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Kilmarnock 1 - 1 Aberdeen

HT Score: Kilmarnock 0 - 0 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)
Kilmarnock scorers: Duncan
Aberdeen scorers: David 26.

18/03/1931 | KO:

WEAK FINISHING. Dons Fail to Take Their Chances.

The end-of-the-season feeling was clearly evident in the League match between Kilmarnock and Aberdeen at Rugby Park yesterday. The football never reached a high standard, and although a draw indicated truly the run of the play Aberdeen were the more methodical lot, and with a little steadiness in front of goal might have secured a comfortable lead before the interval. Their half-backs combined better with the forwards than the home trio, and in McDermid they had in attack a schemer who initiated many dangerous moves.
The shooting on both sides was bad, and it was not until 25 minutes after half-time that David scored for Aberdeen. Kilmarnock took a better hold in the game after this, but they did not get the equalising goal until five minutes from time, when Duncan scored following a cross from Napier.

Source: Glasgow Herald, 19th March 1931

If Aberdeen were somewhat unlucky not to carry off both points from Kilmarnock they have mainly themselves blame. They had scoring opportunities in plenty, but lacked a marksman.
Most of the opportunities came to the two outside men, but their finishing was most erratic. Dryden, in particular, wasted many chances, but he has some credit in the fact that it was from a nicely placed cross of his that David opened the scoring after twenty-six minutes of the second half had gone.

Love Unfortunate.

Love was unfortunate when a great shot of his that had the Kilmarnock keeper well beaten was headed out on the goal line by Morton. Most of the good football came from Aberdeen. In style and method and in positional play, they were far superior to Kilmarnock.
McDermid's was the directing brain in the attack, and the way he opened out play, and spreadeagled the home defence, was masterly. He and Love initiated most of the promising movements.
The Aberdeen halves were of much greater assistance to their forwards than were Kilmarnock's. They consistently forced play, McLaren specially being prominent.

Stout Defence.,/p> Falloon and Jackson put up a stout defence and made no mistakes and Smith handled confidently the shots that came his way.
When the first goal came it was overdue, for following the interval Aberdeen had been dominant in attack, and the hot pace seemed to have told on some of the Kilmarnock players, but the Rugby Parkers made a great rally and succeeded in equalising, through Duncan, five minutes before the end.
Aberdeen owe their failure to secure both points to their own weak finishing and the magnificent defence by Morton, of Kilmarnock, who had been transferred for the day from his customary place at right-half to right-back. Morton was Kilmarnock's one outstanding player, and undoubtedly saved his team from defeat.

Source: Press & Journal, 19th March 1931

Kilmarnock Teamsheet
Glennie; Morton, Leslie; Irvine, Stewart, Napier; Connell Muir, Duncan, Maxwell, Aitken
Attendance: 6,000
Venue: Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
Referee: R. Morrison, Falkirk
Next Match
06 Dec 2023 / 19:45 / Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen