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Morton 1 - 2 Aberdeen

HT Score: Morton 1 - 2 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)
Morton scorers: McKennan (pen)
Aberdeen scorers: McDermid 8, McDermid 28.

11/04/1931 | KO:

DONS' VICTORY. Value of McDermid's Head.

Aberdeen had no difficulty in defeating a Morton team weakened by injuries to regular players, and were easily the better team in a game in which the play never reached a high standard.
Playing well within themselves the, Northerners early asserted their superiority through a goal scored by McDermid in seven minutes. Their teamwork was good, Black and Hill were fine forcing half-backs, and McDermid and McLean clever and penetrative forwards. On the other hand, Morton's only successful half-back was Bulloch and their only paying forward McCartney. Fortunately McGuire and McKendrick were sound. McDermid scored again after half an hour, and Morton's only goal was scored by McKennan from a penalty kick two minutes layer.
After the interval Aberdeen continued to dictate the run of play, but failed to add to their score. Morton deteriorated as the game progressed, especially after McCartney had received an injury.

Source: Glasgow Herald, 13th April 1931


Aberdeen may never have an easier victory than that which they gained over Morton at Greenock by 2 goals to 1.
It was a drab, colourless game, in which play never approached great heights, and the 3000 spectators got nothing to enthuse over.
There was practically no comparison between the teams, and so easily did Aberdeen win that one got the impression they took matters leisurely to win and easily proved the better combination.

McDermid's Goals.

The game was eight minutes old when Aberdeen took the lead. McLean forced a corner, and, placing the flag kick accurately, enabled McDermid to head past Wilson. A second goal obtained in similar circumstances came twenty minutes later.
Morton frequently pressed, but Smith had nothing of a dangerous nature to deal with. Before the interval Morton were awarded a penalty kick for "hands," and McKennan took the kick and scored.

Humdrum Affair.

It was humdrum and rather monotonous second half, in which Aberdeen put most in an attack, but the home goalkeeper did not get much to do.
Smith, too, was seldom tested, the finishing of the Morton forwards being palpably weak.

Barrackers Lectured.

So disappointed was a section of the crowd with the poor play of the home team that they resorted to barracking, and on one occasion Referee Dougray stopped the game and administered a reproof after cautioning a player who had retaliated.
It was a game Aberdeen never looked like losing, indeed on the run of play they might have won by a much bigger margin.
Their outfield play was clever and the passing accurate, but there was a lack of penetrative power.
They had a big advantage at inside forward, where the craft of McDermid was a telling factor in the game, and it was fitting that the Aberdeen captain should have got both the goals.
Love and McLean showed to advantage on the wings, and Dickie was clever, but Yorston was strangely quiet.
At half-back Aberdeen had a big advantage on the wings. McLaren was a fine breaker-up, and Falloon and Jackson were never really in trouble. Smith had his easiest passage of the season.
In a disappointing Morton team, the only players to do themselves justice were McKendrick, Bulloch, and McCartney.

Source: Press & Journal, 13th April 1931

Morton Teamsheet
Wilson; McGuire, McKendrick; Osborne, Buloch, Cowie; Shankley, Venters, McKennan, Anderson, McCartney
Attendance: 3,000
Venue: Cappielow Park, Greenock
Referee: T. Dougray, Bellshil
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