Marvellous Motherwell deliver a Boxing Day treat

Last updated : 26 December 2012 By Firparkcorner

Stuart McCall described his team's showing as "a joy to watch" and the home end of Fir Park would back up that view.  At times we bamboozled the Dons' defence with  a fast, flamboyant style that could have produced twice as many goals. 

Kerr and Francis-Angol were surprise starters and they played a full part in the spectacle.  After a nervous start when Aberdeen passed up two fine chances we showed our attacking intent.  Law rocked the bar with a powerful 20 yard drive before we opened the scoring with a header from Hateley.  With Kerr at left back Hateley was pushed forward and he converted Murphy's cross from close range.


A trademark bustling run from Ojamaa set up Murphy for the second on the half hour.  The visitors were forced to push forward at every opportunity and they got a reward when Hayes was allowed space to come from the centre circle to fire a low drive beyond Raldolph.  At this stage the outcome was far from certain.

Both full backs felt able to take advanced positions and for long spells we had two or three at the back.  Our movement made it very difficult for the opposition defence as Law, Ojamaa, Murphy buzzed around the pivot of Higdon. 

Murphy scored a vital goal on the stroke of half time.  This time Francis-Angol put in the graft to set up the chance and the striker's low shot restored the two goal advantage.  Cummins replaced Ramsden for a second half of spellbinding football.

Heyes was quick out of the trap following the kick off but Randolph saved the day.  The 'keeper set up the third goal with a throw to Law in centre midfield with Aberdeen caught at the wrong end of the pitch.  The ball was fed to Ojamaa on the left and he evaded the defensive attentions to reach the dead ball line before passing for Higdon to score at the near post. 

Craig Brown made a couple of substitutions but by then his side was down and out.  Motherwell were spurred on and dazzled the crowd with a carefree display of attacking football.  Flicks, neat turns and a willingness to run into space from all out field players all combined to set up goal chances.

Ojamaa won a penalty and Murphy had a try for a hat trick but his poor effort was saved by Langfield.  Such was our command of the game that it hardly mattered.

It was no surprise to learn that Ojamaa was awarded the sponsors man of the match award with fifteen minutes of the game still to play.  He received a prolonged standing ovation 

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