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I see our Ladies team has signed a new striker in the form of Colette Fleming. As team building for their new season gets underway they will be optimistic of consolidating their position in the first Division.

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The Ladies team kicked off their league campaign today with a 3-2 win against Celtic Ladies development side. Well done girls that tops off a great weekend for the club with the first team winning a crucial derby game and the Under 20s reaching the Youth Cup Final after defeating Ross County 3-0.

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A good hat trick from Grant. A young and skilful Celtic team managed to stifle lots of Motherwell play. A good start to the season.

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Another win for the Ladies team today. Quite a game. We took a 3-1 lead then lost 2 goals to make it 3-3 and then scored a very late winner. So far so good this season.

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Our ladies team has started off the new season by winning all league games so far and are now sitting top of the league. They're not winning games as easily as last season but they are winning them. Promotion for the second year running?

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Ladies team still to find form and start firing on all cylinders. Their experience is showing through and getting them the wins. Looks like a couple of players have chucked their toys out the pram and left, so looking ahead to next season we should be trying to pick up some players now and strengthening. Have still enjoyed their performances so far this season and good to see the Dev team finding form too.

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Looks like a couple of players have chucked their toys out the pram and left, so looking ahead to next season we should be trying to pick up some players now and strengthening.

Has there been much change in personnel since last season or is the squad basically the same?

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Pamela Liddell and Toni Mason have both left i believe. McBride,Mcmillan, McInally and Linda Gibson not currently playing for reasons i am not aware of. This has given opportunities for Amy Bulloch, Lauren Bell and keeper Lauren McGregor to get in the team. Colette Fleming picked up an ACL injury and is probably out for the season. Squad remains the same otherwise. Games this season have been a lot closer with some hard fought for wins.

 

Of the opposition teams this season they are well organised, young fit and fast players in general. All with good football skills. Should be a good season and MLFC will be right up there either top or in a promotion spot.Top of the league just now.

 

New manager David Gibson should be well connected in SWPL and SWFL circles so i expect that to help in picking up new players.

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The ladies lined up against an unbeaten Cumbernauld Colts side at Broadwood on Sunday, a tough challenge following a very disjointed and uncharacteristic defeat at the hands of Hibs last week.

It was clear from the start our girls had a real sense of intent and were fired up for the match, It took 19 minutes to break the deadlock and it was first blood Motherwell, goals from Suzanne Grant Helen (Disby) Templeton and Sophie Gallacher led 'Well to a worthy 3-0 lead before an unfortunate OG with the keepers momentum carrying her with the ball in her hands back into the goalmouth.

A great team performance all round spirit fight and determination served up in spades.

Motherwell Ladies sit top of the league by virtue of superior goal difference.

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A thumping 6-0 away win for our ladies side yesterday which keeps them well clear at the top of the league? The Development side also won making it a fine double.

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Ladies had another good win on Sunday at Petershill against Glasgow City Development 1-8. Conditions were very windy and the game was won by half time with a 0-6 lead. First half in particular was an excellent team performance, almost back to the best of the last 2 seasons. It was good to see all subs being used late on and getting a run.

 

As of recent the @MotherwellLFC twitter has been silent so don't expect to see anything re team lineup or any new signings news. I did notice that Clare Docherty ex Celtic came on as a sub so unsure if ehe has signed or still a trialist.

 

5 League games remaining. Next 2 games are against the bottom 2 sides, home v Spartans Dev and away to Hearts U23's. Promotion to SPFL2 is nearly arithmetically confirmed but the League title is a bit tighter with Hibs Dev 6 points behind, but with one more game played.

 

MLFC Dev lost at home 0 - 1 to Blackburn Utd. Dev team have made good progress in their first season.

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PLD W D L GD PTS 1
Motherwell
15 13 0 2 53 39 2
Hibernian Development
16 11 1 4 46 34 3
Rangers Development
16 10 1 5 21 31 4
Celtic Academy
14 9 1 4 16 28 5
Cumbernauld Colts
15 8 3 4 28 27 6
FC Kilmarnock
15 8 2 5 8 26

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No surprise in a 12 - 0 win against Spartans Res, one of the bottom 2 teams in the league. Grant with her first goal in about 30 secs set the tone for the match. That was followed by first half goals from Grant, Sophie G, Grant,Dibsy,Mandy Burns,Sophie G and Grant. Second half goals came from Grant,Laura Smith, an o.g , Dionne Brown.

 

Before this game it looked like the league and Promotion game would be next home game agains Cumbernauld Colts, however a 2-2 draw between Hibs Dev and Celtic changed things. League Title and promotion to SWPL2 can now be achieved with a win at bottom placed Hearts U23 on Sunday.

 

Mark Kirk seems to have the team playing well again and is introducing some younger players in to the first team and demonstrating there is a player Pathway at MLFC. Will still have to bring in a few SWPL quality players to strengthen for the SWPL i would suggest.

 

I am hoping that next and last home game of the season might be at Fir Park. Will have to wait and see on that one.

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Another fine away win at Tranent v Hearts 23's 0-13. 1st half goals from Cook,Cook, Grant, Sophie G, Mandy Burns. Both Cook's goals came from corners well taken by Dibsy. 2nd half goals from Dionne Brown, Grant,Dibsy and Grant x 5 including one off her backside from 10 yards out.

 

Standouts for me were Stacey Cook, a captains performance, a joy to watch in midfield. Suzanne Grant is just a terrific goalscorer getting 7 today. Megan Burns and Dionne Brown had great games as well. Some fine football played throughout the whole team, accurate and composed passing. Well done to Mark Kirk for getting the ladies back playing this way. All subs used agin which is good to see and Clare Docherty looking sharper today, won't be long before she gets some goals.

 

Pre match I was looking forward to a League winning game when a Hearts supporter told me that MLFC had been deducted 3 points and fined for a player registration issue. There is a stunning silence coming from the MFC community Trust over all matters concerning the Ladies team. Previously the twitter from MLFC was setting the standard on information and match updates, now, nothing. This will have to change IMO.

 

3 games remaining in the League with next Sunday at home v Cumbernauld Colts when the League Title and promotion can be gained with a win. Will have to wait and see where and when the game will take place.

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Thanks for the comprehensive report. Things have gone very quiet off the field and the team deserves more recognition from the club. Hopefully they'll rap things up next weekend and if there's advance publicity and information it may encourage fans to go along.

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Super 8 - 2 win and promotion to SWPL2 is in the bag

 

First half saw a Megan Burns screamer , a goal from Grant and a red card for Stacey Cook and a few other chances missed against a physical and skilful Colts side. 2 early second half goals from Sophie G settled any nerves. A further 3 goals from Grant and a final screamer from Megan Burns clinched promotion

 

Thought the team played very well, good passing and movement with a desire to win.Congratulations to Mark Kirk and his coaches who have got the Ladies back playing the style of football we were used to. Megan Burns was immense throughout, Suzanne Grant doing what she does best, scoring goals. Sophie G had a great game using her height and strength and staying involved throughout. Nicole Goodwin looked very sharp when she came on.

 

2 away games to end the season at Rangers Dev and then Kilmarnock. Well done to all on back to back promotions.

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