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match report 1935-36 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
31/08/1935
 
Dunfermline Athletic 0 - 2 Aberdeen
Kick Off:          Mills 49, Armstrong 89.  
Attendance: 10,000
Venue: East End Park, Dunfermline
PUNCH IS STILL LACKING.

Honours Go to Dons Defence.

The honours of the game to the Aberdeen defence. In the second half, and especially the closing fifteen minutes, Dunfermline stormed the Dons' goal, and it was only the sterling play of Falloon and company that saved the day.

Aberdeen deserved to win - they were a more skilled side than the Athletic - but against Clyde last Wednesday, they came within an ace of dropping a point.
In the opening period the Dons played brilliant football, half-backs and forwards working with cohesion and skill.
It was a delight to watch, but it brought no tangible reward. The chances were there, but they were not turned account.
It was the old story of brilliant outfield play nullified by goalmouth weakness. Aberdeen Share with Rangers the distinction of being the only unbeaten team in the First Division of the Scottish League.
They have a grand chance of bringing the league championship north for the first time in history, but if this ambition is to be realised the forwards simply MUST instil more punch into their finishing.

First Blood.

The Dons' first goal, scored four minutes after the start of the second half, was a rather "soft" affair. The ball came across from the right, one back left it to the other to clear, and Mills lunged forward to get his boot to the ball. Syme dived full length, but the ball squirmed out his hands, and although Donald kicked clear, it had been well over the line.
In the subsequent exchanges the Fifers never allowed the Dons to settle to their studied play of the first half. It was a case of first-time tackling and hit the ball ahead.
With their unbeaten record in danger, Dunfermline crowded on all sail and swarmed round the Aberdeen goal. The Dons defended desperately, but on more than one occasion, and notably when Dobson smashed the ball against the upright, the homesters almost regained equality.
In the last minute the Dons unexpectedly broke away to Increase their lead. A shot by Beynon rebounded off Warden, and Armstrong was in position to plant the ball in the net.
Westland the Aberdeen goal was shaky at times, but he settled down and had one splendid save from a corner.
Cooper was the better of two splendid backs, but the "big man" in defence was Falloon. He never gave McGowan a chance, and he was the rock on which many of the Dunfermline attacking movements perished - a great little defender.
Fraser and Thomson showed improved form compared with Wednesday. They were prominent in attack in the first half, and worked hard In defence after the interval.
Beynon was the least impressive in a forward line which had plenty of craft but little thrust. Crawford kept a fairly tight grip of Armstrong, but McKenzie and Mills were a pair of clever inside men. Both could beat their man with ease and their passes were Invariably well directed.
Lang, on the extreme left wing, was fast and dangerous, and did not get enough the ball.
Beynon missed a great opportunity in the second half when he caught the ball as it rebounded off a defender, and ran forward to send straight at the 'keeper.

Dunfermline's Best.

The Dunfermline defence played well. Syme, a centre-forward, whose services had to be enlisted as goalkeeper, gave a good display in his unaccustomed role. He handled the ball as if had been accustomed to the job during the whole of his playing career.
Warden and Johnman were a stout pair of backs, while Crawford was the best of the intermediate trio. Donald, the former Aberdeen player, was a hard-working left-half, who lent much valuable assistance in defence.
The forward line was disjointed, but keen as mustard. The best of the quintette were Chalmers and Murray.

Source: Press & Journal, 2nd September 1935

Dunfermline Athletic Teamsheet:  Syme, Johnman, Warden; Bolt, Crawford, Donald; Dobson, Thomson, McGowan, Chalmers, Murray

Bookings:

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Westland, Cooper, McGill, Fraser, Falloon, Thomson, Beynon, McKenzie, Armstrong, Mills, Lang.

Unused Subs:

Bookings:

Referee: J. M. Martin, Ladybank

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