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Aberdeen 3 - 0 Dundee

HT Score: Aberdeen 1 - 0 Dundee

Div 1 (Old)
Aberdeen scorers: Mills 6, Armstrong 55, Devers 68.

01/01/1935 | KO: 14:15


Always Dangerous in Ding-Dong Derby.

Aberdeen started 1935 in. convincing fashion. Their 3-0 victory over Dundee at Pittodrie was all the more meritorious considering that Devers was injured in the first ten minutes the game and was more or less a passenger on the left wing for the remainder of the match.

The Dark Blues will not forget him In a hurry. Despite the fact that he was badly crippled, he notched Aberdeen's third goal in the twenty-third minute of the second half - it was his first kick of the period.
Play did not reach a very high standard, but the match was fiercely contested from start to finish.
It was typical northern derby, hard knocks being given and received.
Aberdeen played the better football and were more dangerous in front of goal.
Dundee opened in promising fashion, but after Aberdeen had taken the lead in the sixth minute they played confidently. Lamb conceded a corner in saving from Ritchie Smith, and Armstrong tapped Beynon's flag kick forward for Mills to whip the ball into the net.
The Dons' second goal came ten minutes after the start of the second half. Gilmour failed to intercept a pass from Mills to Armstrong, and although Lamb raced from his charge in an effort to avert disaster, the centre rounded the keeper and walked the ball into the net.

A Gallant Goal.,/p> Smith and Beynon broke away on the right after twenty-three minutes' play, and Devers managed to "hirple" forward to meet the right winger's pass and land the ball in the net off the post.
The Aberdeen defence proved too strong for the Dundee attack, but Robertson on the right gave McGill a good deal trouble. Smith in goal did all that was asked of him confidently, while Cooper gave Pollock little scope, tackling resolutely and punting the ball up to his forwards in fine time.
A superiority over Dundee at half-back was in no small measure responsible for Aberdeen's success. Fraser and Thomson not only broke the Dark Blues' attacking movements, but carried the ball forward to set their own forwards in motion.
The right half was the most energetic and most successful middleman afield.
Until he was injured in the closing stages, Falloon gave a grand defensive display. He carefully guarded the middle of the field and was quick to veer to right or left when danger threatened.

Mills and Smith Prominent.,/p> Although upset as a result of Devers' injury - Ritchie Smith had to go to inside right - the Aberdeen attack played well.
Mills was the schemer-in-chief of the line, opening up play nicely and showing good ball control.
Ritchie Smith put up an unexpectedly good display in his unaccustomed position. He was tricky and dangerous, and caused the Dens Park defence a lot of uneasiness.
Beynon on the extreme right was speedy and crossed many inviting balls. He and Gilmour were involved in many teethy duels.
Armstrong was opposed to a clever pivot in Symon, but the Dons' leader gave as good as he got, and snapped a smart goal.
The Dundee defence deserves credit for a plucky display. Lamb, between the sticks, although beaten three times, was in no way responsible for his side's defeat.
Gilmour was the better of two hard-tackling and hard-working backs. Symon was the only half-back who impressed, neither Blyth nor Smith, the wingmen, playing to form.
The forwards were eager and sometimes dangerous, but they suffered from lack of cohesion. Robertson was a fast and dangerous right-winger, and he got good support from Guthrie. Coates was a tireless leader, and he was unfortunate not to score in the second half when he raced down the middle and sent against the upright. He did not receive the best support. Macnaughton was clever, but Pollock was not seen to advantage.
Played in fine weather, the match attracted a crowd of about 20,000, including 2000 holidaymakers from Dundee.

Source: Press & Journal, 2nd January 1935

Dundee Teamsheet
Lamb; Morgan, Gilmour; Blyth, Symon, Smith: Robertson, Guthrie, Coates, Macnaughton, Pollock
Attendance: 20,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: J. Baillie, Motherwell
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