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match report 1943-44 fixture list
North Eastern League 
19/02/1944
 
Heart of Midlothian 1 - 2 Aberdeen
Kick Off:    Moore 14       Buchan 27, Pattillo 57.  
Attendance: 3,000
Venue: Tynecastle, Edinburgh
Dons Lead by Three Points
ABERDEEN have now a clear lead of three points in the North- Eastern League. They haves till five matches to play - three at home and two away. Rangers, who jumped into second place with a win at Dunfermline, and who have a match in hand, have still to come to Pittodrie.

The Dons' victory by the odd goal in three over Hearts at Tynecastle, was not easily achieved. In the first period, Hearts were a strong and virile force. There was a certain nervousness in the Dons' defence, and a tendency to wait rather than go for the ball. This was probably due to the fact that Gavin was playing his first game for over five months. At any rate, his henchmen seemed too eager go to his aid.
On the run of play before the interval the Dons were just a shade fortunate to be on level terms.
There was a different story to tell in the second half, however. The Dons were a transformed team. Gavin showed something his old-time form, tackled strongly and fearlessly, and parted with the ball to advantage. This had the desired effect on the rest of the team. There was confidence in their work. They played as a team, and in the last twenty minutes especially Hearts were outplayed.
It was a fast and interesting struggle, with both teams playing clever football. Johnstone played a big part in Aberdeen's success. He had two particularly fine saves during the course of a busy afternoon.

Icelander Mastered

Cooper found the Icelander, Jonsson, troublesome at the start, but soon mastered him. He played very confidently. Dyer and he made a strong partnership, the left back breaking up many likely moves.
The were not a good trio in the first half, but they showed great improvement later. Thomson was best, and Dunlop came into own after the interval. Gavin proved that he is now fit. His experience is invaluable.
Pattillo was as dashing as ever, but he missed two chances. His winning goal was well taken. Ancell had no superior as a winger. Buchan was quietly effective. He is scoring vital goals, and made the opening for Pattillo's winner on this occasion. Green was the Dons' outstanding attacker, but Dryden was not too effective.
Hearts' best were Johnstone, Sutherland, Campbell, Moore and Currie.

Source: Press & Journal, 21st February 1944

Heart of Midlothian Teamsheet:  Watters; Johnston, Neilson; Lindsay, P. Sutherland, McColl; Campbell, Moore, Newman, Currie, Johnston

Bookings:

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Cooper, Dyer, Dunlop, Anderson, Taylor, Ancell, Buchan, Pattillo, Green, Dryden.

Unused Subs:

Bookings:

Referee: R. Calder, Rutherglen

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