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Div 1 (Old) 
East Fife 3 - 1 Aberdeen
Kick Off:  3:00 PM   Fleming 51, Morris 64, Martin 90 (o.g.)       Hather 82.  
Attendance: 5,500
Venue: Bayview Park, Methil
Martin was Superb at Methil
Forwards Were to Blame for Dons' Defeat

For eighty-nine and a half minutes Freddie Martin, the Dons' goalkeeper, was the hero of the match against East Fife at Methil last night.

In the first half, particularly, he made several brilliant saves, and was given a great ovation by the crowd at the interval.
Half a minute from the final whistle he held a long lob from Stewart, the Fifers' left back. Harassed by Morris, he dropped the ball over the line to mar an otherwise impeccable display.
Aberdeen were beaten 3-1. The better team won. The Pittodrie attack was not a success. Hamilton played with his usual enthusiasm as leader of the attack, but there was a lack of drive both at inside forward and on the wings.
Hathcr was subdued on the left. He produced one electrifying burst and it brought Aberdeen's only goal eight minutes from the end.
In the first half Martin saved magnificently from Duncan, Brown and Black, and after the interval he stopped a full-blooded drive from Fleming.
McKeown was not disgraced against the fast-running Duncan. The Irishman will improve with experience.

Morris Subdued

McKenzie played soundly at centre half. Morris, the East Fife leader, got few chances. Harris was a hard-working wing half and he was seen at his best in the first period.
Fifty-one minutes had gone when a long through-pass from Philp caught the Aberdeen defence unprepared and Fleming, unchallenged, ran in to give Martin no chance.
When Martin failed in stopping a shot from Duncan, Morris had an easy job to score the Fifers' second goal in sixty-four minutes.
Eight minutes from the end Hather scored a good goal for the Dons. He raced through and released a fierce shot. Niven, the East Fife 'keeper, pushed the ball out, but the Aberdeen left winger followed up to send the ball raging into the net.
In the last minute came Martin's error when he dropped a long lob from Stewart and the ball crossed the line.

Source: Press & Journal

Played on Friday evening to avoid a clash with the Scotland v England international at Hampden next day.
This was Fred Martin's first senior competetive match as Dons' goalkeeper.
East Fife Teamsheet:  Niven; Laird, Stewart; Philp, Finlay, Aitken; Black, Fleming, Morris, Brown, Duncan


Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Martin, McKeown, Emery, Bruce, McKenzie, Harris, Kiddie, Rodger, Hamilton, Glen, Hather.

Unused Subs:


Referee: A. B. Gebbie, Hamilton

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