Motherwell 1 - 2 Aberdeen

Match info: Scottish Cup at Fir Park Stadium

Date: 11/12/2012 KO: 19:45 Ref: W Collum Att: 4,516

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Motherwell

Michael Higdon 90+2 (pen)

1
vs
2

Aberdeen

Rory Fallon 51
Joe Shaughnessy 61

FT (ht: 0-0)

  • Last Updated: December 11 2012, 23:13 GMT

Manager Craig Brown felt his Aberdeen side were worthy winners after they ended Motherwell's interest in the William Hill Scottish Cup for a second successive season.

Craig Brown: Impressed with Dons' recent run
Craig Brown: Impressed with Dons' recent run

Rory Fallon, scorer of both goals in the Scottish Cup quarter-final win at Fir Park last season, netted the 51st-minute opener and Joe Shaughnessy tapped in 10 minutes later, as the Dons won the fourth-round replay 2-1 to set up a fifth-round clash with Hibernian at Easter Road.

Motherwell, the 2011 runners-up, had lost just once in 13 prior games against Aberdeen, but Brown's side have turned the momentum round since he and assistant Archie Knox moved from Fir Park to Pittodrie two years ago.

"We've now managed to turn it round against Motherwell," Brown said.

"That's four games and it's two wins and two draws for us.

"Between the first and the second goal we had three really good chances and (Motherwell goalkeeper Darren) Randolph had two saves in the game which were world class."

Hibs beat the Dons in last season's semi-final, but Brown's men will be hoping to repeat last month's 1-0 Clydesdale Bank Premier League at Easter Road to progress.

Brown added: "It's another testing fixture. We've got to rise to the occasion again.

"We've done very, very well away from home, so an away game is not a disadvantage to us."

The absence of captain Russell Anderson (back) forced a defensive reshuffle for the Dons, but youngsters Clark Robertson and Shaughnessy, who signed two-year contract extension last week, stood up to the challenge, while Andrew Considine and Mark Reynolds played well.

Brown added: "We handled the situation exceptionally well, particularly the young boys out there. I thought they were superb.

"It was a big blow to us when we lost Russell Anderson yesterday. To come here without Russell and to get a victory against Motherwell is very good.

"I rate Motherwell highly. I rate Stuart McCall and I think they have a superb team."

Michael Hidgon's stoppage-time penalty was merely a consolation for the hosts, who might have had a spot-kick in the first half.

Jamie Murphy moved into the area and a clumsy Shaughnessy stumbled into his back.

The Motherwell winger stayed on his feet, meaning referee Willie Collum, the official who awarded a controversial penalty in Sunday's Dundee derby, was not required to grant another spot-kick. Surely a penalty would have been the result had Murphy gone to ground.

McCall had no complaints.

"I'm disappointed to be out of the cup," the Motherwell manager said.

"It wasn't to be. Second half they were better, there's no doubt about that.

"We couldn't find a way past them. I thought Reynolds was outstanding at centre back for them."

Motherwell meet Hibs on Saturday, seeking to bounce back.

McCall added: "We've now got to go on and try to clinch a European place in the league."


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