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  • Women

    SWPL1 action on Friday for Motherwell

  • First team

    Opposition Report: A look at Ross County

  • First team

    Next up: Ross County

  • Women

    Motherwell face Hibs in Scottish Women’s Cup semi-final

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves draw with Hamilton

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves face Hamilton

  • Women

    ‘Well book Scottish Cup semi-final place

  • Club

    Darren O’Dea departs

  • Women

    ‘Well in Scottish Cup quarter-final action

  • First team

    Highlights as Motherwell win at Hearts

  • Women

    SWPL1 action on Friday for Motherwell

    SWPL1 action on Friday for Motherwell

    Motherwell travel to take on Forfar Farmington on Friday night in a televised SWPL1 match.

    The game, which kicks off at 7.35pm, will be broadcast live on BBC Alba.

    The form guide

    Motherwell have won four and drawn one of their last five competitive games.

    Three wins have come in the cup, defeating Partick Thistle, Inverness CT and Queen’s Park.

    In the league, a draw with Spartans came before victory over Stirling University.

    Forfar Farmington have won one and drawn two of their 14 league games so far.

    That victory came against Motherwell at the same venue back in February, which controversially ended with the visitors netting just after the whistle had blown. Their two draws came against bottom club Stirling University.

    Their last five league games have seen them draw one and lose four, scoring three and conceding 21.

    MANAGER

    With his side in form, Donald Jennow knows there’s an opportunity to kick on further and jump up to fourth in the league.

    “We’ve performed well since coming back from the break, and the team are playing with confidence,” he said.

    “It’s another important game in terms of where we finish in the league this season. With the Scottish Cup semi-final on the horizon too, it’s a chance for players to stake their claim.”

    WATCH THE MATCH

    Station Park is Forfar is the venue for the match, which will be broadcast live on BBC Alba. Kick off is at 7.35pm.

  • First team

    Opposition Report: A look at Ross County

    Opposition Report: A look at Ross County

    Motherwell welcome Ross County to Fir Park on Saturday, as the Steelmen look to build on three consecutive wins.

    The weekend’s visitors recently returned to the Ladbrokes Premiership, winning the Championship last campaign.

    The story so far

    Having topped the second tier last season with a five-point advantage over Dundee United, County have made a solid start to life back in the top flight.

    With seven points from their first five matches, a streetwise squad have taken the step up in their stride.

    They have plenty Premiership experience in their ranks. Marcus Fraser, Liam Fontaine, Richard Foster, Ross Draper, Michael Gardyne, Iain Vigurs and Billy McKay are well accustomed to the level, with added youth in Celtic loanee Ewan Henderson making them a formidable outfit.

    Form guide

    Home wins over Hamilton Academical and St Mirren have provided the basis of their points so far, while a 0-0 draw at Hearts demonstrated their ability on the road.

    Defeats so far came in a heavy 4-1 home loss to Livingston and a 3-0 defeat at Aberdeen, while a Betfred Cup exit came in the second round at Partick Thistle after extra time.

    How they shaped up last time

     

    In their 2-1 win at St Mirren last time out, managers Steven Ferguson and Stuart Kettlewell made three changes from the team that had lost 3-0 at Aberdeen previous.

    Liam Fontaine, Ewan Henderson and Harry Paton came in for Callum Morris, Tom Grivosti and Josh Mullin.

    Marcus Fraser’s injury-time winner got the Staggies the points, after his first strike was cancelled out by Tony Andreu.

    Three to watch

    Marcus Fraser

    Ross County captain Marcus Fraser has played a pivotal role at the heart of the Staggies defence since arriving from Celtic in 2015.

    The 25-year-old has racked up 175 appearances for the Highlanders and enjoyed his most successful season of his career to date when he captained the side to the Championship title and IRN-BRU Cup in 2018/19.

    Fraser’s ability to find a long pass from defence has been an impressive part of his game so far this season and he currently leads the way in the Scottish Premiership when it comes to long pass accuracy. He has completed 63.89% of his long passes – Declan Gallagher is second with 60.61%.

    Joe Chalmers

    After enduring a frustrating time with Motherwell, Joe Chalmers was able to kick start his career during two seasons with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

    In his new role as a central midfielder, Chalmers flourished for Caley, making 96 appearances and played a key role in their run to the last four of the Scottish Cup and the Championship play-offs.

    After making the trip across the Kessock bridge in the summer to join Ross County on a two-year deal, the 25-year-old got off to a flying start when he swept home the opening goal in the 3-0 victory over Hamilton.

    Ross Stewart

    Ross Stewart has demonstrated his abilities to make the step up to the top flight of Scottish football in the early stages of the new season.

    Following on from grabbing a brace in wins over Montrose and Brechin in the Betfred Cup, he opened his Premiership account as County began their first campaign back in the top flight in style with a 3-0 triumph over Hamilton, before adding a consolation against Livingston and the opener in the win at home to St Mirren.

    Stewart endeared himself to County fans with three goals against Inverness last season and he may also be a name familiar to some Motherwell fans, having scored both of the goals in the 2-1 victory over the ‘Well Colts side at Fir Park in November last year.

    What they said

    “Motherwell have been flying,” striker Ross Stewart said. “We know how good a team they are.

    “We will get them watched and be well aware of the task in the hand.

    “But we’ve got to try and build on our performances. We had a good win last week and we go down there with a belief we can get the result.

    “Our home form is going to be vital for us this season. But if we can pick up points at tough places like Motherwell on Saturday, it will go a long way to where we want to be.”

    Team news

    Out injured: Don Cowie

    Doubtful: Iain Vigurs, Lewis Spence, Lee Erwin.

    SuspendedNone

  • First team

    Next up: Ross County

    Next up: Ross County

    With three wins on the bounce, Motherwell welcome Ross County to Fir Park on Saturday.

    Stephen Robinson’s men head in to the game in third spot, following the victory at Hearts last weekend.

    Kick off on Saturday is at 3pm. Our Cooper Bar is open from 11am for fans of both clubs.

    Tale of the tape

    With wins over Hamilton, Hibernian and Hearts, the Steelmen are in form going into the match.

    Sitting third in the Premiership with 10 points from a possible 15, Motherwell are separated by two points either side of Rangers in second and Aberdeen in fourth.

    Ross County currently occupy seventh spot after a strong start to life back in the Premiership.

    With home wins over Hamilton Academical and St Mirren, they also drew 0-0 at Hearts in the first away match. Defeats to Aberdeen and Livingston followed.

    Head to head

    The last meeting between the two sides came in last season’s Scottish Cup, with the Staggies winning 2-1 at Fir Park in the fourth round match.

    The last league encounter between the two ended in a 0-0 draw in Dingwall in April 2018, while Motherwell won the last league match between the pair at Fir Park in January 2018 by two goals to nil.

    Ticket information

    Tickets are available online now or from the Fir Park ticket office for Motherwell supporters. Fans can also pay at the gate on the day.

    Adult£24 / £20
    Over 60s / 16-18s / Students£17 / £16
    Under 16s£3

    The cheaper price is for our John Hunter Stand.

    Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Andy Sim on 07428 225254 or email tickets@mfcdsa.com.

    Can’t make it? Watch or listen live

    If you’re outside the UK/Ireland, you can watch Motherwell v Ross County and the majority of our Ladbrokes Premiership games this season on our live streaming service.

    Priced at £12 a month, just head to tv.motherwellfc.co.uk to subscribe.

    Wherever you are, there’s also live audio commentary available on our streaming service for £5.99 a month.

  • Women

    Motherwell face Hibs in Scottish Women’s Cup semi-final

    Motherwell face Hibs in Scottish Women’s Cup semi-final

    Motherwell will take on Hibernian in the semi-final of the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup.

    The game will take place on Sunday 13 October with a 3.30pm kick-off at Forthbank Stadium.

    Entry will cost £5 for adults, £2 for concessions and Under 12s go free.
  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves draw with Hamilton

    Reserves draw with Hamilton

    Motherwell surrendered a two-goal advantage to draw 2-2 with Hamilton Academical in the Reserve League on Monday.

    Casper Sloth’s well-taken first half goal had Maurice Ross’ side ahead at the break, before Christy Manzinga’s cross was turned into the net thanks to an own goal from Ciaran McKenna early in the second.

    But Jamie Hamilton’s double, both headed efforts from set plays, ensured the visitors left with a share of the spoils.

    A host of first team players got minutes at Broadwood Stadium. Trevor Carson, Bevis Mugabi, Christian Ilic, Barry Maguire and the aforementioned Sloth all featured, with some getting the full 90 under their belts.

    It took just five minutes for Motherwell to take the lead. Dean Cornelius, starting at right back, got down the flank and crossed for Ilic. The Croatian quickly laid the ball into the path of Sloth just outside the area, and he put his laces through the bouncing ball to find the bottom left corner of the net.

    A back-and-forth fixture then looked to be firmly in the Steelmen’s grasp seven minutes into the second period. The powerful run of Manzinga took him from middle to right, before firing the ball in low and hard to the six yard box.

    There were no Motherwell takers but, despite calls from his goalkeeper who had come to gather, McKenna inadvertently steered the ball into his own net.

    Thirteen minutes later, Accies were back in the game. Defender Hamilton rose at the back post on the left side to power home a header from a perfectly-weighted free kick.

    Motherwell struggled to create chances and, at the death, had their lead taken from them. A carbon copy free kick from the other side was met by Jamie Hamilton, who placed his header past Carson to take the draw.

    Motherwell: Carson, Cornelius, Mugabi, Devine (McDonald), Hussain, Maguire (Brown), Sloth, Semple, MacIver, Ilic, Manzinga (Starrs).

    Subs: Connolly, Williamson, Muir, Kettings.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves face Hamilton

    Reserves face Hamilton

    Motherwell’s reserve side take on Hamilton Academical in the SPFL Reserve League on Monday afternoon.

    Kick off at Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld is at 2pm.

  • Women

    ‘Well book Scottish Cup semi-final place

    ‘Well book Scottish Cup semi-final place

    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.

  • Club

    Darren O’Dea departs

    Darren O’Dea departs

    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.

  • Women

    ‘Well in Scottish Cup quarter-final action

    ‘Well in Scottish Cup quarter-final action

    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.

  • First team

    Highlights as Motherwell win at Hearts

    Declan Gallagher, Sherwin Seedorf and Jermaine Hylton were all on target as Motherwell claimed a huge win in the capital.