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    Women to open SWPL1 against Stirling University

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    Suzanne Mulvey named SWPL 2 Player of the Year

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    Women lose Scottish Cup final

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    Women prepare for Scottish Cup final

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    Back the women in Scottish Cup final

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    Emma Black dreaming of cup upset

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    Women end league season in style

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    Women prepare to host Saints in final league game

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    Saints test perfect preparation for final

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    Women up for national awards

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    Women to open SWPL1 against Stirling University

    Women to open SWPL1 against Stirling University

    Motherwell’s fixtures for SWPL1 have been announced for the 2019 campaign. 

    Donald Jennow’s side gained promotion to the top flight after an impressive season in which they also made it to the final of the Scottish Cup.

    And now the club can turn their attentions to what will be a historic campaign as they prepare for their first ever season in the top flight.

    They will open the campaign with a home clash against Stirling University on Sunday, 10 February, before heading to take on Forfar Farmington for their first away fixture.

    Jennow’s women will get an early shot against the side who defeated them in the Scottish Cup final when they host Hibernian in the third game of the season.

    For a run down of the full fixture list, click here.

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    Suzanne Mulvey named SWPL 2 Player of the Year

    Suzanne Mulvey named SWPL 2 Player of the Year

    Motherwell’s Suzanne Mulvey has been named as the Player of the Year in SWPL 2.

    Recognised for her role in the club’s record points tally in their title-winning season, the forward was honoured at the Scottish Women’s Football awards on Saturday night.

    Mulvey, who was the team’s leading scorer in 2018 with 26 goals, was also named as the Coaches Player of the Year in the club’s own awards.

    Megan Burns was nominated for Goal of the Season, while former coach Eddie Wolecki Black was on the shortlist for Manager of the Year.

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    Women lose Scottish Cup final

    Women lose Scottish Cup final

    Motherwell were unable to cap an incredible season by lifting the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup as they fell to a crushing 8-0 defeat against Hibs.

    The women of steel headed into the showpiece fixture at Firhill as massive underdogs and, after conceding in the second minute, rarely came close to defying the odds.

    Abigail Harrison’s deflected shot put Hibs ahead after just two minutes and they doubled their lead just three minutes later when Jamie-Lee Napier headed home Rachel McLauchlan’s cross at the back post.

    Donald Jennow’s side were shell shocked and things went from bad to worse on 14 minutes when Harrison added to her tally with a clinical finish from close range.

    Harrison limped off to be replaced by Lauren Davidson and the substitute made an immediate impact when a clinical counter from a Motherwell corner ended with the striker slotting the ball under the helpless Autumn Farrell.

    The ‘Well goal continued to come under siege and Maxine Welsh was desperately unlucky to see her clearance from a low cross beat Farrell and find the net for 5-0.

    A sixth Hibs goal followed before the break, Cailin Michie’s low drive from outside the area finding the bottom right corner.

    Going into the half time break 6-0 down, Jennow was tasked with delivering one of the most difficult team talks of his managerial career.

    Napier bagged her second of the afternoon five minutes after the restart and completed her hat-trick just after the hour mark when she tapped in after Farrell had denied McLauchlan.

    Hayley Cunningham had a shot well saved and Suzanne Mulvey’s header was scrambled clear as Motherwell tried to find a consolation, but it was Hibs who continued to enjoy the better of the chances as the match drew to a close.

    In the end it was a bitterly disappointing way for ‘Well to end the season, but they can take great pride in their record breaking league campaign and in the run to the final.

    Motherwell will return to action in the new year, when preparations will begin for their first ever season in SWPL 1.

    Picture: Lorraine Hill

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    Women prepare for Scottish Cup final

    Women prepare for Scottish Cup final

    Motherwell will bid to complete a historic league and cup double when they take on Hibernian in the final of the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup on Sunday.

    The women of steel have enjoyed a quite remarkable season, racing to the SWPL 2 title, setting a record points tally along the way and they have carried their form into the Scottish Cup, scoring 20 goals in their four games in so far in the competition.

    Donald Jennow’s side will go into the final as massive underdogs against a Hibs side aiming to clinch a Scottish and SWPL Cup double for the third successive season.

    Kick off at Firhill is 4:10pm. Tickets are available on the gate priced £5 for adults, £2 for concessions and free entry for under 16s.

    The Visitors

    In Hibernian, Motherwell will be coming up against one of the very best sides in Scotland.

    The Easter Road side have a wealth of quality throughout their side and have demonstrated those qualities with successes in both cup competitions over the last three years.

    Despite their domination in the cups, Grant Scott’s side fell agonisingly short of ending Glasgow City’s stranglehold on the SWPL 1 title, missing out on the final day of the season.

    Road to The Final

    Motherwell

    R2 – Cumbernauld Colts – 8-1

    L16 – Aberdeen – 8-1

    QF – St Johnstone – 1-0

    SF – Spartans – 3-1

    Hibernian

    R2 – Thistle Weir – 7-0

    L16 – Dundee United – 3-0

    QF – EUHV – 11-0

    SF – Glasgow City – 2-1

    What They Said

    Emma Black is under no illusions as to the size of the task facing Motherwell at Firhill and despite having won all there is to win in the Scottish women’s game, the defender insists sampling Scottish Cup success on the back of a superb league campaign would be amongst the best.

    “Hibs have won all the domestic cups out with the league in the last few seasons, that show they have that winning mentality already in place,” she said. “They have a lot of quality and international players and we are under no illusions as to how difficult a game it will be.

    “If you said to me when I signed in January that we’d have won the league having gone all the season unbeaten on the pitch and made the Scottish Cup final I’d have said there was no chance.”

    ‘Well gaffer Donald Jennow is determined to build on a fantastic season and is relishing the big occasion.

    “I’ve spoken recently about the success of this season and the achievements of this squad but today I want to look forward,” he said. “The most successful teams always ask “what’s next?” For me today should whet the appetite for more success.

    “I want more success for these players and for this club and so I want today to be the first step towards sustained success”

    Don’t Miss Out

    If you can’t make it along to Firhill, be sure to follow @MotherwellLFC on Twitter for team news, live updates, goal highlights and action shots from the match. The game will also be shown live on BBC Alba.

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    Back the women in Scottish Cup final

    Back the women in Scottish Cup final

    Motherwell are aiming to pull off a shock as they take on Hibernian in the SSE Scottish Cup final.

    Having deservedly earned their place in Sunday’s showpiece at Firhill, Donald Jennow’s team are looking to lift the trophy by defeating a top flight Hibs side who have lost just once all season and missed out on the league title by just three points.

    The women of steel won the SWPL 2 title with a record points tally, earning their place in the top division next season, and are going for the double in Glasgow.

    Motherwell saw off Spartans in the semi final, having also defeated Cumbernauld Colts, Aberdeen and St Johnstone.

    Hibs meanwhile saw off main rivals Glasgow City in the last four, having previously overcome Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale, Dundee United and Thistle Weir.

    Kick off at Firhill Stadium on Sunday is at 4.10pm. Adult prices on the gate are £5 and concessions can get in for £2. Kids aged under 16 get in for free.

    We encourage all Motherwell fans to get along and support the women as they look to defy their underdog status and pull off an upset.

     

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    Emma Black dreaming of cup upset

    Emma Black dreaming of cup upset

    Emma Black says capturing the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup with Motherwell would rank alongside the top achievements in her career.

    The women of steel take on Hibernian at Firhill on Sunday, aiming to complete a remarkable league and cup double.

    Black has enjoyed a trophy-laden career, earning an impressive nine Premier League winners medals, six Scottish Cup winners medals and six Scottish Premier League Cup winners medals.

    Despite having won all there is to win in the Scottish women’s game, the defender insists sampling Scottish Cup success on the back of a superb league campaign would be amongst the best.

    “Winning the Scottish Cup would be right up there with anything I have achieved in the game,” she said.

    “Hibs have won all the domestic cups out with the league in the last few seasons, that show they have that winning mentality already in place.

    “They have a lot of quality and international players and we are under no illusions as to how difficult a game it will be.

    “If you said to me when I signed in January that we’d have won the league having gone all the season unbeaten on the pitch and made the Scottish Cup final I’d have said there was no chance.

    “I was a bit unsure of what to expect coming in, but Eddie [Wolecki Black] brought a number of players on board and created that winning mentality, as well as a professional environment.

    “People might look at the results and say it was easy for us as we’ve been scoring five or six goals in most games, but it has been far from easy.

    “It’s hard to keep on producing good results and performances every week, especially having won the league with a number of games to spare.

    “It’s important we continue to train hard and keep the levels up.”

    The recent success of the Scottish women’s side clinching qualification for the World Cup has ensured the profile of the female game in the country has never been higher.

    Black, who has 40 caps for the Scottish national team, is excited about the continued progress of the women’s game and hopes it encourages Motherwell fans to get along to Firhill to back the team.

    “It would be amazing to have Motherwell supporters there at Firhill,” she said. “We’ve won the league, we’re in the Scottish Cup final, come and see us and we can showcase our talents.

    “There will be a lot of ‘Well fans who haven’t been to a live women’s match. I’d encourage them to get along and give it a try.

    “Everyone of us grew up dreaming of playing in a Scottish Cup final and you want to have supporters there.

    “It gives you extra confidence seeing supporters in the stand and it drives you on to win it for them.

    “The brilliant achievements of the national side have boosted the profile of the women’s game massively. It has never been higher and that’s really exciting.”

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    Women end league season in style

    Women end league season in style

    Motherwell rounded off their outstanding SWPL 2 campaign with a 5-1 victory over St Johnstone at Braidhurst.

    The women of steel scored an incredible 90 goals in 21 league matches during a superb season and the champions finished 21 points ahead of nearest rivals Kilmarnock.

    Donald Jennow’s side can now look forward to the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup final against Hibs, after a convincing win in which the three points were rarely in doubt.

    The hosts were forced into an early change when Kerry Montgomery hobbled off to be replaced by Lesley Condie and the substitute almost opened the scoring on 10 minutes when she headed wide Katey Turner’s cross.

    The hosts would break the deadlock six minutes later, courtesy of an unlikely source.

    Ashley Nicolson has been a rock at the heart of the Motherwell defence throughout the season, but she had failed to add her name to the scoresheet until she reacted quickest to pounce on Kirsty McLaughlin’s delivery and smashed the ball high beyond Rebecca Cameron.

    After taking the lead, Jennow’s side were clearly buoyed and what would follow in the next four minutes effectively ended the match as a contest.

    Turner, who was causing all sorts of problems for the Saints defence, sent across a tantalising delivery and Amy Henderson’s sliced clearance found the corner of her own net.

    On 20 minutes it was 3-0. Hayley Cunningham’s corner with perfect and Suzanne Mulvey leapt to head the ball home.

    Motherwell looked determined not to let their levels drop and Sammy Hare passed up two opportunities, before adding her name to the scoresheet with three minutes remaining in the first half.

    Turner took on her marker, before cutting the ball across the face of goal and Hare made no mistake from close range.

    To their credit, St Johnstone didn’t let their heads drop and they got a goal back early in the second half when Rhianna Tweedie’s shot looped over the head of Kendall Welsh and found the net.

    A series of substitutions for both sides broke up the rhythm of the second half, but it was Motherwell who continued to enjoy the better of the chances.

    The final goal of the game came when two substitutes combined. Caitlin Russell’s cross slipped through the grasp of the Saints keeper and Susan Fairlie was left with the simple task of tapping the ball into the net from a yard out.

    Emma Black almost got in on the scoring act with a deft chip, but she would see her effort land on the top of the goal in what would prove to be the last incident of note in the match.

    The women of steel will now bid to clinch a double in next Sunday’s Scottish Cup final at Firhill.

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    Women prepare to host Saints in final league game

    Women prepare to host Saints in final league game

    Motherwell will end their record breaking SWPL 2 campaign on Sunday, when they host St Johnstone at Braidhurst Academy.

    The women of steel defeated Glasgow Girls last weekend to move on to 53 points for the season and surpass Forfar Farmington’s previous league record of 52.

    With the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup final against Hibernian firmly on the horizon, Donald Jennow will be looking for a big performance from his side and may also use the occasion to hand game time to some of his fringe players pushing for a place on the big day.

    Kick off at Braidhurst Academy in Motherwell is at 2pm. Entry to watch the game is free.

    The Visitors

    St Johnstone will visit Braidhurst hoping for a change in fortunes, having lost their three previous meetings with ‘Well.

    While they have failed to get the better of Motherwell so far this season, Jason McCrindle’s side have represented a stern test on each occasion, especially in the previous two clashes in which a single goal has separated the teams.

    Saints currently sit fourth in the table and behind Hearts only on goal difference. Should they avoid defeat against the champions, they will surpass their points total of 31 from last season.

    Form Guide

    Motherwell last five:

    • W – Glasgow Girls 3-2
    • W – Spartans 3-1
    • D – Hearts 1-1
    • W – Aberdeen 4-0
    • W – St Johnstone 1-0

    St Johnstone last five:

    • D – Kilmarnock 2-2
    • L – EUHV – 2-0
    • W – Glasgow Girls 3-0
    • L – Motherwell 1-0
    • L – Hearts 0-2
    Last Meeting

    St Johnstone 0-1 Motherwell, SSE Scottish Women’s Cup, 16 September 2018

    Motherwell booked their place in the semi-final of the SSE Women’s Scottish Cup with a hard fought 1-0 victory over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.

    Megan Burns bravely headed home the only goal after 10 minutes and despite finding themselves on the back foot for much of the second half, the ‘Well defence held firm to book their place in the last four.

    What They Said

    Katey Turner believes the meeting with St Johnstone will provide perfect preparation ahead of the Scottish Cup final clash with Hibs and insists it’s important that performance levels don’t drop.

    “It’s absolutely vital that we go out and get the three points at the weekend,” the new signing said. “A good performance will stand us in good stead to go on and compete in the final, we’ve got to be ready to raise our levels, so we can go out and compete at the highest level.”

    ‘Well head coach Donald Jennow has paid tribute to his players following an excellent league campaign and called for an improved performance after a below-par display against Glasgow Girls.

    “I’m delighted to be talking about this game as the second last of our season,” he said. “The players have grown as individuals and as a group and deservedly close out the season as league champions.

    “Since I took over there have been some good performances and some that fell below our standards, last week was one of the latter but given the mentality of the players we have I fully expect them to react positively against St Johnstone.

    “St Johnstone have given us some of our toughest games this season and so if we want to finish our league campaign off properly we will need to perform well.”

    Follow the action

    If you can’t make it along to Braidhurst, you can follow @MotherwellLFC on Twitter for team news, live updates, goal highlights and action shots from the match.

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    Saints test perfect preparation for final

    Saints test perfect preparation for final

    Katey Turner believes the warm welcome from her new Motherwell team mates has allowed her to make an instant impact with the women of steel.

    The former Hibs attacker came off the bench to set up the decisive goal in the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup win over Spartans, before marking her league debut with a goal and two assists as ‘Well defeated Glasgow Girls 3-2.

    Turner is now hoping to continue her excellent start when St Johnstone visit Braidhurst on Sunday for their final SWPL2 fixture of the season and has stressed the importance of the game in building her match sharpness.

    “It’s been a really good first few weeks here,” she said. “The girls have been very welcoming and that’s made the transition easy.

    “I hadn’t been in a team environment for a few months, but they’ve made me feel very comfortable.

    “You can be as fit as you possibly can be, but match sharpness is a totally different ball game.

    “I played the 90 minutes against Glasgow Girls and hopefully I can get more game time against St Johnstone.

    “These games are going to be absolutely vital for me in building up my match fitness.

    “My aim coming in was to make a positive impact, I’ve put as much effort in as possible and I think that’s paid off.”

    Motherwell will have the opportunity to conclude what has been a fantastic league campaign in style when they host Saints on Sunday.

    Donald Jennow’s side have an 18-point lead over nearest rivals Kilmarnock and have set a record SWPL 2 points total with one game to spare.

    It’s an encounter that Turner believes will provide perfect preparation ahead of their Scottish Cup final clash with Hibs and insists it’s important that performance levels don’t drop.

    “It’s absolutely vital that we go out and get the three points at the weekend,” the 20-year-old added.

    “A good performance will stand us in good stead to go on and compete in the final, we’ve got to be ready to raise our levels, so we can go out and compete at the highest level.”

    Having had three different spells with Hibs, Turner is well versed on the qualities the Edinburgh side possess.

    She admits coming up against her former team mates is a challenge that excites her and an occasion where she is keen to show demonstrate her qualities.

    “It’ll be a strange one, they were my last club before joining Motherwell and I know a lot of the girls really well,” said Turner.

    “It’s all about going out there, trying to prove yourself and hopefully we can come out on top.

    “The Scottish Cup final is the best we could have wished for and it’s very exciting for us all to be preparing to give it our best choice shot against Hibs.

    “It would be great to have a big support and a good atmosphere for the final.

    “The women’s game has come on leaps and bounds in the last couple of years and the media coverage has increased, there’s so many positives right now.”

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    Women up for national awards

    Women up for national awards

    Motherwell have received three nominations for this year’s Scottish Women’s Football annual awards.

    Top scorer Suzanne Mulvey is one of four players up for the SWPL 2 Player of the Year award, going head to head with St Johnstone’s Jade McDonald, Lauren Evans from Glasgow Girls and Hearts’ Pamela Liddell.

    The team collectively have been nominated for the Senior Team of the Year gong, marking their incredible season which has seen them win the league with a record points tally and upset the odds by reaching the SSE Scottish Cup final.

    Motherwell are up against the nation’s top two clubs, Glasgow City and Hibernian, as well as Forfar Farmington.

    Former boss Eddie Wolecki Black has also been nominated for Senior Coach of the Year for his efforts in delivering the league title, before departing for Celtic.

    This year’s awards dinner will take place in Glasgow on Saturday, 17 November.

    Get your tickets for our own Player of the Year awards

    Our women’s team have had a hugely successful year, lifting the SWPL 2 title in record time and reaching the SSE Women’s Scottish Cup final against Hibernian.

    Let’s celebrate their success as we hold their Player of the Year awards dinner on Friday, 16 November.

    For just £32 per person, you can enjoy a two-course meal at the Centenary Suite here at Fir Park. With a glitz and glam dress code, the night will be hosted by Suzie McGuire.

    To book your ticket, just email events@motherwellfc.co.uk or call 01698 333333.