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match report 1947-48 fixture list
Caledonia Trophy Second Leg 
Highland League Select 2 - 4 Aberdeen
Kick Off:  3:00 PM   Sandy Willox (Lossiemouth) 58, Reggie Day (Buckie Thistle).       Stenhouse 54, Baird (Pen), Kelly 67, McLaughlin.  
Attendance: 5,000
Venue: Grant Street Park, Inverness
Caledonia Trophy Winner with Public

THE Dons will be faced with more formidable opposition in the Caledonia Trophy next season. That is the confident prediction of north officials.

Aberdeen were first winners on Saturday, when they beat the Highland League Select 4-2 at Grant Street Park, Inverness. This on top of a 4-0 success at Pittodrie earlier in the week gave the Dons an 8-2 aggregate.
An end-of-the-season rush of fixtures prevented the Highland League fielding a fully representative side. Clach, Peterhead and Elgin City players were not available.
That the new competition is a winner from the football public's point of view is proved by the fact that the two games attracted a crowd of 14,000.
From conversations I had with the officials after the match, it seems likely that one game will be staged in the early part of the season and the other towards the end of the term.
Saturday's game at Inverness was strangely lacking thrills. The Dons won without moving into top gear, but, even so, they played like team that has had a surfeit of footbal.
After a somewhat colourless first half, in which the Dons endeavoured to play pattern football, we had a goal-rush in the second period.
It started in nine minutes. Kelly nipped up the middle and parted to Baird. When the inside man sent out to the right, stenhouse came in to meet the ball and send home.

Best Goal

Sandy Willox, the centre, produced the equaliser within four minutes and it was the best goal of the six. He brought a lob from Day on the right under control, and beat Roy on the ground in the same movement to drive the ball past Johnstone.
A penalty award against Owens enabled Baird to restore Aberdeen's lead and in twenty-two minutes Kelly raced through, resisted a challenge from Moronski, and netted off the post.
McLaughlin got the fourth when he found himself confronted only by the goalkeeper, Wiesnewski, after Kelly had put him in possession with a neat slip.
In the closing minutes Willox, foraging on the right, got the ball into the middle for Day to get the Select's second goal.

Source: Press & Journal, 26th April 1948

Highland League Select Teamsheet:  Henry Wisniewski (Forres Mechanics) [g/k].


Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Massie, Taylor, McVean, Roy, Waddell, Stenhouse, McIntyre, Kelly, Baird, McLaughlin.

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