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Aberdeen 3 - 0 Heart of Midlothian

HT Score: Aberdeen 2 - 0 Heart of Midlothian

Div 1 (Old)
Aberdeen scorers: Love 35, Mills 40, Moore 71.

26/09/1932 | KO: 11:00


The Heart of Midlothian received another set-back when they visited Pittodrie Park, Aberdeen, yesterday. The home side's win by three goals to nothing was flattering to them, but although the Tynecastle men had not the best of luck there was no excuse for their defeat. Aberdeen played a fast, bustling game - many would have called it rough. Cooper and McGill, a pair of sturdy full-backs, "sailed" into the Tynecastle forwards with plenty of vigour, and subdued them within the first fifteen minutes.
Hearts never got going, although they had a good share of the play. If the forwards had been good enough they would have had the lead quite early, when the half-backs had a fairly good grip of the game. As it was, chances were missed every other minute for a good part of the first half, and Aberdeen's sprightlier forwards scored twice in quick succession following corner kicks.
Love netted with a shot through a crowd of players for the first score, and then Mills breasted the ball into the net from the next kick. Such a lead at the interval was flattering, but the home forwards were just as enthusiastic and bustling as their backs, while Hearts' best effort came from Massie, who worked hard for position before shooting from 25 yards. He had the goalkeeper beaten, but the ball rebounded from the crossbar. This was not repeated, because the Edinburgh defence, handicapped by injuries, could not shake off the strong inside forwards of the home team in the second half, and with half-an-hour to go Moore put the issue beyond doubt with a very smart score. The Irish centre-forward lobbed the ball over Harkness?s head, and was first on the goal line to scramble the ball into the net. Hearts did most of the attacking to the finish, but made no impression on the Aberdeen defence.
The home men were best served by the full-backs, and Beattie, inside-right, and Moore of the forwards. The last-named was particularly difficult to hold, and as much as anyone else paved the way for victory. Hearts got good service from Harkness in goal, while Anderson was in his brightest form at right-back, and Massie, right half, was the best and neatest player on view. In the forward line which failed so badly, White was at outside-right and Gardiner at centre-forward, and although these two changed positions in the second half there was no improvement.

Source: The Scotsman, 27th September 1932


Stout Resistance by Tynecastle Defenders.

Premier Honours Again Taken by Moore.

Aberdeen's 3-0 victory over Hearts at Pittodrie yesterday, combined with off goal in three win over Partick Thistle at Firhill, has done much to restore the supporters' confidence, which was badly shaken by the East Stirling match.
A holiday crowd of 12,000 witnessed the Dons' triumph. The exchanges were inclined to be robust at times, and a blustering wind made ball control difficult.
There was not a two-goal difference between the teams in the first half, but in the second period Aberdeen were decidedly on top.

From goal to half-back the Tynecastle team were as convincing as Aberdeen, but in attack there was no comparison between the elevens.
The Dons were clever, combined well and carried punch. On the other hand, the Herat' attacks were too easily broken up, and they lacked a scoring forward.
In an effort to add the necessary snap White and Gardiner changed places in the second half, but the move did not meet with success.
In Smith, Copper, McGill, and Falloon Aberdeen possessed a defence on which the Hearts could make little impression. The backs tackled first time, and kicked a good length.
O'Reilly was again Pittodrie's outstanding middleman, He kept a good grip of Walker and Murray, and backed up his forwards in a satisfactory manner. Pittodrie have made a capture in this young Irishman.

Mooney Improves.

Mooney was seen to most advantage in the second half. Th ex-Second Division player is coming on in fine style.
Forward Moore once again takes premier ®honours. He was well watched by Johnston, the Scotland pivot, but by his speed and trickiness he eluded the big Hearts' centre-half on several occasions and snapped his usual goal.
Beattie comes second in the honours list. He did a lot of foraging, and kept the ball swinging about nicely. It was from two corners taken by the inside man that the Dons notched their first goals.
Mills is a clever ball manipulator, but is still lacking in stamina. McLean was the better of the two wingers.

Hearts' Plucky Defence.

Hearts' defence must be congratulated on a plucky display. Harkness in goal brought off a number of brilliant saves, and O'Neill was the better of the two wingers.

The intermediate line was the Tynecastle team's strongest department, including as it does two internationalists.
Massie, Scotland's right half, was the most polished player on the field, but unfortunately much of his good work went for nought owing to the ineffective play of the men in front.
Despite the fact that they were set to face the breeze in the first period, Aberdeen showed showed up well, and Harkness made a great full-length save from Mills.

On Even Lines

Hearts gradually settled down, however, and play developed on even lines. Smith saved from Herd, Gardiner headed narrowly past, and the 'keeper fisted out a try by Massie. The Dons had a spell of attacking and Harkness dealt with shots from McLean and Moore (twice).
With thirty-five minutes gone Aberdeen took the lead. Love forced a corner, Beattie sent in the flag kick and the extreme winger netted. Five minutes later Aberdeen repeated the performance, but on this occasion it was Mills who headed home Beattie's flag kick.

Second Half.

End-to-end play marked the opening of the second half. Massie urged on the Hearts attack in great style, but the home defence was equal to all calls.
Aberdeen set up a determined attack, and Harkness saved from McLean and O'Reilly. In twenty-six minutes a grand goal by Moore brought the home total to three.
He fastened on to a header by Mooney, and unhurriedly, lofted the ball over Harkness into the net.
Aberdeen were superior after this, and the Hearts' goal ran numerous narrow escapes.

Source: Press & Journal, 26th September 1932

Heart of Midlothian Teamsheet
Harkness; Anderson, O'Neill; Massie, J. Johnston, Hood; White, Smith, Gardiner, Walker, Murray
Attendance: 12,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: D. F. Reilly, Port-Glasgow
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