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Motherwell 1 - 1 Aberdeen

HT Score: Motherwell 0 - 1 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)
Motherwell scorers: Feguson
Aberdeen scorers: Miller.

02/04/1924 | KO:


In the game at Motherwell, Aberdeen were early the better team, and about ten minutes from the interval Millar scored a beautiful goal just outside the penalty area. Motherwell retaliated, but Blackwell cleared. In the second half Motherwell played an improved game, but they could not pierce the visiting defence, until, with a quarter of an hour to go, Rankine got possession, and passed to Ferguson, and the centre, with Hutton in close attendance, scored the equaliser.

Source: The Scotsman, 3rd April 1924

Aberdeen visited Motherwell yesterday in a league game. The teams lined up before 2000 spectators.
There a leisurely opening, an occasional breakaway by Miller and Thomson for Aberdeen and Ferrier for Motherwell, being the only noteworthy incidents for fifteen minutes, at which point Motherwell applied desperate pressure. Hutton and Forsyth, however, defended in such vigorous fashion that only Blackwell was once called upon, Ferguson sending in a first-time effort, which was cleverly disposed of.
Aberdeen came eventually into the game through Grant and Paton, and the inside man looked like going through when he was brought down by Newbiggin. Miller was entrusted with the free kick but shot wildly over the bar.

Miller Scores.

Subsequently the Aberdeen forwards repeatedly carried the ball into the dinger zone, but Sutherland was not crafty enough for the offside tactics adopted by Little, and the good work of the wing forwards went for nothing. Five minutes from the interval Miller went through and scored cleverly for Aberdeen. This was followed by a spirited Motherwell attack, and Blackwell had to look lively to stop Rankine's final delivery. Just before the whistle call Forsyth made his way single-handed past and Motherwell halves and backs, but finished by shooting over.

Aberdeen should have had a second goal on restarting, as Thomson got right down and crossed in front of goal with Sutherland and Paton favourably placed, but both missed badly. Motherwell responded with several well-timed attacks, in which Ferguson was conspicuous. Blackwell had, however, more difficulty in disposing of an accurately-placed corner by Ferrier. There were many lively tussles between Thomson and Little, and more than once the Aberdeen man got the ball across, only to find there were no takers.

Aberdeen Wings Clever.

There was more method in the play of Aberdeen than that of Motherwell. The work of the wing forwards, and especially Miller and Thomson. Was always clever, and with a craftier centre-forward there would have been more goals forthcoming. Motherwell made an effort to level the scores midway in the second half, but Ferguson apparently lacked inclination to come to close quarters with Hutton and Forsyth, as his deliveries were mostly from long range, and Blackwell saw to it that no ball reached the net.
When least likely, Motherwell secured the equalising goal. A hot attack by Aberdeen had only been frustrated by bringing down Paton, and Hutton volleyed past the post with a great shot. Then the Motherwell right wing burst away, and Ferguson, favourably placed, drove the ball past Blackwell like a rocket. Motherwell went out to win, and for quite five minutes Blackwell's charge was laid siege to. What Hutton and Forsyth failed attend to Blackwell accomplished, and the tension wore off. Aberdeen forced a corner, which Thomson placed right in front goal. Little, however, cleared, and right till the finish there was a series of give and take.
The game was by no means a brilliant one. Quite a number of the players were reserving themselves, although at times they let themselves go, and matters became likely. Aberdeen's defence was great, while the half-backs were hard workers, with MacLachlan the pick. Thomson, Miller, and Paton were Aberdeen's smartest forwards. Little was Motherwell's best back, Reid the most effective half-back, and Ferguson and Ferrier were outstanding in the forward line..

Source: Press & Journal, 3rd April 1924

Motherwell Teamsheet
Rundell; Little, Newbiggin; Reid, Brown, Johnman; White, Rankine, Ferguson, Stevenson, Ferrier
Attendance: 2,000
Venue: Fir Park, Motherwell
Referee: A. J. Martin, Clydebank