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Dewar Shield Semi Final 
14/08/1929
 
St. Johnstone 3 - 1 Aberdeen
Kick Off:    Main 6, Stevenson 21, Stevenson (Pen).       Yorston 65.  
Attendance: 4,000
Venue: Muirton Park, Perth
DONS GO DOWN AT PERTH. St Johnstone's Dewar Shield Success.
St Johnstone defeated Aberdeen in the first round of the Dewar Shield at Muirton Park, Perth last night by three goals to one.

Play was hard and fast throughout, and the homesters secured their victory by taking full advantage of the chances that cropped up. Aberdeen's display in the first period did not fall much short of the opposition, but from the interval onwards the Dons were more or less a disjointed lot.

An Early Goal.

St Johnstone opened in good style and MAIN, six minutes from the start, scored the first goal after a fine solo run.
The exchanges for a time were fairly even, with the visitors conveying the impression of being dangerous in front of goal. They were, however, always a little behind in the outfield, and their defence did not put up a very resolute opposition to the home forwards. Yuill, as a result, was almost constantly in action. Main proving particularly troublesome to the Aberdeen defenders.
It was midway through the half before Aberdeen really came into their stride, but they made the mistake of relying too much on long range efforts.

Cheyne's Effort.

Cheyne, who was the only one in the forward line who had direction and sting in his shots, sent in a beauty which just ckipped the bar.
A fine bit of play characterised Saints' second goal, which came after through STEVENSON. Livingstone, in an effort to stop the flight of the ball, impeded Yuill and the ball bounced out of the keeper's hands into the net.
Near half-time, Smith had a glorious chance, but his parting shot rebounded from the upright with terrific force.

Yorston's Counter.

Aberdeen made the pace for a short time on resuming, and they reduced the lead within twenty minutes through YORSTON, who neatly picked up a pass from Cheyne and placed the ball out of McLaren's reach.
St Johnstone soon shook off the pressure and harrassed the visiting defence. They settled the issue after a further ten minutes when they were awarded a penalty as the result of Livingstone's handling. STEVENSON made no mistake with the spot-kick.
A last-minute burst by Aberdeen just failed to produce a goal, McLaren distinguishing himself by one or two good saves. The score was a fair reflex on the run of play.

Where Dons Failed.

Saints throughout kept their opponents well in hand, although Aberdeen were the more dangerous in front of goal, and had they come to closer quarters instead of shooting from well out, they might have been more successful. Best for Aberdeen ? Cheyne, Black, and Yorston; and for St Johnstone - McLaren, Main, Nicholson, and Forrest were outstanding.

Source: Press & Journal, 15th August 1929

St. Johnstone Teamsheet:  McLaren, Steele, Forrest, Ferguson, Imrie, Swallow, McKeenan, Patterson, Main, Stevenson, Nicholson.

Bookings:

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Yuill, Cooper, Livingstone, Black, McHale, Hill, Love, Cheyne, Yorston, McLeod, Smith.

Unused Subs:

Bookings:

Referee: T. Small, Dundee

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