A goalless draw was the result of the Scottish League match between Aberdeen and Motherwell at Pittodrie on Saturday. It was Aberdeen's last home league fixture, and attracted 6000 spectators, who once again had the mortification to see their team make practically all the running and in the end admit to failure because of the weak finishing of the forwards and inability to beat the visiting goalkeeper when favourable opportunity offered. The play seldom had pretension so above the standard associated with end-of-the-season football, yet on the run of the game Aberdeen should have held a commanding lead at the finish. They failed to score, and while the fact that they did so was due in great measure to the missing of opportunities, it must be said that Hampton, the Motherwell goalkeeper, played a brilliant game. There were occasions when his goal enjoyed rare good fortune that he put up a very fine display, and the honours of the draw, from the Motherwell point of view, go to him. So far as opportunities in the game went, Aberdeen might have got three or four goals, yet so badly to the finish at times that though luck was clearly against them they deserved little sympathy for the partial failure. In a poor game only Hampton of the Motherwell side and W. Wylie of the Aberdeen side really distinguish themselves, and it was the play of these two that went a long way towards making the game interesting. In the first minute only and tearing save by Sergeant Markey, the Aberdeen goalkeeper, when he ran out and threw himself in front of Whitehead, the prevented a Motherwell score, but that was one of the very few occasions on which the visitors were dangerous. In the second half young, their outside right, cleverly beat the Aberdeen defence and shot narrowly past, but apart from these incidents it was Aberdeen's game except in the matter of scoring.
In the first half the Motherwell goal ran several wonderful escapes. Once Main was clean through, and shot the ball hard against Hampton's face, the goalkeeper having run out to meet him. This was followed by an equally narrow escape when Travers after getting through shot narrowly over when Hampton ran out. Walker hit the upright with a terrific shot from close range, and Soye catching the rebound sent the ball onto the top of the crossbar. In the second half Walker netted for Aberdeen, but was declared offside. Hampton saved brilliantly from Travers at close range, and Main headed very narrowly over from a clearance by the goalkeeper. Numerous corner kicks fell to the home team, but Hampton intercepted these in masterly fashion, and the end came with no goals registered.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 13th April 1914