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match report 1950-51 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
06/01/1951
 
Aberdeen 1 - 1 St. Mirren
Kick Off:  2:15 PM   McNeill 20.       Stewart 36  
Attendance: 15,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
 
Dons seem to be finding the pace in the last lap the Scottish League championship trifle too hot. In two of their last three heme matches they have dropped points to Airdrie and St Mirren, teams more concerned wth retaining their place in "A" Division than gaining honours.
They can still overhaul Dundee, but Hibs are rapidly shooting their way to the head of the field. Dundee are at the top at the moment, a point in front of Aberdeen, who have a game in hand. The Easter Road team is on the same points mark as the Dons, but have played only sixteen matches to Dundee's twenty.
The Dons missed their chance against St Mirren on Saturday. There was no hard luck story in connection with the loss of this point The Paisley team deserved to get a draw.

THE Aberdeen forward line failed to produce a brand of match-winning football against St Mirren. Admittedly the Paisley defence put up a grand show, but that doesn't altogether excuse Hamilton and his teammates.
There was a lack af rhythm in the front line. Too often the hall came to the attackers in the air - fatal tactics against the lanky Telfer and his co-defenders.
The fact that the centre-half gave Hamilton few opportunities of distributing the ball in his usual manner had a good deal to do with the poverty of the Aberdeen forward play.

THE Dons' two young hopefuls on the left wing could not be written down as a success, although they were not disgraced. Between them they claimed major credit for the goal. Of the two 19-year-old Ian McNeill showed most promise. He seemed to have a sound conception of inside forward play.
The youngsters were put to a severe test. They found the tempo of big time football a bit faster than in "C" Division. The pace began to tell on them in the second half, but experience will have done them good.
Delaney was lively at times on the right flank, but Yorston had a poor game.

THE defence played soundly. Emery, Young and Shaw all did an efficient job of work. There is room for improvement in Curran's kicking of a dead ball.
Anderson and Harris were strong in defence but they have nol yet recaptured their ability to form a link-up with the forwards. Anderson was handicapped in the second half by an ankle injury received shortly before the interval.
A team with championship aspiratins can't afford to concede points at home. The next two games will prove whether or not the Dons' bid for the League flag has lost its impetus.
On Saturday first Aberdeen tackle Celtic, who are not yet out of the running, and the followinp week they return to Glasgow to do battle with Clyde, who are fighting their way clear of relegation.

Source: Evening Express, 8th January 1951

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Curran, Emery, Shaw, Anderson, Young, Harris, Delaney, Yorston, Hamilton, McNeill, McMillan.

Unused Subs:

Bookings:

St. Mirren Teamsheet:  Kirk; Lapsley, Cunningham; Neilson, Telfer, Johnston; Kiernan, G. Stewart, Graham, Duncanson, Ritchie

Bookings:

Referee: R. M. Main, Glasgow

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