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Tale of the tape
It’s well-told tale that Motherwell’s last league win at Ibrox came back in May 1997, with Owen Coyle netting a double.
Rangers have won the last five in the league at Ibrox against ‘Well, with the visitors’ last positive result on Premiership business coming in a 1-1 draw in April 2017.
Last time out, Devante Cole’s opener was cancelled out by Cedric Itten’s equaliser in a draw at Fir Park in January.
Rangers sit top of the league with 12 points, with four wins from five matches so far.
Victories over Livingston, Ross County, Celtic and St Johnstone have put them in the driving seat, with the one loss coming away at Dundee United.
Motherwell started the season with a narrow defeat to Hibernian and a draw at St Johnstone, before picking up a succession of wins over Livingston, Dundee and Aberdeen.
Graham Alexander’s men sit fourth, two points behind the leaders, with five games played.
Partick Thistle next in SWPL1
Tuesday 14 September 2021
Motherwell face newly-promoted Partick Thistle on Sunday at Petershill Football Centre.
The Glasgow side finished in third place in the SWPL2 last season and missed out on promotion.
However, due to Forfar Farmington’s withdrawal from the SWPL1 at the start of the season, Thistle were moved up into the top flight.
Kick off is 1pm.
Celtic were due to be our opponents on Sunday 19 September in SWPL1.
Due to international call ups within the Celtic camp, the fixture has been postponed and will be played at a later date, and the fixture with Thistle from 26 September has been brought forward.
A further update will be provided in due course on our rearranged fixture against Celtic.
Tale of the Tape
Motherwell are unbeaten in their previous two meetings with Thistle.
The sides last met in 2020 in the SWPL Cup, where the women of steel ran out comfortable 6-1 winners.
Prior to that, their last encounter was in 2019 in the SWF Scottish Cup, where the game was taken to extra time and The ’Well progressed after winning 2-0.
Both Partick Thistle and Motherwell are looking for their first points of the SWPL1 campaign.
Thistle played their opening league match on Sunday against promoted side Aberdeen, where they fell to a 2-0 defeat.
The Jags finished second in their SWPL Cup group and qualified for the next round, where they will face champions Glasgow City.
Motherwell will be looking to get off the mark in the new campaign after a tricky start against Glasgow City and Hibernian, where they lost 6-0 and 4-0 respectively.
No away fans at Ibrox
Monday 13 September 2021
Motherwell fans will not be able to buy tickets for our weekend trip to face Rangers.
Our opponents have advised us that, due to ongoing restrictions at Ibrox, no away allocation will be sent for Sunday’s match.
Having initially been declined an allocation, subsequent dialogue led to Rangers providing us with a detailed explanation that, due to the displacement of some supporters due to a Covid “red zone”, an away section is not possible.
While regrettable that no Motherwell fans can attend, we accept that Covid restrictions have led to an unavoidable situation.
Instead, we will be showing the game live at Fir Park. Our live beamback to our Cooper Bar is now sold out.
Defeat to Hibernian in SWPL1
Sunday 12 September 2021
Motherwell suffered defeat to Hibernian in their SWPL1 home opener on Sunday.
Rachael Boyle would open the scoring for the visitors with a well-placed free kick, before Kirsty Morrison rifled home a second from close range.
Carla Boyce added a third early into the second half, before substitute Eilidh Adams netted a fourth late on to secure all three points for the Edinburgh side.
Motherwell battled hard in the second half in search of a consolation but were unable to break through a resolute Hibs defence.
The visitors would come close to the opener in the opening phases of play. Katie Rice’s floated cross fell kindly to Boyce at the back post, but the winger’s low driven effort was deflected inches wide of the target.
Hibs would take the lead midway through the first half. Boyle’s perfectly weighted free-kick curled superbly past Khym Ramsay into the top-right corner, leaving the Motherwell shot-stopper with no chance.
They would then double their advantage on the stroke of half-time. Motherwell were unable to clear their lines from Rice’s cross, and Morrison was there to fire home the rebound from close range to put the visitors in control of the tie.
The Hibees would add a third early into the second half. A well-worked counter-attack caught Motherwell out at the back, and Boyce raced through on goal before comfortably placing her strike under Ramsay into the bottom left corner.
The fourth came in the latter stages of the game. A quick interchange of play left substitute Eilidh Adams unchallenged at the edge of the box, and the forward’s powerful effort sailed past Ramsay into the top-left corner.
Manager reacts to win over Aberdeen
Saturday 11 September 2021
The manager speaks as Motherwell defeat the Dons 2-0 in the cinch Premiership.
Motherwell 2-0 Aberdeen
Saturday 11 September 2021
Motherwell made it three consecutive cinch Premiership league wins to climb above Aberdeen and leave the Fir Park fans celebrating a tremendous win.
Kevin van Veen’s headed goal midway through the first half gave ‘Well a lead to defend.
Despite the Dons dominating possession and with Liam Kelly defiant, the game was settled just before the hour mark when Juhani Ojala headed home his first ‘Well goal.
Most recent signing Norwegian Sondre Solholm Johansen made his debut alongside Finnish internationalist Ojala, with Uganda internationalist Bevis Mugabi and Nathan McGinley forming a back four.
There was a new look about both teams following summer signings and the first time Stephen Glass and Graham Alexander have come face to face as managers.
It was also a first return to Fir Park for Declan Gallagher had the first chance after 13 minutes when he got his head to Ross McCrorie’s free-kick but the former ‘Well captain directed the ball wide of Liam Kelly’s goal.
Ten minutes later the Fir Park ‘keeper was tested. Calvin Ramsay’s cross found Marley Watkins unmarked six yards in front of goal. He only managed to head the ball straight at Kelly who palmed the ball down before bravely smothering the ball at the striker’s feet.
The Dons almost paid for that miss after 25 minutes when Tony Watt nodded Mark O’Hara’s corner down and wide of goal.
A minute later, though, the home side found the target.
Watt was clipped by McCrorie as they chased a long through ball but referee John Beaton gave ‘Well the advantage.
Kaiyne Woolery made the most of it whipping the ball to the back of the six-yard box where van Veen stooped to head home his second goal of the season.
Unlucky to find themselves behind, Aberdeen had a quick opportunity to draw level but from an angle, Lewis Ferguson’s powerful drive was palmed over his crossbar by Kelly.
The Motherwell ‘keeper was a busy man up until the interval as Dons pressed for an equaliser.
Eight minutes from the break Kelly firmly held the ball after Ramsay finished his jinking run with a fine shot on goal.
The Dons’ full-back was again on target minutes later with a thumping drive which rebounded from Kelly’s chest only to watch Watkins scoop the ball over the bar, before an assistant’s flag was raised for offside.
Despite Aberdeen’s possession and pressure around the home goal, the Fir Park defenders held firm to protect their narrow lead until the interval.
The pattern of play continued after the break and Kelly had to look lively to twice denied efforts from Marley Watkins.
Then in the 59th minute and very much against the run of play ‘Well doubled their lead. Mark O’Hara’s slipped his free-kick wide to van Veen which allowed the Dutchman to deliver a tempting cross into the six-yard box.
Mugabi and Ojala both towered to claim it but it was the Finn who powered his header home via the underside of the bar to celebrate his first Motherwell goal.
It was nearly 3-0 two minutes later when Joe Lewis had to backtrack to scoop van Veen’s cross-cum-shot from under his crossbar and then watch as Liam Grimshaw forced the ball over the bar.
Another speedy break and low delivery from Woolery just evaded Watt and van Veen as shell shocked Dons almost fell further behind.
After that Motherwell held on comfortably as the Dons ran out of ideas.