Oct 252014

merklandandrewThis cagey affair saw the end of Motherwell’s unbeaten record at Pittodrie since November 2008, reports Andrew Watson.

Each side practically cancelled the other out, bar the early goal.  Hardly an advert for the supposed excitement of the Friday night football fixture.
Things started promisingly, though.

Two minutes from the whistle some good passing saw Aberdeen’s Jonny Hayes with a chance on goal.  He drilled low and under the keeper.


Hayes soon had another chance but his clever chip saw the roof of the net.

It actually looked like, at least for awhile, it would be end to end stuff with the Steelmen hitting two efforts just over the bar.

It didn’t help that the Dons second in command keeper, Scott Brown, was left grasping for the ball and failing miserably.

From there on it descended into a rather tedious midfield battle between the two.  Half time came and went.

61 minutes into the game, striker Adam Rooney came on the pitch to replace Peter Pawlett. Thirteen minutes later, David Goodwillie came off for Barry Robson.

Cammy Smith then came on for Hayes at the 84 minute mark.

At some point the Red Army sang the following, after some touchline drama involving the Fir Park men’s gaffer, of ex-Rangers repute:

“Stuart McCall, is a wanker, is a wanker!”

There was even the pleasure of watching their number five, Simon Ramsden, wait not so patiently to receive the ball back from an Aberdeen fan in the Main Stand, who elected to feign throwing the ball back to him for the throw in.

That is, before eventually giving him the ball back.

You had to be there for moments like that, because, excluding the lone goal, there was little else to get excited about.  Come on you Reds.

Final score:  1-0.