Motherwell 2-4 Granite City

Written by Andrew Johnstone on November 19, 2009 – 12:50 am -

Chapmans Motherwell fell to their second defeat of the season on Saturday, losing 4-2 against fellow promotion rivals Granite City Wanderers away in Aberdeen.

Chapmans were up against it from the start, after goalkeeper Robert Black bumped his car on route to the game, leading to veteran striker Andy Liddle donning a borrowed set of pads and taking up an unfamiliar residence between the sticks.

The game on the whole was a disappointing one for the Motherwell club, lacking the overall desire and passion that had propelled them to top spot in the table. Yet they only conceded one goal in the first half when the Granite centre forward rounded Liddle in goals and firing home, after he had unwittingly kicked it into his path. Granite City in reality struggled going forward, they had the lions share of possession but struggled to create many meaningful openings, however, Motherwell really struggled to gain a foothold, and created few chances in the first half.

 The second half saw Motherwell draw level early on, with their best spell of the match, Gordon Strachan knocking it home from close range following an Ian Mathie cross. However, Granite regained the lead minutes later, a ball over the top caused confusion in the Motherwell back-line and their left-winger was on hand to fire home. After regaining the lead Granite began to assert more pressure on the Motherwell defence and the third soon came, this time a clever passing move saw their left-winger again free at the back-post.

 Motherwell decided to shuffle their formation around, and it immediately proved successful, Chris Mitchell firing home from a short corner to reduce the deficit to 1 goal. Motherwell continued to press, but saw themselves reduced to 10 men when Ian Dyett was sin-binned for an off the ball shove, and then was red carded for his remonstrations. This was the final nail in Motherwell’s coffin and sheer weight of numbers saw Granite City soon grabbed a 4th, despite appeals that there was a foul in the build up play. This is the way the scores would stay, leaving Motherwell with the long journey home wondering what might have been.

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Motherwell 2-3 Inverross

Written by Andrew Johnstone on November 19, 2009 – 12:47 am -

Chapmans Motherwell first XI were unlucky to suffer their first league defeat of the season at the hands of Highland Inverross at Dalziel Park on Saturday. Motherwell were defeated three goals to two by their promotion rivals in an action packed encounter which saw the visitors taking the lead after converting a short corner that was won straight from the push back. Despite this early setback the hosts piled on the pressure, finding their rhythm and stringing together some purposeful attacks which eventually resulted in an equaliser with Ian Mathie drilling home from a short corner.

Motherwell continued to try and build an attack at every opportunity but were denied by a determined Inverross goalkeeper. The home side were then frustrated further when the highlanders’ centre forward slotted the ball into the net following a quick counter attack. However, Motherwell’s desire to maintain a 100% winning record gave them the impetus to bounce back and their efforts were rewarded just before half time when Chris Timlin got on the end of Ian an Mathie pass.

After the interval, Motherwell continued to press forward, winning several short corners but were unable to convert and the visitors punished the home side fifteen minutes before the end again slotting home after a quick counter attack. Right at the death Chapmans squandered the chance to salvage a point after the ball deflected narrowly wide of the opposition goal following a goal-mouth scramble. The home side were entitled to feel aggrieved at the full time whistle as it was felt that the Inverross goalkeeper should have been dismissed for a terrible challenge on Mathie. Nevertheless, the Motherwell side will be keen to rediscover their winning touch when they travel to Aberdeen next Saturday to take on title rivals Granite City.

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Motherwell 6-2 Aberdeen University

Written by Andrew Johnstone on November 19, 2009 – 12:40 am -

Chapmans Motherwell earned a hard fought 6-2 home win against Aberdeen University, at Dalziel Park on Saturday, to make it 7 league wins in 7 this season.

Chapmans started strongly but found themselves up against a well drilled Aberdeen defense, that proved hard to break down. However Motherwell did gain the advantage after 15 mins in a superb 5 minute spell, summer signing David Mitchell with a superb individual goal. The second goal followed minutes later for Chapmans, an Aberdeen attack was turned over and the ball was quickly distributed down the line to Andy Liddle who turned his marker and laying the ball off to Craig Beattie who unselfishly put through Andy Johnstone who finished high past the sprawled goalkeeper. Chapmans third goal came after clever team play won them a short corner, the resulting effort from Chris Mitchell was well saved by the Aberdeen keeper but he was unable to keep out the rebound from Chris Timlin.

This put Motherwell in a great position to seize the match, however, it did nothing more than put the wind in the Aberdeen sails as Motherwell took their foot off the gas. Aberdeen soon grabbed two goals in quick succession due to Motherwell’s defensive lapses and it could have been more had it not been for some excellent reflex saves from senior goalkeeper Robert Black. Motherwell managed to cling on and still held a one goal advantage at half-time.

Chapmans came out at half-time with fire in their belly, and soon scored the all important fourth goal. A Motherwell short corner was well saved and cleared, but only as far as Andy Johnstone who found Chris Mitchell with his pass, Mitchell then took an intelligent touch around the defender and layed it off for his brother David who fired home. This caused the Aberdeen heads to drop and Motherwell went on and grabbed a fifth 5 minutes later, Chris Timlin finding Andy Johnstone on the post who managed to scrappily prod the ball past the Aberdeen keeper. Chapmans rounded off the scoring with minutes left to go, an own goal from the Aberdeen sweeper, deflecting a wayward Andy Liddle shot into his own net.

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Motherwell 3-1 Glasgow University

Written by Andrew Johnstone on November 19, 2009 – 12:37 am -

Chapmans Motherwell earned a hard fought 3 points to extent their 100% record for the season, winning 3-1 against Glasgow University at Garscube on Sunday.

Chapmans started well, but both sides were obviously tired from having played games the previous day and the game was more of a midfield possession battle with limited clear cut chances a either end. It was always Motherwell who had the cutting edge though, with industrious striker Ian Dyett winning penalty corners and coming close to opening the scoring in the early stages. If there was an opening goal it was looking increasingly likely Dyett would be the man to score it, and he did just that after 20 minutes, slipping a superb sliding finish past the Glasgow University goalkeeper.

Motherwell maintained the upper hand in possession after taking the lead, yet were still finding goals hard to come by, the Glasgow University defence holding firm. Despite both Chris Timlin and Craig Beattie having good chances to increase their advantage. Motherwell did though find their second goal minutes before half-time, Karlos Reilly scoring from the near post with a trademark penalty corner finish.

Chapmans came out from half-time knowing they needed just one more goal to win the game and they found it within themselves minutes after the restart. David Mitchell taking advantage of the new auto-play rule and leaving defenders flailing in his wake, powering into the D and exchanging a neat 1-2 with Ian Dyett before powering the ball home.

This put Chapmans firmly in the driving seat and they continued to dominate possession, and could have seen their lead increased, Alasdair Swanson and Mitchell again coming close. However, the final goal of the game was to fall to the home side in what proved to be merely a consolation goal. A superb solo marauding run from their centre-back, that he eventually fired home from the top of the D. The game though always looked like it would be Motherwell’s, and the 3-1 victory puts them 5 points clear at the top of National League Division 3.

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Motherwell 11-2 Ayr

Written by Andrew Johnstone on November 19, 2009 – 12:33 am -

Chapmans Motherwell 1st XI cruised to an 11-2 win over Ayr on Saturday at Dalziel Park, in a real game of two halves.

Motherwell started brightly, moving the ball around smoothly but without truly threatening the Ayr goals. However, they did eventually break the deadlock about 10 minutes into the first half, midfield powerhouse Chris Mitchell converting from a short corner. Motherwell continued to dominate but quickly found themselves back on level terms, Ayr pulling back a goal on the counter attack after Motherwell had found themselves over committed up front.

After this equalizer Motherwell found it difficult to regain much attacking pressure despite having vastly superior possession. They did though find the breakthrough about 10 minutes before half time, Karlos Reilly scoring with his trademark near post finish from a short corner. The scores were though to be all square at half-time Ayr again equalizing on the counter attack, Motherwell having not learned their lesson and once again finding themselves over exposed.

Chapmans started the second half vivaciously; the half time words of captain Craig Beattie obviously still ringing in their ears. Motherwell opened their second half account within minutes, former GB internationalist David Mitchell scoring with an unstoppable drive. This proved to be a significant shot in the arm to Chapmans with Chris Timlin and Craig Beattie grabbing goals shortly after.

The goals continued to pile on and Ayr found themselves unable to cope with wave after wave of Motherwell attack. The next goal fell to Norwegian debutant Harold Iverson-Vignes, who knocked home after a goalmouth scramble. This effort was soon followed by a brace from Andrew Johnstone, the first a simple tap in after a Ian Mathie effort hit the woodwork. The second was somewhat more glamorous, a pinpoint Chris Mitchell pass was diverted on the slide into the bottom corner.

Ayr found themselves all over the place at the back, and Motherwell did not let up in their goalwards pressure. David Mitchell grabbed his second with another superb solo effort that the Ayr keeper was powerless to stop. The penultimate goal fell to midfield dynamo Chris Timlin for his second, rattling the ball past the goalkeeper with ease following an excellent team passing move. The final goal was scored with the last touch of the game, a powerful Chris Mitchell drive being deflected in by Ian Dyett, capping off a sublime display by the home side.

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Motherwell 6-2 Giffnock

Written by Andrew Johnstone on November 19, 2009 – 12:29 am -

Chapmans Motherwell extended their lead at the top of National League Division 3 on Saturday with a clinical 6-1 win away to Giffnock on Saturday, with sweeper Karlos Reilly grabbing an unlikely hat-trick.

Chapmans started the game with plenty of desire, looking like a team full of confidence following the previous weeks 11-3 demolition of Perthshire, and they were quick to take the lead, midfield powerhouse Chris Mitchell with an unstoppable low shot from a short corner. Motherwell continued to dominate the opening stages but were unable to turn their majority of possession into goals. This allowed Giffnock to claw their way back into the game, snatching an equalizer from a short corner. Despite bringing themselves back onto level terms Giffnock were content to sit back and allow Motherwell to dominate possession, still though Motherwell could still not find that incisive breakthrough.

However, Giffnock were soon the architects of their own destruction. When their captain and centre back were sin-binned for dissent, temporarily reducing them to 9 men. The Giffnock captain was incensed and launched into a further verbal tirade against the umpire that was no more effective than to see his yellow card become a red, and therefore to leave the field of play permanently.

Chapmans were unable to capitalise on this instantly though, as there was but 2 minutes until the half-time interval. Chapmans though started the second half with renewed vigour, and found themselves 3-1 up within a matter of minutes, sweeper Karlos Reilly grabbing 2 goals with clinical near post finishes. Motherwell were not done yet though, Chris Timlin grabbed the next with a cute finish from a tight angle, after a Giffnock had repelled 3 waves of Motherwell attacks.

Although Chapmans did find themselves in a potential spot of danger minutes later, when they themselves had striker Andy Liddle sin-binned for needless obstruction, much to the exasperation of captain Craig Beattie. This could have been a lifeline for Giffnock, yet Motherwell pressed for another goal and found it. Chris Mitchell once again scoring from a short corner, this time pouncing first on a rebound. Giffnock were noticeably demoralised and Motherwell scored their 6th and final goal not long after, Karlos Reilly ensuring the match ball would be his with a 3rd goal that was almost a carbon copy of his previous 2.

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Motherwell 11-3 Perthshire

Written by Andrew Johnstone on November 19, 2009 – 12:26 am -

Chapmans Motherwell HC 1st XI demolished Perthshire HC on Saturday with an 11-3 win at Dalziel Park, to climb to the top of National League Division 3. The win was particularly fitting as sponsor Jamie Chapman, of local business Chapmans Butchers Ltd, was there to show his support in continuing to remain affiliated with the club for another season.

Motherwell opened the scoring after only forty seconds, former GB internationalist David Mitchell scoring with a stunning strike. However, his impressive strike was better but a minute later, this time veteran striker Andy Liddle powering home a delicious drive from the very edge of the circle. Motherwell’s opening foray wasn’t finished yet though and seconds later they added a third, this time captain Craig Beattie showing some neat stick work to put through Mitchell again for his second. The Perthshire outfit were stunned, and showed no signs of rallying as Motherwell continued to press, only a few last gasp tackles prevented Motherwell from adding to their lead again within the first 10 minutes.

Motherwell’s 4th and 5th were soon to follow though. The 4th being a powerful Chris Mitchell short corner low into the bottom corner and the 5th an impressive Ian Mathie half volley after some clever individual running. Motherwell did, however, give up there clean sheet when a lapse of concentration allowed the Perthshire centre forward through to slot home, 5-1 being the score at the interval.

Motherwell started the second half with the same energy as the first and soon added to there advantage, Chris Timlin slipping it home from close range. Motherwell continued to press and the Perthshire defence wilted under the barrage of Motherwell attack, captain Craig Beattie adding a 2nd and Ian Dyett grabbing two in succession to make it 9-1 to Chapmans.

Perthshire showed a brief resurgence as Motherwell started to become slightly complacent, scoring two in quick succession. These proved only to be conciliations though, Motherwell finished the game in style with two goals in the last 5 minutes, a second for Chris Timlin and a second for Andy Liddle, ensuring the visitors headed home having endured an exhibition in attacking hockey.

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Motherwell 3-1 Erskine Stewarts Melville

Written by Andrew Johnstone on November 19, 2009 – 12:15 am -

Chapmans Motherwell 1st XI began their National League Division 3 campaign on Saturday with a 3 – 1 win over fellow promotion rivals Erskine Stewart’s Melville. Chapmans put in an efficient performance to start the season and will be hoping to build on this early victory in the coming weeks. Despite the comfortable score-line Motherwell were made to work for the three points by a well-organised and competitive Erskine side who capitalised on their early pressure by taking the lead midway through the first half after some sharp counter – attacking play. However, the home side responded well, winning several short corners, eventually restoring parity on the stroke of half time when Ian Mathie pounced on a strike from Chris Mitchell that had been parried by the keeper.

Chapmans started the second period the way they ended the first by continuing to attack the strong Erskine defence and once again the visitors resistance was broken ten minutes after the restart when Andy Liddle finished from close range after a clever passing move in the area between Chris Timlin and Chris Mitchell exposed the Erskine backline. In spite of a brave Erskine fight back, Chapmans held strong in defence with some brilliantly timed challenges by sweeper Karl Reilly and some fine reflex saves from Robert Black. In the end, Motherwell sealed the victory close to full time with a superb individual effort from Liddle who intelligently turned the defender and rounded the keeper to slot home and cap an excellent afternoon for Chapmans.

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