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match report 1939-40 fixture list
Regional League East 
Aberdeen 3 - 3 St. Bernards
Kick Off:  2:55 PM   Beattie (Pen), Taylor, Beattie.       Phillip, Theurer, Hay  
Attendance: 4,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Dons Lucky to Escape Defeat
The Dons were a trifle lucky to get a point from St Bernards at Pittodrie on Saturday. It was a penalty goal by Beattie twelve minutes from the end that saved them from defeat.

It was the Aberdeen team's poorest display of the season. They shaped more like a Second Division team than the Saints.
The visitors were by no means brilliant, but they were full of dash and pluck.
The Dons played like a tired team. They were unconvincing in defence and uncertain and unenterprising in attack.
The war has knocked a good deal of interest out of football, and the Aberdeen club have little chance of carrying the crowd with them unless they show a big Improvement on Saturday's form.


It is not a difficult task to pick out the best players on Saturday. Johnstone in goal was all right, and Cooper played well until he became involved in a spot of bother with Philp.
The half-backs were a failure, and the best of the forwards was Beattie. The big centre-forward was a trier all through but got little suppost.
St Bernards had a do-or-die defence, in which Wallace, Abbie and Philp were outstanding. The forwards were erratic, but their enthusiasm and dash made them dangerous. Hay, Linton and Theurer were best.
The teams were level with one goal each at the interval. Saints were lucky to take the lead in fourteen minutes, when a shot by Philp was deflected into the net by a defender. The equaliser came immediately, Beattie cleverly beating Yorke to slip the ball past the keeper.


Seven minutes after the start of the second half Theurer restored the visitors' lead when he met a cross from Linton first time. A few minutes later the teams were again on an equal footing. Wallace could only push out a shot from Williams and Taylor netted.
Hay put the Saints ahead when he fastened onto a poor clearance by Dunlop. Twelve minutes from the end Taylor was brought down in the penalty area and Beattie converted the spot kick.

Source: Press & Journal, 20th November 1939

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Graham, Cooper, Scott, Dunlop, Taylor, Smith, Bain, Beattie, Ferguson, Williams.

Unused Subs:


St. Bernards Teamsheet:  Wallace; Abbie, Yorke; Phillip, Flucker, Aird; Theurer, Logie. Hay, Linton, Kemp


Referee: J. Taylor, Kirkcaldy

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