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Motherwell 4 - 1 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)
Motherwell scorers: Feguson 5, Stevenson, Murdoch, Stevenson 70
Aberdeen scorers: Cheyne 2.

28/12/1929 | KO:


Blunders at Motherwell.

After having held the leadership of the Scottish League First Division for nearly three months, Aberdeen lost the distinction on Saturday, when they crashed at Motherwell by four goals to one. Weakness in defence was the chief cause of the disaster. Rangers, the champions, are now at the head of affairs, and with two matches fewer played, are one point ahead of the Pittodrie combination.

Aberdeen failed to reproduce form worthy of their exalted position, and spectators saw them well beaten at Fir Park. In the first half, when they surrendered three goals, they had quite as much of the play as the winners, but after the interval they fell away, and might have lost even a bigger margin.
They were handicapped for the greater period of the game by injury to Yorston, their crack centre forward, who in the second half went to outside right, Love going into the centre.
Even had Yorston escaped mishap, it is questionable if Aberdeen would have fared much better.
They scored first, but after Motherwell had equalised, Aberdeen never played with confidence, and gave a disappointing exhibition.
Yuill, in goal, despite several fine saves, was not at his best, and Livingstone was never really able to cope with the Stevenson-Ferrier wing, which was the best on the field. Legge was more reliable than his partner but the back combination was not all satisfactory. Hill was the best of the half-back line, which was below form, and the forwards lacked their usual punch, Love alone reproducing anything like his best.
Motherwell, after having from an early reverse, were a well-balanced side. They were superior at back, where Hunter played brilliantly. McFadyen, Craig, and Telfer were a trio of grand spoilers, and forward Stevenson, Ferrier, and McMenemy were always dangerous.

Aberdeen's Early Success.

Aberdeen made the running at the start and took the lead in five minutes. Lack of understanding in the home rear led to Cheyne shooting past McClory.

Quick Scoring.

The crowd were kept on their toes, and within five minutes the scores were level, Ferrier netting from a difficult angle. There was no doubting Motherwell's superiority for a time after this. The forwards were playing delightful football, and it came as no surprise when Stevenson put them on the lead. Goals were coming quick, and the Dons' defence was often guessing. Yuill mishandled a pass back from Livingstone, and Murdoch, running in, scored a third goal for the home side, the Aberdeen goal being untenanted.
The Dons eventually recovered from their bad spell, and good tries by Love and McDermid almost found the mark. Ferrier was playing havoc with the Aberdeen defence, and again brought Yuill to his knees with a fine effort.
The Aberdeen half-back line gradually got the hang of things, and for some time play was centred round McClory's end. Midfield play followed, and the goalkeepers were less active. Aberdeen were attacking hard on the interval, but without success, and Motherwell crossed over with a lead of 3-1.

Dons Fall Away.

Aberdeen made a promising enough start on resuming and Smith nullified good combination by shooting high. Later, Motherwell again took up the attack and forced three corners in quick succession, Yuill effecting a wonderful save off the second of these. Following this, Aberdeen rallied, but McClory was not seriously tested, the shooting of the Pittodrie forwards being badly directed.
Smith twice raised Aberdeen's hopes by breakaways but he could only send behind, and had an effort blocked. Later he forced a corner, but McClory easily saved Cheyne's header.
Yorston, who had been limping, went outside right, Love going to centre-forward.

Another For Motherwell.

With 25 minutes gone Motherwell got a fourth goal Murdoch centred and Stevenson headed into the net out of Yuill's reach.
Motherwell had the issue well in hand at this stage, yet their lead was far from being in accordance with the run of play. Territorially Aberdeen had the better of the exchanges at times, but Yorston's injury was against them. Smith raised hopes on several occasions, but persisted in attempting shots for goal instead of getting the ball across to colleagues.
In the closing stages of the game Motherwell were easily on top and it was only good covering up by the Aberdeen defence that prevented the loss of more goals.

Source: Press & Journal, 30th December 1929

Motherwell Teamsheet
McClory; Nisbet, Hunter; MacFadyen, Telfer; Murdoch, McMenemy, Dowall, Stevenson, Ferrier
Attendance: 8,000
Venue: Fir Park, Motherwell
Referee: J. Hudson, Glasgow
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27 Jul 2024 / 15:00 / Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen