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Aberdeen 5 - 1 Hamilton

HT Score: Aberdeen 1 - 0 Hamilton

Div 1 (Old)
Aberdeen scorers: Moore, Love 50, Mills 52, Warnock 80, Mills 81.
Hamilton scorers: McLaren 89

10/02/1934 | KO: 15:00

Aberdeen Sparkle at Pittodrie Against Hamilton.

FORWARDS' WELCOME RETURN TO FORM.

FORWARDS SNAP THEIR CHANCES.

Mills Gets Best Goal of Match from 20 Yards Out.

Hamilton Accies proved something of a disappointment at Pittodrie. After putting up a good display in the first half, when they had the wind behind them, they completely fell away in the second, and Aberdeen finished easy winners.

The Dons were not a particularly impressive company in the early stages, and were a trifle fortunate to be leading by a goal at the interval. They indulged too much in close passing, and against a sound Accies' defence this proved useless.
Moore got the only goal the period when nodded the ball home rebounded from the crossbar following a terrific Warnock drive.
The Dons were a different team after the interval. They kept the ball swinging, and that these tactics proved efficacious reflected in the final score.

Raking Drive.

In five minutes Love dashed in to meet a Beynon cross and increase the lead, and two minutes later a raking Mills' drive found the net from twenty-two yards range.
The game was won and lost. The Accies continued to fight back, but they must have realised that they lost their chance in the first period.
It was no surprise when, with thirty-five minutes gone, the Accies fell further behind.
Shevlin failed to reach a Love cross, and Warnock placed the ball in an untenanted goal. One minute later a deft flick forward by Moore saws Mills dash up the centre to beat Shevlin a fifth time.
Some idea of the dour fighting spirit of the visitors may be gained from the fact that in the last minute of the game McLaren reduced the leeway.
The only criticism that can be levelled at the home attack was that they took too long to settle. Once they had got into their stride, however, they took their chances, and that was what the Accies failed to do when they had the advantage the wind.
In the Aberdeen attack Mills, whose form had been far from impressive in recent weeks, showed improvement. That first goal of his was a splendid effort.
Beynon on the extreme left played a serviceable game, and Moore's bustling tactics and judicious distribution made him a continual menace to the Hamilton defence.
Love and Warnock struck up a telling combination in the second half, and neither was afraid to shoot.
Fraser and Thomson, the wing half-backs, were seen to advantage in attack after the interval, and, in the first half, although they were erratic, they held their own with the opposing wings.

Defence Sound.

The play of the Aberdeen defence left little to be desired. Smith, in goal was safe enough and he was well covered by Cooper and McGill, who benefited as a result of their understanding with the effervescent Falloon.
The responsibility for the Accies' decisive defeat does not rest entirely with the backs, who were overworked. The intermediate trio, who even in the first half had experienced some difficulty with the Aberdeen forwards, lost their grip after the interval.
Of the trio only Hill came out of the game with enhanced reputation. He kept a watchful eye on Moore, and, at the same time, was ever ready to go to the rescue of Wallace and Bullock.
Accies rearranged attack was not a success. Only Reid and Crawley on the left wing showed initiative.
McLaren was the visitors' hardest working forward, and It was fitting that he should secure their goal.

Source: Press & Journal, 12th February 1934

Hamilton Teamsheet
Shevlin; Wallace, Bulloch; Cox, Hill, Murray; King, McLaren, Wilson, Craley, Reid
Attendance: 10,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: J. Baillie, Motherwell
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