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match report 1971-72 fixture list
Scottish Reserve League 
Aberdeen 1 - 2 Ayr United
Kick Off:  3:00 PM   Williamson 44.       McCulloch 88, Robertson 89  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Late Ayr Double Shocks Young Dons
IT MUST have been a shattering experience for regular Pittodrie patrons last Saturday to see, for the second week in succession, an Aberdeen team lose two goals and two points to a 10-man team who scored twice in the closing minutes. There can be no excuses for a team who go down in this manner and I certainly wouldn't attempt to put forward any on behalf of the young Dons, who crashed to their third successive defeat, beaten 2-1 by Ayr United A.
Granted the Reserves are not getting the breaks at all, but they were on top for at least three-quarters of the game and could have scored two or three more goals before and after Billy Williamson's on-the-interval counter. The root of the trouble was that, whereas the forwards buzzed around keeping Ayr on the hop in the first half, they slackened after the interval and failed to present a challenge at all in the closing stages when we should have been taking advantage of our numerical superiority following the ordering off of the Ayr centre half.
Wingers Joe Smith and Ian Purdie dropped right out of the picture and. though substitute Ian Hair did his best, we did miss Ian Taylor who did not resume after the interval due to a pulled muscle. One pleasing feature of the game was the performance of 18-year-old Jimmy Miller, making his first home appearance. He was desperately unlucky not to score on one or two occasions and he is going to be a real asset to the side. In defence I thought Andy Geoghegan and Henning Boel were very steady and Chic McLelland, who had his best game of the season when we made our Second XI. Cup exit at Dunfermline earlier in the week, carried on the good work.
Looking back, I would say we created more opportunities and had more shots at goal than we've had for several weeks. But the boys must get their sleeves rolled up and be prepared to give wholehearted effort from start to finish. We now face two away games in succession and it's going to take a big effort on everybody's part if we are to climb into the top half of the table.

Source: Match Programme, 11th December 1971

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Geoghegan, Williamson, McLelland, Clelland, Boel, Wilson, Smith, Miller, Taylor (Hair 46), Craig, Purdie.

Unused Subs:


Ayr United Teamsheet:  A. McLean; Wells (Gilmour 27), Rough, McAneaspie, Thomson, McCulloch, Lannon, Pirie, G. McLean, Flynn, Robertson


Referee: J. F. Dewar, Markinch

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