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match report 1941-42 fixture list
North Eastern League 
Leith Athletic 3 - 4 Aberdeen
Kick Off:    Robertson, Watson 60, Watson       Taylor 14, Strauss 43, Strauss 52 (Pen), Donaldson.  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Tynecastle, Edinburgh
Dons' Success at Tynecastle
Playing with ten men for eighty-two minutes , the Dons did well to complete the double over Leith Athletic at Tynecastle on Saturday. Eight minutes after the start McCall, their inside left was ordered off the field for something he said to one of his own players.

Better Balanced

Even short-handed the Dons looked a better-balanced team than Leith Athletic, although the home side came within an ace of snatching the equaliser in the last minute, when Robertson struck the upright. The loss of McCall upset the attack. Willie Strauss, Aberdeen's South African winger, filled the outside-left berth. He showed much of his old speed and dash and scored two goals. Taylor was drafted from the half-back line to lead the attack, and although he could not be described as a success he tried hard. The half-backs played well, with Lyon outstanding, and Graham and Cooper were a strong pair of backs. Leith Athletic were wholehearted, but their team-work was not of the best. Russell played hard in defence and Robertson, a hard-working inside-right, was most dangerous in attack.
In fourteen minutes Taylor gave Aberdeen the lead, but Robertson immediately equalised off a cross from Brodly. Shortly before the interval Strauss restored the Dons' lead from a pass from Taylor. Following this Bain netted with a grand shot from a cross from Donaldson, but the referee's whistle went for half-time as the ball was in flight.

Goalmouth Scramble

Strauss increased Aberdeen's lead from a penalty award seven minutes after the re-start, but eight minutes later Watson scored for Leith during a goalmouth scramble. Smart work by Taylor saw Donaldson get a fourth goal for Aberdeen, and in the closing minutes Watson fastened onto a faulty pass back by Cooper to get No. 3 for Leith.

Source: The Press & Journal, 13th October 1941

Leith Athletic Teamsheet:  McCormack; Baird, Cairns; Skinner, Russell, Anderson; Brodley, Robertson, Watson, Laing, A. N. Other


Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Graham, Cooper, Dunlop, Lyon, Smith, Donaldson, Bain, Taylor, McCall, Strauss.

Unused Subs:

Bookings:  McCall (8).

Referee: W. Bowman, Motherwell

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