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Aberdeen 2 - 0 Airdrie

HT Score: Aberdeen 2 - 0 Airdrie

Div 1 (Old)
Aberdeen scorers: Moore 1, Mills 19.

03/09/1932 | KO: 15:00

Brilliant Defence Keeps Down Score at Aberdeen

Aberdeen scored a comfortable victory over Airdrieonians at Pittodrie Park. Only a great display by the defence prevented the visitors from falling more heavily. Aberdeen, although facing the sun in the first half, played the better football. Moore gave then the lead with a header in the opening minute of the game, and Mills scored a second goal midway through the half.
With the wind behind them after the interval the home team attacked almost continuously, but a magnificent Airdrie defence kept them at bay. Try as they would, the Aberdeen forwards could not score. The goalkeeper gave a polished display, his saving of a fierce drive by Mills from close range being masterly. Crapnell was the best back on the field, and he had a sturdy partner in McQueen. J. Morrison was prominent in a defence capacity, and on occasions found time to try and let his forwards away. Airdrie?s weakness was in attack, the forwards showing poor combination and finishing weakly.
The introduction of O'Reilly and Mooney into the Aberdeen half-back line was seen in the play of the attack, especially in the first half. Moore, the centre forward was the best home forward, his distribution of the ball and his opportunism being splendid.

Source: Glasgow Herald, 5th September 1932


Improvement at Half- Back.


Aberdeen gave as convincing a display against Airdrieonians at Pittodrie on Saturday as they have given since the season opened.
The score of 2-0 in their favour is not a fair reflex. From the start there was never any doubt as to the superior team, but perhaps the most pleasing feature was the improvement of the intermediate line.
Mooney and O'Reilly were a sound pair of wing halves, and it was probably due to their forcing play that the Aberdeen attack was seen to advantage.

Always on Top.

Against a strong wind and bright sun in the first half the homesters were always on top, although Airdrie were seen to most advantage in this period. An early opening goal paved the way for the Dons' victory and proved a big blow to the visitors' hopes.
Had the Aberdeen forwards taken more care In the second half, when Airdrie were almost entirely on the defensive, they might have rattled on two or three more goals. But praise Is due the Broomfield defence, which put up a magnificent fight during this period.
Morrison (R.) in goal brought off many spectacular saves, and Crapnell was the best back afield.
Every Aberdeen forward was dangerous, with Moore, Warnock, and Mills most prominent. Love was not badly missed on the right, Warnock playing well.

Aberdeen's Opening Goal.

There was a surprise at the start, Aberdeen opening their account in the first minute. McLean forced a corner on the right and Moore deftly headed home from the flag kick.
Despite this early reverse Airdrie did not lose their heads and were soon at the Aberdeen end where they were met by a resolute defence.
The homesters were not to be denied, and were seen at Morrison's end. The 'keeper saved a clever hook shot from Moore off a Mills slip. The Aberdeen centre ran half the length of the field and parted to McLean and it was only a timely intervention by Morrison that saved the situation.
After another breakaway by Airdrie, in which Smith saved from Johnstone, Morrison made a great full length save from Moore.


Aberdeen were moving well and promise of another goal was fulfilled in the nineteenth minute. Mills first-timed a slip from Warnock past the helpless 'keeper.
This second reverse nettled the visitors, and following a corner Mooney shot over and Smith punched clear from a second flag kick from Johnstone.
The homesters were quickly at the other end, where Morrison had to leave his charge to keep McLean from connecting with a Moore pass. He saved brilliantly from Beattie and Moore, and McQueen cleared a Warnock try on the line.
Just on the interval Mooney missed a chance for the visitors when he dodged the defence to shoot weakly.

Airdrie Hard Pressed.

Aberdeen pressed determinedly on the resumption, and from a Warnock cross Morrison held from Moore. The 'keeper pushed past a Beattie try, punched out McLean corner, and dashed out to intercept a McLean pass.
Twelve minutes had gone before Smith was called into action to clear a high ball from Mooney, and later he saved a free kick from Crapnell and another good try by Mooney.
There was no holding the Dons, however, and they were soon swarming round Morrison (R.) again. The 'keeper saved a header from Moore and required two chances to deal with a try from Warnock.
Two corners came to nought, and then Morrison held from Mills, and Mooney shot over. He was injured when, after punching out a Warnock corner and saving from Mooney, he held a point blank range shot from Mills.
It was well he made a quick recovery, for he was called into action again by Warnock, and Moore hit the upright. The Airdrie defence played pluckily and managed to hold out.

Source: Press & Journal, 5th September 1932

Airdrie Teamsheet
R. Morrison; Crapnell, McQueen; Blake, J. Morrison, Bertram; Johnstone, Duncan, Armstrong, Law, Mooney
Attendance: 10,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: J. Beattie, Motherwell
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