Scottish Premiership
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Motherwell 1-2 Aberdeen

Ash Taylor heads Aberdeen into a 2-1 lead at Fir Park
Ash Taylor heads in the winning goal for Aberdeen at Fir Park

Aberdeen's perfect start to the Premiership season continued with a hard-fought victory at Fir Park.

Motherwell, now on a run of three successive defeats, took a fifth-minute lead through Marvin Johnson's shot.

However, a cross from Niall McGinn flew straight in to draw Derek McInnes's side level before the break.

And defender Ash Taylor headed an emphatic winner from another McGinn delivery to give the Dons nine points from nine.

It is the first time since 1991 Aberdeen have won their opening three league matches of the season and last year's runners-up are playing with an air of confidence and authority, a consequence of the winning habit they have developed.

This was a big win for them, with Motherwell proving testing opponents in a fabulously entertaining match.

Both sides possess players with terrific pace, which added to the absorbing, end-to-end nature of the contest. Indeed, the opening goal owed much to Motherwell's counter-attacking ability.

Lionel Ainsworth broke with lightening speed to feed Scott McDonald and the Australian forward's powerful shot was pushed away by Danny Ward. The ball then fell for Johnson, who volleyed into the ground and past the keeper.

Marvin Johnson (right) celebrates his early goal for Motherwell
Marvin Johnson (right) celebrates his early goal for Motherwell

Aberdeen's equaliser came in bizarre fashion as McGinn curled in a cross from the left and as players from both sides tried and failed to get a touch, the ball crept past the flat-footed Connor Ripley and in off the far post.

Both sides contributed hugely to a frenetic game but Aberdeen will feel they deserved the win, having dominated possession and creating more danger for the opposing keeper.

David Goodwillie should perhaps have headed them in front just after the interval, but Taylor did exactly that in the 62nd minute.

McGinn swept in a free kick from the left and Taylor rose to plant a firm header into the net as Ripley came off his line and failed to get anywhere near the cross.

The busy McGinn almost put the game beyond Motherwell with a terrific run and shot, which on this occasion came back off an upright.

The high tempo continued in the closing stages but Motherwell could not fashion another opportunity to seriously test Ward as the large visiting support went home delighted.

Line-ups

Motherwell

  • 1Ripley
  • 18Law
  • 5Laing
  • 6McManus
  • 3HammellBooked at 50mins
  • 7Ainsworth
  • 14Lasley
  • 25TaylorSubstituted forCaddenat 89'minutes
  • 11JohnsonSubstituted forThomasat 70'minutes
  • 77McDonald
  • 20MoultSubstituted forClarksonat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Twardzik
  • 15Chalmers
  • 16Kennedy
  • 19Clarkson
  • 21Leitch
  • 23Thomas
  • 26Cadden

Aberdeen

  • 19Ward
  • 2LoganBooked at 40mins
  • 5TaylorBooked at 61mins
  • 4Considine
  • 3Shinnie
  • 22Jack
  • 8FloodSubstituted forRooneyat 45'minutes
  • 7McLean
  • 11Hayes
  • 10McGinn
  • 17GoodwillieSubstituted forQuinnat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Rooney
  • 14Smith
  • 15Robson
  • 18Quinn
  • 20Brown
  • 25Shankland
  • 27Wright
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
5,437

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home12
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Motherwell 1, Aberdeen 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Motherwell 1, Aberdeen 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Chris Cadden replaces Jake Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. David Clarkson replaces Louis Moult.

Attempt missed. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Louis Laing.

Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the left side of the box.

Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen).

Foul by Steven Hammell (Motherwell).

Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Dom Thomas (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Adam Rooney (Aberdeen).

Louis Laing (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Louis Moult (Motherwell) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right.

Louis Moult (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ash Taylor (Aberdeen).

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Paul Quinn replaces David Goodwillie.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Stephen McManus.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Dom Thomas replaces Marvin Johnson.

Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell).

Attempt saved. Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Adam Rooney (Aberdeen).

Louis Laing (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Kenny McLean (Aberdeen).

Louis Moult (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Rooney (Aberdeen).

Steven Hammell (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Motherwell 1, Aberdeen 2. Ash Taylor (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Niall McGinn with a cross following a set piece situation.

Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Law (Motherwell).

Booking

Ash Taylor (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ash Taylor (Aberdeen).

Scott McDonald (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Scott McDonald (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Scott McDonald (Motherwell) header from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Jake Taylor.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts4400105512
2Celtic4310104610
3Aberdeen33005149
4Dundee42119547
5Hamilton31114224
6Ross County411245-14
7Dundee Utd411247-34
8Partick Thistle403124-23
9Motherwell410326-43
10St Johnstone402268-22
11Inverness CT402236-32
12Kilmarnock4022410-62
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