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  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Under 20s game with Celtic postponed

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    U20s highlights: Motherwell 3-0 Falkirk

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Craigan: Second half showing was poor

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Motherwell U20s 3 – 0 Falkirk U20s

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Livingstone joins East Fife

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    U20s highlights: Aberdeen 1 – 2 Motherwell

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Craigan: Relieved to be back

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Aberdeen U20s 1 – 2 Motherwell U20s

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Jack McMillan leaves for Livi

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Under 20s game with Celtic postponed

    Motherwell Under 20s’ match with Celtic in the SPFL Development League on Monday night has been postponed.

    The match was due to be played at Cappielow Park in Greenock.

    The young Steelmen have won both of their league matches so far in 2018, overcoming Aberdeen and Falkirk in recent weeks.

    News on a rearranged date will be announced in due course.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    U20s highlights: Motherwell 3-0 Falkirk

    Ross MacLean, James Scott and Alfredo Agyeman scored to make it a second win in a row for Stephen Craigan’s Motherwell Under 20s side.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Craigan: Second half showing was poor

    Stephen Craigan felt his side could have done more despite running out comfortable 3-0 winners against Falkirk.

    A comfortable first half was followed up by a rather stale second 45, and the Northern Irishman admitted that he wanted more over 90 minutes.

    Speaking at full time, Craigan reflected on a second consecutive Development League win.

    “I enjoyed watching us in the first half,” he said, “but in the second half I think we lost our way a little bit.

    “The message at half time was don’t give the opposition any encouragement because they do have decent players in their team.”

    He added: “I’m a bit disappointed because I felt there were a number of players on the park who didn’t affect the game, who I felt there was more to come from.”

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Motherwell U20s 3 – 0 Falkirk U20s

    Motherwell Under 20s picked up a second consecutive victory in the Development League with a 3-0 victory over Falkirk.

    Goals from Ross MacLean, James Scott and Alfredo Agyeman made it a fairly comfortable win for Stephen Craigan’s side at the Excelsior Stadium.

    And there was also 45 minutes for Elliott Frear, who provided two assists in the first half before being replaced by fellow senior player Stephen Hendrie, who got some important minutes under his belt.

    In a dominant opening half hour, ‘Well should have been off the mark in the 17th minute when Jake Hastie was bundled to the deck in the box.

    But from the resulting penalty, MacLean was denied by Bairns stopper Mutch.

    Seven minutes later, the midfielder made amends. A lovely crossfield ball was controlled by Frear who whipped in a terrific ball for MacLean, who took a touch and fired home to open the scoring.

    ‘Well hit two in the space of two minutes and it was again Frear who was the architect.

    The winger terrorised the Falkirk defence before hanging up a lovely cross to the back post. Scott stooped to head home despite the best efforts of Mutch on the line.

    Coming off the bench, Agyeman looked lively and excitable and got his reward in the 82nd minute.

    Bursting to latch on to a header, the youngster showed strength to hold off his man, pace to get away from him and then composure to slot it past the advancing keeper.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Livingstone joins East Fife

    Adam Livingstone has left Motherwell FC to join East Fife on a development loan.

    The young left back, who has made two substitute appearances for the first team so far, will join the League One side until the end of the 2017/18 season.

    “This is a good opportunity for Adam to go and get first team football,” manager Stephen Robinson said of the move.

    “He is very much part of our long-term plans and playing in League One will help him develop.”

    Like Jake Hastie and Rohan Ferguson, Adam’s development loan will mean he is still available to Stephen Craigan at under 20s level.

    Everyone at Motherwell Football Club would like to wish Adam the best of luck during his loan stint.

     

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    U20s highlights: Aberdeen 1 – 2 Motherwell

    Goals from James Scott and Shea Gordon gave the young Steelmen victory at Glebe Park.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Craigan: Relieved to be back

    Under 20s manager Stephen Craigan was relieved to see his side finally play competitive football, after nearly two months without a game.

    And he was even happier with the hard-working, determined performance from his side during their 2-1 win over Aberdeen.

    Speaking to MFC TV at full-time at Glebe Park, Craigan reflected on an impressive three points in his sides first game of 2018.

    [pullquote]When it went to 1-1 I thought, do we have the guts and the desire and the determination to go and win the game? And we did.[/pullquote]

    “First and foremost, I think the result will stand out, but I also think the performance does too,” the Northern Irishman said.

    “It’s been almost two months since our last competitive game on December 5th, so it’s been a frustrating two months for the players.”

    He added: “To put that effort in to the game for 90-minutes, the fitness levels that requires, asks even more questions of them, but I’m really pleased with the performance and the grit and determination.”

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Aberdeen U20s 1 – 2 Motherwell U20s

    Motherwell returned to Development League action with a 2-1 win over Aberdeen, after nearly two months without a game.

    Snow and ice led to countless postponements for Stephen Craigan’s youngsters over December and January, and following an early morning pitch inspection, the clash at Glebe Park was given the go ahead.

    First team midfielder Ross MacLean was included in the starting line-up, with forwards Alfie Agyeman, Jamie Semple and James Scott all included from the start. Shea Gordon, returning from a long injury lay-off, made the bench.

    Agyeman and Semple, working tirelessly up front, nearly combined to give the Steelmen a perfect start in Brechin. The former closed down Dons stopper Archie Mair, who sliced the ball straight to Semple, whose attempted finish landed narrowly over the crossbar.

    In a rather quiet first half, Craigan’s side nearly took the lead in style just before the break. Barry Maguire linked up Davie Turnbull in the middle of the park, who slid in James Scott with a reverse pass on the left side of the box, but his shot was dragged wide of the mark.

    But it didn’t take long in the second half for the travelling Steelmen to take the lead. After winning the ball in the middle of the park, ‘Well broke down the left flank. Scott, racing back on to the park following an injury, burst through and slotted beyond the keeper.

    Just four minutes later, Aberdeen were level. Jordan Armstrong’s foul on the edge of the area led to a free kick in a decent position. A low, driven effort was palmed in to the path of Sam Roscoe, who finished high past PJ Morrison to equalise.

    Craigan didn’t hesitate to change things up, introducing Gordon in place of Semple with just under 25 minutes remaining.

    And it was the Northern Ireland under-21 international who nearly provided the leveller with a terrific cross from a clever free kick.

    Turnbull slipped a neat reverse ball around the Dons wall for Gordon to stand up to the back post. Hastie turned a header goal ward but it crashed off the crossbar.

    Play stayed alive though and MacLean’s cross back in to the box was headed beyond Mair by Gordon late on to grab all three points for the Steelmen.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Jack McMillan leaves for Livi

    Motherwell Football Club can today confirm Jack McMillan has left the club to join Livingston.

    McMillan, a product of the club’s youth academy, broke into the first team squad back in early 2016/17.

    But he has failed to nail down a regular first team berth and currently finds himself down the pecking order for a place in the starting 11.

    The 20-year-old right back had been on loan at the Tony Macaroni Arena this term and boss David Hopkin indicated his desire to make the more permanent.

    Although his contract at ‘Well had one more year to run, with regular first-team football looking unlikely, the club has allowed the player to switch to the Championship club to continue his career development. Motherwell have protected their interests with a sizable sell-on clause.

    McMillan leaves having made 16 appearances in claret and amber, 10 of them as a starter.

    “Jack is a great kid and we didn’t want to hold him back from making a career from the game,” ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson said of the departure.

    “With Richard Tait, Liam Grimshaw and Chris Cadden all pushing for a spot on the right, it made life for Jack that more difficult.

    “However, this move will allow him to continue to develop himself and at the same time protects the club should he do well. We wish him every success at his hometown club.’

    McMillan added: “I obviously leave Motherwell with a bit of a heavy heart, having came through the system there.

    “However, I also want to thank the club and the manager for their honesty and allowing me to go and progress my career in the game.

    “We’ve left each other on good terms and I wish everyone at Fir Park all the very best for the future. For my part, I am excited about the challenges that lie ahead.”

    Everyone at Motherwell Football Club would like to thank Jack for his contribution whilst at Fir Park and wish him every success in his future career.