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    Defeat for Motherwell in SWPL1

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    Rangers visit Motherwell in SWPL1

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    ‘Well take point at Spartans

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    Spartans trip for Well in SWPL1

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    Glasgow City next for Motherwell

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    Motherwell suffer defeat at Celtic in SWPL1

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    Celtic next for ‘Well in SWPL1

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    ‘Well lose seven-goal thriller at Rangers

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    SWPL1 action at Rangers on Wednesday

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    Scottish Cup semi-final defeat for Motherwell

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    Defeat for Motherwell in SWPL1

    Defeat for Motherwell in SWPL1

    Motherwell’s hopes of finishing fifth in SWPL1 ended on Sunday, after a 3-1 defeat to Rangers.

    The women of steel had the lead at Ravenscraig early on through Katie Rice’s long-range effort.

    But they were pegged back to guarantee a sixth-placed finish in the eight-team league.

    The objective from the off was to stay in the league, and Donald Jennow’s side matched up against their opponents well in a keenly-contested affair.

    But after Rice’s strike in the 19th minute, Gregory Vignal’s side struck through Hannah Robertson and Brogan Hay to go in at the interval ahead.

    Rosie McQuillan added the third in the second half, as Rangers took all three points.

    Motherwell travel to take on champions Glasgow City next Sunday in the final game of the SWPL1 season.

    While it is still mathematically possible to catch fifth-placed Spartans on points, with a three-point gap, their goal difference is 22 goals superior.

    Motherwell: Hunter, Doran-Barr, Inglis, Crosbie, Connor, Cairney, McEachran, Adams, Rice, Gardner, Callaghan.

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    Rangers visit Motherwell in SWPL1

    Rangers visit Motherwell in SWPL1

    It’s Motherwell’s final home game of the 2019 SWPL1 season on Sunday, as Rangers visit Ravenscraig.

    The women of steel are still pursuing fifth spot with two games left in the campaign.

    Kick-off is at 2.30pm at Ravenscraig.

    LEAGUE POSITIONS

    Motherwell – sixth in SWPL1 – 19 points

    Rangers – fourth in SWPL1 – 28 points

    WHAT THEY SAID

    “We showed character last week to come from behind to claim a point,” head coach Donald Jennow said.

    “Off the back of five defeats against some of the strongest teams in the division, it was important we got back on track.

    “With two games to go, we are still in with a chance of taking fifth spot. The onus is on us to get the points to put us in with a chance of achieving that goal.

    “Whatever happens, our objective was to stay in this division and be competitive. We secured our status a long time ago now, and we have gone a long way towards becoming an established top flight side.

    “Making it to fifth spot would be another achievement, and we will continue to push for it in our two final games.”

    Match programme

    You can download our Motherwell v Rangers match programme here.

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    ‘Well take point at Spartans

    ‘Well take point at Spartans

    Motherwell claimed a point in the race for fifth away to nearest challengers Spartans on Sunday.

    Goals from Lori Gardner and Katie Rice completed a comeback draw for Donald Jennow’s side, as they arrested a run of five straight defeats.

    After early chances for the women of steel, Spartans had the lead after 20 minutes.

    Clelland got down the left and found Galbraith at the near post, who slotted the ball past Vincenti in the Motherwell goal.

    Then with six minutes left in the first half, the hosts doubled their advantage through Katie Frew’s long-range effort.

    Motherwell would not be deterred however, and halved the deficit just before the break as Gardner fired home.

    The visitors continued to press and would be handed the chance from the spot with five minutes to go, with Rice dispatching the spot kick.

    Motherwell should then have had a second spot kick at the death, were to be denied the chance to take all three points.

    Next up is the visit of Rangers on Sunday, 3 November in the final home game of the 2019 season.

    Motherwell: Vincenti, Connor, Inglis, Rolph, Doran-Barr, Adams, McEachran, Rice, Gardner, Callaghan, Cairney.

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    Spartans trip for Well in SWPL1

    Spartans trip for Well in SWPL1

    It’s a trip to Edinburgh on Sunday for Motherwell in SWPL1, as Donald Jennow’s side take on near-challengers Spartans.

    After enduring defeat to Glasgow City in midweek as the league giants went for the win that would give them the title, the women of steel now face a side they’re chasing to try and finish above in the league.

    Kick-off is at 1pm at Ainslie Park. Adult entry is £5, concessions £3 and Under 16s go for free.

    LEAGUE POSITIONS

    Spartans – fifth in SWPL1 – 20 points

    Motherwell – sixth in SWPL1 – 18 points

    Head to head

    Motherwell are looking to claim back fifth spot in the league with a victory, albeit knowing their opponents still have two games in hand as the season races to its close.

    The two sides have faced each other five times since the first meeting in 2017, which finished 4-3 to Spartans in the SWPL Cup.

    Victory for then-second-tier Motherwell in the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup semi-final last October was a hugely significant win for the team, setting up a place in the final against Hibernian.

    In the league this campaign, Spartans were 3-1 winners on Motherwell’s last trip east, with a 0-0 draw at Ravenscraig last time out.

    Spartans were also 5-0 SWPL Cup winners in Motherwell earlier this campaign.

    WHAT THEY SAID

    “This is a chance for us to put the disappointment of the last few weeks behind us and finish the season strongly,” head coach Jennow said.

    “We’ve had to come up against all of the top four in our last five matches, so we have to ensure that doesn’t take its toll.

    “Spartans are also strong, as we’ve found out this season. But we know realistically we need to get a positive result to have a chance of finishing above them in the table.”

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    Glasgow City next for Motherwell

    Glasgow City next for Motherwell

    A run of difficult SWPL1 matches for Motherwell continues on Wednesday night, as Glasgow City are the opponents for Donald Jennow’s side.

    The match at Wishaw Sports Centre kicks off at 7.30pm.

    The form guide

    Motherwell are on a run of four defeats, albeit against challenging opposition.

    Back-to-back league and Scottish Cup semi-final defeats to high-flying Hibernian were followed up by a narrow away loss at Rangers, and then defeat at the hands of Celtic away at the weekend.

    The women of steel started the second half of the season in scintillating form, winning five and drawing one, and are looking for a way to return to that form.

    Glasgow City need little introduction, as the perennial champions. A 32nd straight league victory on Wednesday night would land them the title and would maintain a 100% record in the league season, with three games to spare.

    With 81 league goals scored and six conceded, the leaders are also involved in UEFA Women’s Champions League action currently, holding a 2-0 away win aggregate lead over Brondby ahead of the second leg of the last 16 next week.

    Head to head

    The two teams have faced once earlier this season, with Glasgow City 8-0 home winners in April.

    Another away trip lies in wait on 17 November in the final game of the league season.

    Manager mindful of test ahead

    “Facing Glasgow City is obviously a huge task for any team in this league,” head coach Donald Jennow said.

    “We have to go into the match with a positive mindset. We are prepared for what they’ll throw at us, and it’s important we stick to what we’ve discussed and see where it takes us.”

    Match programme

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    Motherwell suffer defeat at Celtic in SWPL1

    Motherwell suffer defeat at Celtic in SWPL1

    Motherwell suffered defeat at the hands of Celtic in SWPL1 on Sunday.

    A double from Sarah Ewens, and further goals from Rachel Donaldson, Keeva Kennan and Josephine Giard gave the third-placed side a 5-0 win.

    Donald Jennow’s side went to K-Park hoping for a repeat of the performance which saw them pick up a 0-0 draw on their last visit to East Kilbride earlier in the season.

    But after repelling early pressure from their hosts, they would go behind 25 minutes into the match when Donaldson poked home the opener from close range.

    Giard then doubled Celtic’s advantage with a shot from a tight angle three minutes before the interval, before Keenan and Ewens would go on to add the other three goals in the second half.

    Glasgow City travel to Wishaw Sports Centre in the next league encounter on Wednesday night. Kick off is at 7.30pm.

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    Celtic next for ‘Well in SWPL1

    Celtic next for ‘Well in SWPL1

    Motherwell travel to K-Park on Sunday to play their third match in a week in an important SPWL1 clash with Celtic.

    The women of steel will face a tough test against a talented side who sit comfortably in third spot in the table.

    ‘Well suffered a rueful defeat midweek, losing out by a single goal to Rangers, who were reduced to 10 players for the last half hour of the match.

    Kick-off is at midday at K-Park in East Kilbride.

    LEAGUE POSITIONS

    Celtic – third in SWPL1 – 34 points

    Motherwell – fifth in SWPL1 – 18 points

    WHAT THEY SAID

    Head coach Donald Jennow admits Wednesday night was hard to take, but he expects a good reaction.

    “It was wasn’t good enough collectively as a group, but we have put it behind us. Our full focus is on Celtic.

    “They are a team full of good players, but we believe we can cause them problems.”

    Rachel Connor, who scored on her debut on Wednesday night has full confidence the team can get back to winning ways.

    “They are a difficult team to break down, but we know our strengths and how we can win the match.

    “The girls have been great since I came in, it is a great environment to be in.

    “We want to get as high up the table as possible.”

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    ‘Well lose seven-goal thriller at Rangers

    ‘Well lose seven-goal thriller at Rangers

    Motherwell were made to pay for an off-colour performance as they slumped to a 4-3 defeat against Rangers on Wednesday night in SWPL1.

    Looking to bounce back from defeat in the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup semi-final to Hibernian at the weekend, the women of steel headed to the Rangers Training Centre knowing a win would keep up the pressure on the side they’re chasing in fourth spot.

    The opening spell of the game saw the hosts have all the ball. The first effort from Motherwell came from captain Georgie Rafferty, as her free-kick was held by Nicolson in goals.

    Inevitably, Rangers broke the deadlock on 25 minutes. Napier tapped in at the back post after she found herself free in the box.

    Motherwell were camped in their own half, with Morgan Hunter making two fine diving saves to keep the ball out of the net.

    Just before the break, Rangers’ lead was doubled when Boyce blasted the ball into the net, Hunter’s previous block only pushing the ball into the path of the on-rushing forward.

    The second half saw Brown sent off for the hosts after an altercation with Lauren Doran-Barr on the hour mark, and it gave the visitors a way back into the game. Rachel Connor scored on her debut just after, as she raced through on goal to place the ball into the far corner.

    But Gregory Vignal’s side managed to extend their lead further on 67 minutes. Bourma put the home side back in the driving seat, working her way through the defence and finishing well in to the far corner to put Rangers 3-1 up.

    In a match filled with defensive errors, Abby Callaghan found herself one-on-one with Nicolson and she calmly finished with 15 minutes to go to give the women of a steel a chance of taking a point.

    But, in the 82nd minute, Brownlie floated in an excellent cross on the counter-attack that was headed home by Gemmell to make it 4-2 and seal the points.

    Callaghan was sent through on goal in the last few seconds, slotting home to make it 4-3 as she scored her third in a week, but it was too little, too late for Motherwell.

    Head coach Donald Jennow admitted his side’s display wasn’t what he had come to expect.

    “To be honest, it just wasn’t good enough,” he said. “For everyone involved, it wasn’t anywhere near the standards we set as a group.

    “We didn’t work as hard as them, we sat far too deep. Ultimately, we didn’t do ourselves justice today.”

    The ‘Well boss however did take positives from a debut goal from Rachel Connor and a brace for Abby Callaghan.

    “It was good for both on a personal level, it is good to have you forward scoring and Abby is doing that at the moment,” he added.

    “We now need to focus on Sunday and the trip to face Celtic, who have been tough opponents this season.”

    Motherwell: Hunter, Roberts, Rafferty, Rolph, Doran-Barr, Connor, Adams, Cairney, McEachran, Gardner, Callaghan.

    Subs: Vincenti, Otto, Munro, Montgomery, Inglis, Fyfe.

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    SWPL1 action at Rangers on Wednesday

    SWPL1 action at Rangers on Wednesday

    Motherwell travel to take on Rangers in SWPL1 on Wednesday evening.

    The game at Rangers’ training ground kicks off at 8pm. Entry is £5 for adults, £3 for concessions and free entry for Under 12s.

    The form guide

    Defeat to Hibernian in the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup semi-final at the weekend made it back-to-back defeats against the Edinburgh club, having also lost 2-0 on league duty last time out.

    That said, the women of steel started the second half of the season in scintillating form, winning five and drawing one.

    Rangers also exited the Scottish Cup on Sunday, at the hands of Glasgow City.

    Gregory Vignal’s team have had mixed results since returning from the summer break, winning five and losing four.

    Head to head

    A 3-3 draw in the last league outing between the two sides came at Ravenscraig back in April.

    For the two sides, it’s about the battle for fourth spot. Motherwell sit four points behind Rangers in fifth, and know a win will go a long way towards chances of a top half finish in the club’s first season in the top flight.

    Jennow: Chance to bounce back

    “We were obviously disappointed to go out of the cup to a very strong Hibernian team,” head coach Donald Jennow said.

    “But we have shown in our last two matches that, despite defeat, we are showing a lot of encouraging signs with a young squad.

    “Our form since the return from the summer break highlights that. Rangers will be another tough opponent, but we must retain our positivity and believe we can get a result.”

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    Scottish Cup semi-final defeat for Motherwell

    Scottish Cup semi-final defeat for Motherwell

    Motherwell exited the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup at the semi-final stage, as they were defeated 4-1 by an impressive Hibernian.

    The re-run of last year’s final, which was won by the Edinburgh side, saw the two go head-to-head for the chance to face Glasgow City.

    It started heavily in the opponents’ favour. Motherwell nearly fell behind inside the second minute, with Cavanagh’s volley crashing against the crossbar.

    Napier then had the ball in the net moments later for Hibs, only to be correctly ruled offside.

    The women of steel could not find a way out of their own half – pinned back by an impressive opposition.

    Muir then scored for Hibernian on 21 minutes, when her header flew past Anna Vincenti into the roof of the net.

    It was quickly two, with Cavanagh’s driven shot sneaking in at the near post after going past Rolph.

    Vincenti made two superb diving saves to deny long-range efforts from Cornet and Boyle, pushing both onto the post.

    But Hunter completed the scoring in the first half, she rose highest in the box to make it 3-0 to Hibernian.

    The second half started with a speculative effort from Chelsea McEachran. Doing well to find space outside the area, her shot was straight at the keeper.

    Hibs added a fourth on 56 minutes in unfortunate circumstances. A Hibs penalty was saved by Vincenti from the spot, only to be left helpless as the follow-up found its way into the net.

    Motherwell went close when Lori Gardner turned the defender and blasted the ball past onto the crossbar.

    Abby Callaghan then reduced the deficit with a wonderful finish, when her effort went right into the corner on 62 minutes. Gardner’s low drive into the box to find her was inch-perfect.

    The match finished with a more advanced and confident Motherwell, who pushed for another goal, but were left to rue a poor start.

    Motherwell: Vincenti, Callaghan, Rolph, Rafferty, Doran-Barr, Cairney, Roberts, Adams, Munro, McEachran, Gardner.

    Subs: Hunter, Cullan, Crooks, Arbuckle, Fyfe, Otto.