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match report 1943-44 fixture list
North Eastern Supplementary Cup 
Aberdeen 6 - 1 Raith Rovers
Kick Off:    Dyer 51 (Pen), Dunlop 63, Green 76, Ancell 77, Pattillo 84, Ancell 88.       Robertson 40  
Attendance: 5,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Raith Caught In Goal Storm
WHAT a second-half transformation in the first round of the Supplementary Cup at Pittodrie, where the Dons defeated Raith Rovers by 6-1.

The Dons should have made certain of victory in the first half, and by a margin just as big as the final score. They had the chances but did not take them. The result was that Rovers got the only goal of the half in one of their spasmodic raids The Rovers were a vastly inferior team, and were almost continuously on the defensive. How the Dons failed to find the net before the interval was simply amazing.
It required a penalty goal by Dyer to give them the equaliser. After that they never looked back. It was now amazing how the Rovers goal did not fall at least a dozen times.
The Dons certainly redeemed themselves. They played good football throughout. There was no comparison between the teams, and the Pittodrie men can now look forward with confidence to the second bout, at Kirkcaldy.
Compared with Bruce, Johnstone in the home goal had an easy afternoon. Bruce, the Banks o' Dee boy, gave a highly creditable display. He saved the Rovers from a heavier defeat.
As a pair, Cooper and Dyer were superior to Newman and Donald at back. It was at half-back where the Dons were strongest. Dunlop, back in his accustomed position, was at his best. Thomson was serviceable at centre-half, and Collier gave the forwards excellent support, Low was best of the Raith middle division.
Green surprised everyone by his all-round clever display. He missed chances, but was wholehearted, and put snap into the attack. Ancell is a paying proposition in any berth. He was best on the wing. Pattillo led the attackwith his old-time dash. Taylor paid his way at inside left, and Dryden, until hurt, had a good game. Only Robertson of the visiting attack impressed.

Source: Press & Journal, 29th November 1943

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Cooper, Dyer, Dunlop, Thomson, Collier, Green, Pattillo, Ancell, Taylor, Dryden.

Unused Subs:


Raith Rovers Teamsheet:  Bruce; Shufflebottom, Donald; Dutch, Low, O'Brian; Stewart, Robertson, Lamb, Mcfeat, Penman


Referee: W. Brown, Bellshill

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