Sherwin Seedorf, Liam Donnelly and Jermaine Hylton all score as Motherwell head into the international break on a high with a home win over Hibs.
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Highlights as Motherwell beat HibernianSaturday 31 August 2019
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Barry Maguire added to Scotland Under 21sSaturday 31 August 2019
Barry Maguire has been added to the Scotland Under 21 squad for their forthcoming European Championship qualifiers.
The Motherwell youngster joins his club team-mates Allan Campbell and James Scott in the selection.
Scotland take on San Marino in Paisley on Thursday, 5 September at 7.30pm, before travelling to take on Croatia five days later.
Maguire was last capped for his country in the summer, scoring for the Under 21s in a friendly with Sweden.
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Manager: We were well worth our winSaturday 31 August 2019
“We were well worth our win and we arguably could have won by more goals. But we won’t get carried away.”
Stephen Robinson speaks after the 3-0 win over Hibernian.
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Motherwell run out 3-0 winners over HibernianSaturday 31 August 2019
Motherwell emerged from a tight and entertaining game with a convincing 3-0 win over Hibernian.
A screamer from Sherwin Seedorf midway through the first half was all that separated the sides at the end of a keenly contested first 45.
But another penalty converted by Liam Donnelly, for his eighth of the season, and a terrific finish from Jermaine Hylton had the points well wrapped up before the final whistle.
Stephen Robinson kept faith with the side which won convincingly at Hamilton, the only change being the return of Jake Carroll at left back with Charles Dunne moving to the bench. Richard Tait had also recovered from last week’s virus but the defender had to be content with a seat beside Dunne.
It was a furious opening from both sides, and within 30 seconds Mark Gillespie was forced to dive and beat away a Florian Kamberi shot.
A minute later a neat exchange between Christopher Long and James Scott at the edge of the box opened up the Hibs defence. But having created the space the former Blackpool striker’s side foot from 12 yards was blocked by Ofir Marciano’s outstretched boot.
The Easter Road men had more of the ball and referee Steven McLean allowed them two opportunities to break the deadlock. Despite Liam Donnelly’s tug on Scott Allan, the visitor’s were given the advantage until Daryl Horgan’s shot was blocked inside the box.
The ref then awarded Hibs the free kick. Stevie Mallan whipped the ball over the defensive wall and heading just inside the post until a superb one handed save from Gillespie pushed the ball behind.
Liam Polworth, having recovered from an early knock then slid a superb pass behind Steven Whittaker and into Seedorf’s path but his drive from 18 yards was blocked.
Then in the 22nd minute Hibs almost grabbed a controversial opener. A clear handball from Lewis Stevenson just outside his own box was undetected by the assistant referee. Play then raced down the pitch where Glenn Middleton’s angled drive forced another good stop from Gillespie.
The ‘Well ‘keeper immediately sent play to the other end where Seedorf cut in from the left wing and from the corner of the box sent a sensational drive flying low across Marciano and into the corner of the Hibs’ net.
In a highly open and entertaining first half play continued to race from end to end.
The best chance came ‘Well’s way after 36 minutes. Scott, revelling in his role on the right, cut in and sent a cross field pass to Seedorf. When the Dutch winger cut the ball back from the byeline, Scott had continued his run to the corner of the six yard box, only to scoop his shot over the bar.
Gillespie then made another crucial stop, blocking Kamberi’s powerful angled drive with his right boot.
The Fir Park men finished the first half on the front foot and two successive inviting crosses from Carroll found Long and Scott with neither striker able to direct the ball towards goal.
As the second half got underway, Hibs still looked threatening with some sublime passes from Scott Allan opening up the home defence.
Motherwell’s build up play was equally impressive and slick passing involving Seedorf, Carroll and Long produced first corner of the half.
When Polworth’s corner kick found Declan Gallagher towering beyond the back post, his downward header looked like a second goal for ‘Well until Marciano scooped it up and off his line. The ‘keeper was then relieved to watch Long react inside the packed six yard box only to nod the ball over the bar.
Eight minutes later and Long passed up another great chance to extend the home side’s lead. Peter Hartley’s deflected pass played the striker onside but having time to pick his spot behind the helpless ‘keeper he allowed Marciano to stretch out a leg and force his shot over the bar.
You suspected the Fir Park men might regret those missed opportunities to put the game beyond the Edinburgh side.
In the 63rd minute Scott hurdled a couple of challenges as he galloped down the left but his intended lay back for Long found Seedorf running in front of his team mate and the chance was wasted.
That was the last involvement for the tireless pair as they made way for Devante Cole and Jermaine Hylton in the 65th minute.
The ‘Well winger was immediately involved when he was pulled to the ground by Whittaker as he made his way into the box. While the home fans screamed for a penalty the referee astonishingly awarded the free kick to Hibs.
After 72 minutes Adam Jackson should have had the 1600 Hibs fans behind Gillespie’s goal on their feet celebrating an equaliser but his tame effort from 10 yards afforded the ‘Well ‘keeper a comfortable save.
James Scott, now on the right, was still causing Hibs problems and his clever foot work in the corner after 78 miutes earned ‘Well another corner.
Once agin Polworth found Gallagher’s head and when his goal bound effort clattered off Adam’s raised hand the ref immediately pointed to the penalty spot. Donnelly’s run up was short but decisive as he sent Marciano the wrong way and bag his fourth goal in three league games.
Hylton then cheekily nutmegged Whittaker to find Cole who turned his marker only to see Marciano’s boot deny him his first goal.
The ‘Well defence with Gallagher and Hartley in particular stood tall and strong to any kind of fightback from the visitor’s.
However, any doubts the points were staying at Fir Park were erased four minutes from time with a wonderful solo effort from Hylton. An electric burst of pace took the former Solihull Moors winger inside Horgan before he unleashed a thundering drive which Marciano couldn’t prevent from screeching high into his net.
The Hibs ‘keeper was shaping up as the visitor’s man of the match when he produced another flying save in the dying minutes to turn away another effort from Cole as ‘Well ran out comprehensive winners.
Drop by the Cooper Bar before the matchFriday 30 August 2019
Have a drink and something to eat in our Cooper Bar before Saturday’s Ladbrokes Premiership match with Hibernian.
We’re open from 11:30am on the first floor of our Cooper stand. Fans of both clubs are welcome to join us.
In addition to the food and drink on offer, we’ve also got a face painter in attendance and games for the kids, as well as appearances from Steelman and a first team player, as we build up to kick off.
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Games with Celtic and Rangers movedFriday 30 August 2019
Motherwell’s scheduled fixtures with Celtic and Rangers in the remainder of 2019 will all be rescheduled.
The Steelmen were due to travel to Ibrox on Saturday, 26 October and to Celtic Park on Saturday, 9 November.
Rangers were also pencilled to visit Fir Park on Saturday, 14 December.
As a result of Celtic and Rangers’ involvement in the UEFA Europa League, all three fixtures will now be played on the Sunday.
Kick off times for the games are currently set at 3pm. They may be subject to change, if games are selected for television at a later date.
Motherwell’s rearranged fixtures
Fixture Original date New date Rangers v Motherwell Saturday, 26 October Sunday, 27 October Celtic v Motherwell Saturday, 9 November Sunday, 10 November Motherwell v Rangers Saturday, 14 December Sunday, 15 December
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Manager looks ahead to HibernianFriday 30 August 2019
Stephen Robinson discussed facing Hibernian, offering new contracts and the looming transfer deadline to the media on Friday.
Here’s what he had to say.
On facing Hibs and current form
“I’m not sure what other people were expecting of Hibs. I concentrate on Motherwell.
“But what I do know is they’ve got a very good manager who did wonders last season as well.
“He propelled them into the top six. And they’ve got a very strong squad of players.
“A huge football club and it’s a big test for us again. It sees where we are.
“We’ve beat Hamilton. We got a brilliant away draw at Livingston as well. Make no mistake, that’s a good result on that surface away at Livingston.
“We have to take it a little bit further and try and get the first home win of the season.”
On competition for goalkeeping places
“I’ve offered Trevor Carson and Mark Gillespie new contracts. That’s what we are trying to do. We are trying to build a squad.
“We are trying to keep the squad getting stronger as well as bringing other players in. We have to make sure we secure the players we’ve got.
“So the two goalkeepers, plus another couple of outfield players we are trying to start discussions with early on and keep building what we are doing.
“We’ve got brilliant competition for the number one jersey and there’s nothing between the two goalkeepers.
“Whether they sign that or not, that’s up to them.We’ve put that in front of them.
“I think it would be a real positive to get both signed to keep the goalkeeping department strong.
“There’s other players we’re opening early negotiations with even though their contracts aren’t up until the end of the season.
“We’ve done a lot of transfer activity early on, it’s important we secure people that are here as well.”
On signings before Monday’s deadline
“[We are] always looking. Always looking.
“I think I’ve said all along it has to be someone that either is going to be in the starting 11, or is going to really push people that are in the starting 11.
“We’ve got our eyes on people. We had a deal fall through last week we thought was over the line.
“But I’m not just going to bring people in to make up numbers. I think that’s important.
“I would rather use the money to secure people that are here. Put contract offers as we’ve already discussed to other people.
“But potentially, potentially we could have one in on Monday.”
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Watch or listen live to Motherwell v HibernianThursday 29 August 2019
Fans outside of the UK/Ireland can watch Motherwell v Hibernian live through our streaming service on Saturday.
Kick off at Fir Park is at 3pm BST, and the game is available as part of a subscription package priced at £12 a month.
To subscribe, just head to tv.motherwellfc.co.uk.
All of our home matches are broadcast on the service, as well as the majority of away matches in the Ladbrokes Premiership.
If you are in the UK or Ireland and can’t make the game, there’s also a live audio service available for £5.99 a month. All subscribers also get access to extended highlights and full match replays.
2019/20 Motherwell streaming service
Date Match Service available 31 August 2019 Motherwell v Hibernian Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 14 September 2019 Hearts v Motherwell Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 21 September 2019 Motherwell v Ross County Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 28 September 2019 St Johnstone v Motherwell Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 5 October 2019 Motherwell v St Mirren Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 19 October 2019 Motherwell v Aberdeen Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 27 October 2019 Rangers v Motherwell Live audio only 30 October 2019 Motherwell v Kilmarnock Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 2 November 2019 Motherwell v Livingston Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 10 November 2019 Celtic v Motherwell Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 23 November 2019 Hibernian v Motherwell Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 30 November 2019 Motherwell v St Johnstone Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 4 December 2019 St Mirren v Motherwell Live audio only 7 December 2019 Motherwell v Hearts Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 15 December 2019 Motherwell v Rangers Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 21 December 2019 Kilmarnock v Motherwell Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 26 December 2019 Ross County v Motherwell Live audio only 29 December 2019 Motherwell v Hamilton Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 22 January 2020 Aberdeen v Motherwell Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 25 January 2020 Motherwell v Hibernian Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 1 February 2020 Livingston v Motherwell Live audio only 5 February 2020 Motherwell v Celtic Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 12 February 2020 St Johnstone v Motherwell Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 15 February 2020 Motherwell v St Mirren Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 22 February 2020 Hamilton v Motherwell Live audio only 4 March 2020 Motherwell v Ross County Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 7 March 2020 Hearts v Motherwell Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 14 March 2020 Motherwell v Aberdeen Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 21 March 2020 Motherwell v Kilmarnock Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 4 April 2020 Rangers v Motherwell Live audio only
Motherwell draw Queen’s Park in SSE Scottish CupWednesday 28 August 2019
Motherwell will face Queen’s Park in the quarter-finals of the 2019 SSE Scottish Women’s Cup.
Last year’s finalists will host the SWFL1 team at Ravenscraig on Sunday, 15 September.
Donald Jennow’s side have defeated Partick Thistle and Inverness CT so far in the competition.
Queen’s Park have so far seen off Westdyke Ladies and Dunfermline Athletic.
SSE Scottish Women’s Cup quarter-final draw
Hibernian v Hamilton Academical
Celtic v Glasgow City
Motherwell v Queen’s Park
Aberdeen v Rangers
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Carson and Donnelly called up by Northern IrelandWednesday 28 August 2019
Trevor Carson and Liam Donnelly are in the Northern Ireland squad for their matches with Luxembourg and Germany.
The Motherwell duo are in Michael O’Neill’s selection for the respective friendly and Euro 2020 qualifier.
Carson will be looking to add to his four international caps so far, having made his debut for his country in 2018.
The goalkeeper makes his first formal return to the squad after recovering for DVT, although he was involved in a training camp in the summer.
Donnelly, the record cap holder at Under 21 level for his country, makes his return to the senior squad after picking up his only cap in a match with Chile in 2014.
The 23-year-old has started the season in blistering form for Motherwell, scoring seven goals in seven games after switching from defence to central midfield.