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Aberdeen 0 - 0 St. Mirren

Div 1 (Old)

14/04/1934 | KO: 15:00


Unable to Turn Advantage Into Goals.

Aberdeen's old fault of weak finishing was very much in evidence on Saturday. For eighty per cent of the game with St Mirren at Pittodrie the Dons held the advantage, but they could not turn it into goals.

St Mirren snatched a point that practically frees them from relegation worries, while the loss of this point may cost Aberdeen third position on the League table.
There is no excuse for the Aberdeen forwards. They had their chances, but failed to accept them. A brilliant display by the Paisley rear trio - McCloy, Baird, and Ancell - certainly made the task of the homesters difficult, but the courage of this trio would never have stopped the Dons had they had a forward worthy of the name of marksman.

Brilliant Save.

Despite all the Aberdeen pressure there was ever a danger that St Mirren would snatch the winning goal in one of their sporadic attacks.
In the closing minutes only a brilliant full length save by Smith from McCrae prevented the Paisley men from turning what had seemed certain defeat into victory.
Beynon on the Pittodrie left wing to commiserated with. He was the one forward who impressed. Times without number he passed or crossed inviting balls, which his team mates failed to turn to account.
Love on the other extreme wing was good and bad. He worked hard, but he missed one or two good chances. He, however, was not afraid to shoot, and his team mates might well have followed his example in this direction.
The inside trio, Mills, Moore, and Warnock, have rarely this season been seen to less advantage.

Serviceable Halves.

The Aberdeen half line was serviceable. Thomson was the best of the trio, being prominent in attack, and ever ready to fall back in defence when necessary.
Falloon guarded the centre of the field well, but O'Reilly, who deputised for Fraser, was unimpressive. His passes had an unhappy knack of going astray.
The defence had a fairly quiet time. That last minute save of Smith's has already been mentioned, and the only other of note was in the first half, when Knox got clean through, and the 'keeper left his charge to block his shot.
Cooper was the better of two strong tackling and sure kicking backs.
On Saturday's form St Mirren have little chance of winning the Scottish Cup.
McCloy between the sticks gave a brilliant display, and Baird and Ancell were magnificent considering the fact that they were overworked. Neither at half-back nor attack, however, did the Paisley men impress.
Wilson lent valuable aid in defence, and Gebbie and Muir at times shone in this phase of the game, but in attack they seldom took the eye.
Knox and Latimer were their most dangerous attackers, although McCrae at times sparkled on the extreme left. Wind and rain prior to the start affected the attendance, which was the smallest of the season for a League match. There could not have been more than 4000 present.

Source: Press & Journal, 16th April 1934

St. Mirren Teamsheet
McCloy; Baird, Ancell; Gebbie, Wilson, Muir; Knox, Latimer, McGregor, McCabe, McCrae
Attendance: 4,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: W. Dawson, Leith
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