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Aberdeen 3 - 1 Motherwell

HT Score: Aberdeen 1 - 1 Motherwell

Div 1 (Old)
Aberdeen scorers: Walker, Wyllie (Pen), MacLachlan.
Motherwell scorers: Nicol

19/09/1914 | KO:

There were 7000 spectators at the Aberdeen match. Play in the opening period was exceptionally fast and keen. Aberdeen opened the scoring through Walker, and Nicol quickly equalised, the scores being one goal each at the interval. On the second half, the game proceeded in a drenching downpour of rain. Play was evenly contested for a time, but Aberdeen gradually assumed the upper hand, and Wyllie scored from a penalty. Close on time, McLaughlin scored a brilliant third goal for Aberdeen, who fully deserved their victory. The best men for Motherwell were Allan, Finlayson, Gray, and Kelly, and for Aberdeen, Anderson, Colman, Hume, McLaughlin, and Archibald.

Source: The Scotsman, 21st September 1914

A fine sporting game was provided at Pittodrie where Aberdeen gained the verdict over Motherwell by 3 goals to 1. The game was the best seen at Pittodrie this season, and that too, in spite of the fact that play in the second half took place in a downpour of rain. A very fact pace ruled throughout, and on the run of play, the teams were better matched than the score suggests, although Aberdeen were due the victory. Each team was better in defence than in attack and yet collectively each was strong in both departments. The feature of the game was the brilliant play of Colman at right back, and Archibald at outside left and later at inside right. for Aberdeen. In a game in which nearly all did well, they were outstanding and nothing finer has been seen for some time than the play of both. Motherwell were plucky and dogged to the end, and an idea of how they persevered even in the face of defeat can be gathered from the fact that in the closing minutes of the game only brilliant defending by the backs and daring saves by the home goalkeeper prevented Motherwell from scoring. It was a game in which both goals were repeatedly assailed in turn and the nature of the work that fell to be accomplished by the opposing goalkeepers testified to the deadliness of the respective attacks. Each side scored once in the first half, Walker counting for Aberdeen with a terrific shot and Nicol equalising from a difficult angle. In the second half Aberdeen were handicapped through injuries to Walker and Wyllie. Walker and Archibald changed places, and while the move was a necessity, it did not weaken the Aberdeen attack since Archibald developed wonderful energy and trickery which surprised the opposition and entertained the crowd. Aberdeen obtained their second goal from a penalty scored by Wyllie, after Cail headed against the crossbar, but before the close McLaughlin followed up a series of tremendous drives by accepting from Archibald and scoring from long range. Motherwell attacked vigorously before the close, but a brilliant defence defied their every effort.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 21st September 1914

Motherwell Teamsheet
Allan; Penman, Kelly; Murray, Finlayson, Eglinton; Nicol, Waugh, Whitehead, Gray, Fairgray
Attendance: 7,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: A. A. Allan, Glasgow
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