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match report 1941-42 fixture list
North Eastern League 
Raith Rovers 2 - 4 Aberdeen
Kick Off:    Falconer, McNaught       McLeod, Donaldson, McCall, McCall.  
Attendance: 2,000
Venue: Stark's Park, Kirkcaldy
4 Goals in 10-Minute Blitz
Down 2-0 fifteen minutes from the end of their match with Raith Rovers at Kirkcaldy on Saturday, the Dons bid for the North-Eastern League championship seemed to have failed in the embryo stage. Superior to their opponents in team-work and individual skill the Dons did everything but score in the first half. The woodwork saved Raith on three or four occasions and there were numerous near misses. The home team led by a single goal at the interval, and when they increased their lead in the early stages of the second period, much of the pep disappeared from Aberdeen's play.

Forward Change

Lyon, who captained the Dons, switched the inside forwards, McLeod partnering Donaldson and Bain joining Taylor. This made a difference, and when McCall opened their scoring account, the team clicked into top gear and they finished good winners. On this display the Dons have the makings of a good team once the players settle down. The defence was sound with Lyon outstanding. The Celtic centre-half revealed a fine positional sense and his smart interceptions broke up many Raith Rovers raids. Gall paid his way.

Good Partnership

McCall and McLeod struck up a first-rate partnership in the first half. The inside forward was seen at his best, however, when he joined Donaldson on the right wing, and this partnership laid the foundations for victory. Raith Rovers favour tearaway tactics. Their defence put up a plucky display, and their outstanding player was Martin, left-half. Murray at centre-half also did a lot of good work. Falconer was a nippy leader and McNaught at inside-left showed some fine touches.

Rovers' Goals

Rovers opened the scoring three minutes after the start of the game, when Rougvie lobbed the ball into the goalmouth. Johnstone only partially cleared, and Falconer fastened on to send into the net. Twelve minutes after the interval Johnstone pushed out a corner from Duncan and McNaught headed into the nest to increase the home lead.
The Aberdeen blitzkrieg started when McCall scored for Aberdeen with a hard drive. Two minutes later McLeod levelled the scores from a cross from Taylor, and in the closing minutes Donaldson netted from a pass from Walls and McCall sent home a fourth.

Source: Press & Journal, 11th August 1941

Raith Rovers Teamsheet:  Keough; Abbie, Rougvie; Fleming, Murray, Martin; Mauchline, Summers, Falconer, McNAught, Duncan


Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Cooper, Gall, Dunlop, Lyon, McCall, Donaldson, Bain, Walls, McLeod, Taylor.

Unused Subs:


Referee: W. Boyd, Denny

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