Source: The Scotsman, 10th February 1928
Candidly, I was not surprised that this game was so poorly attended. Hamilton Accies are struggling to avoid relegation, and naturally did not prove a big attraction. As is always the case, too, when Aberdeen are finished with the cup competition the attendances show a big decrease. There was a real end-of-season atmosphere about this game, and the standard of play was only moderate. Aberdeen won because they took advantage of two of the many chances they got in the first period. Cosgrove had a big say in the first goal, although McCormack actually headed the ball past his own goalkeeper. The second goal came off a corner taken by Love. McDermid touched the ball on its passage across the goal, and Cosgrove, lying in good position, promptly drove it into the net.
In the second period, Aberdeen again did most of the pressing, but the finishing of the forwards was particularly poor, Gilmour having in most cases to deal with long range. Although they were beaten, the Accies have a very sound defence, and if the forwards had been able to make better use of the ball in the second half the result might have been a draw. Their outside left, Howe, had a great chance to beat Blackwell from close I, but the Aberdeen goalkeeper smothered his shot.
Blackwell had a few difficult balls to deal with, particularly in the first period, but he was confident in all that he had to do. Jackson was the better back, but he was somewhat erratic at times in his kicking. Livingstone kicked well. McHale was a powerful pivot. He gave Moffat little scope, while he had bad luck with a terrific drive in the first half in the first half when the ball struck the post and rebounded into play. Black, as usual, excelled in constructive play, while Ross was by no means a failure. He was often beaten at close quarters, but he invariably parted with the ball to advantage. Of the forwards only Smith and Love came up to expectations. They were not well supported. Love was the most dangerous of the five. He cut in when the opportunity occurred, and had at least three great shots saved by Gilmour. If Smith had a fault it was that he was inclined to shoot too often from difficult angles.
Weak Inside Forwards
Cosgrove, apart from the goals scored, did not set the heather on fire. He was slow on the ball, and lacked the drawing powers possessed by Cheyne. Yorston was a trier, but it was very evident that Aberdeen will have to get a centre forward with height and weight, as well as ability, of course. Yorston is a good footballer, but his lack of inches is a big drawback to him. McDermid did better in the second half, but he was weak in his finishing. It can be said that the Accies have a very safe goalkeeper in Gilmour, who, by the way, got his League baptism when the Dons visited Hamilton iin the early aprt of the season. McCormack and Hunter were very reliable backs, particularly the latter. Hunt was the stalwart in the half-back line. This player is, I understand, on the transfer list, and is being angled after by more than one English club. Moffat was the pick of the attack. The Dons go to Falkirk this week, and even allowing for the heavy defeat sustained by the Bairns at Tynecastle, a much better display will have to be given if success is to be met with.
Source: Bon-Accord, 11th February, 1928
Two For Aberdeen.The strong wind was bothering both teams, but the feature so far had been the resolute defence of the men from Lanarkshire. Ross had a shot deflected by Hunt, but Gilmour as in position to save. A period of midfield play followed, but later the Accies had a spell of attacking, Dick sending behind when well placed. Aberdeen afterwards had numerous raids on the wings, but nothing serious came the way of Gilmour, although Black was not far off after a fine individual effort. Following this, McDermid had a weak shot deflected for a corner, and Gilmour stopped an effort by McHale. Towards the interval Smith had a terrific shot which hit the crossbar, and Cosgrobve met the rebound to head in, the ball glancing into the net off McCormack's head. Immediately afterwards Aberdeen nearly scored again, McDermid heading narrowly over from Love's centre. Aberdeen were now making all the running, and Gilmour had to jump to catch a high swerving ball from Smith. Later, fine combination by McHale, Yorston, and Cosgrove finished with Gilmour saving at the expense of a corner from the inside right. Love placed the flag kick to perfection, and Cosgrove netted from close in. In another clever Aberdeen attack, Yorston swept the ball inches high when harassed by McCormack. Aberdeen had been on top during the latter stages, and deserved their interval lead of 2-0.
An Even Second HalfAberdeen resumed in promising style, and Gilmour had to deal with several balls that over-reached the home forwards. Grand work by McHale was chiefly responsible for the Accies' attacks being held up, and most of the play was in Hamilton territory. Aberdeen made repeated onslaughts, and on several occasions it was neck or nothing for the visitors. Black was laid out in an effort following a corner kick when he shot over, but he was soon able to resume. Cosgrove was next in the wars, but he, too, was soon able to carry on, and the ball was seldom away from Gilmour. Spasmodic attacks by the Accies were easily repelled by the home defence, who appeared to have the Lanarkshire attackers in their grip. In the later stages, the visitors asserted themselves, and Blackwell was several times in action to McCabe, Dick, and Howe, but Aberdeen always held the upper hand, and were worthy winners.
Source: Press & Journal, 9th February 1928