Motherwell dominate Aberdeen to reach second cup final of season

Motherwell striker Curtis Main scores against Aberdeen

Motherwell hustled Aberdeen out of the Scottish Cup semi-final to reach their second final of the season.

Curtis Main and Ryan Bowman scored twice in two minutes in the first-half as Motherwell established their authority.

Aberdeen toiled, even as manager Derek McInnes sent on an array of attacking substitutes.

Main added a third after the break with a fine finish following a Kari Arnason mistake at the back.

Motherwell reached their first Scottish Cup final since 2011 with the victory, having also knocked Aberdeen out of this season’s League Cup, on their way to losing to Celtic in the final.

It was a measure of Aberdeen’s grim afternoon at Hampden that their first shot on target – from Adam Rooney – did not come until the 62nd minute.

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Line-ups

Motherwell

  • 1Carson
  • 21Kipre
  • 19Aldred
  • 18Dunne
  • 15Rose
  • 2Tait
  • 7Cadden
  • 4GrimshawSubstituted forMacLeanat 88′minutes
  • 22Campbell
  • 9MainSubstituted forNewellat 87′minutes
  • 12BowmanSubstituted forCiftciat 79′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Newell
  • 5Bigirimana
  • 11Frear
  • 13Griffiths
  • 23Ciftci
  • 26MacLean
  • 34Maguire

Aberdeen

  • 1Lewis
  • 18BallSubstituted forMcGinnat 62′minutes
  • 14Arnason
  • 19McKenna
  • 4Considine
  • 5O’ConnorBooked at 57mins
  • 23NwakaliSubstituted forMackay-Stevenat 44′minutes
  • 8StewartBooked at 88mins
  • 22Christie
  • 83May
  • 9RooneySubstituted forCosgroveat 79′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Reynolds
  • 11Mackay-Steven
  • 15Wright
  • 17McGinn
  • 27Cosgrove
  • 30Woodman
  • 44Campbell
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
1,847

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home7
Away16
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away1
Fouls
Home16
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Motherwell 3, Aberdeen 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Motherwell 3, Aberdeen 0.

Attempt blocked. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Ross MacLean (Motherwell).

Kári Arnason (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Ross MacLean replaces Liam Grimshaw.

Booking

Greg Stewart (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card.

Tom Aldred (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sam Cosgrove (Aberdeen).

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. George Newell replaces Curtis Main.

Attempt blocked. Greg Stewart (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Greg Stewart (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Kári Arnason (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nadir Ciftci (Motherwell).

Attempt missed. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Ryan Christie (Aberdeen).

Chris Cadden (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Cedric Kipre (Motherwell).

Sam Cosgrove (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Nadir Ciftci (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott McKenna (Aberdeen).

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Nadir Ciftci replaces Ryan Bowman.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Sam Cosgrove replaces Adam Rooney.

Hand ball by Greg Stewart (Aberdeen).

Attempt blocked. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Stevie May (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Greg Stewart (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Allan Campbell (Motherwell).

Attempt blocked. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Goal!

Goal! Motherwell 3, Aberdeen 0. Curtis Main (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Trevor Carson.

Attempt saved. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Niall McGinn replaces Dominic Ball.

Scott McKenna (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Curtis Main (Motherwell).

Booking

Anthony O’Connor (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Curtis Main (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Anthony O’Connor (Aberdeen).

goal

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