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match report 1950-51 fixture list
League Cup Quarter Final Second Replay 
Aberdeen 1 - 5 Hibernian
Kick Off:    Baird 25.       Johnstone 12, Turnbull 18, Johnstone 23, Smith 56, Reilly 79  
Attendance: 50,000
Venue: Hampden Park, Glasgow
Lost Toss Cost Dons Twice-replayed League Cup Tie
Hibs Forwards Produced Real Knock-out Punch

THE Dons lost the toss, and it cost them the League Cup tie against Hibs at Hampden Park last night.

It took Hibs seven hours to put Aberdeen down for the full count, but in the end they produced a real knock-out punch.
They had a bolder, more adventurous and more artistic attack than the Dons in the second half.
Against the wind Hibs' forwards gave a first-rate display of precision carpet football, and before the final whistle Aberdeen were a well-beaten team.
Hibs worthily earned the right to meet Queen of the South in the semi-final at Tynecastle on Saturday, and if their defence was of the same calibre as their attack, there probably is not a team in Scotland that could stop them.
Aberdeen disappointed, and they were not a patch on the Dons of Monday.
With Young and Anderson limping in the closing stages, the Hibs forwards had the dour defence bewitched and bewildered.
Yet Aberdeen's two best players were in the rear. Martin and Emery were heroes at Ibrox on Monday, and they deserve all honour for their gallant display last night.
They were the only Pittodrie heroes in the Hampden replay.
When Hibs started the first half with half a gale behind them, things looked black for the Dons, but in fact we saw the best of Aberdeen in this half.


They lost three goals in twenty three minutes, but they fouglr back magnificently. Baird reduced the leeway, and with the score only 3-1 in Hibs' favour at the interval, the issue was still wide open.
The crowd settled down in the expectation of an Aberdeen offensive, but they waited in vain. Had that try of Boyd's in the opening minutes found the net instead of the crossbar I might have had a different story to tell.
It didn't. Hibs turned on their best and brightest brand of football against the wind and it was curtains for the Dons.
Gordon Smith was the man who sabotaged Aberdeen's chances with a fourth Hibs' goal after fifty-six minutes' play.
It is difficult to account for the Dons' second-half dim-out. The only explanation seems to be that they burned up their energy in the opening period when playing against the strong wind.
Hibs were certainly the stronger team at the finish, and they were still weaving pretty patterns when the final whistle went.
NO SERVICE,/p> Harris and Anderson, the Aberdeen wing half backs, could not get the ball through to the forwards. The left half seemed sluggish and Anderson was but a shadow of the player he was in the Ibrox game.
The Dons' attack could not compare with Hibs' front rank in the art of producing fluid and accurate football movements. They did not possess an attacker last night who earned the description of distinguished.
Every Hibs' forward, on the other hand, was a potential match-winner.
There was an element of luck about the first Hibs' goal in thirteen minutes, not in the actual scoring of it, but in its origin.
Smith released a fierce angular shot for goal, but the ball swept across the goalmouth, and Johnstone leaped forward to head the ball into the net with bullet force. Martin got a hand to the ball, but could not stop it. All credit to the inside right for his alacrity in seizing the chance.
The Aberdeen 'keeper was left helpless five minutes later. Ormond got clear on the left and crossed low. Turnbull killed the ball and sent it flying into the net with eye-deceiving speed.

HIBS' THIRD,/p> With twenty-three minutes played Hibs struck again. Johnstone gathered a smart up-the-middle ball from Smith, outpaced Young and, as Martin left his charge, slipped the ball into the net.
The jubilant Hibs got a shock two minutes later. Younger ran out, but failed to hold a corner kick from Hather, and Baird was ready and eager to stab the ball into the net.
The Aberdeen defence was caught "away from home" eleven minutes after the start of the second half. Ormond raced almost to the bye-line to cut the ball into the middle.
Smith was at the receiving end and had time to steady himself before sending home.
Reilly wrote the last word to the tie with a nifty goal in seventy-nine minutes. An inch-perfect pass from Johnstone to the centre saw Reilly race through to crack the ball past Martin.

Source: Press & Journal, 4th October 1950

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Martin, Emery, Shaw, Anderson, Young, Harris, Boyd, Yorston, Hamilton, Baird, Hather.

Unused Subs:


Hibernian Teamsheet:  Younger, Govan, Ogilvie, Buchanan, Paterson, Combe, Smith, Johnstone, Reilly, Turnbull, Ormond


Referee: J. Jackson, Glasgow

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