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match report 1949-50 fixture list
Blues 2 - 0 Reds
    Trial Match
Kick Off:    Kelly 25, Anderson        
Attendance: 10,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
McKeown Has Quiet Game

Aberdeen FC's second public trial at Pittodrie last night strengthened the earlier impression that the club has some promising material for the half-back line. The Blues beat the Reds by two goals to nil.

Centre of interest for 10,000 crowd was the appearance of Tony McKeown, the club's new signing from Limerick.
The Irishman had a quiet game in opposition to Tommy Pearson, and it is too early yet to say whether he will solve the back problem.
In the early stages of the game the Reds, led by Muir, the former Clyde Player, dominated play, and it was during this spell that the best was seen of Jim Baikie, the former Hutchison Vale juvenile. This lad is well build, and although he tired later he revealed promising touches.
Anderson and McKenzie, the other half backs both revealed destructive qualities, and the former was always ready to move up in attack.
Kelly did not appear to be fully tuned up, and while Hamilton was always a trier the most aggresive forward for the Blues was Glen. The former Annbank lad has sharpened up, and it seems as if he will be challenging for a place in the league side.

McKenna Impressive

McKenna was the most impressive full back, but Pacione revealed positional sense. He was beaten by Millar early on, but was the master of the winger before the end.
After a bright start the Reds' attack faded out of the picture. Muir, always a trier, found McKenzie a big stumbling-block. The trialist at outside right was Duncan Gibson, an Edinburgh lad who has just been demobilised, and he made a bright opening, but was not much in evidence after half-time.
Kellv got the first goal twenty-five minutes after the start, but some of the credit went to Hamilton for his persistenrc in chasing a loose ball to the goal-line.
Anderson scored the second with a fierce rising shot. Kiddie placed a corner to Kelly, who slipped the ball inside, and the right half-back's drive gave Curran no chance.

Source: Press & Journal, 6th August 1949

Blues Teamsheet:  Martin, Pacione, Merchant, Anderson, McKenzie, Baikie, Kiddie, Hamilton, Kelly, Glen, Pearson


Reds Teamsheet:  Curran, McKeown, McKenna, Stenhouse, Thomson, Finlay, Gibson, Yorston, Mulr, Smith, Millar


Referee: C. McCaig, Aberdeen

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