Josh Magennis's stoppage-time strike completed a two-goal Aberdeen fightback that denied Scottish Premier League leaders Motherwell a deserved win.

The Dons ended a home goal drought that had stetched to four games, Gavin Rae heading in from a sixth-minute corner.

But Michael Higdon replied from close range and, after the break, Shaun Hutchinson headed Well into the lead.

Nicky Law made it 3-1 from close range, but Niall McGinn headed in soon after before Magennis's dramatic leveller.

Motherwell enjoy the game at Pittodrie after Higdon's equaliser

Motherwell enjoy the game at Pittodrie after Higdon's equaliser

It denied Motherwell a win that would have put them three points clear of Hibernian, who themselves missed a chance to top the table the previous day, and four ahead of reigning champions Celtic.

For the Dons, they at least ended a run of four 0-0 draws at home in the SPL - including the final game of last season - and manager Craig Brown avoided a sixth straight league defeat at the hands of his former team since leaving Fir Park for Pittodrie.

Unchanged Aberdeen gave themselves the ideal start in their search for a first home win in seven games since 7 April when Rae sent a beautifully glanced header into the far corner of the net from a Jonny Hayes corner.

Motherwell refused to be knocked out of the stride of some fine early season form and Henrik Ojamaa, justifying his inclusion in the starting line-up in place of Jamie Murphy, forced a save from Jamie Langfield with a shot on the turn.

Hutchinson was perhaps fortunate not to be booked for a lunge at Jamie Langfield and became the latest a turn at kicking tricky winger Ryan Fraser - receiving a yellow card for his troubles - before Higdon fired a couple of powder-puff drives straight at the goalkeeper from just outside the penalty box.

Motherwell finally made the breakthrough their probing had promised when Higdon forced the ball inside the near post for his seventh goal in four games after Fraser Kerr's initial close-range poke at goal had been blocked by Langfield.

The visitors continued to look the more threatening after the break, with Ojamaa sending one shot into the side netting and forcing Langfield to beat away another.

It looked like Well had killed the game when Kerr headed on a Hateley corner, it was flicked on by Murphy and Law forced it over the line with eight minutes remaining.

However, after half-hearted claims for a foul on Law inside the penalty box were waved away, Dons substitute Niall McGinn's powerful 12-yard header from a Fraser cross two minutes later gave the Dons renewed hope.

It proved to be justified when striker-turned-full-back Magennis showed he retains his predatory instincts by poking a mis-hit Andrew Considine shot past goalkeeper Darren Randolph.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Aberdeen

  • 01 Langfield
  • 02 Jack (Smith - 80' )
  • 04 Anderson
  • 06 Considine
  • 22 Reynolds
  • 05 Rae (Osbourne - 63' )
  • 11 Hayes
  • 18 Hughes
  • 20 Fraser
  • 09 Vernon (McGinn - 63' )
  • 21 Magennis

Substitutes

  • 32 Brown
  • 03 Robertson
  • 07 Clark
  • 10 McGinn
  • 16 Osbourne
  • 19 Megginson
  • 38 Smith

Motherwell

  • 01 Randolph
  • 03 Hammell Booked
  • 05 Hutchinson Booked
  • 19 Kerr Booked
  • 30 Cummins
  • 04 Law
  • 06 Hateley
  • 07 Humphrey
  • 14 Lasley
  • 08 Ojamaa (Murphy - 79' )
  • 09 Higdon

Substitutes

  • 12 Hollis
  • 15 Ramsden
  • 26 Francis-Angol
  • 17 Daley
  • 18 Carswell
  • 11 Murphy
  • 29 Erwin
Ref: Madden
Att: 8,577

Match Stats

Shots

12 19

On target

8 11

Corners

5 5

Fouls

14 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:34 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +3:09

Andrew Considine takes a shot. Blocked by Shaun Hutchinson.

90:00 +2:37

Assist by Andrew Considine.

90:00 +2:37 Goal scored

Goal! - Josh Magennis - Aberdeen 3 - 3 Motherwell Josh Magennis fires in a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Aberdeen 3-3 Motherwell.

90:00 +2:05

Foul by Chris Humphrey on Andrew Considine, free kick awarded. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:23

Cameron Smith takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph.

90:00 +1:10

The ball is sent over by Johnny Hayes, Darren Randolph manages to make a clearance.

88:18

Chris Humphrey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Fraser. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ryan Fraser from left wing, clearance by Shaun Hutchinson.

86:31

Effort from the edge of the box by Josh Magennis goes wide of the right-hand upright.

85:48

Free kick crossed left-footed by Johnny Hayes from right wing, Shaun Hutchinson makes a clearance.

85:48 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Stevie Hammell for unsporting behaviour.

85:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stevie Hammell on Johnny Hayes.

83:52

Assist on the goal came from Ryan Fraser.

83:52 Goal scored

Goal! - Niall McGinn - Aberdeen 2 - 3 Motherwell Niall McGinn finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Aberdeen 2-3 Motherwell.

83:46

The ball is sent over by Ryan Fraser,

83:24

Nicky Law sends in a cross, save made by Jamie Langfield.

81:15

Assist by Fraser Kerr.

81:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Nicky Law - Aberdeen 1 - 3 Motherwell Nicky Law finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Aberdeen 1-3 Motherwell.

80:52

Tom Hateley takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post,

80:41

Chris Humphrey crosses the ball, Mark Reynolds manages to make a clearance.

79:50 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Jack goes off and Cameron Smith comes on.

79:38

Effort from just outside the box by Michael Higdon goes over the bar.

78:27

Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Fraser, Fraser Kerr manages to make a clearance.

78:27 Substitution

Substitution Henrik Ojamaa goes off and Jamie Murphy comes on.

76:44

Unfair challenge on Tom Hateley by Isaac Osbourne results in a free kick. Shaun Hutchinson takes the direct free kick.

75:27

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley, save by Jamie Langfield.

74:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Niall McGinn by Stevie Hammell. Ryan Fraser produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Darren Randolph.

72:14

A cross is delivered by Ryan Fraser.

71:57

The ball is sent over by Johnny Hayes, Stevie Hammell makes a clearance.

67:09

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Hateley by Stephen Hughes. Shot comes in from Tom Hateley from the free kick.

66:54

The ball is delivered by Chris Humphrey, Ryan Jack manages to make a clearance.

65:38

The official flags Niall McGinn offside. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.

65:12

Johnny Hayes takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.

64:31

Chris Humphrey takes a shot. Andrew Considine gets a block in.

64:10

A cross is delivered by Ryan Fraser, Shaun Hutchinson makes a clearance.

63:34

Isaac Osbourne concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Hateley. Shaun Hutchinson takes the free kick.

62:25 Substitution

Substitution Isaac Osbourne replaces Gavin Rae.

62:25 Substitution

Substitution Niall McGinn on for Scott Vernon.

61:15

The ball is swung over by Ryan Fraser.

60:58

Ryan Fraser decides to take the corner short.

60:15

The ball is delivered by Johnny Hayes, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Gavin Rae misses to the left of the goal.

59:16

Tom Hateley concedes a free kick for a foul on Gavin Rae. Free kick taken by Stephen Hughes.

56:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Henrik Ojamaa by Stephen Hughes. Free kick crossed left-footed by Stevie Hammell, save made by Jamie Langfield.

55:18

Keith Lasley has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.

54:22

Shot from just outside the box by Ryan Fraser misses to the right of the goal.

52:49

Drilled right-footed shot by Nicky Law. Save made by Jamie Langfield.

52:06

The ball is swung over by Ryan Fraser.

51:34

Tom Hateley has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Save made by Jamie Langfield.

50:57

Shot by Henrik Ojamaa. Jamie Langfield makes a save.

49:59

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ryan Fraser, comfortable save by Darren Randolph.

49:49

Ryan Fraser delivers the ball, Fraser Kerr gets a block in.

49:21

Effort from the edge of the box by Henrik Ojamaa goes wide of the right-hand upright.

48:35

Scott Vernon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shaun Hutchinson. Shaun Hutchinson restarts play with the free kick.

48:09

Johnny Hayes crosses the ball, save by Darren Randolph.

47:19

Tom Hateley provided the assist for the goal.

47:19 Goal scored

Goal! - Shaun Hutchinson - Aberdeen 1 - 2 Motherwell Shaun Hutchinson finds the back of the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Aberdeen 1-2 Motherwell.

46:58

Corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley,

46:47

The ball is swung over by Henrik Ojamaa.

46:02

Unfair challenge on Ryan Fraser by Tom Hateley results in a free kick. Stephen Hughes takes the direct free kick.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +1:04 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

44:58

The ball is sent over by Ryan Fraser, free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Vernon on Darren Randolph. Darren Randolph takes the direct free kick.

42:58

The referee blows for offside. Darren Randolph takes the direct free kick.

42:19

The referee blows for offside. Russell Anderson restarts play with the free kick.

41:11

Henrik Ojamaa takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.

41:01

Henrik Ojamaa provided the assist for the goal.

41:01 Goal scored

Goal! - Michael Higdon - Aberdeen 1 - 1 Motherwell Michael Higdon fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aberdeen 1-1 Motherwell.

40:17

Henrik Ojamaa fouled by Gavin Rae, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Stevie Hammell from left channel.

39:18

Ryan Fraser sends in a cross.

38:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Reynolds by Michael Higdon. Jamie Langfield takes the direct free kick.

36:26

Inswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley from the left by-line.

34:52

Josh Magennis produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

32:13

Stephen Hughes delivers the ball, Ryan Fraser takes a shot. Comfortable save by Darren Randolph.

31:55

Michael Higdon takes a shot. Jamie Langfield makes a save.

30:47

Michael Higdon takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Langfield.

30:25

Johnny Hayes delivers the ball, Michael Higdon manages to make a clearance.

29:55

Corner from the right by-line taken by Johnny Hayes, save made by Darren Randolph.

29:49

The ball is sent over by Josh Magennis, clearance made by Fraser Kerr.

28:15

Effort on goal by Chris Humphrey from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.

27:59

A cross is delivered by Johnny Hayes, clearance made by Adam Cummins.

27:28

Stephen Hughes takes the direct free kick.

27:28 Booking

Booking Caution for Shaun Hutchinson.

27:21

Unfair challenge on Ryan Fraser by Shaun Hutchinson results in a free kick.

26:43

Centre by Josh Magennis, Adam Cummins makes a clearance.

25:23

Unfair challenge on Keith Lasley by Josh Magennis results in a free kick. Tom Hateley crosses the ball in from the free kick, Unfair challenge on Darren Randolph by Gavin Rae results in a free kick. Darren Randolph takes the direct free kick.

24:50

Henrik Ojamaa takes a shot from 25 yards. Jamie Langfield makes a fantastic save.

23:30

The ball is crossed by Chris Humphrey.

21:41

Johnny Hayes crosses the ball, Adam Cummins makes a clearance.

20:12

A cross is delivered by Chris Humphrey, Tom Hateley takes the outswinging corner, Andrew Considine gets a block in. Headed effort from inside the box by Shaun Hutchinson misses to the right of the target.

18:38

The free kick is swung in left-footed by Andrew Considine, Shaun Hutchinson makes a clearance.

18:38 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Fraser Kerr for unsporting behaviour.

18:16

Fraser Kerr challenges Ryan Fraser unfairly and gives away a free kick.

17:52

Mark Reynolds challenges Michael Higdon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Higdon restarts play with the free kick.

17:17

Nicky Law produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

15:57

Foul by Andrew Considine on Chris Humphrey, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Tom Hateley from right wing, Andrew Considine makes a clearance.

15:48

The ball is delivered by Chris Humphrey, clearance made by Josh Magennis.

14:56

The referee blows for offside. Shaun Hutchinson takes the free kick.

12:03

Centre by Josh Magennis.

11:20

Ryan Fraser fouled by Fraser Kerr, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.

10:02

The ball is swung over by Stevie Hammell, Ryan Jack manages to make a clearance.

7:46

Shot from deep inside the area by Nicky Law clears the crossbar.

4:18

Andrew Considine challenges Stevie Hammell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.

7:04

Chris Humphrey fouled by Mark Reynolds, the ref awards a free kick. Tom Hateley takes the free kick.

6:16

Short corner taken by Ryan Fraser. The ball is delivered by Stephen Hughes,

5:53

Assist by Stephen Hughes.

5:53 Goal scored

Goal! - Gavin Rae - Aberdeen 1 - 0 Motherwell Gavin Rae finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Aberdeen 1-0 Motherwell.

2:47

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gavin Rae by Michael Higdon. Mark Reynolds restarts play with the free kick.

1:10

The ball is crossed by Johnny Hayes, Darren Randolph makes a comfortable save.

0:22

Unfair challenge on Michael Higdon by Russell Anderson results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Stevie Hammell.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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