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Aberdeen 2 - 1 Falkirk

HT Score: Aberdeen 1 - 0 Falkirk

Div 1 (Old)
Aberdeen scorers: McLean 30, Hill 47.
Falkirk scorers: Gallacher 80

04/04/1931 | KO: 15:00

HEFTY PLAY AT PITTODRIE. Dons Stretched. GOALS FOR McLEAN AND HILL

Aberdeen's victory at home over Falkirk by 2 goals to 1 in a hardly contested match was thoroughly deserved, and greatly pleased a crowd of over 10,000. And yet, with such a boisterous westerly wind blowing, the scores might easily have been reversed. Aberdeen adapted themselves sooner than their opponents to the conditions. Though many shots were blown behind, both goalkeepers had plenty work to do in keeping out likely attempts. Aberdeen's goals came from a free kick taken by Hill in the first half, and a shot at the opening of the second period by McLean, the left winger, accepting a pass from Yorston. It was Gallacher who counted for Falkirk. He and Gall made an outstanding left wing combination. McHale, who took Low's place at centre-half, played a good game. In defence Ferguson, the custodian, and the backs, Scobbie and Hamil, proved their value. Hill was prominent in Aberdeen's half-back line, and the forwards combined well, the most noticeable being the wingers, Love and McLean.

Source: The Scotsman, 6th April 1931

Aberdeen defeated Falkirk by the odd goal at Pittodrie Park in a game in which there were few thrills. Both teams found the stiff breeze that was blowing troublesome, and the forwards, while good enough in the outfield, were weak in finishing. On the run of play Aberdeen were just value for their win.
There was little to choose between the respective defences. Both centre half-backs were prominent in a defensive capacity. McLean and Yorston were the best of the home attack, while Gallacher was the visitors' outstanding forward. The veteran showed splendid ball control, and always parted to advantage. Stevenson was also prominent.
Aberdeen with the wind behind them attacked almost continuously in the first half, and McLean struck the upright before Hill gave them the lead from a free kick. McLean added a second goal shortly after the restart, and Gallacher took advantage of slackness on the part of the home defence top reduce the leeway .

Source: Glasgow Herald, 6th April 1931

Although there was little at stake, the exchanges at Pittodrie, where Aberdeen defeated Falkirk by 2 goals to 1, were unusually keen and hefty.
The occasion marked the reappearance of Yorston and Hill, recovered from injury, and ex-Aberdeen players in McHale and Stevenson figured in the visiting team. There were 10,000 spectators.
A strong wind was a disturbing factor in the game, and in consequence play never reached a high standard, although it was a dour and spirited contest.

Goal and Escape.

Aberdeen had the assistance the breeze in the first half, and in consequence had the better of the exchanges territorially. They opened the scoring after fully half an-hour's play when, following a foul on Yorston, Hill netted with a free kick, the Falkirk goalkeeper touching but failing to hold the ball.
Previous to that Aberdeen had been unfortunate when McLean raced through to send the ball against an upright with Ferguson beaten, and the home left winger, taken unprepared with the rebound, sent over the bar.
Both goalkeepers had quite a lot to do in the period, and generally both defences showed up well under pressure.

Second for Aberdeen.

Only two minutes of the second half had gone when Aberdeen got a second goal. McDermid worked the ball up for Yorston to carry on, and although harassed by two opponents the little centre forward was able to square In front of goal and McLean netted via the post.
Subsequently the exchanges were very lively, and there were numerous stoppages for petty infringements.

Falkirk's Reward.

Stevenson had several smart dribbles and shots, and Gall, on the visitors' left, also showed to advantage in a number sharp raids.
The home goal had a narrow escape on one occasion, when, from a free kick by McHale, the ball swerved as it neared the home goalkeeper, and he was fortunate to deflect it with his leg.
Ten minutes from the end Falkirk were rewarded with a goal, when, following a corner kick, Gallagher turned the ball past Smith. Aberdeen just deserved to win, but there never was much between the teams.

Prominent Players.

Smith acquitted himself creditably in the home goal, but the back play was not of a high standard. Black, McLaren, and Hill put in a deal of hard and useful work at half-back, and, of the forwards, McDermid, Love and McLean were most prominent.
Falkirk were well served by Ferguson in goal and Scobie at right back. The middlemen were fair, with McHale a stout defender. Stevenson was easily the best of the forwards, with Gall a good second. Gallagher had flashes of brilliance but apart from his goal did not accomplish anything of note.

Source: Press & Journal, 6th April 1931

Falkirk Teamsheet
Ferguson; Scobbie, Hamill; Kennedy, McHale, Hutchison; Morgan, Stevenson, Dyer, Gallacher, Gall
Attendance: 10,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: J. Baillie, Motherwell
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