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Aberdeen 1 - 0 Third Lanark

HT Score: Aberdeen 0 - 0 Third Lanark

Div 1 (Old)
Aberdeen scorers: Moore.

01/10/1932 | KO: 15:00

ABERDEEN DO NOT IMPRESS. Forwards Lack Punch at Goal.

A last-minute goal gave Aberdeen victory over Third Lanark at Pittodrie Park. The game was keenly contested, but little really good football was seen, and the visitors were unfortunate not to secure a point. Both forward lines finished weakly. The Aberdeen attack played too closely, a policy which did not pay against the first-time tackling of the Third Lanark defence. The visitors forwards had fewer opportunities than the home lot, but they did not make the best use of those that came their way.
The feature of the game was the splendid display of the Third Lanark defence. Simpson and Warden were at the top of their form, and they were ably assisted by Carabine and B. Clarke. Falloon was outstanding in the Aberdeen team. He gave Dewar little scope, and was always ready to go to the assistance of his backs. O'Reilly was the better of the wing half-backs. Moore and Beattie were the pick of a forward line which lacked its usual dash.
Aberdeen did the bulk of the attacking in the first half, but finished weakly. Play was on more even lines after the interval. A minute from the end Moore scored from close range following a pass from Beattie.

Source: Glasgow Herald, 3rd October 1932

WARRIORS' PLUCKY FIGHT.

Aberdeen gained another brace of points at the expense of Third Lanark at Pittodrie, and can count themselves lucky, for it was only a last minute goal by Moore that saved the day.

Aberdeen did the bulk of the pressing in the first half, but failed to penetrate a stout Cathkin defence. Although play was more evenly distributed in the second half, the homesters held a slight advantage.
While credit is due the Warriors' defence, Aberdeen must blame their attack for not scoring a more decisive victory. On occasions this season the Pittodrie attack has risen to brilliant heights, and at other times they have been very mediocre. Saturday was one of the "other times." Occasionally we saw flashes of brilliant combined play, but these were too few, and the finishing of the whole line, with the exception of Moore, was poor indeed.
Beattie worked hard and did the spade work in connection with Aberdeen's goal, and Mills was clever on the ball, but both lacked punch.
McLean did some clever things on the left wing, but Love on the right did not reveal his best form.

Moore and Falloon Best.

Moore was well policed by Carabine, but proved a big handful, and was the most enterprising of the home attackers.
Falloon was outstanding in the mid-line. He gave Dewar little scope, and was always the thick of the fray. O'Reilly, although most prominent in a defensive capacity, was the better of the Aberdeen wing halves. Both Cooper and McGill were sound backs, and so far the as Dons' defence is concerned there are no complaints.
Third Lanark were a determined and plucky eleven and fate played them a scurvy trick in snatching a point from their grasp at the last minute.
The Warriors' defence is to be congratulated on a great display. Taylor, Simpson, and Warden comprised a rear trio of ability, and Bruce, Clark, and Carabine were destructive halves.
Like the Dons, Third Lanark suffered from a lack of punch in attack. Dowar was a "live" leader, but got few opportunities, and of the others only Jack impressed.

Aberdeen on Top.

Aberdeen had the better of the opening exchanges, but Taylor was only called upon to clear a hefty clearance from Cooper.
Dewar brought Smith into action at the other end after he had beaten Falloon, and later, the centre-half, in attempting to clear, headed against the crossbar.
Beattie failed to take advantage of a Moore slip, but the inside man brought Taylor to life with a smart overhead try.
Aberdeen pressed for a time, but a hard tackling Thirds' defence and too close play by the forwards saw chances go abegging. Taylor held a header from Moore, and from a McLean pass Mills sent past.
Numerous tries by the homesters were blocked, and the interval arrived with a blank score sheet.
Third Lanark were prominent on the resumption, and Falloon and Cooper twice held up Jack. Play moved quickly to the other end, where from a Beattie slip Taylor held an overhead shot from Moore.

Smith in Action.

The Warriors broke away again, and after Smith had saved from Carabine, Jack sent against the outside net when he might have parted to advantage.
The home 'keeper dealt with a header from Dewar and a corner from Brown before the Aberdeen attack again got going.
Beattie and Moore burst through the Cathkin defence, and when a goal seemed likely Beattie's shot was deflected for a corner.
With the end in sight Aberdeen redoubled their efforts, but the Thirds defence, tackling fiercely and clearly, weathered the storm. They broke away, and Smith brought off a great save from McKenzie at the expense of a corner.
When draw seemed certain Aberdeen snatched the winning goal.
Beattie gained possession from a throw-in near the corner flag, and after beating two men slipped the bail to Moore, who tapped it over the line.

Source: Press & Journal, 3rd October 1932

Third Lanark Teamsheet
Taylor; Simpson, Warden; B. Clarke, Caradine, McLellan; Jack, Campbell, Dewar, McKenzie, Brown
Attendance: 11,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: W. Bell, Motherwell
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