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  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves kick off cup campaign with a win

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves take on Morton

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Stuart McKinstry joins Leeds United

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Jamie Semple in Scotland Under 19s squad

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves draw in opener at Ross County

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves take on Ross County

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Colts exit Tunnock’s Cup

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Clyde test next for Colts

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Colts progress past Spartans

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Colts take on Spartans

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves kick off cup campaign with a win

    Reserves kick off cup campaign with a win

    Motherwell opened their Reserve League Cup Group A campaign with a convincing 4-1 win over Morton at Cappielow.

    Goals from Yussuf Hussain, Ross MacIver and a Christian Ilic double ensured last year’s finalists got off to the perfect start.

    Maurice Ross was able to call on the likes of Ilic and Craig Tanner for the cup tie, whist Livingstone, Barry Maguire, David Devine and Dean Cornelius also have top-team experience.

    Motherwell made a positive start to the match with a low Ilic shot and a MacIver effort over the bar setting the early tone for the afternoon.

    The hosts didn’t heed that warning though as the Steelmen got themselves ahead with their next attack.

    An impressive passing combination allowed Tanner to collect deep in Morton territory. He turned well before whipping a ball across goal where Ilic was on hand to head home from close range.

    The Steelmen had a golden opportunity to double their advantage ten minutes later, when Ilic was brought down inside the box for a penalty.

    Cole Starrs stepped up, but his low effort was expertly turned away by Sam Ramsbottom in the home goal.

    ‘Well continued to dominate and the second was inevitable. It came via a set-piece just before the half hour mark, Tanner’s dipping corner was prodded home at the back post by Hussain.

    Tanner was proving a threat from deep and he almost got his name amongst the scorers himself, his shot deflected on route after good hold up play by Starrs inside the area.

    He was in the mix again shortly after, twisting and turning in the box only for his low shot to be turned away by Ramsbottom.

    Just before the break, Ilic had a wonderful chance to make it three, when he found himself one-on-one with Ramsbottom. The Morton keeper did well to stand up and got a vital block before it was hooked clear.

    The second half started much as the same the first ended, with the Fir Parkers on top. Tanner’s low pass had Starrs haring away from the last ‘Ton defender, but Ramsbottom was again equal to the low shot.

    Incredibly, with their first real attack of the afternoon, Morton reduced the arrears by one. A long, hopeful punt over the top had Shaun Rodgers racing clear. He used the bounce of the ball to loop it smartly over Morrison and into the net.

    Motherwell recovered from that bow and could and perhaps should’ve reestablished their two goal advantage, but Starrs could only turn a Tanner corner wide of target under no pressure.

    Findlay Cook was introduced in place of Starrs for the last ten minutes and his first touch was to send a fizzing shot over the cross bar from the edge of the box.

    ‘Well wrapped up the game in the dying minutes when Ross MacIver got on the end of a Livingstone cross from the left to bundle home at the second attempt, before Ilic grabbed his second of the game, slamming home after Cornelius’ tempting ball from the left.

    Motherwell: Morrison, Brown (McDonald), Livingstone, Hussain, Devine, Maguire, Cornelius, MacIver, Tanner, Ilic, Starrs (Cook)

    Subs Not Used: Connolly, Muir, Kettings, Williamson

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves take on Morton

    Reserves take on Morton

    Motherwell are in SPFL Reserve Cup action on Tuesday, as we travel to take on Greenock Morton.

    Maurice Ross’ side kicked off their league campaign with a battling 3-3 draw at Ross County last week, with Dean Cornelius scoring two and Craig Tanner also netting.

    Kick off at Cappielow is at 2pm.

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    Stuart McKinstry joins Leeds United

    Stuart McKinstry joins Leeds United

    Young midfielder Stuart McKinstry’s move to English Championship side Leeds United has now been completed.

    An academy product, the 16-year-old midfielder turned professional back in the autumn of 2018, and had been tracked by a number of English clubs since.

    The Scotland Under 17 international made rapid progress over the last 12 months, earning him a place on the first team bench at the tail end of last year, as ‘Well hosted Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership

    His development and performances for the academy teams alerted a number of clubs south of the border.

    Marcelo Bielsa’s side agreed a compensation package that will see Motherwell receive a guaranteed fee with the opportunity to earn further, should he progress and/or Leeds sell him in the future.

    “In an ideal world, we would have like to have kept Stuart for a bit longer and integrated him into the first-team pool,” chief executive Alan Burrows said.

    “However, we were also understanding of the opportunity this was for Stuart and importantly, his desire to move there.

    “The deal was actually agreed with Leeds back in the spring and Stuart has been down there with his new club since this summer. But it has taken a significant amount of time to complete the paperwork and receive the necessary clearance, which was finally concluded last week.

    “Stuart is a local boy who has been brought up to be immersed in Motherwell Football Club. We thank him for all his efforts and endeavour whilst coming through the ranks and wish him every success in his time at Elland Road.”

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    Jamie Semple in Scotland Under 19s squad

    Jamie Semple in Scotland Under 19s squad

    Jamie Semple has been named in the Scotland Under 19 squad for their September friendlies with Japan in Spain.

    The Motherwell midfielder, who has made three first team appearances this campaign, makes the step up from Under 17 level for his country.

    Semple joins Allan Campbell and James Scott in being called up to pull on the dark blue, with the pair named in the Under 21 squad on Monday.

    Jamie’s brother Kyle is also one of three Motherwell players selected for a Scotland Under 17 training camp in Edinburgh.

    He joins goalkeeper Matthew Connolly and Max Johnston in being called up.

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    Reserves draw in opener at Ross County

    Reserves draw in opener at Ross County

    Motherwell came from behind to draw 3-3 at Ross County in their opening SPFL Reserve League match on Monday.

    A first half double from Simon Power put the hosts in control, with Harry Paton also netting in the first 45 for the Staggies.

    Dean Cornelius’ got the young Steelmen’s first goal, briefly halving the deficit when County led 2-0.

    Craig Tanner deflected free kick in the second half then brought Maurice Ross’ team back into contention again, before Cornelius’ close-range header with six minutes go to ensured a share of the spoils.

    Motherwell: Morrison, Brown, Devine, Hussain, Livingstone, Maguire, Semple, Cornelius, Robertson, Tanner, MacIver.

    Subs: Hemfrey, Kettings, Muir, McDonald, Starrs, Cook.

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    Reserves take on Ross County

    Reserves take on Ross County

    It’s back to action for the reserves on Monday, with a trip to face Ross County in the SPFL Reserve League.

    Maurice Ross’ side make the trip to the Highland Football Academy for their first game in the competition of the 2019/20 season.

    Kick off in Dingwall is at 2pm.

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    Colts exit Tunnock’s Cup

    Colts exit Tunnock’s Cup

    Motherwell’s Colts side bowed out of the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup with a 4-0 loss at Clyde on Tuesday night.

    A youthful Steelmen squad held their own in large spells against League One opposition, but struggled to create telling chances and were punished by their opponents.

    It took five minutes for the experienced hosts to take the lead.

    A long throw was flicked on at the front post and over the heads of the Motherwell defence. David Goodwillie was waiting to put the ball into the net from close range on the right side of the goal.

    Clyde continued to test PJ Morrison in the visiting goal, before the youthful Steelmen started to settle into possession. But they failed to open up the home defence to seriously test David Mitchell in goal.

    After a balanced start to the second half, a decisive counter attack doubled the hosts’ advantage.

    A breakaway following a loose pass in the middle set Goodwillie scampering clear.

    His shot came back off the right post and into the path of Ally Love, who steered home into the empty net.

    It didn’t take long for the third to come. Ally Love’s corner from the right drifted over everyone and Martin McNiff was there at the back post to head it in.

    PJ Morrison had to stand tall on several occasions in one v one situations to keep the score down, as Clyde went hunting to add to their three-goal advantage.

    The fourth came with five to play. A free-kick from the left made it to the box unchecked, and McNiff netted his second, with the ball bouncing up past a helpless Morrison.

    Motherwell: Morrison, Brown, Devine, Hussain, Carroll, Kettings, McDonald, Ferguson, Cook (Williamson), Robertson, Starrs.

    Subs not used: Hemfrey, Muir.

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    Clyde test next for Colts

    Clyde test next for Colts

    Maurice Ross’ Motherwell Colts side will take on Clyde in the second round of the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup.

    After defeating Spartans 1-0 in the first round on Wednesday night, the youngsters will make the trip to Broadwood on Tuesday, 13 August. Kick off is at 7.45pm.

    Ticket prices are set at £5 for all. Fans can pay at the gate at the stadium.

     

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    Colts progress past Spartans

    Colts progress past Spartans

    Motherwell’s Colts progressed to the second round of the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup with a 1-0 win over Lowland League side Spartans.

    Jamie Semple’s first half strike was the difference for Maurice Ross’ side, who progress to play Clyde at Broadwood next Tuesday.

    A youthful Motherwell side benefitted from the first team experience of David Devine and Semple, while PJ Morrison also started in goal in his first competitive appearance since an impressive loan spell at Albion Rovers last term.

    After the early exchanges, the youngsters started to put their foot on the ball and patiently build from the back, looking to spring an attack.

    Their reward came after just 17 minutes. Devine’s ball from deep into the six-yard box was met at the left and back post by the onrushing Semple.

    Taking the ball out of the air he made a stab at goal, only for the goalkeeper to block. In a flash, the ball was spilled back at his feet, allowing him to take a touch and then lift the ball into the roof of the net from point blank range.

    Motherwell could have went two up when debutant Ross MacIver’s first half effort was cleared off the line, and Spartans showed late attacking promise as the 45 wore on.

    The second half saw both sides struggle to create chances, with the hosts retaining the majority of the possession.

    Motherwell: Morrison, Brown, Devine, Hussain, McDonald, Kettings, Semple, Robertson, Cook (Williamson), MacIver, Starrs.

    Subs not used: Hemfrey, Muir.

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    Colts take on Spartans

    Colts take on Spartans

    A young Motherwell side will be in Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup action on Wednesday night, as they play host to Lowland League side Spartans.

    Having reached the quarter-finals of the competition last time, Maurice Ross’ side head into the game at the Penny Cars Stadium in Airdrie with pedigree in the cup.

    Tale of the tape

    The young team are yet to play a competitive game so far this season for the Steelmen, although they have been ticking over with closed door matches and first team action for many across pre-season.

    Spartans have played two Lowland League matches so far. After losing 2-1 at home to BSC Glasgow in their first game, they then defeated Edinburgh University 2-0 at the weekend.

    Competition pedigree

    Both teams are just starting out in the competition for 2019/20 in the first round.

    Last season, Spartans fell at the first round stage to fellow Lowland League side East Kilbride.

    After a 1-1 draw at K-Park, Kilby progressed 5-4 on penalties.

    They’ve twice reached the second round of the competition, losing to Linfield and Stranraer respectively.

    Motherwell lost to eventual winners Ross County in the last eight at Fir Park, despite taking the then-Championship side all the way.

    Adam Livingstone’s remarkable free-kick gave hope, before the Staggies ran out 2-1 winners.

    Ticket information

    Kick off at the Penny Cars Stadium in Airdrie is at 7.45pm. Fans can pay at the gate. Adult entry costs £10, with concessions going for £5.

    At stake

    The winners of the tie will face Clyde away on Tuesday, 13 August 2019.