Harris Left AloneThe inside men, Hume and McCall, lay well back in defence. Perhaps this was according to plan, but it often left the team shorthanded when they were on the aggressive. It also resulted in Harris being left for long periods without support. If the Dons' defence didn't at all times inspire confidence, they certainly could claim the honours of the game against the Fir Park attack. Johnstone was clean and confident in his work and Cowie was the master of Barclay, except for a brief spell in the second half. The right back is playing well. McKenna was erratic in his clearances. Taylor, I thought, was the best half back afield - strong in the tackle and always ready to urge on his own forwards. Waddell settled down to a safe and steady game after rather a shaky start. Sooner or later he must find a regular place in the League side.
Well-Taken GoalsMcLeod and Paton were prominent defenders for Motherwell, and of the forwards, Watson and Watters on the right were best. The inside man was the only Lanarkshire attacker who wasn't assailed by shooting shyness. Millar's opening goal in sixteen minutes whipped Aberdeen from a somewhat diffident side into a fighting force. When McCall sent the ball up the wing, Paton beat Millar to it. Twice the centre half failed to get the ball away, and finally Millar gained possession and his shot entered the net near the post. Kiddie's counter two minutes after the start of the second half was a picture goal. When Harris and Millar broke through on the left and the winger lofted the ball into the middle, the right winger was there to meet it first-time and hook it high into the net.
Source: Press & Journal, 18th August 1947