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  • Club

    Tackling the new challenges of developing young talent

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Loan stars get first league minutes

  • Women

    ‘Well lose SWPL1 opener

  • First team

    St Mirren match cancelled

  • First team

    PJ Morrison loaned to Falkirk

  • Women

    Women return to league action

  • First team

    Stephen Robinson looks ahead to St Mirren

  • First team

    Bevis Mugabi out with shoulder injury

  • First team

    ‘Well seven round off international break

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Youngsters involved in first loan action

  • Club

    Tackling the new challenges of developing young talent

    Tackling the new challenges of developing young talent

    With no reserve football on offer in the 2020/21 season, new ways have had to be found to ensure the next crop of talented Motherwell youngsters can progress.

    While David Turnbull, James Scott, Jake Hastie, Barry Maguire and countless others have benefitted from having the opportunity to play minutes, the current batch faced sitting in the stands waiting for first team opportunities.

    The start of the lower league season in Scotland has opened the door to a number going out on loan, combining playing meaningful football with still training with the team at Dalziel Park.

    Harry Robinson, Ross MacIver, PJ Morrison, Jamie Semple and Sam Muir have all taken the step so far, with others likely to follow at the right moment.

    “The players could stay here and potentially be the 21st man,” Diarmuid O’Carroll, who is responsible for overseeing their development away from the club, explained.

    “But they get much more from being out in real football. Playing for points every week, competing and getting used to the rigours of first team football day-to-day.

    “Whether they come back in January or the summer, hopefully they will be ready to go straight in and be a fully-fledged first team player.”

    Queen of the South, Greenock Morton, Falkirk, Cove Rangers and Gretna are the respective clubs where our young talent are currently earning their stripes.

    Picking the right destination for each player has also been part of the design of the new way of doing things.

    “We’ve picked the clubs and the coaches specifically so that we can work with them, so we can put demands on their training structure,” O’Carroll expanded.

    “We also then analyse the player in games so they can work on it when they are back in the building during the week.

    “Generally most weeks they will be with us one to two days. They are still very much in the circle.

    “It’s not like they are out of sight, out of mind. These are still very much first team squad members for us.”

    Getting the chance to play competitive football in pressured environments, as opposed to sitting in the stand on a Saturday, is crucial both for the club and the development of the players.

    “It’s an experience more than anything else,” O’Carroll said.

    “Showing they are capable physically, technically and tactically to go and be a big boy. Be a man in a man’s environment and then come back.

    “We’ve seen with Jamie Semple already, coming back in after a few weeks. You can see he’s already puffed the shoulders out and developed over the course of a month.

    “Hopefully they all develop, enjoy it, field the challenge and come back ready to go.”

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Loan stars get first league minutes

    Loan stars get first league minutes

    The start of lower league action in Scotland at the weekend saw a number of Motherwell’s young stars in action.

    Harry Robinson started as Queen of the South travelled to face Ayr United minus their coaching staff, who were in isolation due to Covid-19.

    The Championship encounter ended 2-1 to the Ayrshire club, with the winger playing 66 minutes.

    Ross MacIver came on as a substitute for the last 19 minutes as Morton won 1-0 at home to Alloa Athletic.

    Jamie Semple got his first league minutes for Cove Rangers as they started the League One season with a 3-1 home win over East Fife.

    The midfielder played 75 minutes in the victory for Paul Hartley’s side, before being replaced by ex-Well man Broque Watson.

    PJ Morrison was an unused substitute as Falkirk started their League One season with a 3-1 win at Montrose, while Sam Muir started as Gretna lost 3-0 at Bonnyrigg Rose in the Lowland League.

  • Women

    ‘Well lose SWPL1 opener

    ‘Well lose SWPL1 opener

    Motherwell lost their SWPL1 opener 4-2 at Forfar Farmington on Sunday.

    After the initial 2020 campaign was cancelled in its infancy due to Covid-19, the new 2020/21 season brought a rematch of the opening game.

    The women of steel were victorious back at the start of the year but that wouldn’t be the case this time around.

    Doubles from Donna Paterson and London Pollard did the damage, despite Lauren Gallon also scoring two for the visitors.

    The hosts took the lead after 40 seconds. With goalkeeper Ramsay misjudging that the ball was going behind for a Forfar corner, an early set play opportunity arose.

    Working a short corner, the ball eventually came into the box from the left where the header was powered home by Paterson.

    Forfar dominated possession in the opening exchanges before Motherwell started to grow into things, with Lori Gardner being denied what looked like a stonewall penalty.

    Surging in from the left into the box, her run was cut short by the trailing leg of a defender, but the referee waved appeals away.

    As the game started to even out in terms of possession, the hosts got a second.

    Stopping a promising attack, Forfar swung the ball forward for Pollard  to chase. Showing power and poise, she rounded the goalkeeper before making it 2-0 with 38 minutes gone.

    ‘Well kept at it and would halve the deficit before the interval.

    Forfar failed to clear a corner and the ball broke nicely to Gallon on the right 12 yards from goal. Her first touch was perfect, before unleashing an unstoppable effort back across goal into the top left corner of the net.

    The next goal would be crucial but it would fall to Forfar 10 minutes into the second period.

    A run into the box down the left was ended by Roberts’ challenge from behind, with the referee pointing to the penalty spot.

    Paterson would make no mistake from 12 yards, slotting low to the left as Ramsay went the other way.

    The power of striker Pollard in attack had been causing frequent trouble which arose again with 21 minutes left.

    Playing a quick one-two just inside the Motherwell half, she sprinted through and kept Watson’s challenge at bay, before slotting low into the bottom right corner from just outside the area.

    Motherwell got one back only a minute later. Bursting up the park from kick-off and winning a corner, the flick on from the front post landed again to Gallon at the back to poke in.

    Rice would go close with a header as Motherwell pushed on to try and salvage a result but it would be Forfar who would start the season with the three points.

    Motherwell: Ramsay, Connor, Watson, Gallon, Roberts, Hay, Adams, Rice, Swanson, Gardner, Pullar.

    Subs: Crooks, Reside, Baillie, Sinclair, Callaghan, Skelton, Trialist.

  • First team

    St Mirren match cancelled

    St Mirren match cancelled

    Our Scottish Premiership match with St Mirren has been cancelled.

    Our opponents have informed the SPFL that they are unable to fulfill the fixture.

    St Mirren have told the league that, due to a number of positive tests for Covid-19 amongst their playing squad and coaching staff, they have only 12 registered fit players, including four goalkeepers, available the match.

    We will await further guidance from the league.

    If you have purchased a PPV pass to watch this match in the UK/Republic of Ireland, please email tvsupport@stmirren.com for a refund.

  • First team

    PJ Morrison loaned to Falkirk

    PJ Morrison loaned to Falkirk

    PJ Morrison has joined Falkirk on loan for the remainder of the 2020/21 campaign.

    The young goalkeeper heads to the League One side as they look to win promotion to the second tier.

    The move represents another important step in his development, having also recently been called into the Scotland Under 21 side.

    “It is vitally important for PJ to gain valuable experience at first team level,” manager Stephen Robinson said. “That is especially true for a goalkeeper like him.

    “We have no reserve fixtures this season. Because of that, we feel the development of our young players is being affected.

    “The loan system is the way to bridge this gap. Instead of sitting on our bench or in the stands, they get the experience of training with us but also playing matches at a good level.”

    Morrison joins Jamie Semple (Cove Rangers), Ross MacIver (Greenock Morton), Harry Robinson (Queen of the South) and Sam Muir (Gretna) in going out on loan.

  • Women

    Women return to league action

    Women return to league action

    Over seven months have passed since the last competitive game of football for our women’s team.

    This Sunday sees the return of SWPL1, with the women of steel traveling to take on Forfar Farmington. Kick off is at 2pm.

    You can watch the game live for £4 on our opponents’ live streaming service.

    Tale of the tape

    The sides met twice before the Covid-19 pandemic brought a halt to action.

    Motherwell were victorious in the first game at Station Park in SWPL1, before Forfar took the win in the SWPL Cup group stage.

    Shaping the squad

    The bulk of the team which started the aborted 2020 campaign has been retained by manager Eddie Wolecki Black, with further additions made.

    NamePosition
    1Khym RamseyGoalkeeper
    2Rachel ConnorDefender
    3Lauren Doran-BarrDefender
    4Chelsie WatsonDefender
    5Lauren GallonDefender
    6Georgia CrooksMidfielder
    7Kodie HayMidfielder
    8Claire AdamsMidfielder
    9Jordan McLintockForward
    11Katie RiceMidfielder
    12Lauryn ResideMidfielder
    13Natasha RobertsDefender
    14Gill InglisMidfielder
    15Lisa SwansonForward
    16Lynsey BaillieDefender
    17Kaela McDonald-NguahForward
    18Lucy SinclairMidfielder
    19Lori GardnerForward
    20Abby CallaghanMidfielder
    21Ailey TebbettGoalkeeper
    22Nicole PullarForward
    23Georgie RaffertyDefender
    24Abby SkeltonMidfielder
    Setting the tone

    “Our expectations remain the same from earlier in the year,” manager Eddie Wolecki Black said.

    “We have players with top-flight experience, players who have been across the course with us before, and some young talent.

    “The early weeks of the season will give us the chance to build momentum and see where it takes us, in a league which has grown massively in strength.

    “We won this fixture at the start of the failed season, so we are capable of doing the same again.”

  • First team

    Stephen Robinson looks ahead to St Mirren

    “We were on a good run. Our aim is to get back on that run as soon as possible.”

    Stephen Robinson previews the return to action at St Mirren.

  • First team

    Bevis Mugabi out with shoulder injury

    Bevis Mugabi out with shoulder injury

    Bevis Mugabi will be out for four to six weeks with a dislocated shoulder.

    The defender, who has established himself as an important figure in the Motherwell backline, suffered the injury on his return to training earlier this week.

    “It is a blow to lose Bevis,” manager Stephen Robinson said.

    “He has played his way into the team and acquitted himself very well.

    “He just seems to be unfortunate that when he gets a run of games, he suffers an injury.”

  • First team

    ‘Well seven round off international break

    ‘Well seven round off international break

    A magnificent international break for Motherwell’s players ended on Wednesday with further success.

    Declan Gallagher and Stephen O’Donnell both started again for Scotland and came home after contributing heavily to three wins and three clean sheets for the national team.

    Both impressed again as Ryan Fraser’s goal was enough to defeat the Czech Republic 1-0 at Hampden in the UEFA Nations League, following on from a 1-0 win over Slovakia in the same competition and a penalties win over Israel in the UEFA Euro 2020 play-off semi-final.

    Scotland now top their UEFA Nations League group as they play for promotion to League A and, should they continue their positive results, could guarantee themselves a 2022 FIFA World Cup play-off position.

    Steve Clarke’s side are also preparing for their UEFA Euro 2020 play-off final match with Serbia in November, with Gallagher and O’Donnell very much in contention to take part.


    Full list of Motherwell FC’s all-time Scotland internationals


    Trevor Carson was prepared to be on the bench for Northern Ireland as they headed to Norway for their final UEFA Nations League match of the break.

    However, an injury to Bailey Peacock-Farrell in the warm-up saw the ‘Well keeper drafted in at the last minute for his first international appearance in almost two years.

    Norway won 1-0 on the night, but Carson impressed between the sticks as he looks to claim a place in the team for their UEFA Euro 2020 play-off final in November.

    Barry Maguire got himself on the scoresheet for Scotland Under 21s, as they kept up the pressure at the top of their group with a 7-0 win in San Marino.

    Fraser Hornby became the highest-ever scorer for the age level with a hat-trick, with ex-Well man David Turnbull also grabbing a goal.

    Allan Campbell missed the game through suspension, with PJ Morrison on the bench.

    Bevis Mugabi returned on Tuesday from a warm-weather training camp in Dubai, as his Uganda side gear up for crucial AFCON qualifiers in November.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Youngsters involved in first loan action

    Youngsters involved in first loan action

    Two Motherwell loanees lined up against each other on their debuts in the Betfred Cup group stages.

    Ross MacIver played the full 90 minutes for Morton, with Harry Robinson coming on as a substitute for Queen of the South, in a 2-2 draw last midweek.

    Robinson was then an unused substitute at the weekend as Queens surrendered a two-goal lead at home to St Mirren to draw 2-2, before failing to take the bonus point on penalties.

    Jamie Semple got his first top team minutes in 14 months as he made his debut for Cove Rangers at the weekend.

    The midfielder replaced former ‘Well man Adam Livingstone as the League One side lost a one-goal lead against top flight Hibernian, being defeated 2-1.

    He then followed that up with a goal against Brora Rangers on Tuesday night, in a match which ended level before Cove took the bonus point on penalties.

    Young goalkeeper Matty Connolly was also on the bench for Falkirk as they lost 2-0 at Dunfermline Athletic in the same competition on Friday night, and again in the 2-1 win over Clyde on Tuesday.

    In the Lowland League, Sam Muir made his bow for Gretna on Saturday as they lost 2-1 at home to Spartans, before also featuring in the 6-1 loss at East Kilbride on Tuesday.