Aberdeen were sent encouragingly on their way to the following Saturday's League Cup final against Rangers at Hampden with a league win, which not only set a new scoring record for a Premier Division game, but also put the Dons back into a challenging fourth place in the league. 9,000 fans enjoyed the deluge of goals, particularly in the second half.
Bobby Clark was the first keeper in action when he had to dive to intercept a cross from Larnach. In 5 minutes there was danger at the other end when a short free kick by Stuart Kennedy to Dom Sullivan saw the latter send in a fierce grounder and Doug Rougvie just failed to make contact near the far post. Sullivan was not far off target a minute later with a swerving shot. The young Motherwell side gave a good account of themselves in these early stages, playing open, attacking football and Smith was only inches wide with a twenty yard grounder, There was certainly no indication of the goal avalanche to come. In fact Motherwell almost opened the scoring when Clark saved well from Clinging. A flash of vintage Joe Harper put Aberdeen ahead in 20 minutes. Chic McLelland and Drew Jarvie combined cleverly and the latter's pass to Harper enabled him to wheel and beat Rennie from 15 yards. Undaunted, the visitors continued their aggressive approach and Wark just cleared the crossbar. The Dons were irritating their followers with their inability to make their neat football pay off. However they increased their lead in 39 minutes when several shots were blocked in a melee in the visitors' goal-mouth and John McMaster guided the ball into the net. Right on the interval whistle Harper struck again when he pounced on a loose ball, veered away from the keeper and steered the ball past Rennie.
Mungall replaced Kane but the Dons were on the goal trail again in 47 minutes. Sullivan unleashed a tremendous 20 yard shot which struck the underside of the crossbar. There seemed to be some doubt as to whether the ball was over the line or not but Harper ran in to hammer it home and claim the goal. The Dons were now rampant and scored their fifth goal when Steve Archibald netted in 51 minutes. He glanced a McMaster free kick into the net with his head. Aberdeen suffered a setback in 55 minutes when Sullivan fell badly in a tackle and was carried off, to be replaced by Gordon Strachan. Somerville came on for Dempsey and Rougvie anc Jarvie both "scored" only for the referee to disallow them for infringements. Rennie then saved well from Kennedy, and Jarvie passed up a good chance when he hit the side netting with the goal empty. Motherwell missed a great chance in 76 minutes when Clinging's penalty kick hit the upright. A minute later Strachan emphasised Aberdeen's supremacy with a spectacular goal from 25 yards which gave Rennie no chance. Archibald then netted his own second goal in 86 minutes after a neat build-up by Jarvie and Willie Miller.
In the last minute Duncan Davidson led the Motherwell defence a merry dance when he broke away on the halfway line, pursued by a posse, and scored.