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Motherwell 1 - 2 Aberdeen

HT Score: Motherwell 1 - 0 Aberdeen

Aberdeen scorers: Young 46, Deloumeaux 83.

05/10/2002 | KO: 15:00

Dons make it three in a row

Aberdeen made it three in a row after a hard fought but deserved win against Motherwell. The Dons were incensed in the 40th minute when the home side were awarded a soft penalty after McGuire executed the perfect Willie Miller penalty box tackle. Kevin Toner shocked the large travelling support behind the goal when he awarded the kick and, after a couple of yellow cards, McFadden dispatched the ball into the net. A Derek Young strike in the 46th minute and a late Deloumeaux goal saw the Dons collect all three points.

Motherwell had the first chance in the 2nd minute and it was Scotland new boy McFadden that ran on to a ball played over the top. His pace took him clear of the Dons defence, but McGuire was able to get back to put the striker off. Motherwell were looking the livelier of the two sides and McFadden was again causing problems a few minutes later as he held off several Dons defenders before winning a throw in. Aberdeen were not out of it and Darren Young slipped a neat ball through to Mackie in the 7th minute, but Woods was quickly out to clear the danger.

Mackie should have opened the scoring in the 9th minute when Rutkiewicz delivered the perfect cross to the back post. Unfortunately Mackie's powerful header missed the target from six yards. Derek Young tried the same two minutes later, but this time Mackie failed to connect. Kjaer was down sharply in the 12th minute to deny McFadden with a good block as the game moved from end to end. In the 16th minute Anderson showed his class as he blocked Ferguson to concede the first corner of the match. This was quickly followed by a second and the Dons were forced to clear off the goal line and a melee ensued before the referee spotted an infringement to relieve the pressure.

The Dons then secured their first corner in the 18th minute. A poor clearance fell to Mike, but he was unable to pull the ball down before being closed down. Mr. Toner made a quite astounding decision in the 21st minute when Mackie appeared to be taken out in mid air. The referee awarded a free kick to Motherwell, but it was delayed while the young striker received extensive treatment. The game resumed without him and after 4 minutes he was replaced by Scott Michie. The Dons had another half chance in the 28th minute, but following neat passing play between Michie and Derek Young, Leon Mike had an opportunity to shoot but decided to try and play the ball back across goal where the 'well defenders happily cleared.

The half-hour mark brought out another save from Kjaer as he held a low McFadden drive. In the 34th minute Deloumeaux lost possession in the middle of the park, but McAllister was across quickly to snuff out the danger. The referee finally decided that a yellow card was in order when Ferguson went in late on Rutkiewicz in the 37th minute. Aberdeen lost a lot of their early momentum after Mackie went off and the home side was having the better of the play.

Motherwell took the lead in the 40th minute in what can only be described as a disgraceful decision. McGuire made a perfectly timed tackle inside the box and as the Motherwell striker went down the referee pointed to the spot. The Aberdeen players were incensed at the decision and both Bisconti and McGuire were booked. When the dust had settled McFadden walked up and sent Kjaer the wrong way to give 'well the lead. The Dons poorly executed a well-worked free kick in the 45th minute and Woods had no problem collecting Derek Young's header.

Aberdeen were still fired up as the second half kicked off and they were level within a minute. Fabiano had replaced Darren Young, but it was brother Derek who grabbed the goal. Young had worked his way into the box and fired in a low drive, which Woods blocked. Michie followed up, but once more Woods blocked before Young fired in from a very tight angle for a deserved equaliser. The Dons were in the driving seat now and they had another chance in the 51st minute when Michie just failed to latch on to a Deloumeaux cross.

The Dons were now bombarding the Motherwell goal, but a combination of good defending and bad finishing kept the score level. Woods easily dealt with a double effort by Bisconti and Young on the hour mark, but Motherwell showed they were still a threat as they won their first corner of the second half a minute later. McFadden, who had already been booked, was taking a chance as he manhandled Anderson twice in the space of a minute. Fabiano had a great chance in the 65th minute as he broke on the right. Unfortunately he played neither a shot nor a cross and the ball went harmlessly wide.

Motherwell went close in the 67th minute when Bisconti tumbled McFadden 25 yards out. The Scotland man took the free kick and he wasn't too far away with his effort. The Dons impetus had waned again and Motherwell were easing their way back into the game, but a poor final cross once again spoiled neat passing play in the 72nd minute. A minute later Billio replaced Mike. The same linesman who contributed nothing to the penalty debacle then decided to get involved earning both Hammell and Fabiano a yellow card.

Motherwell almost grabbed an undeserved lead in the 80th minute when Lehman fired over from close range as the Dons midweek antics started to catch up. However it was the Dons who found the target in the 83rd minute when a Fabiano cross was dummied by Derek Young and then fired home by ex-Motherwell man Eric Deloumeaux. Kjaer had to look sharp again in the 85th minute to deny Russell and Billio almost produced a stunning third in the final minute as he beat Woods only to see his shot crash off the bar and on to the line before being cleared.

Motherwell Teamsheet
Woods, Corrigan, Hammell, Lasley, Ramsay, Leitch (Sengewald 68), Adams, Ferguson (Russell 80), Lehmann, McFadden, Partridge. Unused Subs: Dubourdeau, Cowan, Fagen

Bookings:  Ferguson 37,   McFadden 56,   Hammell 76
Aberdeen Teamsheet
Kjaer, Rutkiewicz, Anderson, McGuire, McAllister, Young (Fabiano 46), Bisconti, Deloumeaux, Young, Mike (Billio 72), Mackie (Michie 25).

Unused Subs: Preece, Payne.

Bookings:  Bisconti (40),  McGuire (40),  Fabiano (77),  McAllister (81).
Attendance: 6,014
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: Kevin Toner