Motherwell booked their place in the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup semi-finals with a 5-0 win over Queen’s Park on Sunday.
A hat-trick from Chelsea McEachran, as well as goals from Lauren Doran-Barr and Myia Arbuckle, helped the women of steel progress to the semi-final stage of the competition for the second year in a row.
McEachran opened the scoring with 25 minutes on the clock, rising highest from the corner to head home.
Doran-Barr thenadded the second ten minutes later with a powerful drive from the edge of the box.
In a one-sided first half, McEachran put the match beyond the visitors with a stunning strike, delicately placing the ball into the far corner from 30 yards.
Determined, and skilful throughout, McEachran got her hat-trick five minutes into the second half. The Queen’s defence could only watch as she moved past them into the box and finished easily.
Substitute Arbuckle completed the scoring on 77 minutes as she caught onto a loose ball, placing the ball past the keeper.
Motherwell will now be in the draw for the semi-final which takes place on Tuesday, 17 September. They will face either Glasgow City, Hibernian or Rangers.
Darren O’Dea departs
Sunday 15 September 2019
Darren O’Dea has left Motherwell to take up a coaching role with another Scottish Premiership side.
The club’s Under 18s manager, Darren arrived in May this year and has made a significant impact in his short time at Fir Park.
His successor has been appointed and will be announced shortly.
“It was an extremely tough decision to leave Motherwell as I have loved every minute of my short time at Fir Park,” said Darren.
“However, this was a big opportunity that presented itself unexpectedly and I felt I had to take the job.
“I want to thank Stephen Robinson and Steven Hammell, along with all the other coaches and support staff, as well as the board at Motherwell, for the opportunity and wish everyone at the club the very best going forward.”
‘Well boss Stephen Robinson added: “Whilst we were disappointed to lose Darren, he has conducted himself impeccably and we wish him well in his coaching career.
“The timing of the vacancy elsewhere wasn’t great from our point of view. But it couldn’t be helped, it was an offer he couldn’t refuse and we wish him well.”
Everyone at Motherwell FC would like to thank Darren for his hard work at the club, and we wish him all the very best for the future.
‘Well in Scottish Cup quarter-final action
Sunday 15 September 2019
Motherwell take on Queen’s Park in the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup on Sunday afternoon.
Donald Jennow’s side welcome the SWFL1 team to Dalziel Park in the quarter-final of the competition.
MANAGER CALLS FOR FOCUS
The head coach wants his side to target another final after the side were runners up last year.
“It’s a great opportunity to reach the prestigious end of the competition, which is where we want to be. Our full focus is on Sunday however.
“I don’t think you get to quarter-finals of any cup and get an easy game. Queen’s Park have had to go through numerous rounds to get to the last eight and they will come with their threats and dangers we have to deal with.”
THE LEAGUE ISN’T OVER YET
Donald Jennow was delighted with the team’s performance last time out but made clear safety has not yet been reached.
The women of steel consolidated their place in mid-table with an important 2-1 victory over Stirling University. Chelsea McEachran’s strike and a Kerry Montgomery penalty secured three points.
“It was a really crucial win, from the start of the season we knew the games against Forfar Farmington and Stirling University would be important and as the league has levelled out that has become clear.
“It was a big step, but we are not safe yet. Forfar (Farmington) on Friday will be another game we want to take three points from. We are looking up the table, rather than down.”
INJURIES AND SUSPENSIONS
Donald Jennow’s squad have a clean bill of health with no injury doubts.
WATCH THE MATCH
Dalziel Park is the venue for Sunday’s game, which kicks off at 2pm.
Highlights as Motherwell win at Hearts
Saturday 14 September 2019
Declan Gallagher, Sherwin Seedorf and Jermaine Hylton were all on target as Motherwell claimed a huge win in the capital.
Manager: We will enjoy victory
Saturday 14 September 2019
“We will enjoy tonight. But we know we are still right at the start of things.”
Stephen Robinson speaks after Motherwell’s 3-2 win over Hearts.
Motherwell claim big win at Hearts
Saturday 14 September 2019
Motherwell took a big three points back home in a commanding 3-2 win at Hearts.
Declan Gallagher’s header, a stunner from Sherwin Seedorf and Jermaine Hylton’s clincher ensured the win, although the hosts set up a nervy finish in front of an urging home crowd.
The Steelmen went into the game off the back of two consecutive victories, but with the feeling still of a point to prove having lost to Hearts earlier in the Betfred Cup.
Stephen Robinson made one change from the team which had blown Hibernian away before the international break. Devante Cole came into the team, with Christopher Long swapping to the bench. Mark O’Hara and Bevis Mugabi both came in on the bench.
After a tepid start, the game exploded into life from a Motherwell set play with 20 minutes on the clock.
Liam Polworth’s pinpoint corner found Gallagher at the back post, where he was waiting to bullet the header home for his first Motherwell goal.
From there, the visitors took control. Liam Donnelly rattled the crossbar as he went in pursuit of his ninth goal in nine games, while Cole also went agonisingly close to opening his account.
Motherwell remained in control in the second half, and it took seven minutes for the advantage to be doubled.
Peter Hartley’s excellent harrying of Uche Ikpeazu forced the defender into trying to bounce the ball back to his team-mates from deep. But his attempt went into acres of space in the right back area, with Jamie Brandon having bombed on.
That left acres of space for Seedorf to open up and run at goal. Closed down 25 yards from goal, he took his opportunity to rifle an unstoppable effort in at the near post, via the crossbar, to send the travelling support wild.
A home crowd growing in anger and desperation got something to give them hope nine minutes later. A scramble in the box eventually allowed the strength of Ikpeazu to give him a goal, after Mark Gillespie had done so well to keep out an initial effort.
Undeterred, Motherwell ploughed on. Five minutes later, and less than 30 seconds after entering the field as a substitute, Hylton restored the two-goal cushion.
Chasing a supposed lost cause down the flank as Sean Clare looked to have things under control, the winger took his opportunity to steal the ball on the edge of the area.
With goalkeeper Colin Doyle committed and the angle tight, the Englishman still had it all to do. But he composed himself brilliantly to squeeze the ball through the bodies and into the net.
Substitute Ryotaro Meshino set up a nervy end, after being given room to shoot past Gillespie with four minutes remaining. Then, with four minutes added, Motherwell held firm to take a huge three points home from the capital.
Tickets on sale at Hearts on Saturday
Friday 13 September 2019
Supporters will be able to buy tickets for Hearts v Motherwell outside the ground on Saturday.
Fans can buy from a ticket booth situated near the away stand at Tynecastle Park from 2pm.
Sales at Fir Park will end at 4pm on Friday.
Under 13s and students
Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Andy Sim on 07428 225254 or email email@example.com.
Student tickets are available on special offer and ID must be provided when buying at the ticket booth.
Hearts v Motherwell live stream available
Friday 13 September 2019
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Stephen Robinson spoke of the benefits and pitfalls of the international break on Friday, as he spoke to the broadcast media.
The Motherwell boss said the time off allowed him to work with his squad on improving play and fitness. But it came at a cost, with injury to Charles Dunne.
On the benefits of the break
“We got a chance to continue working on things we’ve been doing over the early part of the season. We’ve worked hard on things.
“We’ve worked to get people fitter as well. It was something we spoke about before we broke up.
“But all in all, it’s been very good. Very positive and very refreshing with the attitudes. Because the week when you don’t have a game is very hard sometimes when you’ve got nothing to aim for.
“But the attention to detail the boys have taken on board, and the application, has been superb.”
On Charles Dunne’s injury
“Unfortunately we’ve picked up an injury with Charles Dunne. We are still waiting to assess how bad that is.But he will be out for a period of time.
“We’re not sure how long yet. We are still waiting for the scan results to come back. But we will deal with that.
“We’ve brought big Bevis in as well. He was training with us anyway, so it sped up that process.
“It’s a groin injury [with Charles]. It’s similar to what he did last year against Stranraer right at the start of the season.
“We don’t want to put any timescale on it on how serious it might be yet. But it will be a period of time.
“It will be a minimum of a month, we think, already. We will get that confirmed hopefully today.”
On facing Hearts
“Hopefully Hearts will face a different team than what they faced against us. That was, as you say, the blip in our season so far.
“We didn’t take the game to them. We had too many people that underperformed. We didn’t play with a tempo. We played in front of them a lot. We didn’t hurt them at all. We passed the ball about with lots of possession.
“So that’s things I think we’ve improved on over the last few weeks. There’s an end product to our game. There’s balls going down the sides into strikers. There’s more penetration in our game. That’s something I think Hearts will have to look at.
“We’ll face, I’ve said it time and again, arguably the third strongest squad in Scotland. They are a huge club with a massive fanbase.
“It’s somewhere I love going to play football. It’s a great stadium with great atmosphere. So we will face a hard task with a strong Hearts squad.”
On Liam Donnelly’s form
“I’m delighted for [Liam Donnelly]. We’ve worked hard with Liam.
“He hated me last season because I kept pushing him and pushing him and telling him it wasn’t good enough. Now he’s finally believing why we pushed him.
“A boy with tons of ability. It has come to the fore now but it’s come to the fore because of how hard he has worked and what condition he has turned up in this season and how hard he has pushed himself in training.
“For me he has got his just rewards. Another international cap and hopefully he’ll be involved in future squads.”
Bevis Mugabi signs short-term deal
Thursday 12 September 2019
Motherwell have signed Ugandan international defender Bevis Mugabi on a short-term deal until January, subject to international clearance.
The 6ft 3in centre back, who can also fill in at full back, has agreed a deal until January after impressing on trial over the last week.
Mugabi, 24, is a product of Southampton’s youth academy, signing for the Saints at the age of 16 at the expense of an offer from Celtic.
He left for Yeovil Town in 2016, making 39 appearances in his rookie season at Huish Park, prompting then-boss Darren Way to give him a new two-year extension.
Mugabi left the club at the end of that deal back in June of this year, having played 102 games across three seasons, netting five times.
“I’m excited for a new challenge at Motherwell,” said the new signing. “I can’t wait to get started.
“I spoke to some of my old team-mates who had played in Scotland, including Alex Fisher.
“They told me it was a great opportunity, with Alex telling me how great a place Motherwell was.”
Although born in London, it was around the time of his move to Yeovil when he received his first call-up from Uganda, by the virtue of his parents, who were born in the capital Kampala.
However, he would have to wait two years before making his first appearance for the Cranes, deputising against São Tomé and Príncipe in Namboole.
He has gone on to earn a further six caps, including several appearances in this summer’s Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt when he lined up against Mo Salah, Sadio Mané, Kalidou Koulibaly and Britt Assombalonga amongst others.
“We’ve an injury concern over one of our centre backs, so Bevis comes in to shore up the gap that might leave,” ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson said.
“He’s an experienced player with a lot of games under his belt in England.
“He’s big, strong and will give us another option at the back.”