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match report 1948-49 fixture list
Caledonia Trophy Second Leg 
Highland League Select 0 - 1 Aberdeen
Kick Off:          Gibson 42.  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Grant Street Park, Inverness
Dons Have Narrow Win in Elgin Thriller.
THE game had all the atmosphere of a thrilling cup-tie before 5600 spectators at Boroughbriggs, Elgin, last night. The teams are equal in goals over the two games. Aberdeen's narrow win reflected the determination of the Highland League to bring the Caledonia Trophy north.

A stiff wind gave the defences a harassing time.
In five minutes the League gave the Dons a jolt. Donaldson sent Davidson away but the centre's drive was blocked near the post by Curran.
Bruce played an outstanding game in the Highland goal, and came to the rescue of the team repeatedly.

Gibson Scores

The Select more than held their own against the wind. Miller might have opened Aberdeen's account after a series of slips by the League defence, but he shot narrowly past. The Dons had a let-off when a full-blooded drive by McDonald struck Curran's legs.
Three minutes from the interval, the Dons unexpectedly took the lead. Glen flicked the ball with his head to Gibson, and the centre glided the ball past Bruce.
The second half started with the crowd roaring for penalty when Davidson was grassed. With the wind behind them, the Highlanders strove hard for the equaliser.
Glen had probably the miss of the game when he flicked over from a few yards.
Aberdeen's superior speed and positional play told. Bruce brought off a brilliant save from Martin. Then a fierce drive by Hendry was stopped by Curran.

Save of Match

Following this, Curran had the save the match. An Aberdeen defender turned the ball into his own goal, but a magnificent leap and one-handed save by Curran saved a certain counter.
The star man in the Highland side was Wood, the best defender afield. Roy was not far behind him. Davidson and Hendry were the most dangerous forwards.

Source: Press & Journal, 28th April 1049

Highland League Select Teamsheet:  Bruce (Peterhead), Wood (Buckie Thistle), McGregor (Fraserburgh), McIntosh (Deveronvale), Roy (Keith), Macaulay (Elgin City), McDonald (Huntly), Mackenzie (Caledonian), Davidson (Fraserburgh), J. Hendry (Buckie Thistle), Donaldson (Buckie Thistle)


Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Curran, Ashe, Robson, Merchant , Anderson, Robb, Millar, Smith, Gibson, Glen, Martin.

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