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match report 1935-36 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
11/01/1936
 
Ayr United 1 - 1 Aberdeen
Kick Off:    Pope 26       Scott 48.  
Attendance: 10,000
Venue: Somerset Park, Ayr
TOO BAD TO BE TRUE

Aberdeen Team's Form at Ayr

LUCKY TO ESCAPE DEFEAT

Aberdeen can consider themselves a trifle lucky to escape from Somerset Park with a point. In the later stages of the second half Ayr United were definitely on top, and the Dons' defence was hard pressed and at times a little lucky.

The visitors were a most unimpressive company. At no period of the game did they shape like potential champions, and the only consolation is that their form was probably too bad be true.
In their last six matches the Dons have secured only six points, and their championship hopes are gradually melting away. There will have to be considerable improvement if they are to continue their challenge to Rangers and Celtic.

Weak at Goalmouth

Against the 'Honest Men " on Saturday they should have had the game well in hand in the first half, instead of being in arrears at the interval. Ayr played like team in desperate need of points, and there was a lack of cohesion and purpose in their movements.
Aberdeen, on the other hand, moved well, half-backs and forwards combining intelligently. Unfortunately, however, the Dons' movements had a tantalising habit of breaking down in the vicinity of the penalty area before any real danger threatened.
The swinging Ayr raids seemed to cause the Dons' defence a good deal of trouble, and in twenty-six minutes the homesters took the lead Holland rounded Cooper and crossed the ball into the goalmouth. Smith ran from his charge, but failed to clear, and Pope banged the ball into the net.

Dons' Hopes Revive

When Aberdeen drew level against a stiff wind three minutes after the start of the second half hopes of victory rose. They did not materialise, however, and it was Ayr, once they recovered from the shock of the equalising goal, that took matters in hand. Scott was Aberdeen's marksman. He jumped high to beat Hepburn to a Thomson lob and head into the net.
Encouraged by their supporters the United launched attack after attack in an effort to get the deciding goal, and the Dons could not have complained had they succeeded. On one occasion a terrific drive by Fleming struck the crossbar, and twice Smith scrambled the ball away on the line.

Defence Not Inspiring

The play of the Aberdeen defence as a whole did not inspire confidence. Although he had a number of good saves, Smith was not particularly impressive, and both Cooper and McGill had their bad spells.
The right back could not get a grip of Holland in the first half, and Pope had the beating of McGill in the second period.
Falloon was Aberdeen's soundest defender, and practically the only member of the team to play to form.
The wing halves, Fraser and Thomson, showed to advantage in the opening half, when Thomson gave a splendid display, but after the interval they fell away considerably.
The attack was weak at close quarters, and especially does this apply to the inside forwards. Scott, although trifle slow, tried hard, but got little support from Mills and McKenzie, neither of whom approached anything like their best form.

Good Chance Missed

Warnock on the extreme right was seldom prominent, and missed a splendid opportunity of putting his side on the lead early in the second period, following a Fraser free-kick.
Beynon, who deputised for Lang on the left, was the best of the line, and the only attacker to threaten any real danger.
Although only a mediocre side, Ayr fought pluckily, and if they reveal the same spirit in their future engagements they may yet escape relegation.
The defence was steady, with Strain, a strong and sure tackling back, outstanding. Hepburn in goal had little to do and might have prevented Aberdeen's counter.
Currie was a sound if not a brilliant centre half, and Baigrie and Hernon fought hard to hold the Dons' attack.

Ayr Wingers Shine

Holland and Pope, the extreme wingers, were the best of the attackers. The latter, who only joined Ayr last week, made a promising debut. He is not fast, but is tricky and crosses a good ball. Fleming was well held by Falloon, and neither McGibbon nor Steele rose above mediocrity.

Source: Press & Journal, 13th January 1936

Ayr United Teamsheet:  Hepburn; Bourhill, Strain; Baigrie, Currie, Hernon; Pope, McGibbon, Fleming, Steele, Holland

Bookings:

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Smith, Cooper, McGill, Fraser, Falloon, Thomson, Warnock, McKenzie, Scott, Mills, Beynon.

Unused Subs:

Bookings:

Referee: T. Small, Dundee

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