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Motherwell 1 - 2 Aberdeen

HT Score: Motherwell 0 - 2 Aberdeen

Premier Division
Motherwell scorers: Ross 67
Aberdeen scorers: Dodds 2 (Pen), Dodds 23.

09/05/1998 | KO: 15:00


Two early goals from Billy Dodds gave Aberdeen a comfortable win after the striker cashed in on a nightmare spell. Motherwell defender Steve McMillan incredibly armed out an Eion Jess cross and Dodds rifled home the spot-kick. Then, in 22 minutes, Dodds added a second when he turned on a Mike Newell pass to side-step keeper Scott Thompson to hammer in the second. Motherwell pulled one back through Ian Ross midway through the second-half but they could not get the equaliser. The Dons were presented with a golden chance a few minutes after taking the lead through the spot-kick but Newell had an incredible miss in front of goal as he turned a Jess cross over from 10-yards. The second goal from Dodds killed the game.
Motherwell tried hard to get level but a Tommy Coyne chip was punched out by Jim Leighton. Then, Derek Whyte turned a Ross low drive round the post and Lee McCulloch sent an Owen Coyle pass goalwards to produce a first-class save from the Scotland keeper. Ross' goal came in 67 minutes after good work from Coyne and Coyle and the young midfielder finished it off in style.
Leighton produced a superb close-in save to deny Coyne and in the closing seconds Coyle lobbed the ball over from the edge of the box. Three players were booked - McMillan for handling the ball that cost his side a first minute goal and Aberdeen youngsters Russell Anderson and Darren Young. (Match Report from
Motherwell Teamsheet
Thompson, May (Craigan 65), McMillan, Denham, Martin (Philliben 70), Ross, Valakari, Shivute, Coyne, Davies (McCulloch 63), Coyle

Bookings:  McMillan 2
Aberdeen Teamsheet
Leighton, Anderson, Whyte, Buchan, Inglis, Smith, Young (O'Neil 82), Jess, Newell, Dodds, Gillies (Rowson 63).

Unused Subs: Wyness.

Bookings:  Young (78).
Attendance: 5,861
Venue: Fir Park, Motherwell
Referee: John Fleming, Glasgow