Fatal Mistakes,/p> The Aberdeen defence made two misbakes and they were fatal. Johnstone had a good game, but Cowie was never happy against Barclay. He failed to subdue the winger. Waddell played soundly at centre-half. The Aberdeen attack lost its nippiness after the interval. Before half-time, both Hamilton and Baird were strong forcing inside-forwards, and A A. Kiddie and McCall threatened danger on the wings. Williams, who led the attack, often had the 'Well's defence in difficulty, but, like the others, he faded out after the initial period. Shaw and Russell were Motherwell's best defenders, while Humphries at inside-right and Barclay on the left wing, were the most dangerous forwards. In three minutes the Dons took the lead. Williams spreadeagled the 'Well defence with a neat pass to Hamilton, and Scotland's inside-left sent the ball out to the right. Kiddie, travelling in from the wing at top speed, hit the ball first time and sent it hurtling into the net.
Williams ScoresTwo minutes later and Motherwell were shaken by a second Aberdeen goal. It was a typical Williams effort. Hamilton sent the ball up the middle. The Dons' leader and Johnstone the Motherwell 'keeper, made for possession. Williams got there first, but the 'keeper on the ground, stopped his shot. The South African was not to be denied. He regained possession, and ran on to send into an empty goal. Sixteen minutes after the start of the second half, the Dons made a defensive blunder. The ball came over from Russell, the home left-half, and went to Humphries. Both Cowle and Taylor went to tackle the inside-forward, but neither got the ball, and Humphries slipped into the net. Five minutes from the end Barclay, always a danger, carried the ball down the left, parted to Brown, accepted the return pass, and shot into the net.
Source: Press & Journal, 22nd August 1946