Aberdeen Present Motherwell with Three Points

Last updated : 26 December 2005 By Firparkcorner

O’Donnell and Foran made the starting line up in preference to Quinn and McBride as the manager shuffled the pack. The game started in bright sunshine and it was the visitors who had the early pressure. A careless loss of possession by Craigan set up the first attack of the game after a minute. Graeme Smith produced a good save to keep his goal intact. He was then able to watch his team mates tear Aberdeen apart.

The Steamy South Stand

We were two up after twenty five minutes as Scott McDonald sealed the game. The first came after a twenty yard driven shot took a slight deflection and sneaked under the diving Langfield. Then a header from a yard allowed him to convert a squared ball from Foran at the edge of the six yard box.

We were in total control of the game and Aberdeen looked like a sorry lot. Wild passes, no conviction in their tackles and very shaky defence suggested that Calderwood’s midweek criticism of his team was well justified.

The Sunny East Stand

Meanwhile, Foran attempted a flying volley from a Hamilton cross and moments later, in a fast break from defence Kerr released McDonald. The striker let rip from the left corner
of the box and again, Langfield had to make a good save. Even Stevie Hammell got in on the barrage with a twenty five yard drive which flew just wide.

The visiting defence crumbled in the face of strong running by McCormack early in the second half and the midfielder tapped home. Chances kept coming. McDonald had two fine opportunities around the hour mark. First with a twenty yard shot then with a one on one with the keeper but the hat trick did not arrive.

It seemed that the fourth had arrived when McLean headed strongly from under the post but Langfield somehow managed to get an arm to the ball and it stayed out.

Terry fielded substitutes as the minutes began to run out and the most significant was the appearance of Adam Coakley who made his first team debut.

Motherwell played very well in this game. Plenty of determination, running and passing were on show but the opposition was very poor. Let’s see if we can keep up the good form at Livingston next week.