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    Dundee United scoreline overturned

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    Spartans 2-2 Motherwell

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    Goal of the season vote 2023/24

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    Match preview: Spartans (A)

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    Post-split fixtures confirmed

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    500 and not out

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    Coming up just short on top-six // Motherwell 1-1 Hibernian

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    Motherwell 2-1 Dundee United

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    Sarah Gibb: We are all proud to play at Fir Park

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    Match Preview: Dundee United (H)

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    Dundee United scoreline overturned

    Dundee United scoreline overturned

    Following this afternoon’s statement from the SWPL, Motherwell FC can confirm that our recent win over Dundee United has now been recorded as a 3-0 victory following a disciplinary hearing.

    Motherwell won the initial match 2-1 at Fir Park last Sunday, but with Dundee United having fielded an ineligible player, the panel has overturned the initial scoreline.


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    Spartans 2-2 Motherwell

    Spartans 2-2 Motherwell

    A frustrating evening of mixed-emotions for the women of steel in the Scottish capital, as Motherwell extended their unbeaten run to five games but were forced to settle for a point in a tense encounter with relegation-survival hopefuls Spartans at Ainslie Park.

    The hosts broke the deadlock early into the second-half through Rebecca Galbraith, with Laura Berry restoring the scoreline with an assured equaliser shortly after the hour mark. Motherwell rallied in the second-half and looked firmly in the ascendency when the young Scottish forward secured a brace after converting Gill Inglis’ low delivery, but a Dion McMahon header in the latter stages of the game ensured a point for both sides.

    Head coach Paul Brownlie made six changes to the starting XI from the side that overcame Dundee United at Fir Park last weekend. Rebecca Cameron returned to start in the Motherwell goal, with Eve Donald, Bailley Collins, Sarah Gibb, Murron Cunningham and Sophia Martin all featuring in the starting teamsheet.

    Despite being named captain for the encounter with Spartans, illness forced midfielder Amy Anderson to drop out of the matchday squad with Louisa Boyes taking place in the Motherwell midfield-three.

    Neither side could find a foothold in the game within the opening exchanges, but Motherwell came closest to netting the early advantage. Cutting inside from the right-hand side, Berry skilfully worked her way across the edge of the Spartans penalty area before teeing up Cunningham at the edge of the box, but the midfielders ambitious attempt forced Alicia Yates into a comfortable stop.

    Cameron was soon tested in the Motherwell goal, with a close-range Spartans free-kick clearing the claret and amber wall, but the young shot-stopper reacted quickly to parry beyond the near post.

    Unable to find their rhythm in the game, Motherwell’s frustrations were confounded when the referee was forced to pause the game with an injury to the match official. Without an immediate replacement on-hand, the lengthy break in play remained until a local backup could arrive.

    Efforts from Berry and Morgan Cross threatened the Spartans goal, but the visitors couldn’t find the breakthrough as the first-half drew to a close.

    Despite having a greater share of possession and goalscoring opportunities, Spartans found the opener against the run of play. A floated free-kick from the halfway-line sailed invitingly into the Motherwell six-yard box, and the unmarked Galbraith calmly placed a headed effort beyond the reach of Cameron.

    However, Motherwell’s never say die attitude shone through, and the visitors soon netted the equaliser. A quick counter-attack left Brooke Nunn racing through the centre of the Spartans half before teeing up Berry at the edge of the box. The forward accurately picked out the overlapping run of Gill Inglis, who was brought down inside the penalty area.

    Berry stepped up and calmy dispatched her fifth Motherwell goal, with a composed side-footed finish into the bottom-right corner.

    In the latter stages of the game, Motherwell had completed the comeback, with Inglis’ again the provider, drilling a low delivery across the face of goal, and Berry again escaping her marker to convert from 12-yards out.

    Despite remaining firmly in control of the encounter, Spartans found a late equaliser against the run of play, with McMahon guiding a header beyond Cameron from a whipped corner kick.

    Motherwell move five points behind Aberdeen in the push for seventh place, but continue their unbeaten run to five successive games.

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    Goal of the season vote 2023/24

    Voting for the 2023/24 goal of the season award is now open. 

    The choices are viewable on the video above, and are as follows:


    You can vote online now.

    Our end-of-season awards dinner will take place on Saturday 4 May at Dalziel Park Hotel.

    A number of awards will be up for grabs on the night recognising top performers across the first team, women’s team and the academy.

    Hosted by Tam Cowan, the night will consist of live entertainment, 3-course meal and will kick-off at 7pm with first-team players and coaching staff in attendance.

    Individual places are available at £72 per person with tables available in multiples of 10 or 12.

    To book, please call the events team on 01698 338 011 or online.

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    Match preview: Spartans (A)

    Match preview: Spartans (A)

    Motherwell swiftly return to action on Wednesday night, as the visitors travel to the Scottish capital to face relegation-survival hopefuls Spartans at Ainslie Park.

    A special night under the Fir Park lights last Sunday saw the women of steel coast past Dundee United to extend their unbeaten run to four games whilst continuing the momentum in closing down nearest league rivals Aberdeen.

    Paul Brownlie’s side make the trip to Edinburgh in fine form on the road after overcoming this evening’s opponents last month ahead of a comfortable four-goal victory in the Lanarkshire derby with local rivals Hamilton.

    The Tale of the Tape


    Ensuring a positive return to SWPL action at Fir Park, Motherwell marked the occasion with an assured performance over Dundee United in ML1. Morgan Cross broke the deadlock shortly after half-time, latching onto Bailley Collins’ pinpoint through ball. The visitors levelled in the latter stages of the game, but the women of steel’s never say die attitude showed, with Laura Berry finding the target under less than two-minutes later.

    The women of steel are amidst their most clinical and prolific spell of the season, netting on 13-occasions whilst only conceding twice through that time. Rangers loanee Laura Berry and Louisa Boyes have both found the target three-times, with striker Morgan Cross scoring in four consecutive games.

    Victory in the Scottish capital would mathematically secure SWPL status for Motherwell ahead of the forthcoming season, with three points opening up and 21-point advantage over Dundee United and Hamilton at the foot of the SWPL league table if results elsewhere are in the women of steel’s favour.


    This evening’s opponents sit precariously at the foot of the SWPL league table, six-points ahead of Hamilton and Dundee United.

    The Edinburgh outfit’s last two league victories have came against Dundee United, with defeats to Montrose and Aberdeen preventing Spartans from finding a consistent run of form.

    Ticket Information

    Cash & card payments are also available for this fixture.

    Adult – £8

    Concession – £3

    Under 11s – Free to enter

    How to follow the action 

    Supporters can follow Sunday’s encounter on Twitter @motherwellwomen, with a full report of the action available post-match. Kick-off from Ainslie park is at 7.45 PM.

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    Post-split fixtures confirmed

    Post-split fixtures confirmed

    Our final five fixtures of the season are now confirmed. 

    We will kick off our post-split schedule with a trip to Aberdeen on Saturday 27 April.

    Livingston will visit Fir Park on Saturday 4 May, before we travel to Dingwall on 11 May.

    We then travel to Easter Road on Wednesday 15 May and we will finish the 2023/24 season at Fir Park against St Johnstone on Sunday 19 May.

    Ticket details for all fixtures will be revealed in due course.

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    500 and not out

    500 and not out

    It was a very special and memorable ending in Motherwell’s outing against Dundee on Saturday, but for Paul McGinn, the game carried extra meaning and sentiment.

    McGinn made his 500th professional appearance in football, a special feat achieved by one of Motherwell’s most consistent performers over the last two seasons.

    As we look back on the defender’s impressive career to date, it’s worth noting that his introduction into football was somewhat different to the path that many take.

    “I was actually playing amateur football until I was 17,” McGinn explained.

    “At the time, I had been playing for a local side in Clydebank, playing with the older guys and I was doing quite well. My Uncle worked at Hampden and he said to the guy at Queen’s Park to give me a trial. That’s how I got a chance, so it wasn’t like anyone had seen me or that.

    “I got to the trial game and I was meant to be on the bench but someone didn’t turn up. But I had to play right-midfield. After ten minutes, I scored a volley. The game was at Lesser Hampden so after 20 minutes, you’d have been as well taking me off. I was knackered. But because of the volley, they said to come back because I had something and I got the contract from there.

    “So if it wasn’t for the volley and somebody not turning up, who knows.”

    From there, McGinn began his journey in the Scottish Leagues, starting at the very bottom with Queen’s Park and he went on to make his debut at 18. But that debut didn’t quite go to plan.

    “I got sent off,” McGinn laughed.

    “I came on as a sub. Raith Rovers were going to win the league and Queen’s were fighting to stay up. It was 1-0 Raith and they were keeping the ball in the corner. Barry Douglas came flying in over the top so that got me going as well.

    “Basically, I volleyed a boy. I just remember thinking I was innocent until I seen it back, it was more like Joey Barton. Not a great start but I played quite well so we’ll take that.

    “I was up early working as I was a postman at the time, so I blamed it on that too. Fair to say, I chucked the job not long after.”

    At the time of breaking into the first-team, Queen’s Park had a range of talent who would go on to have fruitful careers. Barry Douglas, Lawrence Shankland, Andy Robertson and Blair Spittal just to name a few, McGinn recalls Dundee United coming in for Douglas and that was when he seen the exposure his team were receiving and shortly after, he would move onto pastures new also.

    “I was meant to sign for Aberdeen, Craig Brown had been on at me,” the defender explained.

    “On the very last day of the season in the playoffs, I got a bad tackle and done my knee. It was swollen so I just went away on holiday. I went to do some running and knew something was wrong. I had to phone Aberdeen.

    “They said, get yourself sorted and come up when you’re ready so we can take a look at you. But because I’d left Queen’s Park, my mum had to pay for my operation. So it wasn’t until early September before I was fit. I actually came into Fir Park at one stage for physio, Stuart McCall was the manager.

    “I went to train with St Mirren and they offered me a deal but I couldn’t turn professional until the January, so I went back on loan to Queen’s Park, that was awkward as they refused to pay for my operation.”

    That time at St Mirren got off to a rough start and unfortunately for McGinn, his time there would be like that. Going out on loan to Dumbarton to get some game time, he would depart having made 0 appearances for the Paisley side.

    “Hamilton and a few others were in for me but it was Dundee who were making good signings,” the Scotland internationalist said.

    “They’d just taken Greg Stewart and Scott Bain up there, so I knew they were making waves. We were good and I enjoyed my time there. I was driving from Clydebank every day, so that wasn’t ideal but I did make my SPL debut.

    “By the end of my contract, Dundee had been going on constantly about new deals but nothing ever happened. They messed around and when I got offered a deal, I felt it was a bit disrespectful so I thought I’d go try something else at Chesterfield.

    “League One in England, new stadium. Looking back, I’d do it again. It’s the only real time in my career where I had a bad injury. I missed most of the time there. I scored at Bramall Lane and Rochdale. Both were outside the box, I’m normally three goals a season. Until I came to Motherwell.”

    McGinn’s time at Chesterfield drew to a close and the defender returned back home to Glasgow, with Partick Thistle. A short stint at Firhill ended in relegation, something he admits was one of the lowest points in his career due to the good people associated with the club.

    But his future was already secured, with a return to St Mirren on the cards and agreed with Jack Ross.

    “When I signed for Jack Ross and St Mirren, he won the league and got his big move to Sunderland,” McGinn said.

    “It didn’t really matter, I just went into the same boat as everyone else and had to impress the new manager.”

    As McGinn made powering progress at club level, at international level, eyes were firmly on him, with Steve Clarke naming him in his Scotland squads, alongside brother John.

    “I left pro-youth when I was 11,” McGinn added.

    “You always have that ambition to reach the top but to play for you country, wow. Unbelievable.

    “I’d been in squads before but I always think of Stephen O’Donnell. I’d warmed up for about half-an-hour whilst he was holding his shin against Czech Republic. I was knackered but he held it for ages. Of course, he hung in there for the full 90. I was gutted. The next squad, a couple got COVID.

    “Funnily enough, Anthony Ralston had been playing for Celtic and he got called up. He failed the COVID test at the hotel so I got the shout. That was the one where I got on.”

    Against Austria in a World Cup qualifier, Stephen O’Donnell would come off on 77 minutes to be replaced by McGinn, earning his first and only cap for his country.

    “Highest point of my career, by far,” the 33-year-old said.

    “I remember weirdly thinking, why am I not nervous?

    “It was so special and even better because it was competitive. Previous managers gave caps away here and there in friendlies. “

    But in football, as we all know, it’s not all success and achieving dreams. And that’s a part of the game McGinn thinks is vital to keep in mind.

    “There’s so many lows,” he said.

    “You see John having so much success in England but there’s so many lows. Everyone thinks it’s a brilliant job, which it is of course, but you’ve got to deal with a result effecting your week. That’s been 15 years of that now.

    “You need to be mentally strong, it’s a difficult profession. A lot of players look good in training but just can’t cope with that and fall away.

    “But, if you’d said when I was 17 at that trial, that I was going to play 500 games, play for my country and be professional player, I’d have said you were at it. Your ambitions and self belief changes.

    “In hindsight, I shouldn’t have had to work my way up the leagues but if I didn’t, none of this would have happened. I’ve seen boys that have started there and fell away quickly, so I’m just proud of what I have achieved.”

    McGinn is held in high regard with the Motherwell support, with the defender adopting the tagline of ‘seven out of ten every week.’

    “I get the ‘you’re reliable’ all the time,” he laughed.

    “Surely, I’m just a decent player at some point. No, in all seriousness, it’s just good to get the compliments. Next is just to get the goal here.

    “I’ve always said I’m a right-back, but I very rarely play there. You get goals in that position and I’m not doing well on that front. It’s got to come soon.

    “It’s either going to be a thunder blaster of a goal or a clanger. Either way, it’ll just be relief.”

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    Coming up just short on top-six // Motherwell 1-1 Hibernian

    With the battle for the final spot in the top-six going down to the wire, Motherwell’s permutations were simple. They had to beat fellow top-six contenders Hibernian and hope Aberdeen beat Dundee. 

    In blustery conditions, the first-half had very few chances due to both sides struggling to control the ball due to wind.

    In the second-half, Theo Bair thought he had opened the scoring but the linesman’s flag was raised for offside, to which VAR confirmed. Hibernian took the lead from the penalty spot and with Dundee drawing 0-0, put themselves in the top-six.

    Stuart Kettlewell threw the kitchen sink at the Leith side, with strikers Mark Ferrie, Oli Shaw and Moses Ebiye all coming on to create a 4-2-4 formation.

    In the fourth minute of stoppage time, Shane Blaney rifled home a magnificent volley to remove Hibernian’s top six status and gave the Steelmen a glimmer of hope. But with only seconds remaining, time was running out.

    From the kick off, a long ball forward seen Motherwell go through on goal in a four v one scenario, Ebiye crossed into Shaw who could only poke wide from close ranges, causing a dramatic ending to a weather tarnished match.

    The draw meant both sides missed out on top-six and the focus shifts to the remaining five fixtures.

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    Motherwell 2-1 Dundee United

    Motherwell 2-1 Dundee United

    A special night under the Fir Park lights saw the women of steel coast past Dundee United to extend their unbeaten run to four games and continue their momentum in closing down nearest league rivals Aberdeen.

    Morgan Cross broke the deadlock shortly after half-time, latching onto Bailley Collins’ pinpoint through ball. The visitors levelled in the latter stages of the game, but the women of steel’s never say die attitude showed, with Laura Berry finding the target less than two-minutes later.

    Head coach Paul Brownlie made one change to the starting XI from the side that overcame rivals Aberdeen over a fortnight ago. Murron Cunningham made way to settle for a place on the bench, with Kayla Jardine returning to the starting line-up.

    The hosts were poised to continue their exceptional run of form when they took to the Fir Park turf in a pivotal encounter with the Tangerines after cruising into the post-split with three successive victories over Hamilton, Spartans and nearest rivals Aberdeen.

    Motherwell started firmly on the front foot, controlling the majority of possession and finding space in-behind the United backline. The hosts earliest opportunity fell to Brooke Nunn, as Katie Rice’s whipped delivery from the right floated into the Hibernian loanees path, but the pacey winger couldn’t divert her headed effort past Lisa Rodgers in the United goal.

    Motherwell continue to threaten the United penalty area, with Berry’s whipped delivery across the face of goal finding the unmarked run of Louisa Boyes, but the midfielder couldn’t find a clean connection on the ball, and the chance fell wide of the target.

    Berry continued to be a focal point for the women of steel in the final third, with the youngster driving across the edge of the box before drilling an ambitious strike, but the forwards effort flashed across goal before eventually curling agonisingly wide of the bottom-left corner.

    Despite having numerous goalscoring opportunities, the hosts couldn’t find the breakthrough as the half-time whistle blew.

    Nevertheless, the squad rallied in the opening few minutes of the second-half and almost instantly found the opener. Substitute Bailley Collins made an instant impact from the bench, working her way through several lacklustre challenges before teeing up Morgan Cross, who coolly converted from a few yards out.

    Motherwell looked to be firmly in the ascendency as the  final stages of the game emerged, but against the run of play, United netted an equaliser, with Georgie Robb capitalising on a defensive mix-up at the back before slotting an accurate effort beyond Emily Mutch in the Motherwell goal.

    Nevertheless, the women of steel stuck to their game plan and almost instantly restored their advantage. Collins again the provider, clipping a precise delivery to the edge of the 18-yard-box, and Berry calmy worked her way past Rodgers before placing her strike into the empty net.

    Motherwell held out in the final few minutes to record their fourth straight SWPL victory and their second successive victory at Fir Park.

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    Sarah Gibb: We are all proud to play at Fir Park

    Sarah Gibb: We are all proud to play at Fir Park

    A night under the Fir Park lights will await the women of steel this weekend, with Motherwell returning to ML1 for the third successive season after previously facing Hamilton and Glasgow Women in the previous two SWPL campaigns.

    The hosts will be poised to continue their exceptional run of form when they take to the Fir Park turf in a pivotal encounter with Dundee United after coasting into the post-split with three successive victories over Hamilton, Spartans and nearest rivals Aberdeen. Midfielder Sarah Gibb is relishing the opportunity in North Lanarkshire.

    “We are all absolutely buzzing to be playing at Fir Park,” Gibb emphasised.

    “As a squad, we want to be playing on the biggest stages and to be given the opportunity, we are all just full of pride and excitement.

    “The opportunity to play on a pitch of that quality, with a larger crowd in the stands, we are all really looking forward to what will be an incredible occasion.”

    Despite the magnitude of the game on the remainder of Motherwell’s SWPL campaign, Gibb insists the weight of the occasion won’t distract the squad from their preparations.

    “I wouldn’t necessarily say our preparations change heading into this weekend,” Gibb noted.

    “Every week, we train harder than ever and we always want to push each other to the standards we know we can hit. Of course, given the occasion every single player will want to play but as a squad the most important thing has to be sticking together.

    “Ultimately, it isn’t just about the eleven that start the game, we all have to go through the occasion as a full squad like we have been doing these past few months.”

    A resurgence in form has continued to apply pressure on nearest rivals Aberdeen, with the women of steel within touching distance to the top of the split after cutting the deficit to Aberdeen, with a comfortable three-goal victory over the Dons at K-Park a fortnight ago.

    “We’ve definitely hit a good run of form and are starting to build that momentum,” Gibb explained.

    “When looking at our results you can see that we are starting to earn the rewards from the performances we’ve put in, which we couldn’t consistently maintain at the start of the season.

    “Sunday’s game is massive for us, we need to perform and stay on track if we want to hit the goals we have set for ourselves. We’re hopeful as a squad that as many fans can get out and support us as possible, as we all want to represent Motherwell and do the club and fans proud.”

    Since trading Springburn for North Lanarkshire in the summer, Sarah Gibb has cemented herself as a central component at the core of the Motherwell midfield, with the 20-year-old fondly looking back at her first season in claret and amber.

    “⁠I’ve loved coming in and working with the squad and the staff,” Gibbs said.

    “We haven’t hit some of our expectations in terms of getting top six or reaching the latter stages of the cup competitions, but as a player, I’ve learned a lot from our experiences as a team.

    “Since the turn of the year, we have hit a positive run of form, so currently the squad is in a good place and not only are we focused solely on finishing this season well, we are also looking to use the second half of the season to create an identity as a team and build on it for our next campaign.”

    The women of steel’s forthcoming meeting with Dundee United at Fir Park will have free entry for all supporters. However, if you are able to, there will be buckets available for fans to place donations. All profits will go towards the girl’s academy.

    “⁠I think on behalf of the team we would be so grateful for as many fans to turn up for us on Sunday, Gibb said.

    “We want to be able to use the platform to show what we can do and encourage the fans to continue to watch us at K-Park.

    “We’re all well aware of the standards we need to hit when we pull on the Motherwell jersey and we would love the fans to give us as much support as possible.”

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    Match Preview: Dundee United (H)

    Match Preview: Dundee United (H)

    The women of steel return to action after another fortnight break to the domestic calendar, with Motherwell determined to replicate the performance that coasted past nearest league rivals Aberdeen when they host Dundee United at Fir Park this afternoon.

    Paul Brownlie’s side headed into the break in fine form, firing 11-goals past Spartans, Hamilton and Aberdeen in three back-to-back victories, conceding only once in that time.

    Motherwell’s prolific spell in East Kilbride and on the road firmly placed the women of steel in the ascendency to preserve their SWPL status this season, with the hosts now 15-points clear of Dundee United and Hamilton in the relegation playoff position.

    The Tale of the Tape


    Motherwell return to ML1 for the first time since facing Glasgow Women in the latter stages of the 2022/23 SWPL campaign, placing four-past the visitors in an assured performance under the Fir Park lights.

    The women of steel remain unbeaten in the post-split, with victory over Spartans in the last day of the regular season prompting an impressive run of form, with a confident performance over Spartans in the Capital preceding an assured Lanarkshire Derby victory in ML3.

    Louisa Boyes continued her recent goalscoring pedigree, netting a second-half brace over Spartans before breaking the deadlock in the local derby with Hamilton. Morgan Cross, Amy Anderson, Bailley Collins and Jo Addie have also found the target throughout that spell.

    Dundee United

    The Tangerines have struggled to overcome a frustrating run of form, picking up no points since November in a spell of 14-straight defeats in all competitions.

    Dundee United came close to ending their winless run of form in the City of Discovery against Spartans over a fortnight ago, but a late second-half response saw the Edinburgh side coasting to a 4-2 victory.

    Ticket Information

    This afternoon’s encounter will have FREE entry to all supporters. Fans will be situated in the John Hunter stand.

    How to follow the action

    Supporters can follow Sunday’s encounter on Twitter @motherwellwomen, with a full report of the action available post-match. Kick-off from Fir Park at 4PM.