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  • First team

    End of 2019/20 first team squad update

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves win at Morton

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Harry Robinson signs short-term deal

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves at Morton on Monday

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves lose in cup semi-final

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves in cup semi-final action

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves lose to Kilmarnock

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves take on Kilmarnock

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves lose at Queen of the South

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves face Queen of the South

  • First team

    End of 2019/20 first team squad update

    End of 2019/20 first team squad update

    Following the conclusion of the 2019/20 season, we can now update you on our first team squad going forward.

    We are saying goodbye to our club captain Peter Hartley, 2019/20 ever-present Mark Gillespie and full-back Richard Tait.

    Hartley leaves after three years at Fir Park, during which he made 66 appearances in central defence.

    He took over the captaincy from Carl McHugh in 2018/19 and featured heavily this campaign as the club took third spot in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

    Goalkeeper Gillespie departs after two years in North Lanarkshire.

    With 25 clean sheets and a 47% penalty save percentage in 67 appearances, his 17 shutouts in 2019/20 had him challenging to match Trevor Carson’s record 20, before the season was curtailed.

    Richard Tait was a popular figure on and off the field at the club, having signed from Grimsby Town in the summer of 2016.

    The 30-year-old made 12 Premiership starts last season, taking his overall tally to 142 in claret and amber across four campaigns.

    Also departing from the first team squad are goalkeeper Rohan Ferguson, midfielder Christian Ilic, youth academy product Adam Livingstone and forward Christy Manzinga.

    Rolando Aarons, Mikael Ndjoli and Mark O’Hara return after loan spells to their parent clubs Newcastle United, AFC Bournemouth and Peterborough United respectively.

    We have been discussing with Charles Dunne the possibility of a short-term deal, allowing him to get back to full fitness at the club before he is assessed over a potential longer contract.

    “I’d like to thank every player who is leaving for their efforts during their time at the club,” said Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson.

    “They leave us with our best wishes for the future.”

    Everyone at the club would like to thank those moving on this summer, and wish them all the best.

    The following players will leave after either turning down an offer of a new deal or their contract expiring
    • Rohan Ferguson
    • Mark Gillespie
    • Peter Hartley
    • Christian Ilic
    • Adam Livingstone
    • Christy Manzinga
    • Richard Tait
    The following players’ loan periods are coming to an end
    • Rolando Aarons
    • Mikael Ndjoli
    • Mark O’Hara
    The following players have been offered extended deals
    • Charles Dunne
    • Christopher Long
    • Barry Maguire
    • Peter Morrison
    • Harry Robinson
    • Yusuf Hussain
  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves win at Morton

    Reserves win at Morton

    Motherwell had to battle hard but eventually came away with a 5-3 win at Greenock Morton in the SPFL Reserve League on Monday.

    A topsy-turvy game saw the young Steelmen pegged back twice, before also having to recover from going behind before running out victors.

    Mikael Ndjoli scored a double, with further efforts from Harry Robinson, Ross MacIver and an own goal sealing the scoreline.

    David Turnbull played an hour as he steps up his return, seeing a penalty saved late in the first half.

    It took just over a minute for Motherwell to take the lead. Ndjoli got on the end of MacIver’s cross, bundling the ball over the line from close range.

    After Brophy headed in the equaliser in the 10th minute, Motherwell went back in front 12 minutes later. Robinson got the assist, crossing from the right to find MacIver to finish at the back post.

    Morton again levelled ten minutes from the break, with Eardley taking in a cross well and hitting the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

    A spectacular Easdale strike from 25 yards found the top corner soon after to put the hosts ahead, but the chance to level would fall just before the interval.

    Turnbull looked to mark his first start in a match since recovering from a knee operation with a goal, but saw a penalty saved by goalkeeper Wylie.

    On the hour mark, Motherwell got level. Ndjoli got his second of the game, heading home from Sam Muir’s cross.

    Six minutes later, it was 4-3. Darren Haynes put through his own net, inadvertently turning in Robinson’s cutback.

    Motherwell continued to push and with four minutes to go, made it five. Robinson’s left-footed cross sailed all the way through everyone and found the net at the back post.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Harry Robinson signs short-term deal

    Harry Robinson signs short-term deal

    Motherwell have added Harry Robinson to the squad on a short-term deal until the end of the 2019/20 season.

    The Northern Ireland Under 21 international impressed during a training spell, scoring for the reserve side and weighing in with a number of assists in recent weeks.

    Harry, son of manager Stephen, left Oldham Athletic in the January window.

    He spent the first half of the campaign on loan with Northern Irish side Crusaders and will spend the remaining few months with Maurice Ross’ side.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves at Morton on Monday

    Reserves at Morton on Monday

    The reserves are back in league action on Monday, travelling to take on Greenock Morton.

    Kick-off at Cappielow is at 2pm.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves lose in cup semi-final

    Reserves lose in cup semi-final

    Motherwell exited the SPFL Reserve Cup at the semi-final stage with a 3-1 home loss to Aberdeen.

    Both sides had early goals ruled out for offside, but it would be the visitors who would go ahead after 16 minutes.

    Seb Ross crossed in for Bruce Anderson, who steered the ball past PJ Morrison to put Aberdeen in front.

    Nine minutes later, it was 2-0. PJ Morrison pulled off a stop but the rebound from Michael Ruth crossed the line, despite the goalkeeper’s best efforts to keep it out.

    Motherwell halved the deficit in the 32nd minute. Trialist picked the ball up in a central area and unleashed from 25 yards, finding the top left corner of the net with his strike.

    It took Aberdeen less than two minutes to restore their two-goal cushion. Luke Turner set up Miko Virtanen to bundle over the line and send the Dons in 3-1 up at the break.

    Neither side could add to the score in the second half, meaning the visitors reach the final to take on Celtic.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves in cup semi-final action

    Reserves in cup semi-final action

    Motherwell’s reserve side take on Aberdeen in the semi-finals of the SPFL Reserve Cup on Monday.

    Kick-off at Broadwood Stadium is at 2pm.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves lose to Kilmarnock

    Reserves lose to Kilmarnock

    Motherwell lost 4-3 to Kilmarnock in a topsy-turvy game in the SPFL Reserve League on Monday.

    The visitors went in at the break 2-0 up, before Cole Starrs’ hat-trick had Motherwell temporarily ahead midway through the second half.

    But Kilmarnock turned it round to reclaim the lead, equalising instantly and then claiming the winner with five minutes left.

    Charles Dunne made a return from a long injury lay-off, partnering Yusuf Hussain in defence as he stepped up his recovery.

    It took just over half an hour for a team to make the breakthrough and it was the visitors who got in front. After PJ Morrison brilliantly saved an initial header from close range, he was unable to keep out the rebound.

    Ten minutes later, Kilmarnock were 2-0 ahead from the penalty spot. Morrison guessed the right way but couldn’t keep a thunderous effort out.

    With 12 minutes gone in the second half, Motherwell were given a penalty of their own as Kilmarnock went down to 10 men. Starrs saw his initial spot kick saved, but was on hand to turn in the rebound.

    Minutes later, he had another shot at a penalty. Substitute O’Donnell was taken out in the box by the visiting goalkeeper, with Starrs stepping up to send the goalkeeper the wrong way and level the match.

    Then, with 20 minutes left to play, he had his hat-trick. Trialist’s sweeping cross to the back post was met by the onrushing striker, who was able to slip the ball home.

    The lead would last just over 60 seconds. A break down the wing saw Motherwell fail to clear their lines, leaving Kilmarnock with a close-range tap-in.

    But an even bigger chance would present itself with five minutes to go. An attempted back pass to Morrison was placed without seeing where he had positioned himself and, with the ball going past the goalkeeper, Kilmarnock were able to race in and finish into an empty net.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves take on Kilmarnock

    Reserves take on Kilmarnock

    There’s league action for the reserves on Monday, as they take on Kilmarnock.

    Kick-off at Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld is at 2pm.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves lose at Queen of the South

    Reserves lose at Queen of the South

    Motherwell lost out 4-2 at Queen of the South in the SPFL Reserve League on Monday.

    Jamie Hamilton netted a hat-trick for the hosts, with Tony Watt netting for the Steelmen during a 45-minute first-half appearance.

    Callum Semple’s header from a corner to make it four compounded the result in the second half, before Ross MacIver grabbed a late consolation goal.

    Several first-team players got the opportunity to get game time at Palmerston Park.

    Christian Ilic and MacIver featured alongside Watt, while Barry Maguire made a return after a spell out with an ankle injury.

    It took Queen of the South nine minutes to get in front. Hamilton got to the left corner of the box and fired home to open the scoring.

    MacIver then missed a penalty for the visitors, before Watt headed in a cross from a trialist to send in Motherwell level at the break.

    Eight minutes into the second half, Queens were back in front. Hamilton headed in a cross to make it 2-1, and he would be handed the chance to get his hat-trick soon after.

    Two minutes later, he stepped up to send the ball past PJ Morrison from the spot to claim his third of the afternoon.

    MacIver then got Motherwell’s second with eight minutes left on the clock, putting the ball into the corner of the net from a through ball.

    Motherwell: Morrison, Brown, Johnston, Hussain, Maguire, Hale, Cornelius, Trialist, MacIver, Ilic, Watt (Starrs).

    Subs: Connolly, Quinn, Muir, Robertson, Starrs, Hutchison, Kettings.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves face Queen of the South

    Reserves face Queen of the South

    The reserves are back in action on Monday, travelling to take on Queen of the South in the SPFL Reserve League.

    Kick-off at Palmerston Park is at 2pm.