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match report 1925-26 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
17/03/1926
 
Kilmarnock 3 - 0 Aberdeen
Kick Off:    Weir 3        
Attendance: 4,000
Venue: Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
FOOTBALL. Aberdeen Take Things Easy. 3-0 DEFEAT AT KILMARNOCK.
The game between Kilmarnock and Aberdeen, on Rugby Park, was an interesting one, and though the home team well deserved their win the lads from the Granite City put up a plucky show. The feature of the game was the fact that Weir accomplished the hat trick for Kilmarnock. The first half was evenly contested, and Aberdeen were quite as often within the danger zone as their opponents, but did not make the most of their opportunities. Kilmarnock also failed to take advantage of good chances, while Blackwell repelled many stinging shots. The lead of one goal for Kilmarnock at the interval quite represented the general run of the play. In the second half Kilmarnock proved far and away the better lot, and but for the brilliant custodianship of Blackwell the score might have been a much higher one. The attendance was under 2000.

Source: The Scotsman, 18th March 1926

 
Aberdeen's form at Rugby Park when Kilmarnock beat them by 3-0, does not augur well for the Pittodrie team's prospects against Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Edinburgh on Saturday, but there are extenuating circumstances. Of the "probable" cup-tie team D. Bruce, MacLachlan, Edward, R. Bruce, and McDermid were absent from the side that did yesterday, so that the result of the game is no guide to what may happen on Saturday.
In the first 20 minutes of the game there was nothing to choose between the two teams. Play was largely confined to midfield, and, while it was fast enough, there was nothing in the way of thrills. The scoring of Kilmarnock'6 first goal by Weir livened things up, and thereafter there was no dullness in the game, but from that time onwards Kilmarnock were the predominant team.
In the second half Aberdeen were kept mainly on the defensive, the occasional sallies of their forwards having no fruitful result. Weir scored twice more, thus performing the hat trick and leaving Kilmarnock victors by three goals to nothing.

BLACKWELL'S BIG PART.

Kilmarnock deserved their win, and Aberdeen have Blackwell to thank that the margin against them was not greater than it was. Blackwell, indeed, was the hero of the match, and time and again his brilliant saves won him the applause of Kilmarnock's supporters. For an hour of the game he was kept really active, and many of the shots he handled might have been expected to count nine times out of ten. The plain truth is that the shadow of Tynecastle on Saturday was over the Aberdeen players; they were obviously reserving themselves for the bigger event, and were not troubling themselves about the outcome of this League game.
It was in the forward line that Aberdeen's weakness primarily lay. The two outside men, and especially Reid, were good, but they got little support from their colleagues. Reid was the brains of the line, and although he was shadowed throughout by McEwen, the best of the Kilmarnock halves, he had many characteristically clever touches. Doolan was very poor and unenterprising at centre, and the finishing of the Aberdeen forwards as a whole was deplorably weak. The Kilmarnock custodian was only once or twice in any real difficulty, and many excellent opportunities were lost through erratic shooting.

ABERDEEN'S DEFENCE.

Cosgrove was the best of the Aberdeen halves, and was up against Kilmarnock's best wing. Ritchie played a strenuous game, but got little support from his partner, who took things very easily - too easily. Indeed. A feature the game was the big International's encounters with Crump, Kilmarnock's left winger. It was a case of speed versus weight, for physically Hutton could make two Crumps. It was obvious that he found Crump's speed disconcerting, and he was not infrequently worsted in these encounters. Both backs allowed Weir, Kilmarnock's wily centre-forward, far too much scope, as the result amply proves.
For three-fourths of the game Kilmarnock were in rampant form, and few league teams could have resisted them. What they lacked in height and weight they made up for in nippiness and eagerness. Weir showed great dash, and was not seriously disturbed by the attentions of the visiting defenders. He was ably supported by McCall and Crump, the latter of whom showed great enterprise and trickiness. McEwan was the bright particular star of the Kilmarnock halves, but the play of the whole trio, notably as regards accurate placing, was an improvement on recant displays by them. Kilmarnock's backs had a comparatively easy time, and were seldom stressed, while Climie did efficiently the little that was asked of him. Altogether, it was an off day for Aberdeen.

Source: Press & Journal, 18th March 1926

Kilmarnock Teamsheet:  Climie; Hood, Nibloe; Morton, Dunlop McEwen: Wishart, Cunningham, Weir, McCall, Crump

Bookings:

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Blackwell, Hutton, Ritchie, Cosgrove, McHale, Pirie, Reid, Jackson, Doolan, McLeod, Smith.

Unused Subs:

Bookings:

Referee: A. Allan, Glasgow

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