Scottish Premiership

Motherwell 1-2 Aberdeen

By Alasdair LamontBBC Scotland
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.



Formation 4-4-1-1

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


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


Formation 4-4-1-1

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


  • 9Rooney
  • 14Smith
  • 15Robson
  • 18Quinn
  • 20Brown
  • 25Shankland
  • 27Wright
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Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamAberdeen
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Motherwell 1, Aberdeen 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Motherwell 1, Aberdeen 2.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Motherwell. Chris Cadden replaces Jake Taylor.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Motherwell. David Clarkson replaces Louis Moult.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Louis Laing.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Steven Hammell (Motherwell).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Adam Rooney (Aberdeen).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Ash Taylor (Aberdeen).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Paul Quinn replaces David Goodwillie.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Stephen McManus.