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St. Mirren 2 - 2 Aberdeen

HT Score: St. Mirren 1 - 1 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)
St. Mirren scorers: Cunningham 37, Meechan 49
Aberdeen scorers: Armstrong 20, Armstrong 60.

04/03/1933 | KO:

USEFUL POINT BOR THE DONS.

Defensive Slips

ARMSTRONG REVEALS BEST FORM

Aberdeen collected a useful point at the expense of St Mirren at Paisley, and are now only three points behind last year's total with six matches tey to play.

The match lacked piquancy, as both clubs are out of the running for the championship and neither is in danger of relegation.
Nevertheless the game was keenly contested throughout, and a hard, though not brilliant ninety minutes was provided.
The Dons are to be congratulated on picking up a point where they dropped two last year, and with a little more luck they might have emerged victorious.
There were two occasions in the second half when scoring shots by Godfrey and Beattie which got the woodwork might have met with a better fate.
Both sides were lacking in finishing power, but this weakness was more evident in the Paisley front rank. Their experimental changes were not a success, and the fact that Cunningham, right half, and Gebbie, inside right, changed places in the second half clearly demonstrated that the new forward formation did not give satisfaction.

Desperate Saints

Aberdeen were the better moving side in the first period, and with twenty minutes gone Armstrong opened their account. Love came successfully out of a duel with the Saints' defence, slipped the ball into the centre, and Mills tapped it to Armstrong, who drove it into the net.
The Paisley team struggled desperately for the equaliser, but good outfield play was wasted by weak finishing. Eight minutes from the interval, however, a Cunningham lob struck the inside of the post and rebounded into the net.
St Mirren's second half forward change met with success in four minutes when Meechan accepted a Cunningham slip, beat Cooer and sent the ball past past Smith, who had left his charge.
With fifteen minutes gone Aberdeen were level. Armstrong followed up a Falloon clearance, and when Ancell fell in tackling the centre had an easy task to beat Kenny.

Defence Lack Confidence

The Aberdeen defence was only mediocre, and when St Mirren were leading were far from confident.
Smith in goal brought off several smart clearances, but he might have saved the Paisley team's first goal.

Cooper and McGill were inclined to be unsteady under pressure. The latter, who was opposed to Workman, the most dangerous Paisley forward, was far from comfortable, while Cooper must to some extent be held responsible for St Mirren's second goal - he was slow in tackling Meechan.
The usual understanding between the backs and Falloon, who acted the part of the third back, was little in evidence.
Fraser was the best of the intermediate trio, although Godfrey was often promising in attack.
Armstrong, who took both his goals smartly, touched his best form since his promotion to the first team.

Love Dazzles.

Love dazzled on the right touchline in the first half, and was the most dangerous of the Aberdeen forward quintette. He struck up a fine combination with Beattie, and shot and crossed with his old-time accuracy.
Beattie, the hardest worker afield, was seen at his best in the the second half.
Mills was not happy on the heavy ground, and did not reveal his best form. Benyon had one or two nice runs and crosses on the left, but was neglected by both Mills and Godfrey, and got few chances to shine.
The honours of the day so far as St Mirren is concerned must go to the defence. Kenny was a safe keeper, and Hay and Ancell strong tackling and hard kicking backs.
While he played half-back Cunningham was the best of the trio, and when he went to inside right he was equally effective.
The only forwards to show initiative were, Workman and Meechan.

Source: Press & Journal, 6th March 1933

St. Mirren Teamsheet
Kenny; Hay, Ancell; Cunningham, Walker, Miller; Workman, Gebbie, Meechan, Rankin, Phillips
Attendance: 4,000
Venue: St Mirren Park (Love Street), Paisley
Referee: G. A. Pool, Edinburgh
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