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match report 2001-02 fixture list
Aberdeen 4 - 2 Motherwell
Kick Off:  3:00 PM   Thornley 19, Winters 33, Mackie 54, Zerouali 76.       Ready 26, Kelly 30  
Attendance: 10,988 (Visitors: 278)
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Dons Hit Goal Trail at Pittodrie
After failing to score in their opening three matches, the Dons found the net with ease as they beat Motherwell 4-2 at Pittodrie. It was a dream home debut for Ben Thornley as he opened the scoring for the Dons. Zerouali also marked his home return with a goal late on. This win was the first of nine consectutive SPL wins at home for the Dons which stretched through to the end of the year.

Aberdeen made a bright start winning three corners in the opening minutes as they tested the Motherwell rearguard. Bisconti conceded a free kick in the fourth minute, but the Dons defence dealt with it comfortably. Winters nearly broke the deadlock a minute later when he broke into the box on the right and hit a low drive. Brown had to scramble to tip the effort round the post.

In the 12th minute Mackie won a free kick in a dangerous position on the right. Unfortunately Winters went for goal and sent it high and wide. Motherwell were inches from breaking the deadlock in the 15th minute when Kelly collected a cross from the left, controlled it on his chest and hammered it against Preece's left hand post. The Dons took the lead in the 19th minute when Thornley made a dream home debut by firing in a left footed volley. Winters had delivered corner number six and the clearance fell to the Englishman on the edge of the box.

The Dons didn't hold the lead for very long though and it was ex Don Andy Dow that created the equaliser in the 26th minute. His corner was swung in from the right and Karl Ready bulleted the ball into the net. A minute later, Guntveit was booked for a challenge although the decision seemed harsh. Worse was to follow as Motherwell took the lead on the half hour mark. Motherwell were awarded a free kick on the edge of the Dons box and Dow played keepy up before lobbing it over the wall for Kelly to hammer past Preece.

Aberdeen levelled again in the 33rd minute and it was a mistake by Ready that let Winters in. Thornley crossed from the left and Ready took a swipe at fresh air allowing Winters to nip in and score. Motherwell's Elliot was booked in the 45th minute for pulling back McGuire.

The Dons regained the lead in the 54th minute and what a strike it was by Darren Mackie. Neat interplay with Winters set the youngster away. He used his pace to work his way to the edge of the box and hit a sweet drive beyond the despairing Brown. Five minutes later Motherwell replaced Martinez with Tarrant and Aberdeen brought on Zerouali for Thornley. Zerouali almost made a dream start in the 64th minute when he played a neat one two on the edge of the box with Winters. Brown was on hand to save his shot. Darren Young had a great effort denied five minutes later. From a Winters corner the ball broke to Young 25 yards out and Brown had to scramble along his line to tip the ball over. Two minutes later Strong became the fourth booking of the match for persistent fouling.

The Dons extended their lead in the 76th minute and it was the Moroccan, Zerouali that provided the magic. He collected the ball on the left, worked his way to the edge of the box and rifled the ball past Brown. A minute later, Mackie was booked. In the 80th minute, Callum Bett replaced Robbie Winters. The youngster went close in the 84th minute when a Guntveit pass found him in plenty of space inside the box. He snatched at it though and sent the effort high.

Motherwell survived a real goalmouth scramble in the 87th minute as first Zerouali then Guntveit were denied. In the final minute Zerouali set up Mackie, but the youngsters effort was blocked.

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Preece, McNaughton, McAllister, Guntveit, McGuire, Whyte, Bisconti, Young, Winters (Thór Bett 80), Thornley (Zerouali 61), Mackie.

Unused Subs:

Bookings:  Guntveit (27),  Mackie (77).

Motherwell Teamsheet:  Brown, Corrigan, Dow, Ready, Strong (Forrest 74), Twaddle, Leitch (Cosgrove 63), Kelly, Martinez (Tarrant 59), Elliot, Hammell.

Bookings:  Elliot 45,   Martinez 51,   Strong 71,   Kelly 88

Referee: D. Somers, Cumbernauld

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