 million.

    With David Turnbull collecting his SFWA Young Player of the Year tomorrow night, the 19 year old had a great opportunity to emulate his hero – only to pass up the chance of his first senior hat-trick.

    Similar to the fixture in February Livingston started the livelier side and could have a goal or two to their credit before being blown away by ‘Well’s hat-trick of strikes.

    Mark Gillespie was the busier ‘keeper in the opening nine minutes throwing himself left and then right to hold attempts from Lee miller and Alan Lithgow.

    Those early threat were forgotten in the 10th minute when the Fir Park side opened the scoring. And it was a first goal for Donnelly who sneaked unchallenged toward the six yard box to nod Turnbull’s inswinging free kick past the flat footed Ross Stewart.

    Back came Livi forcing Gillespie into another save and Charles Dunne a timely tackle to block Ryan Hardie before ‘Well double the lead with a wonderfully constructed goal.

    Scott drive from 25 yards was palmed over the bar by Stewart. From the resultant corner Gboly Ariyibi cleverly played the ball low toward the front post where Scott back healed into the path of Turnbull who lashed the ball home from 10 yards.

    The young fans in the stand behind that goal didn’t have long to wait for number three. Aryibi cutely jinked past two defenders in the box before being tripped by Craig Sibbald. That gave David Turnbull the chance to calmly claim his 14th goal of the season placing the spot kick down the centre of the goal.

    On the half hour Livingston should have been rewarded for their positive play but having evaded Dunne, Hardie’s tame effort from a couple of yards was kicked off the line by Gillespie.

    Three minutes from half-time the Livingston striker had the chance to make amends when Tom Aldred brought Ricki Lamie’s powerful run to an abrupt end leaving referee David Munro no option but to point to the penalty spot. Although Hardie drove the ball low to the ‘keeper’s right, Gillespie made a terrific one handed save to keep his goal intact.

    Incredibly play raced to the other end with Ariyibi playing Turnbull into the box but with little threat to his goal, Stewart clattered into the legs of the ‘Well midfielder to concede yet another penalty. The scene was set for Turnbull to claim his first senior hat-trick but his weak spot kick was pushed away by Stewart to bring a breathtaking first half to a close.

    Chris Cadden, perhaps in his last appearance, looked determined to add his name to the scoresheet but a coupe of well driven shots were firmly held by the Livi ‘keeper.

    With half an hour remaining 18 year old David Devine was given his debut replacing Charles Dunne at the heart of the home defence.

    After 73 minutes Cadden had another chance to make it 4-0 but having cut inside the box his attempt on goal was blocked by Lamie. Four minus later Stephen Robinson introduced another 18 year old, Dean Cornelius coming on for captain Richard Tait.

    The youngster was hardly on the park when Livingston deservedly pulled a goal back. Gillespie stretched to push Lithgow’s header across his goal but Scott Tiffoney somehow forced the loose ball inside the post and give the visiting fans something to cheer.

    A minute later the Livi fans were celebrating again, Tiffoney cutting inside Devine before slotting the ball low past Gillespie and set up a dramatic end to the game.

    Dolly Menga’s powerful angled drive came close to claiming an equaliser before Carl McHugh came on for a final appearance and use his experience to see out the game and earn ‘Well their sixth home league win of the year.

    As the players returned to the pitch after the game to take the fans appreciation, a number of them making their final appearance in claret amber, many wondered if David Turnbull, in one final comparison with James McFadden, would be the subject of a record breaking transfer bid over the summer.

  • First team

    Manager reflects ahead of Livingston visit

    The Motherwell boss talks the final, player farewells and transfer business as the 2018/19 season draws to a close.

  • First team

    Previewing Motherwell v Livingston

    Previewing Motherwell v Livingston

    Motherwell welcome Livingston in the final Ladbrokes Premiership match of the season on Saturday.

    Here’s the game previewed.

    Early kick off

    Don’t forget kick-off is at the earlier time of 12.30pm. Our Cooper Bar will be open from 11am for pre-match food and drink.

    Free kids tickets

    We’ve given away over 4,000 kids tickets for the match for our South Stand, with a handful still available.

    If you would like some, just email us at freetickets@motherwellfc.co.uk, call us on 01698 333333 before 4pm on Friday or come to the ticket office early on the day of the game.

    If you’re bringing kids along, you can pay at the gate at the South Stand. Adult entry costs £20. If you’re over 60, aged between 16 and 18 or a student, you can pay in for £17.

    As we’re expecting a larger than normal crowd, please head along early if you can.

    What’s at stake

    Both teams are locked in their respective league positions regardless of what happens on the final day.

    Motherwell will end the Ladbrokes Premiership campaign in eighth spot, with Livingston in ninth.

    The Steelmen can better their points and goals scored tally from last season with a win. Stephen Robinson’s side currently have 48 points – the same they finished 2017/18 with.

    The form guide

    Motherwell have won one, drawn two and lost two of their last five. A 2-0 loss at St Johnstone last week ended hopes of finishing in seventh spot.

    At home, ‘Well have won six, drawn one and lost one in the league in 2019.

    Team news

    Trevor Carson is back and in the squad, after being given the all clear after recovering rom DVT.

    Craig Tanner, Ross McCormack and Christian Mbulu remain sidelined. Peter Hartley joins them on the absent list due to a minor injury.

    General admission prices

    If you’re not in the South Stand, tickets are available online now or from the Fir Park ticket office. You can also pay at the gate.

    Adult£24 / £20
    Over 60s / 16-18 year olds / students£17 / £16
    15 and under£3

    The cheaper price on all tickets is for our John Hunter Stand home supporters.

    Livingston fans will be housed in our Phil O’Donnell Main Stand.

    Watch it live

    If you’re based outside of the UK/Ireland, you can watch a live stream of the game direct from Fir Park.

    To sign up for our service, just head to tv.motherwellfc.co.uk and choose your package. Subscriptions to see live games start at just £12 a month.

    If you’re in the UK or Ireland but can’t make the game, there’s also live audio commentary available on our service.

    Our domestic subscriptions cost £6 a month and also get you full game replays.

  • First team

    Get your tickets now for visit of Livingston

    Get your tickets now for visit of Livingston

    Motherwell bring the curtain down on the 2018/19 campaign on Saturday, as Livingston visit Fir Park.

    Kick off is at the earlier time of 12.30pm and we’re expecting a bigger crowd on the day, as we mark the close of the season.

    We’ve given away over 4,000 kids tickets for the match for our South Stand, with a handful still available.

    If you would like some, just email us at freetickets@motherwellfc.co.uk, call us on 01698 333333 before 4pm on Friday or come to the ticket office early on the day of the game.

    If you’re bringing kids along, you can pay at the gate at the South Stand. Adult entry costs £20. If you’re over 60, aged between 16 and 18 or a student, you can pay in for £17.

    As we’re expecting a larger than normal crowd, please head along early if you can.

    Our Cooper Bar is open from 11am for pre-match food and drink, and the stadium will be open from soon after if you want to get in to your seat early, with food and refreshments available.

    General admission prices

    Tickets are available online now or from the Fir Park ticket office. You can also pay at the gate.

    Adult£24 / £20
    Over 60s / 16-18 year olds / students£17 / £16
    15 and under£3

    The cheaper price on all tickets is for our John Hunter Stand home supporters.

    Livingston fans will be housed in our Phil O’Donnell Main Stand.

  • First team

    In Numbers: Ending the season against Livi

    In Numbers: Ending the season against Livi

    Motherwell end the 2018/19 season with an early home kick off against Livingston on Saturday.

    Here’s the game previewed in numbers.

    51

    The maximum points return on offer for Motherwell in the 2018/19 Ladbrokes Premiership season is 51, with a victory against Livingston taking them to that amount.

    Doing so – or at least picking up a draw – will surpass the points tally of 48 accumulated in the 2017/18 season.

    Stephen Robinson’s side also currently sit with 43 goals scored, the same amount put in the back of the net last campaign, so there is another tally on offer to surpass.

    267

    The number of days Livingston fans have had to wait since their last victory in the Ladbrokes Premiership away from home.

    Their only win on their league travels this campaign came in their second away match against St Mirren on 25 August, when Jack Hamilton and Alan Lithgow struck in a 2-0 win.

    Twelve of the team’s 44 league points have been picked up on the road, underlining their strong home record.

    3,819

    The number of free tickets given away to local children – at the time of writing – for our South Stand for the match.

    We’re hoping to get the full stand sold out for the game. If you’ve not got your free ticket, act now. Just send us an email to freetickets@motherwellfc.co.uk and we will get you yours.

  • Women

    Defeat for ‘Well at Hibs

    Defeat for ‘Well at Hibs

    Motherwell suffered a disappointing defeat against SWPL Cup winners Hibernian at Peffermill.

    The women of steel couldn’t find a response to a rapid start from the hosts and they would go into the break 5-0 behind.

    After the break, Shannon McGregor added her second of the match before Ellis Notley added Hibs’ seventh.

    With six minutes remaining, Abbie Callaghan lifted the ball over Jeni Currie as ‘Well managed a consolation.

    Despite suffering a heavy loss, Motherwell remain fifth and will hope to bounce back when Celtic visit Ravenscraig on Sunday.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Shea Gordon to join Partick Thistle

    Shea Gordon to join Partick Thistle

    Shea Gordon will leave Motherwell to join Partick Thistle on a permanent basis.

    The Northern Irish midfielder has spent the 2018/19 season on loan at Firhill, battling back from injury to play a key role for the Jags in retaining their Ladbrokes Championship status.

    Gordon, 20, made four appearances for Motherwell since signing from Sheffield United in January 2017, but found his time at the club affected by injury.

    With his contract due to expire at the end of the current campaign, the club has protected its interests with a sell-on clause.

    “Shea goes with our hopes that he can go on and make a good career for himself in the game,” manager Stephen Robinson said.

    “There is no doubt he is a good player who we had high hopes for when he first joined. But he has endured a frustrating time with injury.

    “We felt it was right to allow him to go now somewhere he will benefit from regular first team football, and we wish him well.”

    Everyone at Motherwell FC wishes Shea all the best for the future.

  • Women

    Well face tough Hibernian test

    Well face tough Hibernian test

    Motherwell will face a stern challenge to make it three wins on the spin when they face Hibernian at Peffermill on Wednesday night.

    After moving within two points of a place in the top half of SWPL1 following victories over Stirling University and Forfar Farmington, the weekend’s SWPL Cup winners lie in wait.

    Successive wins for Donald Jennow’s side has created some much needed breathing space over the bottom two sides in the league and they will now aim to build some momentum.

    There are just two more games until the league breaks up for the summer break, with attentions turning to the national side and their participation at the World Cup in France.

    Before that the women of steel have two tough fixtures in five days. After the visit to face Hibs, who currently occupy third spot, they will take on Celtic, who sit second.

    Kick off at Peffermill is at 7.30pm.

    The Opposition

    Hibs come into the fixture in high spirits, having captured their fourth successive SWPL Cup triumph by defeating Glasgow City on penalties in their last outing.

    Despite the high of yet more cup success for Grant Scott’s side, they will be keen to eradicate the memories of a heavy loss to Celtic in their previous league match.

    That defeat left Hibs in third place in SWPL1, five points off leaders Glasgow City, who have played a game less.

    There surely can be no more slip-ups from the Hibees if they are to deny City a 13th successive league title.

    Position

    Hibernian: SWPL1 – third – 19 points

    Motherwell: SWPL1 – fifth – 11 points

    What They Said

    Motherwell head coach Donald Jennow is hoping his side can take the positives from the victories over Stirling and Forfar into the match.

    A dominant performance at Ravenscraig earlier in the season saw the Hibees emerge 4-0 winners and Jennow is urging his side to maintain their focus.

    “The aim is exactly the same as in previous weeks,” Jennow said. “We need to continue to improve and learn as a group.

    “We will need to be completely focused for the duration of the game as Hibs don’t let you off with mistakes.

    “Our aim will to be disciplined and organised, but also take the greater level of composure we have shown on the ball recently into this game.

    “When you play teams like Hibs, the game feels faster, but we are well capable of using the ball well.

    “If we do that then it gives us a chance to force a mistake or two of our own.”