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Aberdeen 2 - 2 Motherwell

HT Score: Aberdeen 1 - 2 Motherwell

Div 1 (Old)
Aberdeen scorers: McDermid, McDermid 48.
Motherwell scorers: Murdoch 17, Cameron 19

17/08/1929 | KO: 15:00

McDERMID'S GOALS. Aberdeen Captain to Rescue of Side.

Aberdeen pressed at the start, but it was Motherwell who scored first, Murdoch beating Yuill after eighteen minutes. Two minutes later Cameron added a second goal for the visitors, but Aberdeen's leeway was reduced by McDermid. The home side pressed hard to equalise, but the interval arrived with no further scoring. Early in the second half McDermid scored again, and Aberdeen pressed to the finish, but without gaining the lead.

Source: The Scotsman, 19th August 1929

Aberdeen gained their first point for the season on Saturday, when before 15,000 spectators at Pittodrie they divided four goals with Motherwell. It was a ding-dong struggle throughout, full of incident, first one side holding the advantage then the other.
Motherwell was the more convincing side in the first half, but on the second period's display Aberdeen fully merited a point, in fact none could have grudged them a victory.
Aberdeen's prospects looked anything but bright, when with twenty minutes gone, the visitors were two goals up, but sheer doggedness on the part of the home team, saved the day.
Aberdeen's defence was anything but safe, although Yuill in goal, displayed good form. Livingstone was the better back, but he did not reveal his best form. At times the home halves played well, and on other occasions disjointedly. McDermid was the outstanding man in the attack, and it was he who was instrumental in saving the point.
In a sound Motherwell defence, McClory, Hunter, and McFadyen were best. In attack, Stevenson and Murdoch were most prominent.

Exciting Start.

Aberdeen were first dangerous and after Yorston had failed to get in his effort, Love sent past. The Motherwell attack moved in splendid style, and after Yuill had saved a free kick from Johnman, Cameron and McFayden had tries. A counter raid by the home team was repelled, and then Yuill held a cross shot from McMenemy. Stevenson was always in the limelight, and he twice came near counting. A swift attack by Aberdeen had the visitor's goal in danger, but McClory saved from Love at the foot of the post.

Visitors Take the Lead.,/p> With seventeen minutes gone, Motherwell took the lead. Murdoch fastened on to a centre by Bone, and ran in to give Yuill no chance. Two minutes later, Cameron collected after a free kick had been blocked, and flashed the ball into the net. With the lead, Motherwell played confidently, and Yuill saved a great try by Stevenson.
Led by McDermid, Aberdeen rallied, and a great individual effort by the home skipper resulted in the ball trickling into the net off McClory's foot. The home team's play sparkled for a time after this and Smith missed a good chance, while McClory held from Cheyne, Motherwell retaliated, and Yuill dealt with shots from Murdoch and McFadyen. Aberdeen went all out for the equaliser until the interval, but Motherwell held their lead.

Aberdeen Equalise.

Aberdeen provided the first thrill in the second half, a shot by Yorston striking McClory and glancing off the post for a fruitless corner. With three minutes gone Aberdeen equalised. McClory only managed to stop a shot by Love, and McDermid ran on to put the ball in the net. An appeal by Motherwell that the Aberdeen player had used his hands was dismissed after the referee had consulted a linesman.
On level terms, Aberdeen played strongly and more convincingly, and Motherwell were lucky when McClory got in the way of a shot deflected by Frame. Following two corners, the Motherwell 'keeper pushed out a lightning shot by Yorston, but Love sent high over the bar.

McClory Busy.

McClory was again in action and did well to save a try by Cheyne. End-to-end play rules for a time, both defences being kept on the stretch. The visitors' custodian was kept busy, and dealt with shots from Black and Yorston. Cheyne had the ball in the net but the point was nullified by offside. Play swung to the other end, where Stevenson sent wide. Near the finish McDermid almost secured the winning goal, but McClory made a marvellous save from point blank range.

Source: Press & Journal, 19th August 1929

Motherwell Teamsheet
McClory; Hunter, Frame; McFayden, Craig, Johnman; Murdoch, McMenemy, Cameron, Stevenson, Bone
Attendance: 15,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: C. Bilney, Glasgow
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