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Aberdeen 7-2 Motherwell

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Highlights: Aberdeen 7-2 Motherwell

Adam Rooney hit a hat-trick as Aberdeen cruised three points clear of third-placed Rangers following a mauling of a woeful Motherwell side.

The Dons cashed in on terrible defending as Jonny Hayes, Andy Considine and Rooney made it 3-0.

Ryan Christie curled in a sublime fourth before the break and Rooney added a penalty and a tap-in.

Ryan Bowman and Stephen Pearson hit back for Well and Aberdeen substitute Peter Pawlett rounded off the scoring.

As well as moving three points and 19 goals clear of Rangers in the battle for second place, Aberdeen also reduced the gap on leaders Celtic to 24 points.

Motherwell, meanwhile, are in ninth spot.

Pittodrie procession

The home side were utterly ruthless and exuded attacking threat. Well were simply atrocious at the back and their late rally did little to disguise their obvious deficiencies on the night.

Jonny Hayes take the plaudits from his Dons team-mates after notching the early opener
Hayes take the plaudits from his Dons team-mates after notching the early opener

When Hayes drilled home a left-foot effort after two minutes it looked ominous.

Motherwell briefly suggested they would not fold but fold they did - and much of it was self-inflicted despite Aberdeen's brilliance.

Considine nodded the second at the back post from Niall McGinn's corner, after Well keeper Craig Samson came and failed to get near the delivery. The big defender rejoiced in celebrating his goal and his recently extended contract.

The third goal was simply ludicrous.

Stevie Hammell knocked the ball towards the bye-line as he tried to deal with a cross into the area and in a moment of madness for an experienced player, Keith Lasley attempted to keep it in but fluffed it. It fell to Hayes, who squared to Rooney for an easy finish.

On-loan Celtic attacking midfielder Christie started in place of the suspended Graeme Shinnie and he excelled, with his strike proving the pick of the bunch.

Ryan Christie watches his delightful left-foot dink curl into the top corner to make it 4-0
Christie watches his delightful left-foot dink curl into the top corner to make it 4-0

From a well-worked corner, Considine laid the ball off to Christie who found a pocket of space and guided a delightful finish into the top corner.

Rooney's penalty, after Shay Logan was clipped by Elliott Frear, added to Motherwell's misery and the Irishman completed his treble soon after from close range following another McGinn corner.

The home side were in imperious form with Hayes, McGinn, Kenny McLean and Ryan Jack among the top performers in a side that was motoring for most of the night.

Well beaten

Despite Aberdeen's dominance, Motherwell did manage to get two goals, but they were no consolation to the dejected players.

Bowman nodded their first after home keeper Joe Lewis inexplicably misjudged a high ball and Stephen Pearson volleyed home from close range to make it 6-2.

Motherwell players are left dejected
The Motherwell players are left dejected after losing the third goal

Keeping count? Well, it was a five-goal cushion again in 82 minutes, 60 seconds after Pearson's goal.

This time it was Pawlett who showed great pace and a cool head to beat keeper Samson.

Motherwell manager Mark McGhee was also sent to the stand, to the delight of the home fans, on a night to forget for the Fir Park men.

They will hope this a one-off. The problem is they travel to table-topping Celtic on Saturday.

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 1Lewis
  • 2Logan
  • 5TaylorBooked at 59mins
  • 6Reynolds
  • 4ConsidineBooked at 50mins
  • 11Hayes
  • 22Jack
  • 7McLean
  • 10McGinnSubstituted forPawlettat 72'minutes
  • 8ChristieSubstituted forStoreyat 80'minutes
  • 9RooneySubstituted forStockleyat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 15O'Connor
  • 16Pawlett
  • 17Stockley
  • 25Alexander
  • 26Wright
  • 27Ross
  • 39Storey

Motherwell

  • 1Samson
  • 2Tait
  • 4Heneghan
  • 6McManus
  • 3Hammell
  • 17FrearSubstituted forClayat 67'minutes
  • 14Lasley
  • 18LucasBooked at 30minsSubstituted forBowmanat 45'minutes
  • 88Pearson
  • 12Cadden
  • 9Moult

Substitutes

  • 7Ainsworth
  • 11Bowman
  • 13Griffiths
  • 20Clay
  • 21Jules
  • 26Campbell
  • 30McMillan
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
10,384

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamMotherwell
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home22
Away4
Shots on Target
Home12
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Aberdeen 7, Motherwell 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aberdeen 7, Motherwell 2.

Attempt saved. Jayden Stockley (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Richard Tait.

Attempt saved. Ash Taylor (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Miles Storey (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Aberdeen 7, Motherwell 2. Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonny Hayes.

Goal!

Goal! Aberdeen 6, Motherwell 2. Stephen Pearson (Motherwell) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Louis Moult following a corner.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Mark Reynolds.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Miles Storey replaces Ryan Christie.

Attempt missed. Jayden Stockley (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Aberdeen).

Ben Heneghan (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Ryan Bowman (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Goal!

Goal! Aberdeen 6, Motherwell 1. Ryan Bowman (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Richard Tait following a set piece situation.

Foul by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Peter Pawlett replaces Niall McGinn.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Jayden Stockley replaces Adam Rooney.

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

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

Goal!

Goal! Aberdeen 6, Motherwell 0. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Niall McGinn with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Ben Heneghan.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Craig Clay replaces Elliott Frear.

Goal!

Goal! Aberdeen 5, Motherwell 0. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty Aberdeen. Shaleum Logan draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Steven Hammell (Motherwell) after a foul in the penalty area.

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

Booking

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

Ryan Bowman (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ash Taylor (Aberdeen).

Foul by Kenny McLean (Aberdeen).

Elliott Frear (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Rooney (Aberdeen).

Ben Heneghan (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ryan Jack (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Steven Hammell (Motherwell).

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Craig Samson.

Attempt saved. Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 15th February 2017

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic24231065164970
2Aberdeen24144647222546
3Rangers2412753226643
4Hearts24107745311437
5St Johnstone249783130134
6Kilmarnock2451092139-1825
7Dundee2466122434-1024
8Ross County2459102742-1524
9Motherwell2466122946-1724
10Partick Thistle2458112432-823
11Hamilton2431292535-1021
12Inverness CT2439122845-1718
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