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  • Scottish Premier League
  • 26 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Fir Park
MotherwellMotherwellvAberdeenAberdeen
4
  • Hateley, 9
  • Murphy, 31
  • Murphy, 45
  • Higdon, 55
1
  • Hayes, 34

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Match ends, Motherwell 4, Aberdeen 1.

90+2 mins:Second Half ends, Motherwell 4, Aberdeen 1.

86 mins:Foul by Stuart Carswell (Motherwell).

86 mins:Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) wins a free kick.

85 mins:Foul by Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen).

85 mins:Zaine Francis-Angol (Motherwell) wins a free kick.

84 mins:Foul by Michael Higdon (Motherwell).

84 mins:Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen) wins a free kick.

82 mins:Substitution, Aberdeen. Declan McManus replaces Rory Fallon.

81 mins:Substitution, Motherwell. Stuart Carswell replaces Nicky Law.

81 mins:Substitution, Motherwell. Robert McHugh replaces Henrik Ojamaa.

78 mins:Offside, Motherwell. Henrik Ojamaa tries a through ball, but Henrik Ojamaa is caught offside.

78 mins:Attempt saved. Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

76 mins:Attempt missed. Rory Fallon (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

75 mins:Foul by Clark Robertson (Aberdeen).

75 mins:Zaine Francis-Angol (Motherwell) wins a free kick.

72 mins:Attempt missed. Jamie Murphy (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

70 mins:Corner, Motherwell.

70 mins:Attempt missed. Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

70 mins:Attempt missed. Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

69 mins:Corner, Aberdeen.

68 mins:Attempt missed. Scott Vernon (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

67 mins:Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

67 mins:Michael Higdon (Motherwell) wins a free kick.

66 mins:Penalty saved! Jamie Murphy (Motherwell) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

66 mins:Clark Robertson (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

66 mins:Penalty conceded by Clark Robertson (Aberdeen) after a foul in the penalty area.

66 mins:Penalty Motherwell. Henrik Ojamaa draws a foul in the penalty area.

64 mins:Attempt blocked. Keith Lasley (Motherwell) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

63 mins:Attempt missed. Jamie Murphy (Motherwell) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

60 mins:Offside, Motherwell. Henrik Ojamaa tries a through ball, but Henrik Ojamaa is caught offside.

60 mins:Corner, Aberdeen.

58 mins:Substitution, Aberdeen. Andrew Considine replaces Russell Anderson.

57 mins:Substitution, Aberdeen. Cameron Smith replaces Joe Shaughnessy.

55 mins:Goal! Motherwell 4, Aberdeen 1. Michael Higdon (Motherwell) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the high centre of the goal.

54 mins:Corner, Aberdeen.

54 mins:Offside, Motherwell. Michael Higdon tries a through ball, but Michael Higdon is caught offside.

54 mins:Attempt saved. Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

53 mins:Corner, Aberdeen.

51 mins:Foul by Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen).

51 mins:Zaine Francis-Angol (Motherwell) wins a free kick.

50 mins:Corner, Motherwell.

49 mins:Offside, Aberdeen. Niall McGinn tries a through ball, but Niall McGinn is caught offside.

48 mins:Michael Higdon (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

48 mins:Foul by Michael Higdon (Motherwell).

48 mins:Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen) wins a free kick.

46 mins:Attempt saved. Scott Vernon (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

46 mins:Substitution, Motherwell. Adam Cummins replaces Simon Ramsden.

Second Half begins Motherwell 3, Aberdeen 1.

45+1 mins:First Half ends, Motherwell 3, Aberdeen 1.

45 mins:Goal! Motherwell 3, Aberdeen 1. Jamie Murphy (Motherwell) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal.

44 mins:Corner, Aberdeen.

43 mins:Corner, Aberdeen.

42 mins:Attempt missed. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

41 mins:Attempt saved. Fraser Kerr (Motherwell) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

39 mins:Attempt missed. Gavin Rae (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

39 mins:Attempt missed. Tom Hateley (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

35 mins:Foul by Simon Ramsden (Motherwell).

35 mins:Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen) wins a free kick.

34 mins:Goal! Motherwell 2, Aberdeen 1. Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

32 mins:Offside, Aberdeen. Niall McGinn tries a through ball, but Niall McGinn is caught offside.

31 mins:Goal! Motherwell 2, Aberdeen 0. Jamie Murphy (Motherwell) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner.

27 mins:Foul by Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell).

27 mins:Scott Vernon (Aberdeen) wins a free kick.

23 mins:Attempt saved. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

22 mins:Corner, Motherwell.

22 mins:Corner, Motherwell.

21 mins:Attempt saved. Rory Fallon (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

21 mins:Offside, Aberdeen. Niall McGinn tries a through ball, but Niall McGinn is caught offside.

19 mins:Foul by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen).

19 mins:Michael Higdon (Motherwell) wins a free kick.

19 mins:Attempt blocked. Scott Vernon (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

17 mins:Foul by Rory Fallon (Aberdeen).

17 mins:Fraser Kerr (Motherwell) wins a free kick.

16 mins:Foul by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen).

16 mins:Michael Higdon (Motherwell) wins a free kick.

15 mins:Offside, Motherwell. Jamie Murphy tries a through ball, but Jamie Murphy is caught offside.

14 mins:Hand ball by Clark Robertson (Aberdeen).

13 mins:Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

13 mins:Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) wins a free kick.

13 mins:Corner, Motherwell.

9 mins:Goal! Motherwell 1, Aberdeen 0. Tom Hateley (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jamie Murphy with a cross.

7 mins:Nicky Law (Motherwell) hits the bar with a right footed shot.

7 mins:Corner, Motherwell.

6 mins:Corner, Motherwell.

6 mins:Attempt missed. Josh Magennis (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

4 mins:Attempt missed. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

2 mins:Offside, Aberdeen. Niall McGinn tries a through ball, but Niall McGinn is caught offside.

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

  • Scottish Premier League
  • 26 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Fir Park
MotherwellMotherwellvAberdeenAberdeen
4
  • Hateley, 9
  • Murphy, 31
  • Murphy, 45
  • Higdon, 55
1
  • Hayes, 34

match report

Motherwell produced a ruthless attacking display to defeat Aberdeen 4-1 at Fir Park and go level on points with Inverness in second place in the Scottish Premier League.

Tom Hateley headed home Jamie Murphy's cross after 10 minutes to give Stuart McCall's side the lead against the run of play.

The hosts again punished Aberdeen's failure to take their chances as Murphy doubled their advantage on the half-hour mark, however Jonny Hayes powered through the midfield before powering an effort past Darren Randolph to reduce the deficit just minutes later.

Murphy notched his 10th goal of the season on the stroke of half-time to provide a timely boost for Well and Michael Higdon added a fourth 10 minutes into the second half.

Former Scotland Under-21 international Murphy was handed a chance to complete his hat-trick when Motherwell were awarded a penalty with 25 minutes remaining, but his weak effort was saved by Jamie Langfield.

The visitors passed up a glorious opportunity to open the scoring after three minutes when Niall McGinn drilled wide after Randolph had blocked from Joe Shaughnessy.

Motherwell burst into life after six minutes when Nicky Law rattled Langfield's bar with a fizzing effort from the edge of the area, and the opening goal arrived three minutes later when Murphy's precise delivery was headed beyond Langfield by Hateley.

Despite enjoying the better of the possession and chances Aberdeen were again punished for their lack of cutting edge on the half-hour mark as Murphy drove into the box before angling a low shot past the despairing Langfield.

Motherwell were not to enjoy their two-goal advantage for long as Hayes burst through the midfield before powering a shot low into the bottom left-hand corner.

The home side got the perfect lift on the stroke of half-time as Murphy slotted home his second of the afternoon.

Higdon was the first player to receive a yellow card for a careless lunge on Mark Reynolds. The former St Mirren striker was celebrating shortly afterwards however - as he slid the ball home after some fantastic build-up play from Ojamaa.

It was Motherwell who looked the more likely to add to their tally though and they were awarded a penalty when Ojamaa was tripped inside the area by Clark Robertson, Murphy stepped up hoping to seal his hat-trick, but was denied by Langfield.

The closing minutes brought little in the way of goalmouth action and Motherwell held on for a victory that moves them level on points with Inverness in second place in the league table.

team line-up

1Darren Randolph
26Zaine Francis-Angol
15Simon Ramsden46
5Shaun Hutchinson
19Fraser Kerr
4Nicky Law81
6Tom Hateley
14Keith Lasley
9Michael Higdon
11Jamie Murphy
8Henrik Ojamaa81

substitutes

3Steven Hammell
16Robert McHugh81
17Omar Daley
12Lee Hollis
30Adam Cummins46
7Chris Humphrey
18Stuart Carswell81

referee

Craig Thomson

team line-up

1Jamie Langfield
22Mark Reynolds
4Russell Anderson58
3Clark Robertson
23Joe Shaughnessy57
5Gavin Rae
11Jonathan Hayes
10Niall McGinn
9Scott Vernon
21Josh Magennis
14Rory Fallon82

substitutes

19Mitchel Megginson
6Andrew Considine58
32Jason Brown
38Cameron Smith57
24Jordan Brown
34Declan McManus82
25Jamie Masson

referee

Craig Thomson

match stats

possession %5544
shots on target75
shots off target57
corners76
tackles won00
offsides44