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McGinn nets brace to seal overdue Dons win at Pittodrie

 

By Robert Jones

Aberdeen finally notched their first home win of 2019 as they overcame Motherwell 3-1 in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

A fortunate Max Lowe strike got them off the mark at Pittodrie, before Northern Ireland star Niall McGinn's second-half double wrapped up the points, meaning Jake Hastie's first-half strike for the previously in-form visitors was to no avail.

However, arguably the key moment of the game came when Well goalkeeper Mark Gillespie was injured in a clash with Dons striker Sam Cosgrove midway through the second half.

The Dons were quick out of the traps, scoring with four minutes on the clock when Lowe's cross from the left floated high over Gillespie into the top corner.

Aberdeen's failure to take their chances was punished as Hastie rounded Joe Lewis to level the scores shortly before the interval.

However, the injury to Gillespie would prove significant. The goalkeeper collided with Cosgrove as the pair challenged for a Lowe cross and had to be carried from the field on a stretchered after a lengthy delay, to be replaced by Rohan Ferguson.

The 21-year old goalkeeper had only been on the pitch for a couple of minutes when he was beaten as McGinn blasted home from close range.

McGinn netted his second goal with the last kick of the game, arcing a superb shot into the top-right corner after a swift counter-attack.

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