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match report 1949-50 fixture list
Scottish Cup Second Round 
Aberdeen 3 - 1 Heart of Midlothian
Kick Off:    Emery (Pen), Pearson, Hamilton.       Wardhaugh  
Attendance: 42,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Yet once more the Hearts' leaves have been shattered before the mellowing year. The Scottish Cup lost its interest for Edinburgh when an Aberdeen team, in blue jerseys, revealing the form that made them so popular not so long ago, beat the Hearts, I maroon and white hoops, at their own game before an all-ticket crowd of 42,000. Judging by the look of the ground they might have made it 45,000.
It was quite a clean game, bit in case any perfervid Dons' supporter may have got that one tackle for which Parker was pulled up made the Hearts out to be the sinners, it may be of interest to mention that while Aberdeen were awarded eight free kicks, the Hearts had exactly twice that number, eight in each half. But let that "flea stick to the wa'" and let us now praise famous men.
I cannot recall how much money crossed the Border when Pearson went to Aberdeen, but he repaid it in full on Saturday, when he played probably his best game ever at Pittodrie. Left with ample space to manoeuvre in. he had almost literally a field day. When he got Aberdeen's second goal the ball came out to him on the wing, and so far from him were the Hearts' defence that they might as well have been at Tynecastle. With an acre or so to romp in and plenty of time, he ran in on Brown and sent an unsaveable shot past the keeper high into the corner of the net.
The game had started off with what might have been a grievous blow for Aberdeen. McKenna, trying to collect a Flavell cross with his right foot, reached barely far enough back; the ball struck his boot and was lofted over the head of Watson, whose face was a study as he watched the ball soar over his head into the empty goal. Had he been a yard nearer McKenna or a yard nearer his goal he could have caught the ball.
McKenna stood for a moment hanging his head in such abject dejection that one almost expected him to take up a handful of earth and pour it over himself. However, inside a minute the left back was able to face his team mates, even with a smile.
From the restart the Dons swept down on the Hearts goal, the ball going out to Pearson. His cross hit the far upright, and a scramble ensued on the goal line. Eventually McKenzie Handled the ball and Emery came up to take the penalty kick. The right back, whose kicking, if not his tackling, was in the tradition, almost, of the famous Jock Hutton sent in a ball which only the strength of the net stopped from going outside the ground at the sea end. If McKenna had performed a little jig of joy no one would have begrudged him such expression of relief.
The match now settled down again on an even keel, but where was the famous football of the Hearts? Conn was obviously not really fit; the aggressive Aberdeen halves gave him and Wardhaugh little scope, and McKenzie, the Aberdeen centre-half, policed Bauld effectively, though never wholly mastering him.
Flavell was the most successful Hearts forward, and in the second half, after a delightful run by him and Bauld, which cut the Aberdeen defence wide open, he scored a goal similar to Pearson's earlier effort. However, the referee disallowed the goal, for what reason was not apparent to the writer, but if it was for offside, then it must have been by a few sixteenths of an inch.
That was a cruel blow for the Hearts, who had been threatening to break into some of their real running, but to their credit they made no protest. A few minutes later something of a misunderstanding in the Hearts' goal area saw Hamilton help over the line a ball which was already on its way there from Baird. Hearts kept on trying, but their day was done.
Aberdeen had the wind and a strong low sun in their favour in the first half, but soon after half-time the sun played the visitors the scurvy trick of sinking below the roofing at the Merkland Road end of the ground, thus definitely giving an advantage to Aberdeen. However, as the sun does not appear to have been shining anywhere else on Saturday, who could blame it for favouring the Dons?
Brown had many excellent saves, although from what could be seen of the western goal from the press box he may have been a little at fault with the third goal, and Watson just before the interval saved a certain scorer from Conn. Baird had an excellent game for Aberdeen, revealing some of the master touches which rip open the opposing defence, and he, Hamilton, and Pearson were the schemers-in-chief who brought their side's victory.
Currie, deputising for the injured Cox, was no match for those three, and Parker was given a busy afternoon. Conn latterly went on the wing, but it appeared that he should not have been played. Yorston missed a grand chance to score and so did Wardhaugh. Had it not been for the steadiness of Dougan, this Aberdeen team might easily have run riot. No team will wish to be drawn at Pittodrie in the next round.

Source: The Scotsman, 13th February 1950

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Watson, Emery, McKenna, Anderson, McKenzie, Harris, Stenhouse, Yorston, Hamilton, Baird, Pearson.

Unused Subs:


Heart of Midlothian Teamsheet:  Brown; Parker, Mackenzie; Currie, Dougan, Laing; Sloan, Conn, Bauld, Wardhaugh, Flavell


Referee: W. Davidson, Glasgow

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