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Motherwell   1 - 1   Aberdeen

Scott Vernon (right) celebrates his goal for Aberdeen
Vernon (right) scored Aberdeen's second-half equaliser

Scott Vernon scored his second goal in two games as Aberdeen came from behind to draw away to Motherwell.

Jamie Murphy gave the home side the lead in the 35th minute when he raced on to a Nick Blackman pass before firing home from 10 yards out.

But Vernon made up for a missed chance just before the break to level.

Ten minutes into the second half, he scored from close range after Chris Maguire had set him up and he went on to miss a late chance of a winner.

Steven Saunders had replaced injured full-back Stevie Hammell, who failed a fitness test, for Motherwell.

Jamie Langfield returned in goal for Aberdeen at the expense of Mark Howard, Peter Pawlett missed out with a toe injury, replaced with Nikola Vujadinovic, while Derek Young came in for Mitchell Megginson.

Jamie Murphy celebrates Motherwell's goal
Murphy had put Motherwell ahead against the Dons at Fir Park

The first effort on goal in a scrappy opening came in the second minute when a 25-yard free-kick from Dons skipper Paul Hartley was well held by Darren Randolph in the Motherwell goal.

Moments later, Langfield had a clearance charged down by Blackman, but the visitors escaped punishment when wide-man Chris Humphrey failed to take advantage of the loose ball.

There was a scare for the Pittodrie men just before the half-hour mark when a careless and overly-strong pass-back from Andrew Considine almost had Langfield in trouble, the Dons keeper letting his team-mate know of his dissatisfaction in no uncertain terms.

Murphy fired the home side into the lead out of the blue in the 35th minute.

A fine pass from Blackman sent the Scotland Under-21 player racing down the left-hand side and into the box and he cut back inside Jerel Ifil before slamming the ball through the legs of Langfield.

Three minutes before the end of the first half, a long clearance from Langfield ended up at the feet of Vernon, but the Dons striker missed the target from inside the box with only Randolph to beat.

Vernon was presented with a half chance four minutes into the second half when Ifil's long pass found him in space, but his failure to control the ball let the Well defence off the hook.

In the 51st minute, Vujadinovic broke free with some purpose from defence to set up Chris Maguire 30 yards from goal, but his shot went well wide of the target.

But, in the 55th minute, Vernon made amends for his earlier mishaps when he turned Maguire's cross past Randolph from around two yards out, the ball going in off the far post.

The away fans among the crowd of 5,251 might have seen their side take the lead just after the hour mark when Considine was played in by Maguire on the left, but his low drive from the edge of the box was comfortably saved by Randolph.

Motherwell responded by applying some concerted pressure to the Aberdeen penalty area, but at the other end Vernon headed into the side netting after Maguire had escaped the attentions of Motherwell midfielder Steve Jennings.

In the 85th minute, Murphy burrowed into the Aberdeen area, but his angled shot from 10 yards flew high and wide.

Gow crossed from the right to Jennings in the final minute, but the midfielder, stretching to make a good connection with the ball, missed the target from six yards.

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Saturday, 18 September 2010

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Motherwell 1-1 Aberdeen FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Murphy 35
  • Vernon 56

Motherwell

  • 01 Randolph
  • 02 Saunders
  • 04 Reynolds
  • 05 Craigan
  • 06 Hateley
  • 07 Humphrey (McHugh 76)
  • 08 Jennings yellow card
  • 14 Lasley
  • 09 Murphy
  • 11 Sutton (Forbes 82)
  • 22 Blackman (Gow 73)

Substitutes

  • 12 Hollis,
  • 20 Page,
  • 21 Angelis Charalambous,
  • 32 Pollock,
  • 16 McHugh,
  • 18 Forbes,
  • 24 Gow

Aberdeen

  • 01 Langfield
  • 02 McArdle
  • 05 Considine
  • 06 Diamond
  • 13 Vujadinovic
  • 16 Ifil
  • 04 Folly
  • 08 Hartley
  • 14 Young
  • 07 Maguire (Megginson 73)
  • 09 Vernon

Substitutes

  • 21 Howard,
  • 42 Robertson,
  • 22 Jack,
  • 41 Brown,
  • 10 Mackie,
  • 20 Magennis,
  • 23 Megginson
Ref: O'ReillyAtt: 5,251
MOTHERWELL
ABERDEEN

Possession

  • Motherwell 50%
  • Aberdeen 50%

Attempts on target

  • Motherwell 4
  • Aberdeen 2

Attempts off target

  • Motherwell 5
  • Aberdeen 3

Corners

  • Motherwell 2
  • Aberdeen 2

Fouls

  • Motherwell 14
  • Aberdeen 9
  • Final Result
  • 94:49 The match begins.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:10 Free kick taken by Nikola Vujadinovic.
  • 90:00+2:10 Booking Steve Jennings is given a yellow card.
  • 90:00+1:57 Derek Young fouled by Steve Jennings, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 90:00 The referee signals the end of the game.
  • 89:15 The ball is sent over by Alan Gow, Steve Jennings has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.
  • 87:37 The assistant referee flags for offside against Alan Gow. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
  • 84:50 Jamie Murphy produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 83:02 Effort from outside the box by Steven Saunders goes wide right of the target.
  • 80:59 Substitution (Motherwell) makes a substitution, with Ross Forbes coming on for John Sutton.
  • 80:59 Unfair challenge on Paul Hartley by Steve Jennings results in a free kick. Jamie Langfield takes the direct free kick.
  • 75:58 Substitution Robert McHugh comes on in place of Chris Humphrey.
  • 72:53 Substitution (Aberdeen) makes a substitution, with Mitchel Megginson coming on for Chris Maguire.
  • 71:53 Substitution Alan Gow comes on in place of Nick Blackman.
  • 71:53 Nick Blackman challenges Andrew Considine unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.
  • 71:35 A cross is delivered by Chris Maguire, Headed effort on goal by Scott Vernon from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
  • 70:05 Nick Blackman takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.
  • 69:38 Rory McArdle challenges Jamie Murphy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steve Jennings restarts play with the free kick.
  • 64:40 Unfair challenge on Keith Lasley by Andrew Considine results in a free kick. Strike comes in from Nick Blackman from the free kick. Corner taken short by Chris Humphrey.
  • 64:04 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Langfield by Chris Humphrey. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
  • 60:53 Effort from 20 yards by Zander Diamond. Save by Darren Randolph.
  • Correction - 57:31 Unfair challenge on Keith Lasley by Derek Young results in a free kick. Stephen Craigan restarts play with the free kick.
  • 57:31 Foul by Derek Young on Keith Lasley, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Stephen Craigan.
  • 55:22 The assist for the goal came from Chris Maguire.
  • 55:22 GOAL - Scott VernonMotherwell 1 - 1 Aberdeen Scott Vernon scores a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Motherwell 1-1 Aberdeen.
  • 53:59 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul Hartley from the right by-line to the near post, Mark Reynolds manages to make a clearance.
  • 53:24 Nick Blackman takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Hartley by Steve Jennings. Direct free kick taken by Paul Hartley.
  • 51:22 Long distance shot from Chris Maguire misses to the left of the net.
  • 50:26 Tom Hateley takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Jamie Langfield makes a save.
  • 47:51 The offside flag is raised against Nick Blackman. Jamie Langfield takes the indirect free kick.
  • 45:01 The second half has started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+0:47 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Jennings on Paul Hartley. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:00+0:06 Steven Saunders takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 45:00 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • Correction - 44:13 Scott Vernon challenges Mark Reynolds unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
  • 44:13 Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Vernon on Mark Reynolds. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
  • 42:17 Shot by Jamie Murphy from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
  • 41:48 Scott Vernon produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
  • 40:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Keith Lasley on Rory McArdle. Jamie Langfield takes the direct free kick.
  • 39:49 Foul by Andrew Considine on Nick Blackman, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Keith Lasley.
  • 38:56 John Sutton challenges Nikola Vujadinovic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Hartley restarts play with the free kick.
  • 34:29 The assist for the goal came from Nick Blackman.
  • 34:29 GOAL - Jamie MurphyMotherwell 1 - 0 Aberdeen Jamie Murphy grabs a goal from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Motherwell 1-0 Aberdeen.
  • 32:48 John Sutton concedes a free kick for a foul on Jerel Ifil. Jamie Langfield takes the direct free kick.
  • 32:07 Derek Young gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Keith Lasley. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Craigan.
  • 30:25 Unfair challenge on Nick Blackman by Andrew Considine results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Tom Hateley.
  • 29:38 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve Jennings by Scott Vernon. Tom Hateley takes the free kick.
  • 24:56 The referee blows for offside against Scott Vernon. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Craigan.
  • 22:02 Corner taken by Paul Hartley.
  • 19:58 Unfair challenge on Zander Diamond by Keith Lasley results in a free kick. Paul Hartley restarts play with the free kick.
  • 16:26 The assistant referee flags for offside against Scott Vernon. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
  • 15:36 Scott Vernon fouled by Mark Reynolds, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Vernon takes the direct free kick.
  • 12:17 Jerel Ifil challenges Jamie Murphy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tom Hateley restarts play with the free kick.
  • 11:05 Keith Lasley challenges Chris Maguire unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Hartley.
  • 10:47 Zander Diamond fouled by Steven Saunders, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Hartley.
  • 7:57 John Sutton is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
  • 3:42 The assistant referee signals for offside against Chris Maguire. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
  • 1:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Jennings on Chris Maguire. Free kick crossed right-footed by Paul Hartley, save by Darren Randolph.
  • 1:12 The referee blows for offside. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.

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Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 18 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 5 10 15
2 Celtic 4 9 12
3 Hearts 5 3 8
4 Aberdeen 5 2 7
5 Motherwell 5 1 7
6 Kilmarnock 4 0 6
7 Hibernian 5 -3 5
8 Dundee Utd 5 -6 5
9 Inverness CT 5 0 4
10 St Johnstone 5 -3 4
11 St Mirren 5 -5 4
12 Hamilton 5 -8 4

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