Aberdeen v Motherwell

Dons Defenders On Target In Win Against Steelmen

The Dons defenders were on target to take the win against Motherwell at Pittodrie this afternoon.

A first half opener from Tommie Hoban and a second from Andy Considine was enough to secure the points for Aberdeen as we move up to third in the Scottish Premiership.

Derek McInnes will be glad of the win, after the pressure was piled on following the 4-1 loss against Ross County last week, having gone on a three game winless run.

There were two changes to the side that lost to County.  Ross McCrorie was out with an ankle injury and Curtis Main was dropped to the bench.

Ryan Hedges returned from his one-match suspension and Funso Ojo also started.

Jonny Hayes and Ash Taylor both recovered from their injuries they suffered at Ross County.

Ryan Hedges was first up for an effort at goal for the Dons.  His move down the right saw his left-footed drive go wide in the thirteenth minute.

A couple of minutes later, Tommie Hoban opened the scoring, picking up a cross to the back post from Matty Kennedy, to head the ball home in the top corner.

Shortly after, Ryan had another effort go wide after a one-two with Wright

Tony Watt had his effort parried away by Joe Lewis and luckily Sherwin Seedorf had his effort blocked by Funso Ojo on the rebound.

Funso reverted to type though shortly after.  His crossfield pass was intercepted by Tony Watt and he charged at goal, his shot  hit the crossbar and into the hands of Joe Lewis/

Liam Polworth saw was booked after kicking out at Scott Wright.  Scott had fouled Polworth just beforehand.  Both he, Polworth and Funso Ojo who joined in, in the handbags,  were booked.

Liam’s time on the pitch was short lived after the break – he was shown a straight red for comments he made to referee Craig Napier after injuring his shoulder in a midfield  clash.

Aberdeen kept up the pressure.  Lewis Ferguson came close with a back post header and Ash Taylor had his goal ruled out for a push in the box.

The second goal came courtesy of a well played short effort from Matty Kennedy to Hedges who laid the ball off to Lewis Ferguson, his effort was blocked but the ball was picked up by Andrew Considine who slotted it in from close range.

As the game came to an end we made a triple substitution which saw the first team debut of Miko Virtanen, who came on for Matty Kennedy in the 87th minute.

A slightly more relaxed lockdown Saturday for the Dandies as we look ahead to our midweek match against St Johnstone.


Date Time League Season Full Time
23rd January 2021 3:00 pm Scottish Premiership 2020-21 90'


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsPossessionOutcome


RefereeFourth OfficialAssistant Referees
Craig NapierSteven KirklandFrank Connor
Graeme Leslie


1Joe Lewis Goalkeeper
2Shay Logan Defender
3Tommie Hoban Defender 15'
4Andrew Considine Defender 77'
5Greg Leigh 17 Defender
8Funso Ojo 24 Midfielder 27'
9Curtis Main 16 Forward
10Niall McGinn Forward
11Ryan Hedges Forward
14Ash Taylor Defender
16Sam Cosgrove 9 Forward
17Jonny Hayes 5 Midfielder
18Connor McLennan 25 Forward
19Lewis Ferguson Midfielder
21Bruce Anderson Forward
24Dean Campbell 8 Midfielder
25Scott Wright 18 Forward 26'
26Miko Aarne Virtanen 33 Midfielder
33Matty Kennedy 26 Midfielder
43Gary Woods Goalkeeper


3Jake Carroll 5 Defender
4Ricki Lamie Defender
5Nathan McGinley 3 Defender
6Allan Campbell Midfielder
8Robbie Crawford 15 Midfielder
11Jake Hastie 44 Midfielder
13Liam Kelly Goalkeeper
15Barry Maguire 8 Midfielder
16Bevis Mugabi Defender
17Sherwin Seedorf 99 Forward
19Liam Polworth Midfielder 26'
23PJ Morrison Goalkeeper
25Ross MacIver Forward
27Max Johnston Defender
29Harry Smith 32 Forward
31Declan Gallagher Defender 6'
32Tony Watt 29 Forward
33Stephen O’Donnell Defender
44Devante Cole 11 Forward
99Christopher Long 17 Forward