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match report 1930-31 fixture list
Dewar Shield Final Replay 
St. Johnstone 0 - 5 Aberdeen
Kick Off:          Merrie 2, Dickie 3, Smith 40, Love 45, Smith 50.  
Attendance: 3,000
Venue: Muirton Park, Perth
Aberdeen win the Dewar Shield

St Johnstone Swamped at Perth. SMITH SCORES TWO GOALS.

A glorious opening offensive, in which two goals were scored in three minutes, laid the foundation of a 5-0 win for Aberdeen over St Johnstone at Muirton Park, Perth, last night.
Thus early in the season has Aberdeen won a trophy - the Dewar Shield, and this after they had divided six goals at Pittodrie.
Only 3000 spectators saw a workmanlike Aberdeen eleven overwhelm the Perth side. Although a five-goal margin just flatters Aberdeen a little, they fully deserved their win.
Purveyed by a thrustful half-line the Aberdeen forwards displayed splendid form, every man finding the net with the exception of McDermid, who was probably the cleverest of the quintette. Aberdeen were without Yorston, who has an injured knee, while the Saints made only one change - Pryde for Tain at centre-half.
Three minutes after the start Aberdeen were two up! A clever piece of combined work by McDermid and Smith resulted in the latter squaring for Merrie to beat McLaren.

Dickie Scores.

The ball had no sooner been re-centred than Love broke away on the right and crossed adroitly for Dickie to add a second goal, this following a shot by Merrie which rattled the cross-bar.
The plucky Saints quickly recovered from this initial shock, and Legge got in the way of a terrific shot from Caul. The Perth side played like an inspired team after this, and, following a splendid save Cummings from Deuchar, Ferguson had the bail in the net, but the point, much to the chagrin of the home supporters, was disallowed for off-side.
Dickie and Love relieved the pressure with a bout of close passing, but, at the psychological moment, the extreme winger was pulled up for off-side.
Smith, on the Dons' left, made his presence felt when he twice brought McLaren to earth with hard drives. A strong period of pressure by the homesters brought no reward and, as a result, the play of the Second Division team became a little wild. The Dons were quick to grasp their opponents' weakness and Merrie was pulled up in the act of going through, while McLaren punched clear from Love.
Five minutes from the interval Aberdeen increased their total to three. Cooper, lying well up-field, got the ball and swung it across. Merrie missed but Smith, lying handy, drove the ball past McLaren.

Love's First-Timer.

Just on the whistle Love took a Smith cross on the drop and banged it past the Perth 'keeper for the fourth goal. The second-half had only been in progress five minutes when Smith had the ball in the net for the second time, and Aberdeen's fifth. This further rattled the Saints but their best rallies failed against the Dons' defence. St Johnstone were a well beaten side.

Source: Press & Journal, 28th August 1930

St. Johnstone Teamsheet:  McLaren, Steele, Hogg, Ferguson, Pryde, McBain, Caul, Deuchar, Stewart, Cameron, Nicholson.


Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Cumming, Cooper, Legge, Black, McLaren, Hill, Love, Dickie, Merrie, McDermid, Smith.

Unused Subs:


Referee: R.Morrison, Falkirk

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