Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson had thrown on son Harry in the final minutes only for the 19-year-old midfielder to concede the penalty that handed Glentoran a consolation goal.
“I think it was Harry who gave the penalty away, wasn’t it?” he tells BBC Radio Scotland. “He’ll be getting it tonight.
“I actually thought he did well when he came on, put crosses into the box, which he does.
“We wanted the clean sheet, I wanted more goals, but in the overall picture it was a good to get that first win.”
Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is very pleased with his side’s performance.
“I enjoyed watching my team, seeing how hard they worked, the intensity from us,” McInnes tells BBC Sportsound
“I think the players enjoyed the game – it’s a wee reminder of how good they are.
“Ryan Hedges came on at half-time – hat-trick, brilliant from him. In the three games he’s been involved, he has four goals and an assist. Dylan McGeouch ran the game, Lewis Ferguson was influential once again. The clean sheet – we were very solid at the back.
“What pleased me more than anything was the professionalism, the effort, the work rate of the team to not let the opponent play their natural game. It all played out quite nicely for us.”
Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson was pleased and relieved in equal measure but thought Glentoran could have had a man sent off before they did.
“It is a banana skin when you play a team like Glentoran – everyone’s waiting for you to fail,” he tells BBC Radio Scotland.
“It’s a great response to that. Glentoran put up a decent fight, as we expected. They fought hard, total respect for them, but I think our quality shone through.
“I think they were lucky to only go down to 10 men with the tackle on Ricki Lamie.
“Some of the football and quality of the goals was good – all the strikers scored, which is good for confidence going into Sunday’s game.”
Former Scotland defender on BBC SportsoundQuote Message: Derek McInnes is the right man to take the club forward. With Hedges, Hayes, Kennedy, Wright, McGinn – it’s exciting. I think you can look forward to seeing Aberdeen better in the opposition half than they were last season
Derek McInnes is the right man to take the club forward. With Hedges, Hayes, Kennedy, Wright, McGinn – it’s exciting. I think you can look forward to seeing Aberdeen better in the opposition half than they were last season
The two Scottish clubs will be joined in Monday’s draw by The New Saints, who caused a bit of shock by beating Slovakian side Zilina in Wales.
The principality made it two in the draw with Bala Town’s 1-0 win away to Valletta in Malta.
Irish side Bohemians were edged out in Hungary on penalties by Fehervar.
Meanwhile, Coleraine have taken Maribor into exta time, with the score at 1-1 in Slovenia, while Shamrock Rovers are also drawing, 2-2 at home to Ilves of Finland.
After last evening’s surprise Champions League exit for Celtic, Scottish football regains a bit of respectively with two convincing wins.
Aberdeen and Motherwell go into the pot for Monday’s Europa League second qualifying round draw.
Former Scotland forward on BBC Radio ScotlandQuote Message: Motherwell were a bit shaky until the sending off. I think they would have won the game anyway, but it is good to see them win it so comfortably. It was a really professional display
Motherwell were a bit shaky until the sending off. I think they would have won the game anyway, but it is good to see them win it so comfortably. It was a really professional display
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As the sound system inside Fir Park is shut off, you can hear the noise of a group of home fans singing “viva Motherwell” on Fir Park Street outside.
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Motherwell flirted with disaster before easing into the Europa League second qualifying round.
Glentoran did themselves proud, had their fair share of the chances until the complexion of the game changed after Seanan Clucas was sent off for a second yellow card after the break.
The 10-men were still a threat until Callum Lang scored the first of five goals that ease Stephen Robinson’s side through to the next round with their first win in seven games stretching into last season.
I bet you enjoyed that, Aberdeen fans?
The first 36 minutes were a bit laboured even though the hosts were on top, but as soon as Lewis Ferguson headed home the first, there was only ever going to be one outcome.
Curtis Main added a second before being replaced by Ryan Hedges at half-time, who subsequently scored a hat-trick. Jonny Hayes’ screamer from the edge of the box was the pick of the bunch, for me.
The second qualifying round of the Europa League awaits.
Robbie McDaid adds to his goal in the previous round as the Glentoran striker coolly finishes from the penalty spot after a foul from manager’s son Harry Robinson.
The visitors deserve a consolation of a goal for the way they have played as we enter three minutes of stoppage time.
BBC Scotland summariser on SportsoundQuote Message: It’s been a procession since Glentoran had a man sent off, but they don’t deserve to lose by this many. They had the better chances before then
It’s been a procession since Glentoran had a man sent off, but they don’t deserve to lose by this many. They had the better chances before then
Chris Long has been threatening a goal and the striker heads in at the back post from a clever cross from Tony Watt.
Motherwell are pressing for another and a volley from Ricki Lamie clips the top of the crossbar from 20 yards.
And that’s a European hat-trick for Ryan Hedges!
Not the best penalty, but the power on the ball was too much for the keeper.
What a week it’s been for the lad.
With the game now well won, Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson hands a European debut to son Harry.
It’s looking unlikely now, Clive. Just five minutes left plus stoppage time.
The roof has fallen in for Glentoran.
Another good save from the goalkeeper to deny Allan Campbell, but it falls to Tony Watt to tap in the fourth goal.
It seems like it is just a question of how many for both Scottish teams now. I think Motherwell will probably score one more here.
What about you at Pittodrie, can Aberdeen get that magic eight, Jordan?
‘The Aberdeen Eight’ have been in the news a fair bit for their Covid-19 lockdown problems.
It’d be nice if we saw ‘Aberdeen 8’ tonight. They have about 15 minutes to score a few more.
Meanwhile, Niall McGinn is on to replace Scott Wright.