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match report 1933-34 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
16/09/1933
 
Motherwell 4 - 1 Aberdeen
Kick Off:    McFadyen 10, Stevenson, McFadyen 55, McFadyen       Warnock 25.  
Attendance: 5,000
Venue: Fir Park, Motherwell
DONS BEATEN BY BETTER TEAM.

Motherwell Play Like Champions.

SMITH BRILLIANT IN GOAL.

Aberdeen fought back strongly against Motherwell in the first half, but the all-conquering Fir Park team were decidedly the better side in the second 45, and were in no way flattered by their four goals to one victory.

Motherwell have yet to drop a point, and if they retain Saturday's form it will take a good team indeed to lower their colours.
Even in the first period, when a desperate Aberdeen team often threatened danger, the Lanarkshire combine were always the better balanced and more confident eleven.

Shot Their Bolt.

Aberdeen had shot their bolt in the first hall, and after the interval Motherwell played like, champions.
There was splendid understanding between the half-backs and forwards, and the Aberdeen rear divisions never succeeded in getting a grip of a fast and clever combining front rank.
But for the brilliance of Smith in the Pittodrie goal during this period the homesters would undoubtedly have finished with a much bigger margin in their favour.
Injuiries to players necessitated Aberdeen fielding a makeshift half-back line, which never got the measure of the Lanarkshire team's attack, the result being that the backs were overworked.

Backs Mediocre.

Cooper was by no means impressive against the Stevenson-Ferrier wing, and McGill, although better than his partner, was little more than mediocre.
Love, who deputised for the injured Thomson, was the best middle-man. He broke up numerous home raids by his first-time tackling but was too busy in defence to lend any assistance to his forwards.
One is forced to the conclusion that centre-half is Falloon's position, and to use him in any other capacity is a mistake. Gavin, who was in the pivotal position, certainly showed promise, but he never got the measure of McFadyen and is yet lacking in experience.
The Aberdeen attack was seen to best advantage the in first half, and, with the necessary aid from behind, they might have developed into a really dangerous force.
Moore was the best of the line, but he got little support from his inside men, Mills and Warnock, neither of whom set the heather on fire.
Benyon was the better winger, his runs and crosses always threatening danger.
Motherwell was best served in defence by Crapnell, Ellis being too fond of finding touch.
In a strong intermediate line, Wales took the honours.
McFadyen proved himself a first-class leader, fast and dangerous and quick to seize an opportunity.
Stevenson and Ferrier struck happy partnership on the left, and McMenemy and Ogilvie on the right were always dangerous.

Early Goal.

Motherwell made the running at the start, and in ten minutes McFadyen gave them the lead from an Ogilvie header.
Aberdeen gradually gained a footing in home territory, and should have been on level terms when Gall headed a Beynon cross against the upright.
The equaliser came in twenty minutes when Warnock found the net after combined play with Beynon.
Motherwell quickly regained their lead, Stevenson netting from an Ogilvie corner.
Ten minutes after the start of the second half McFadyen notched a third goal from an Ogilvie cross.
In one of Aberdeen's few raids Moore should have scored from a Mills slip. As the centre gathered the ball the Motherwell players appealed for offside. Moore hesitated and then went on, but his shot found the post and bounded to McClory.

McFadyen's Second.

Motherwell increased their lead when a McFadyen drive entered the net off Ogilvie.
There was sensation near the close when the referee blew for time up with five minutes still to go. The crowd drew the official's attention to his mistake, and, after consulting the linesmen, the referee recalled the players, who were leaving the field.

Source: Press & Journal, 18th September 1933

Motherwell Teamsheet:  McClory; Crapnell, Ellis; Wales, Blair, McKenzie; Ogilvie, McMenemy, McFadyen, Stevenson, Ferrier

Bookings:

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Smith, Cooper, McGill, Falloon, Gavin, Love, Beynon, Warnock, Moore, Mills, Gall.

Unused Subs:

Bookings:

Referee: W. Webb, Glasgow

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