Killie Reserves Meet Their Masters.
ALLIANCE LEADERS' MID-LINE POWER.Aberdeen A retained their leadership of the Scottish Alliance by overcoming Kilmarnock A at Pittodrie without much difficulty. The score in no way flattered the home side, who missed a good few chances in both periods. Kilmarnock put up a decent fight in the first half, which ended with the teams at level peggings, Armstrong having counted for the young Dons, and Hill for the Killie reserves. Not long after he had given his side the lead Armstrong was entrusted with a penalty kick, awarded when Mutch was illegally brought down in dash through. The centre shot well from the "spot," but Bell, the Killie 'keeper, brought off a miraculous save, pushing the ball over the bar.
Taking Command.The visitors started the second half in promising fashion, and gave Cumming a fright with a shot which flashed past with little to spare. Aberdeen, however, remained unflustered, and before long had taken command of the game. In five minutes Mooney put them ahead with a glorious low shot that Bell probably never saw. The visitors' goalkeeper was kept busy thereafter, and made some capital saves, but no one man could withstand the barrage levelled by the Aberdeen forwards and half-backs, and Armstrong added two more goals with lightning drives. Gilmour, the Killie centre, tried manfully to rally the visitors, but their fugitive attacks were easily beaten off, and by the time Mutch scored a fifth goal for the homesters in spectacular fashion - he fairly lammed home swift cross from Johnston - all the zest had gone out of the game, the Pittodrie colts finishing np a# they pleased. From the Aberdeen point of view the game was an eminently satisfactory one. With care the Dons could have rattled up an even bigger score, though credit must be given to Bell, who put in a great afternoon's work in the Killie goal. The Aberdeen defence was never seriously stretched, and met confidently the dangerous Kilmarnock raids. Cumming was very safe in goal, and Jackson was in his most unrelenting mood.
The Key Men.It was at half-back that the disparity between the teams was most apparent. The home mid-line dominated play most of the time, and Donald and Mooney, the wing-halves, were forceful as to be almost additional forwards. Armstrong did well enough to snatch three goals, and there was little between the home wings, the extreme men, Johnston and Mutch being conspicuous by their accurate crossing. In a side that was thoroughly defeated, Bell took the honours in defence. Both men in front him were inclined to be shaky at times. The Killie mid-line was only fair, and Gilmour at centre was their best forward..
Source: Press & Journal, 7th November 1932