CRACKSHOT Curtis Main blasted two goals in Motherwell’s 3-0 mauling of Aberdeen in this afternoon’s Scottish Cup semi-final.

The Fir Park side totally dominated a hesitant Dons team that fell apart under the dual threat of Main and the bustling Ryan Bowman in the first-half.

Stephen Robinson’s side got the opening goal in the 20th minute and the dodgy Pittodrie back-four deserve a rocket from shell-shocked manager Derek McInnes.

Trevor Carson launched a long clearance down Well’s left-hand side and Dominic Ball struggled to deal with the thrust of left-back Richard Tait. Remarkably, the Dons defender stopped to claim handball, but referee Kevin Clancy waved play on.

That gave Tait time to deliver an inviting low cross into the box and predator Main pounced to turn the ball into the net from close range.

Three minutes later, the Pittodrie back lot were undone again in another simple move forward. Kari Arneson was too easily bowled over by Bowman who flicked the ball goalwards.

DIDN’T HE DO WELL…Ryan Bowman nets the second with Dons defender
Kari Arneson helpless.

Keeper Joe Lewis stopped the shot, but couldn’t prevent the rebound heading straight back to the Well raider and this time he connected to send the ball rolling into the corner in slow motion.

Credit the Fir Parkers for their up-and-at-’em spirit, but Aberdeen’s rearguard furiously pressed the self-destruct bottom at two crucial moments in the game.

And Arneson completed his side’s misery with a sloppy clearance in the 66th minute that was seized upon by Main on the halfway line. There was nothing but fresh air between him and Lewis as he galloped forward.

The all-action attacker looked composed as he drove towards the box before firing a left-foot drive over the keeper’s right-hand shoulder into the net.

There was no to be no miraculous fightback from McInnes’ devastated outfit who can have no complaints about missing their chance of a second successive Scottish Cup Final.

Instead, it is Well who await the winners of tomorrow’s afternoon Old Firm encounter as they prepare for the grand finale on May 19.

RYAN OUT LOUD…Well hitman Ryan Bowman shouts with joy as Andy Rose joins in.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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