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Kilmarnock 4 - 3 Aberdeen

HT Score: Kilmarnock 1 - 1 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)
Kilmarnock scorers: McEwan (pen) 12
Aberdeen scorers: Mills 43, Love 65, Mills 67.

05/11/1932 | KO:

ABERDEEN'S GAME FIGHT. Second-Half Rally that Failed

The visit of the League leaders, Aberdeen, to Rugby Park on Saturday was responsible for one of the most thrilling contests seen on that ground. During ten minutes' inspired play after the restart of a game that had been played at great pace Kilmarnock rattled on three goals, but, with the crowd acclaiming the victory that these goals presaged, enthusiasm was damped when it was seen that Connell, in scoring the last of these points, was injured. After a lengthy examination behind the goal it was announced that Connell's right leg was broken below the knee, and he was removed to Kilmarnock Infirmary. Play throughout had been strenuous and very fast but never course, and Connell?s injury was suffered in a block tackle by McGill, the Aberdeen left back, at the instant Connell delivered his shot. No better display than the first half provided could be asked for. Aberdeen were craftier, combined better, and were better balanced in attack but failed through over-elaboration against Kilmarnock's spirited defence.

Brilliant Defence

Kilmarnock scored first in 12 minutes, McEwan converting a penalty kick awarded for an illegal tackle by McGill on Connell - a simple infringement but a correct award. Persistent and clever attacking by Aberdeen was frustrated by brilliant defence till the thirty-seventh minute, when a clever slip by Moore let Mills in to score a fine goal. Two minutes after the restart Aitken scored from a corner kick, the ball hitting the far post and glancing into the net. Four minutes later Connell outpaced McGill and shot a great goal on the run, and three minutes afterwards he dashed in to score a fourth goal and receive the injury referred to. Aberdeen pulled themselves together admirably; their forwards discarded their close work and shot with power and accuracy. In twenty-five minutes Love shot Aberdeen's second goal, two minutes later Mills added a third, and the closing stages were keenly fought.
Deprived of their best forward, Kilmarnock were mostly defending, but this they did to such purpose that they ultimately wore down Aberdeen?s onslaughts, and in an exciting finish Aitken almost got a fifth goal for Kilmarnock with a great drive that struck the Aberdeen goalkeeper's shot-out foot at the post.

Source: Glasgow Herald, 7th November 1932

Aberdeen's winning sequence was dramatically broken at Rugby Park, where a wholehearted Kilmarnock team ran out winners by the odd goal in seven.
The Dons were a trifle unfortunate to drop both points. They fought heroically to save the game, and with a spot of luck would have earned a division.
The Ayrshire men were naturally delighted with their victory over the League leaders, but their joy was tempered by an accident which befell Connell, their right winger, who sustained a broken leg. It is a complete break of the tibia bone in the right leg below the knee, and after the limb had been put in splints the player was removed to Kilmarnock infirmary.
Aberdeen found themselves in arrears in the twelfth minute of the game. A penalty was awarded against McGill, who had unfairly tackled Connell, and McEwan placed the spot kick the net.
Although rattled for a time, the Dons eventually settled down and deservedly equalised through Mills shortly before the interval.

A Bad Time.

The opening ten minutes of the second half was a disastrous period for Aberdeen.
Two minutes after the restart Aberdeen once again found themselves n arrears as the result of a corner kick by Aitken, which struck the post and rebounded into the net.
Shortly afterwards Connell first-timed a McEwen slip into the net, and two minuts later Connell notched a fourth goal at the expense of a broken leg.
He and McGill in rushing for a McEwan pass collided, and as the ball curled into the net the Killie right winger fell to the ground.
Just prior to this Fraser, the Pittodrie right half, had sustained a leg injury, and although he managed to resume after attention, he was more or less a passenger for the remainder of the game.

Fighting Back.

Combining splendidly, Aberdeen launched attack after attack, and were rewarded in twenty minutes when Love beat Milliken from a Beattie slip. Two minutes later Mills banged the ball home from twenty yards' range, and it looked as if defeat might be turned into victory or at least a draw. But this was not to be.
Kilmarnock had their backs to the wall and right well did they fight back.
Mills had the ball in the net just before the finish, but the point was disallowed for offside, and so ended one of the most thrilling battles ever waged in Rugby Park.

Dons Ahead.

As a combination the Dons were undoubtedly ahead of Kilmarnock.
The Aberdeen defence played well before and after Kilmarnock's inspired ten minutes.
Falloon was the man who mattered in the middle line.

Mills the Star.

Mills was the star of the Aberdeen attack. He showed fine understanding with Moore, but unfortunately the centre was too well policed to do any damage. Beattie and Warnock worked well together on the right, but Love on the left side was a trifle erratic.
One can have nothing but praise for the Killie rear trio. Milliken was a good last line of defence, but luck was with him when he was out of his charge and a shot by Love struck Leslie, who was standing on the goal-line.
The half-backs played well, with McEwan the best of the trio. Smith made a good job of guarding Moore, but did little else of note. Aitken, Sneddon, and Connell until he was injured, were the best of the home attack.

Source: Press & Journal, 7th November 1932

Kilmarnock Teamsheet
Milliken; Leslie, Milloy; Glass, Smith, McEwan; Connell, Sneddon, Maxwell, Williams, Aitken
Attendance: 8,000
Venue: Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
Referee: H. Watson, Glasgow
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