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match report 1997-98 fixture list
Premier Division 
Motherwell 1 - 2 Aberdeen
Kick Off:  3:00 PM   Ross 67       Dodds 2 (Pen), Dodds 22.  
Attendance: 5,861
Venue: Fir Park, Motherwell
Two early goals from Billy Dodds gave Aberdeen a comfortable win after the striker cashed in on a nightmare spell. Motherwell defender Steve McMillan incredibly armed out an Eion Jess cross and Dodds rifled home the spot-kick. Then, in 22 minutes, Dodds added a second when he turned on a Mike Newell pass to side-step keeper Scott Thompson to hammer in the second. Motherwell pulled one back through Ian Ross midway through the second-half but they could not get the equaliser. The Dons were presented with a golden chance a few minutes after taking the lead through the spot-kick but Newell had an incredible miss in front of goal as he turned a Jess cross over from 10-yards. The second goal from Dodds killed the game.
Motherwell tried hard to get level but a Tommy Coyne chip was punched out by Jim Leighton. Then, Derek Whyte turned a Ross low drive round the post and Lee McCulloch sent an Owen Coyle pass goalwards to produce a first-class save from the Scotland keeper. Ross' goal came in 67 minutes after good work from Coyne and Coyle and the young midfielder finished it off in style.
Leighton produced a superb close-in save to deny Coyne and in the closing seconds Coyle lobbed the ball over from the edge of the box. Three players were booked - McMillan for handling the ball that cost his side a first minute goal and Aberdeen youngsters Russell Anderson and Darren Young. (Match Report from
Motherwell Teamsheet:  Thompson, May (Craigan 65), McMillan, Denham, Martin (Philliben 70), Ross, Valakari, Shivute, Coyne, Davies (McCulloch 63), Coyle

Bookings:  McMillan

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Leighton, Anderson, Whyte, Buchan, Inglis, Smith, Young (O'Neil 83), Jess, Newell, Dodds, Glass (Rowson 63).

Unused Subs:

Bookings:  Anderson,  Young.

Referee: John Fleming, Glasgow

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