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  • Reserves & Under 18s

    McManus: We were professional

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Stranraer U20s 0 – 11 Motherwell U20s

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Motherwell in Youth Cup action

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Stranraer Youth Cup game arranged

  • 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

    McManus: We were professional

    Stephen McManus hailed the professional attitude of the Under 20s after they secured an 11-0 victory over Stranraer.

    The assistant manager was pleased to see his side come away with the win on an afternoon they showed a ruthlessness at both ends of the pitch.

    Speaking at full time, McManus reflected on the convincing fourth round performance.

    “The boys were terrific and I thought they were very professional in the way they went about their business,” the former Scotland captain said.

    “We spoke to the boys ahead of kick off and asked for a few things from them today which, sure enough, they delivered.

    “The boys up front maybe haven’t shown that ruthlessness in front of goal that is needed to break through that barrier and get into the first-team plans, but today they showed that.

    “When you play a side that are not in the division as you, you have to be very competitive in both boxes to ensure you come away with the win.”

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Stranraer U20s 0 – 11 Motherwell U20s

    Motherwell cruised into fifth round of the Scottish FA Youth Cup with an 11-0 victory against Stranraer.

    James Scott and Alfredo Agyeman partnered each other up front for Stephen Craigan’s side, and the pair both bagged hat tricks in Cumnock.

    The youngsters also had goalkeeper PJ Morrison to thank for keeping a clean sheet, with his penalty save after just two minutes denying the hosts.

    It was ‘Well centre back Barry Maguire who opened the scoring. A short corner was laid off to Hastie, who curled his cross towards the back post where Maguire was on hand to head home.

    It took until the 25th minute before ‘Well had their second. Jordan Armstrong clipped a lovely ball over the Stranraer defence for Scott, who burst through and slipped the ball through keeper Ryan McLaren’s legs.

    A minute later, it was three. Agyeman grabbed his first of the game with a composed finish, cutting inside from the right and slotting in to the far corner.

    The Italian turned provider in the 29th minute, bursting towards the byline and cutting back for Scott inside the six-yard box, who had an easy finish for his second of the game.

    It was four at the break for the Steelmen, who then came out for the second half in style and with one change of personnel, with Jamie Semple replacing Shaun Bowers.

    Six minutes after the restart, David Turnbull made it five with arguably the goal of the game.

    Pulling the ball out of the air with a lovely first touch, the midfielder chopped his way past two defenders before finding the side netting with a lovely left-footed finish from just inside the box.

    Hastie got in on the action with an easy header just four minutes later. But it was the work from Kyle MacDonald down the right-hand side that created the goal.

    Beating his man, the youngster sent a pinpoint cross on to Hastie’s head, who made no mistake from inside the box.

    Semple provided a neat assist for Agyeman just two minutes later, rolling the ball through for the speedy forward, who slotted beyond McLaren to make it seven.

    Reece McAlear was introduced to the fold just before the hour mark, replacing Turnbull at Townhead Park.

    In the 62nd minute, Scott had his hat trick and it was another easy finish. McAlear threaded Hastie in down the left, and the winger cut back for Scott to tap home from three yards.

    Ten minutes later, Agyeman followed suit. Having missed a couple of half-decent chances, the forward made no mistake when he rounded the keeper with great composure before rolling the ball in to the empty net.

    McAlear scored his first goal for the under 20s when he fired home from Agyeman’s cut back, making it ten for Stephen Craigan’s side.

    The afternoon’s scoring was then rounded off by Agyeman, who received the ball after some clever work down the left flank, opened his body and finished confidently past McLaren.

    Just before full time, Stranraer’s John Mitchell was given his marching orders for a bad tacle on Agyeman.

    Kilmarnock lie in wait in the next round for the young Steelmen.

    Motherwell U20s: 1. PJ Morrison, 2. Shaun Bowers, 3. Jordan Armstrong, 4. Dylan King, 5. Barry Maguire, 6. Kyle MacDonald, 7. Jake Hastie, 8. Davie Turnbull, 9. Alfredo Agyeman, 11. James Scott, 14. Liam Brown

    Subs: 12. Jamie Semple, 15. Jack Brown, 16. Reece McAlear

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Motherwell in Youth Cup action

    Motherwell face Stranraer on Sunday in their long-awaited Scottish FA Youth Cup tie.

    The fourth round tie is being played at Townhead Park in Cumnock. Kick off is at 1.15pm.

    The winners of the match face a trip to play Kilmarnock in the fifth round of the 2017/18 competition.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Stranraer Youth Cup game arranged

    Motherwell’s match with Stranraer in the Scottish FA Youth Cup will take place on Sunday, February 17.

    The long-awaited fourth round tie will be played at Townhead Park in Cumnock. Kick off is at 1.15pm.

    The winners of the fixture will progress to face Kilmarnock in the fifth round of the 2017/18 competition.

  • 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.