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match report 1943-44 fixture list
North Eastern League 
East Fife 1 - 1 Aberdeen
Kick Off:    Newman 22       Moir 28.  
Attendance: 2,500
Venue: Bayview Park, Methil
Handicapped Dons Save Point
For half-an-hour of the game at Methil the Dons played with nine men against East Fife, yet they succeeded in sharing in a one goal draw.

Twenty minutes after the start the Dons lost the services of Sinclair, the Third Lanark player, through injury. He took further part the game. Ten minutes before the interval Collier went off with a head injury, and did not return until twenty minutes after the resumption.
By reason of their valiant fight under a great handicap, the Dons deserved to divide the points. In fact, even when Collier and Sinclair were both in the pavilion, they more than held their own, and came within an ace of winning the match.
Naturally, East Fife had an advantage territorially, but the Aberdeen defence was so skilfully deployed that the Fifers could not break down the barrier.
Johnstone was in great form in the Dons' goal, and must be given chief credit for saving a point. His performance was all the more praiseworthy in view of the fact that still suffered from injuries to his fingers received against Rangers at Ibrox. Cooper, Dyer and Dunlop worked heroically and successfully, while Green did grand work when brought back to the defence.
McSpadyen was the best forward afield, it took three men to hold him at times. Moir, too, was a success. Moses of Newcastle harassed the home defence, but Pirie is not yet in condition.
The Fifers were a disjointed lot. At full strength, the Dons would have won. Moir scored for the Dons and Newman for East Fife.

Source: Press & Journal, 1st November 1943

East Fife Teamsheet:  Niven; Fordyce, Stewart; Dutch, Sneddon, Wilcox; Wilkie, Stewart, Newman, Ferguson, Duncan


Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Cooper, Dyer, Sinclair, Dunlop, Collier, McSpadyen, Green, Pirie, Moses, Moir.

Unused Subs:


Referee: A. Watt, Edinburgh

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