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match report 1943-44 fixture list
Mitchell Cup First Preliminary Round 
Aberdeen 3 - 2 Dunfermline Athletic
Kick Off:    Pattillo 30, Thomson 33 (Pen), Taylor 35.       Newman 22, Brown 67  
Attendance: 6,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Dons Now Set A Stiff Task
THE Dons go to Dunfermline on Saturday with a lead of only one goal in the second leg of the first round of the North-Eastern League Cup. It is a very slender advantage, indeed, and the team will have to play much better than against the Athletic at Pittodrie, where the score was 3-2 in the Dons' favour.

Weakness at inside forward was mainly responsible for the thin margin of victory, while for the second week in succession the defence conceded a very soft goal. Lapses such as this will be very costly at East End Park.
The Dons at one period had the game well won, but, at the time when a substantial victory seemed certain, the defence faltered. The visitors' second goal should have been averted.
Full credit must be given the Athletic for a gallant effort to draw level in the closing stages. They must have a certain amount of confidence, now that they have the advantage of playing at home, that they will win through to the second round. It will require a herculean effort on the part of the Dons to prevent them from doing so.

A "Capture"

From an Aberdeen point view, the most pleasing feature about the game on Saturday was the display given by Wallbanks, the Tottenham player, who delighted the 6000 spectators. He proved himself a player of outstanding ability. He is fast, has a deceptive body swerve, controls the ball well, and his crosses were always dangerous.
Apart from slackness when the Athletic got their second goal, the Dons' defence was fairly reliable. Johnstone had some good saves. Ancell's kicking was impressive, and Dyer, although opposed to the better wing, came through with credit. The middle division, however, was slow in recovery. Dunlop was the better wing half. Gavin who has been called up, repelled many attacks.
Taylor and Buchan were not good inside men. Taylor's place is in the half-back line, while Buchan was too often out of position. Pattillo cannot be expected to get goals if he is not properly supported. He tried hard, and gave the visiting defence no rest. Dryden was a mixtire of good and bad.
Dean saved Dunfermline time and again. Kelly was a stalwart at centre-half, and there was no wing half-back to equal Baxter. Bown and Newman were best in attack.

Source: Press & Journal, 3rd April 1944

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Ancell, Dyer, Dunlop, Gavin, Thomson, Wallbanks, Buchan, Pattillo, Taylor, Dryden.

Unused Subs:


Dunfermline Athletic Teamsheet:  Dean; Hogg, Blyth; Forbes, Kelly, Baxter; Brown, Hunter, Newman, Syme, Houliston


Referee: J. Godfrey, Stenhousemuir

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