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match report 1922-23 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
Aberdeen 2 - 1 Motherwell
Kick Off:    Miller 35, Miller.       Ferguson 55  
Attendance: 9,500
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Motherwell were lucky to get off with only two goals to one defeat from Aberdeen at Pittodrie Park, where they were second best throughout. There were times when the visitors showed nice football, Rankine and Ferguson being responsible for many clever touches. The better football, however, came from Aberdeen, who were strong on the wings, and whose attack was well supported by the half backs. The only goal of the first period fell to Miller, and but for good defensive play by Rundell, Little, and Jackson, the visitors would have been further in arrears at the interval. In the second half forcing work by Rankine, Reid, and Ferguson put Motherwell on level terms, but after Miller had given Aberdeen the lead again 20 minutes from the finish, the game ruled almost entirely in favour of the home team, who were by no means flattered by their margin of victory. Best for Motherwell were Rundell, Little, Jackson, Rankine, Ferguson, and Ferrier, and for Aberdeen Hutton, Forsyth, Dr Milne, Maclachlan, Rankine, and Moir.

Source: The Scotsman, 30th April 1923

With a 2-1 victory over Motherwell on Saturday, the. Aberdeen players had a very satisfactory wind up to their programme of Scottish League games. About 9000 spectators watched a game that had nothing of the end of the season atmosphere about it. Both teams played good football, and if Aberdeen held the advantage, the Motherwell players at times showed clever footwork. On the run of the game the visitors got off cheaply, had goals been in proportion to pressure, Aberdeen would have won by a much more decisive margin. Both goals for Aberdeen were scored by Miller, and were typical efforts. His first, obtained ten minutes before the interval, was the outcome of rare good judgment on his part. Receiving in the penalty area he touched the ball over Little's head and ran round him. He was then confronted by Rundell who advanced to meet him, and sizing up the situation quickly, the Aberdeen centre-forward neatly tapped the ball past the keeper into the empty goal.
His second, and the winning goal, was taken with equal good judgment. MacLachlan met a clearance of Stewart to lob the ball in front of goal. Miller trapped it neatly with his left foot, and without hesitation shot hard into the net with his right foot from about ten yards' range. The visitors made an appeal for offside, but from the press-box there did not appear to be justification for this.
Sandwiched between Miller's goals was one credited to Ferguson, the Motherwell centre-forward. Ten minutes after the interval, Rankine, the visitors' inside right, dribbled through on the right almost to the goal-line, and delivered a hard drive which Blackwell did well to knock down. The ball rebounded to Ferguson, who shot, but Blackwell again got in the way. It, however, again rebounded to Ferguson and cannoned off his knee into the net. Aberdeen were the aggressors for the greater part of the game, and were unfortunate not to add to their score. Twice Grant sent shots against the woodwork, and Miller, Dr Milne, Rankin, and Moir had drives which came near to counting.


All the home defenders played well. Blackwell in goal was never really seriously tested, and of two good backs Forsyth was slightly ahead Hutton, who in tackles never quite got the better of Ferrier, the visitors' left winger. It was largely the work of the Aberdeen half-backs which made victory possible for their side. Maclachlan excelled in initiating right wing movements. Milne kept Ferguson well in hand, and forced the play throughout, and Robertson was equally strong in defence as in attack. Rankin was the cleverest of the forwards, and Moir gave a dashing display at outside right, seldom failing to get in what were always dangerous centres. Miller played disappointingly until obtaining his first goal, but after that he showed glimpses his old form, passing the ball on the run with great accuracy and was very unfortunate not to secure his hat-trick off a high centre by Moir, the ball glanced off the side of his boot just over the bar as he ran over the goal-line. Smith and Grant acquitted themselves creditably but were not so clever as the other three forwards. Rundell did some good work in the goal, his powerful fisting being a feature his work. Little was the better back, but the strongest player in the visitors' defence was Jackson at centre-half. He not only defended well but repeatedly forced the game, and was not too well supported. Rankine was the cleverest of the forwards, his opening out play especially in the first half being delightful. Ferrier at outside left was a clever Individualist, but frequently sent his centres behind, and Ferguson never got much scope from the home centre-half.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal 30th April 1923

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Blackwell, Hutton, Forsyth, MacLachlan, Milne, Robertson, Moir, Grant, Miller, Rankin, Smith.

Unused Subs:


Motherwell Teamsheet:  Rundell; Little, Stewart; Martin, Jackson, Reid; Lennie, Rankine, Ferguson, Wardrop, Ferrier


Referee: J. Bennie, Falkirk

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