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    Motherwell almost cause upset in SWPL1

  • First team

    Graham Alexander reacts to loss at Dundee United

  • First team

    Dundee United 1-0 Motherwell

  • First team

    Manager looks ahead to Dundee United game

  • First team

    Goss: “We have to take this opportunity”

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Motherwell duo in Scotland’s Under 17 Euros squad

  • Women

    Rangers next in SWPL1

  • First team

    Time to vote for your 2021/22 Player of the Year

  • First team

    Next up: Dundee Utd

  • Women

    Victory in the capital

  • Women

    Motherwell almost cause upset in SWPL1

    Motherwell almost cause upset in SWPL1

    Motherwell were narrowly beaten 2-1 by  Rangers on Sunday in a game where they were unlucky not to get any points. 

    Goals from Kirsten Reilly and Lizzie Arnott for Rangers secured all three points for the visitors, while Katie Rice scored a screamer to get ‘Well back in the game.

    Motherwell were looking for a similar performance to the one against Rangers last month, where they were narrowly beaten 0-1 but Rangers started on the front foot on this occasion. 

    After four minutes, Amy Anderson lost the ball in the middle of the park and Reilly nicked in to claim possession before rifling a low stinging effort into the bottom corner past Ciara Duff. 

    Rangers had most of the possession in the first half as they looked to add to their advantage. 

    A resilient Motherwell backline managed to keep the Rangers attackers quiet for large portions of the first half. Reilly was looking for her brace and on 39 minutes, unleashed an effort from 25 yards out which came crashing off the crossbar. 

    Just a minute later, on 40 minutes, Sam Kerr was looking to get on the scoresheet when she got on the end of Brogan Hay’s cross but her header was comfortably saved by Duff.

    Rangers however did get their second of the match. Demi Vance burst down the left hand side before drilling a low cross which found Arnott in space, she took a touch and placed an effort into the top corner.

    2-0 Rangers at the break.

    Motherwell had plenty to work to do to get back into the game and came out and put a sensational second half performance in. 

    After a flurry of set pieces for the side, Motherwell were awarded a free kick 35 yards out. Rice stepped up and fired a remarkable left foot strike towards goal which landed in the top corner to half the deficit. 1-2 Rangers. 

    Motherwell limited Rangers to many chances in the second half, with Kerr coming closest on 69 minutes with a shot from the edge of the box which was saved by Duff.

    Controversy would strike the match on 71 minutes when Kaela McDonald-Nguah got on the end of a long ball. The ball bounced in the Rangers penalty area as keeper Jenna Fife came off her line and misjudged the bounce. She held onto McDonald-Nguah to prevent the striker from an easy finish but the referee seen nothing wrong and no penalty was awarded.

    Motherwell continued to push and came close once again on 82 minutes. A Rice delivery from a corner caused all sorts of problems from Rangers and Chelsie Watson directed an effort towards goal which was deflected and struck the crossbar.

    Despite continued pressure from the home side, Rangers hung on to take the win and continue their unbeaten run.

  • First team

    Graham Alexander reacts to loss at Dundee United

    “On another day, we win that game. I can’t ask any more of the players.”

  • First team

    Dundee United 1-0 Motherwell

    Dundee United 1-0 Motherwell

    Motherwell had plenty chances but lost ground in the race for Europe as Dundee United ran out 1-0 winners.

    Kaiyne Woolery came in up top for Joe Efford, with Mark O’Hara taking Dean Cornelius’ place in midfield in two changes from the side which lost to Rangers last time out.

    Both sides went into the Tannadice fixture with aspirations of claiming a UEFA Europa Conference League place and both were on the front foot from the off.

    While United had most of the early ball, it was Motherwell who arguably should have been out of sight within 20 minutes

    Ten minutes in, a United corner found its way into Kelly’s hands. The goalkeeper saw the determined sprint forward of Tierney and the long kick went over the United defence and got the Irish youngster in behind.

    Taken slightly wide, Tierney drove towards goal and saw the space open on Siegrist’s left side, but saw hit shot agonisingly bounce clear off the post.

    Another golden chance would follow 10 minutes later.

    A swift Motherwell attack saw Tierney hacked down on the edge of the box but the advantage was played as Woolery gathered.

    The forward took a touch to set himself, before firing a rocket towards goal which smashed off the crossbar and away.

    Motherwell continued with wave after wave of attack, with United leading a charmed life as they got in the way of a number of final balls which looked set to gift further opportunities to the visitors.

    As has too often been the case in recent months, however, the sucker punch wasn’t far away.

    Eight minutes from the interval, Levitt started a good and quick interchange on the edge of the area and, via Watt and McNulty, the ball was returned to him in the middle.

    His shot took a wicked deflection off the grounded Goss, catching Kelly by surprise and looping over him into the net.

    Motherwell kept at it, with Tierney and Woolery in particular looking dangerous, but a shot at a leveller just wouldn’t fall before the interval.

    ‘Well started the second half in similar positive vein.

    Woolery’s pace was a persistent danger and that endeavour produced the first chance of the half early on.

    Siegrist was panicked enough to rush out of his area to try and intervene as Woolery chased down the loose ball and his clearance fell to Tierney 30 yards out.

    The United goalkeeper scrambled back and as Tierney looked to chip him, he couldn’t get the elevation on the shot and Siegrist could gather.

    Motherwell continued to flood forward and a tactical change with 25 minutes to go saw the team shift to a 4-2-3-1 shape, with Ojala replaced by Efford and O’Hara moving to right back.

    Mugabi was then sent up top for the last 10 as Alexander went all out for the game-changing moment.

    It came agonisingly close with eight minutes left. Slattery’s free-kick from the left met Lamie in the area, but the defender could only steer his header wide.

    Tierney saw a header from close range brilliantly saved by Siegrist with five minutes to go as Motherwell kept pressing and O’Hara would also head wide from another Slattery free-kick.

    But the goal just wouldn’t come, with ‘Well leaving Tannadice empty handed.

  • First team

    Manager looks ahead to Dundee United game

    Graham Alexander says all games with Dundee United this season have been highly competitive and expects the same again this time round.

    The manager believes his side will be able to cope with the pressure of picking up enough points in the cinch Premiership to clinch a spot for Europe next season.

  • First team

    Goss: “We have to take this opportunity”

    Sean Goss says despite a poor run of form since the turn of the year, the squad remain optimistic and have to remember how well they played to get into the top six before this tough run.

    With four games left in the cinch Premiership, Goss is well aware it is the crunch time for the season.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Motherwell duo in Scotland’s Under 17 Euros squad

    Motherwell duo in Scotland’s Under 17 Euros squad

    Motherwell pair Lennon Miller and Bailey Rice have been called up by Scotland for the UEFA Under 17s European Championship finals.

    Appearing in the tournament for the first time since 2017, the national team will take on Portugal, Denmark and Sweden in their group, having finished second in their qualification group.

    Portugal lie in wait first on Tuesday 17 May at the Lod Municipal Stadium in Israel, before Denmark on Friday 20 May at the Ramat Gan Stadium

    Sweden are the opponents in the final group game on Monday 23 May at the Lod Municipal Stadium.

    All games will be broadcast on the BBC website and on BBC iPlayer.

  • Women

    Rangers next in SWPL1

    Rangers next in SWPL1

    Motherwell face off against SWPL1 leaders Rangers on Sunday at Alliance Park. 

    Kick off is 4pm.

    Come and Watch

    There will be no tickets sold before the match.

    Entry will be pay at the gate only, with adults costing £5 while children go free.

    Tale of the Tape

    This will be the fourth meeting between the two sides this season, and the third in the league.

    Rangers have a 100% record against Motherwell this season. In their last encounter, Motherwell ran the title chasers very close as they were defeated 1-0.

    Form Guide

    Motherwell come into this game off the back of a 1-0 victory against Spartans in Edinburgh.

    Chelsie Watson netted to give Motherwell their first win since January and closed the gap to Spartans and Aberdeen in the table.

    With three games to go, Rangers are five points clear of Glasgow City in second place.

    City are in cup semi final action this weekend so the Gers have the opportunity to go eight points clear of their rivals, with City having three games left to play.

    Rangers last dropped points in the league back in October to Glasgow City.

  • First team

    Time to vote for your 2021/22 Player of the Year

    Time to vote for your 2021/22 Player of the Year

    It is now time for you to choose your Motherwell FC 2021/22 player of the year. 

    The award is one of six awards on offer, with players’ player of the year, young player of the year, coaches player of the year, top goalscorer and goal of the season all up for grabs.

    To choose your player of the year, simply fill out this form.

    Voting for goal of the season will open shortly.

  • First team

    Next up: Dundee Utd

    Next up: Dundee Utd

    We travel to Tannadice for a third time this season to take on Dundee United on Saturday.

    Kick-off is at 3pm.

    Get your tickets now

    Tickets for Motherwell fans can be purchased online now directly from Dundee United. Fans should purchase tickets in Jim McLean Fair Play Upper (highlighted in black on United’s e-ticketing website).

    Prices are:

    • Adults: £26
    • Over 65s / Under 18s / Full time students: £14
    • Under 12s (Only with Full paying Adult): £5
    • Wheelchair & carer £14

    Wheelchair supporters must contact Dundee United directly. Any supporter with mobility issues and cannot navigate the stairs must contact Dundee United direct and will be issued tickets in the lower Fair Play. To get in touch with the club, it’s 01382 833166 (option 1) or email tickets@dundeeunitedfc.co.uk.

    Live streaming

    You can watch a live stream for £12.50 if you’re in the UK.

    To buy, head to ppv.dundeeunitedfc.co.uk

    International viewers can watch through our subscription service at live.motherwellfc.co.uk. Packages start at as little as £12.50 per month to watch all 38 cinch Premiership fixtures.

    Tale of the tape

    Motherwell head to Tannadice for a third time this season as the race for fourth reaches a conclusion.

    Dundee United won the last meeting between the sides, with goals coming from Dylan Levitt and Tony Watt.

    Form guide

    Both teams have been struggling for wins recently but find themselves sitting in the top 6. United’s last home win was against the Steelmen back in February.

    Since that last encounter, they have both only won one league game each.

  • Women

    Victory in the capital

    Victory in the capital

    Motherwell cruised to their sixth league victory after defeating Spartans 1-0 in a season-defining clash at Ainslie Park.

    Chelsie Watson’s first half strike proved to be the difference in what was a crucial three points for the women of steel.

    Following last weekend’s disappointing 1-0 defeat to local rivals Hamilton, Paul Brownlie made the two changes from the previous outing, with London Pollard and Jordan McLintock replacing Kodie Hay and Amy Anderson who missed out through suspension.

    Looking to continue their quest for a top six finish this season, Motherwell started on the front foot, with Carla Boyce causing the hosts problems in the opening few minutes.

    Jordan McLintock’s unorthodox cross sailed invitingly into the path of Boyce who shifted the ball onto her right foot before firing towards goal, but the forwards mistimed attempt drifted wide of the target.

    Minutes later, Motherwell were convinced they should’ve been awarded a penalty after Boyce was hauled down deep into the Spartans penalty area, but despite the adamant pleas from the side-lines, the referee quickly waved play on.

    The women of steel continued to dominate the early stages and deservedly broke the deadlock midway through the first half.

    Kaela McDonald-Nguah’s spectacular free kick attempt from the edge of the box cleared the wall with ease, but Harrison reacted superbly to parry the ball around the post.

    The resulting corner klick fell kindly to Watson in the centre of the box, and the defenders drilled effort evaded everyone before nestling into the bottom left corner.

    As the second half resumed, both sides struggled to break down each other’s respective defences, as they stood resolute with very few chances of note for either side.

    London Pollard came closest to adding the second of the game after latching onto Gill Inglis long ball, but the forwards audacious attempt fell agonisingly wide of the far post.

    Nevertheless, Paul Brownlie’s side held on in the final few minutes to record a valuable three points which narrows the gap to Spartans in sixth, before facing Rangers in a crucial encounter at Alliance Park next Sunday.