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match report 1973-74 fixture list
UEFA Cup First Round First Leg 
Aberdeen 4 - 1 Finn Harps
Kick Off:  7:30 PM   Miller 33, Jarvie 36, Graham 38, Jarvie 82.       Harkin 87  
Attendance: 10,719
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Aberdeen in Full Control
Aberdeen should have no problems in the second leg of their UEFA Cup tie against Finn Harps in Ballybofey in a fortnight.

Once Bertie Miller shot them into the lead in 32 minutes of last night's game at Pittodrie, they were in control of the situation. Goals by Jarvie on 36 minutes and Graham two minutes later shattered Irish hopes.
Although the Finn Harps players were full of fight, their courageous, but predictable, approach posed few problems for the Aberdeen defence.
Compared with full-time Aberdeen, the part-time Irish side were slower in going for the ball and short of running power in possession. The one criticism that can be levelled at the home team is the fact that they added only one goal to the 3-0 interval lead, through Jarvie eight minutes from time.

In the second half they lost their sense of urgency and, instead of capitalising on their undoubted superiority in teamwork and pace, they indulged in unprofitable embroidery.

Aberdeen had cause to regret their complacency three minutes from the end when they allowed Harkin, the Finn Harps inside left, to penetrate their defence and pull one back.

Source: The Scotsman, 20th September 1973

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Clark, Hair, Hermiston, Thomson, Young, Miller, Willoughby, Graham, Taylor, Jarvie, Miller.

Unused Subs:


Finn Harps Teamsheet:  Murray; McGroary, Hutton, McDowall, Sheridan; McDermott, Smith, Nicholl, Bradley; Harkin, Ferry


Referee: E. Axelryd, Sweden

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