Willie Grabs a Point
Report of match Aberdeen 1 Motherwell 1 played 7th December 2002
Congratulations to young Kinniburgh. His first goal for the club bagged a valuable away point at Pittodrie this afternoon.The away fans (many in Santa hats!) had a puzzle at the warm up trying to predict who was about to play in which position.
All was revealed at the kick off. We had three under 18s in the eleven. Quinn, Kinniburgh, Corrigan and Hammell at the back, a midfield of Adams, Leitch, Fagan and McFadden with Ferguson and Lehmann up front.
It was a poor game though we probably had most of the possession. Reporters' notebooks were little troubled in the first half.
Today's support - the gallant few!
Aberdeen took the lead after half an hour when a Deloumeaux pass lead to Quinn and Mackie tangling feet. As a result Young was free to run in on goal and he slotted the ball past DuBourdeau.
The controversial collision took place in front of the away dugout and Terry let it be known after the game that the players were incensed at the referee for lettting play continue.
He reckoned that their feeling of injustice contributed to their attitude in the second half. They got the reward on the hour when a Hammell corner were only half cleared by a Preece punch. The ball fell to Kinniburgh who dispatched the shot.
The4re is no doubt that we missed Pearson. Without his linking rins the front two had little service. McFadden had a quiet game (by his standards) but he was booked for holding on to a red jersey for too long.
Aberdeen were reduced to ten men toward the end of the game and we had the unusual problem of playing against the shortened team. Butcher expressed his disappointment that we were unable to capitalise on the advantage and win the match.
Howeve, we now have a two game unbeaten run!
Let's hope that it continues at Dundee next week.