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Aberdeen 2 - 2 Motherwell

HT Score: Aberdeen 1 - 1 Motherwell

Div 1 (Old)
Aberdeen scorers: Armstrong 11, Armstrong 47.
Motherwell scorers: Macfadyen 40, Macfadyen 70

15/09/1934 | KO: 15:00


Motherwell Rather Lucky to Save Point.

Aberdeen dropped a point they might well have won, and the responsibility rests with the defence.

Twice Aberdeen held the lead, but twice defensive blunders cost a goal.
It was not a thrilling game, but it was keenly contested and always interesting. The closing stages were marred by a regrettable scene.
The tactics of Ellis, the Fir Park left back, did not please a section of the crowd, and catcalls and booing were followed by the throwing of a stone. The Welshman, in the act of taking a free kick, appealed to the referee. He handed the missile to the official, who went to the side line and passed it on to Trainer Colman.
Policemen were early on the scene and the trouble died as quickly as it had started.
Motherwell were the better football team, but they were lucky to escape defeat. The Dons held a territorial advantage and appeared more dangerous in attack.
There was a big improvement in the Aberdeen attack compared with their display Douglas Park on Wednesday. There was more keenness and thrust in the front rank, although, let it be said, there is room yet for more punch.
On Saturday's form the defence must come in for most criticism. The backs were quite good, but Smith and Falloon must each share a major part of the blame for the goals.

Swing of Play.

Eleven minutes had gone when a slick Aberdeen movement brought the opening goal. Beynon raced away on the right, sent the ball along the ground in front of Armstrong and the centre whipped it into the net.
Armstrong almost repeated the performance shortly afterwards, when he raced after an up-the-middle pass from Warnock, but McClory came to the rescue.
In forty minutes Motherwell drew level. Wales cut down the right, Falloon missed his cross and Macfadyen had nothing to do but tap the ball Into the net.
Two minutes after the start of the second half Aberdeen again took the lead. Armstrong followed up a Mills slip and placed the ball in the net in exactly the same manner as he had done in the first half.
McClory, in the Motherwell goal, was a busy man after this, but he dealt with all that came his way, and in twenty-five minutes the visitors got on level terms again.
McMenemy went through on his own from midfield, ultimately forcing Thomson to concede a corner. Across came Dowall's flag kick and Macfadyen, standing well out, headed into the net.
Smith, in the home goal, had one or two smart saves, but did not seem as confident as usual, and he might have made a better attempt to reach Macfadyen's header.
Cooper showed about a fifty per cent improvement on his Hamilton display, and was probably the best defender afield. McGill was opposed to a dangerous wing in Dowall and McMenemy, but came out of the game with credit.
Fraser, along with Cooper, kept the Ferrier combine quiet. The right half was Aberdeen's best middleman. Falloon was off form. He miskicked a good deal in the first half and was never comfortable on the greasy ground with the skidding ball.
Thomson worked hard in defence, but was too little in evidence in attack.

Beynon Always Dangerous.

The Aberdeen attack was often dangerous and there seemed to be more punch than usual.
The honours in this department go to Beynon. The right winger was a fast and dangerous raider, and he gave Ellis no end of trouble.
He had a helpful partner in Warnock, who was one of the hardest workers afield.
Armstrong was well watched by Blair, but played hard and took his goals very smartly indeed.
The left wing was never much in evidence. Mills was clever on the ball, but has been seen to better advantage, while Spittal did nothing of note and will have to improve if he is to retain his place.
McClory, in the Fir Park goal, deserves credit for a sterling display. He brought off numerous grand saves and played a big part his side's partial success.
Allan was the better of two hard-working backs, while Wales was the most polished intermediate man afield. Blair, at centre-half, played hard.
Dowall and McMenemy were ever prominent on the right wing, and it was from this side that most danger threatened. Macfadyen showed himself to be a real opportunist, but rarely have Stevenson and Ferrier been so little in the picture.

Source: Press & Journal, 17th September 1934

Motherwell Teamsheet
McClory; Allan, Ellis; Wales, Blair, McKenzie; Dowall, McMenemy, Macfadyen, Stevenson, Ferrier
Attendance: 16,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: G. A. Pool, Edinburgh
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