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    Reserves come back to beat Kilmarnock

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves face Kilmarnock at Airdrie

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Loan Watch: Four in action

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserve League Cup final set for Tynecastle

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Loan Watch: Duo help Rovers to big win

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves draw at Ross County

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    Reserves lose to Falkirk

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves in action on Monday

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves reach League Cup final

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Goals as Reserves reach final

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves come back to beat Kilmarnock

    Maurice Ross believes the reserves are playing at a level that makes them an attracting proposition for supporters to come and watch.

    The second string came from behind to defeat Kilmarnock 2-1 on Monday, with the coach pleased the team didn’t let going a goal behind affect them.

    “I would pay to watch the players play like they did today,” said Ross. “But they are now showing it every week.

    “If your principles are to score goals and contain teams, but you go one down, do those principles change? They don’t, and they didn’t.

    “We keep harping on at them. We’ve got a way of playing we think is right, and to me we are seeing that every single week.

    “The game was played with a level of quality and, for me, that’s great.”

    Carl McHugh, Elliott Frear, Conor Sammon and Danny Johnson all started for the second string, with Johnson on target along with Jamie Semple.

    Motherwell controlled possession throughout the match, but struggled to carve out scoring chances in the opening 45.

    Then, early in the second half, they fell behind as Danny Higgins rifled the ball into the top left corner of the net, after Rohan Ferguson had come out far to try and catch a cross under pressure and lost it.

    The goalkeeper made up quickly after, saving Ally McDonald’s penalty.

    That proved the catalyst, and soon James Scott turned provider for Johnson, who lifted an effort from the edge of the area over goalkeeper Devlin Mackay and into the net.

    Within a minute, Semple saw his opportunity 25 yards from goal and saw a fierce long-range effort beat the goalkeeper and put the hosts ahead.

    A number of young academy graduates lined up alongside more experienced heads, and Ross says their progression is clear to see.

    “We have boys at 17 years old who are playing like they are 21,” he said.

    “With their mums and dads, and others, watching on, I hope it shows the progress they are making.”

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves face Kilmarnock at Airdrie

    Reserves face Kilmarnock at Airdrie

    Motherwell’s reserve side are in league action on Monday, as they host Kilmarnock.

    Kick off at the Penny Cars Stadium in Airdrie is at 2pm. Entry is free.

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    Loan Watch: Four in action

    Loan Watch: Four in action

    Four Motherwell loanees were in action over the weekend, as the season races towards its close.

    Broque Watson got over an hour as East Fife travelled to Arbroath, in an important game in their hopes of taking a play-off spot.

    In the end, league leaders Arbroath prevailed 2-1, but Watson’s side remain in the top four.

    Aaron Taylor-Sinclair enjoyed a more productive weekend, getting half an hour as Crewe Alexandra ran out emphatic 6-1 winners over Crawley Town.

    The left back came on with the Railwaymen already 5-1 up, but played his part as they kept their faint play-off hopes alive.

    Elsewhere, Neil McLaughlin played the first hour in Stirling Albion’s 3-1 loss to Clyde, leaving them now 13 points off the play-offs with just seven games to go.

    Shea Gordon meanwhile was an unused sub for Partick Thistle, as they drew 1-1 at Falkirk in their basement battle. The result leaves them in ninth spot, a point behind the Bairns.

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    Reserve League Cup final set for Tynecastle

    Reserve League Cup final set for Tynecastle

    Motherwell’s Reserve League Cup final with Heart of Midlothian will be played at Tynecastle Stadium.

    The match will be played on Monday, 1 April. Kick off is at 7pm.

    Tickets for adults will cost £5, with over 65s and under 18s paying £2. Under 16s can get in for free.

    Tickets can be purchased now online.

    Maurice Ross’ side topped their group, defeating Dundee, Dunfermline Athletic, Queen of the South and Greenock Morton to finish with a 100% record.

    St Johnstone were then overcome by the youngsters in the semi-final, setting up the final clash with the Gorgie side.

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    Loan Watch: Duo help Rovers to big win

    Loan Watch: Duo help Rovers to big win

    George Newell and Peter Morrison played their part as Albion Rovers secured what could be a vital win in their fight to stay in League Two.

    Rovers, who earlier in the day received a huge boost in the shape of an annulled result against Clyde leading to an unexpected three points, made it one to remember by beating Stirling Albion 1-0 at Forthbank.

    Gregor Fotheringham got the game’s only goal, after great work by Newell in the build-up.

    Morrison would play a big part himself, making an excellent save in the dying seconds, ensuring his team are now within two points of Berwick Rangers at the foot of the League 2 table. Neil McLaughlin was an unused sub for the Binos.

    Elsewhere, Broque Watson started for East Fife, as they kept themselves in the promotion hunt with a 3-1 win over Stranraer.

    Barry Maguire, Shea Gordon and Aaron Taylor-Sinclair never featured for Queen of the South, Partick Thistle and Crewe respectively,

     

     

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves draw at Ross County

    Motherwell’s reserve side suffered a late equaliser to draw 2-2 away at Ross County on Monday.

    Maurice Ross’ side led through James Scott’s double, but were pegged back by goals from Joel MacBeath.

    The County player’s second came three minutes into stoppage time, just as the young Steelmen looked to have taken all three points.

    A youthful claret and amber contingent made the trip north, albeit with three players – Adam Livingstone, Liam Brown and Scott – already having picked up first team minutes.

    With 25 minutes played, the visitors had the lead. Scott fired for goal just inside the box, and found the net to open the scoring.

    On the stroke of half time, he doubled his advantage, nodding home from close range.

    The Staggies didn’t give in, however, and reduced the deficit on the hour mark. MacBeath found room from close range to put the ball past Ferguson.

    As County pushed, it looked like Motherwell would still take the win back down the road, despite Ferguson having to come to the rescue in stoppage time and Tony Dingwall hitting the post.

    Their final chance got them the equaliser, MacBeath firing home to make their pressure pay.

    “We’ve definitely got the technical and tactical side going in the right direction,” Ross said after the game.

    “But we need to maybe be a bit more streetwise to win football matches.

    “We were in full control in the first half. We had great movement, great play and scored two great goals.

    “Ross County were physical and we struggled to handle that in the second half.

    “Afterwards in the dressing room, we spoke about game management. In the last minute we had the ball down in their corner, but instead of holding on to it, we lost it and they went up the park and scored.”

    Motherwell: Ferguson, Bowers (MacDonald), Livingstone, Devine, Hussain, Brown (Kettings), Rehman, McAlear (Starrs), Scott, Semple, Cornelius.

    Subs not used: Hemfrey.

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    Reserves lose to Falkirk

    Motherwell’s reserves fell to a 4-2 home defeat at the hands of Falkirk on Monday.

    Maurice Ross’ side had the lead midway through the first half, but went in behind at the break and ultimately failed to recover.

    Liam Donnelly, Elliott Frear and Danny Johnson added first-team experience to the ranks, with Frear grabbing ‘Well’s opener.

    Akeel Rehman set the winger free down the left side of the box, before his low shot found its way past Leo Fasan in the Falkirk goal with 19 minutes played.

    Minutes later, the Bairns were level. Lavery raced onto a flick-on, before keeping his cool to beat Rohan Ferguson.

    Just after the half hour mark, the visitors were ahead. Dunne surged forward from left back, beat two men and fired an unstoppable shot into the net.

    Frear and Donnelly had chances to get the Steelmen level again, before Falkirk extended their lead with 18 minutes left on the clock.

    Dunne was again involved, laying it on for Kidd to beat Ferguson, despite the goalkeeper getting a hand to the ball.

    Reece McAlear then pulled one back from McKinstry’s corner to give Ross’ side hope as the clock wore down, but the Bairns were to restore their two-goal advantage.

    Lavery was fouled in the box by Ferguson, before putting his penalty past Ferguson to guarantee the three points.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves in action on Monday

    Reserves in action on Monday

    Motherwell are back in action in the SPFL Reserve League on Monday against Falkirk.

    The match will be played at the Penny Cars Stadium in Airdrie. Kick off is at 2pm.

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    Reserves reach League Cup final

    Reserves reach League Cup final

    Maurice Ross says the rate at which his youngsters are developing is exciting for everyone at the club.

    Motherwell’s reserves ran out 2-0 winners over St Johnstone on Monday, reaching the SPFL Reserve League Cup final with Hearts.

    “I’m delighted for the players getting to the final,” he said. “They deserved it.

    “We’ve gone toe-to-toe with them and deserved it. It could maybe have been 2-1, they had a few half chances.

    “There is so much goes into what they are doing there. It’s not a case of turning up. It’s all planned, the majority of it.

    “They are so loyal and humble. They are desperate for knowledge, and it makes my job easy.

    “It’s mainly about development. But when they are developing at that rate, I am excited.”

    Late goals from George Newell and Akeel Rehman were the difference between the two sides.

    A youthful second string played well in an even first half, but grew into things further as the game wore on.

    With 12 minutes to go, substitute Stuart McKinstry brilliantly dummied to send two defenders the wrong way on the inside left of the box. His low cross was then met by Newell, whose scuffed shot went past a helpless visiting goalkeeper.

    As St Johnstone gambled on an equaliser, McKinstry was again the provider from the left for Rehman. Getting a second bite at it, he fired home just before the full time whistle to secure progression.

    Motherwell: Morrison, MacDonald, Devine, Hussain, Livingstone, McAlear (Liam Brown), Cornelius (Kettings), Rehman, Newell, Semple (McKinstry), Starrs.

    Subs not used: Hemfrey, Bowers, Watson, Jack Brown.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Goals as Reserves reach final

    George Newell and Akeel Rehman were on target as the second string reached the SPFL Reserve League Cup final with victory over St Johnstone.