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Motherwell 1 - 2 Aberdeen

HT Score: Motherwell 0 - 1 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)
Motherwell scorers: Ellis (pen) 68
Aberdeen scorers: Armstrong 20, Conwell 65.

12/01/1935 | KO:



Aberdeen Worthily Earn Their Victory.

Well done, Aberdeen! The Dons toppled over the last unbeaten home record in the Scottish League, when they defeated Motherwell at Fir Park on Saturday.

The match was played on a frostbound pitch and ball control was difficult. As a result play was often scrappy, and it was only for brief periods that the teams revealed their best form.
With the cup-ties due in a fortnight neither team appeared to want to run any unnecessary risks.
About twenty minutes from the end, however, both elevens went at it hammer and tongs. This was just after Motherwell had reduced the leeway, and they made a desperate effort to retain their record. Aberdeen were equally determined, and fought vigorously to retain their slender advantage.
Aberdeen's narrow victory is a true reflex on the run of play. The Dons were the keener and nippier side, and were always more dangerous at close quarters.

Armstrong's Goal.

Aberdeen took the lead in twenty-five minutes. Beynon rounded Ellis and crossed to Armstrong. The centre in turn transferred to Ritchie Smith, accepted the return slip and, although hampered by Ellis, managed slip the ball into the net with his left foot. Thus the score stood until the interval.
Twenty minutes after the restart Mills whipped the ball out Beynon. Conwell beat McClory to the winger's pass, and although Sinclair, on the goal-line, succeeded in stopping the inside right's first shot, the Don's second attempt landed in the net.
Three minutes later, following a corner, the referee awarded a penalty against Ritchie Smith for hands. Ellis flashed the ball into the net from the spot.
The Aberdeen defence gave a sound and wholehearted display. Smith in goal was in his brightest mood, and brought off numerous first-class saves.

Hard-Working Backs.

He received excellent support from Cooper and McGill, a pair of steady, hard-working defenders. Cooper was opposed to the most dangerous Motherwell forward, but he more than held his own.
No half-back on the field played harder than Gavin. He made a good job of "policing" the dashing and dangerous McFadyen, and was always ready to go to the aid of his backs.
Fraser and Thomson did yeoman work in defence, and found time to lend their forwards assistance. Fraser was responsible for the breaking up of many Motherwell attacks. Although the Dons forward-line was more impressive than that of Motherwell, it is still deficient in finishing power.
Beynon was Aberdeen's No. 1 attacker. He was fast and dangerous and gave the burly Ellis a lot of trouble. He was the instigator of many of the Aberdeen attacks, and played a prominent part in both goals.

Conwell a Trier.

Conwell, his partner, tried hard, and did fairly well in the second half, but is not yet ready for First League football. He is lacking in speed. Owing to the close attention of Blair, Armstrong was not allowed much scope, but was always dangerous.
Mills was clever at times and opened up play nicely, but has been seen to better advantage, while Ritchie Smith found Sinclair at the top of his form.
McClory in the Motherwell goal saved well, while Sinclair was the steadier back, although Ellis played strongly in the second half.
Telfer and Blair were a pair of smart halfbacks, while the honours in attack must go to Ferrier, who was clever and elusive. McMenemy played well, and McFadyen would have been very dangerous had he received better support, but neither Ogilvie nor Thomson were impressive.

Source: Press & Journal, 14th January 1935

Motherwell Teamsheet
McClory; Sinclair, Ellis; Wales, Blair, Telfer; Thomson, McMenemy, McFadyen, Ogilvie, Ferrier
Attendance: 5,500
Venue: Fir Park, Motherwell
Referee: J. Hudson, Glasgow
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