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Aberdeen 2 - 0 Hibernian

HT Score: Aberdeen 2 - 0 Hibernian

Div 1 (Old)
Aberdeen scorers: Mills 2, Armstrong 3.

05/01/1935 | KO:

FORWARD EXPERIMENT NOT A SUCCESS

But Dons Fully Worth Their Goal Victory.

Two quick goals in the opening five minutes of the game proved too big a handicap for Hibs at Pittodrie.

Hibs had not found their feet when Mills nodded a Fraser free kick between the backs and promptly barged forward to hook the ball into the net.
One minute later Beynon whipped the ball into the centre, and Armstrong pounced on it, beat Wilkinson and raced on to flash the ball past Hill.
That finished the scoring. There were other near things - the majority at the Hibs' goal but neither set of attackers was particularly impressive at close quarters.
After the scoring of the two goals, the Easter Road men had more than their share of the exchanges, but they failed to find a loophole in a solid Aberdeen defence.
The Dons held a territorial advantage after the interval, but the half was well advanced before they displayed any real liveliness. During the period the homesters should have added to their total.
Taking the game all over, Aberdeen were worthy of the points. They were a more confident company, and this is not surprising considering they were two goals up in five minutes.

Cooper and McGill Sound.,/p> The Aberdeen defence was sound and kept a tight grip of the Edinburgh attack. Smith in goal had much less do than his vis a vis in the Easter Road citadel, but he was clean and confident in his clearances.
Cooper and McGill tackled fearlessly and kicked strongly.
The half-back line was clever and mobile, and played a prominent part in the Dons' success. Fraser and Thomson were hard working in defence, and lent the forwards good support.
It was unfortunate that Fraser was inadvertently injured by Gavin in the second period, and had to go to outside left.
Although rarely seen in an attacking capacity, Gavin gave a splendid defensive display. He must be one the best tacklers on the books of the Aberdeen club.

Changes in Attack.,/p> Injuries to Warnock and Devers necessitated changes in attack, Johnstone being brought in on the left wing and Smith (R.) moved to inside right.
The experiment did not prove a success. The line was disjointed. Ritchie Smith is not cut out for the inside right berth. He was plucky and worried the Hibs' defence, but was at a big disadvantage physically.
Johnston trier on the left, but was too fond of using his right foot. He is seen at his best at outside right.
Beynon, on the right, was in sprightly mood. He showed a fine turn of speed, and his crosses always spelt danger. He missed a chance in the second half, but was unlucky later when he ran half the length of the field and smashed the ball against the crossbar.
Armstrong led the line in good style. He gave the burly Watson a lot of trouble, and is improving with every game. With total of twenty-four goals he is fourth top scorer in the First Division of the Scottish League.
Mills was clever on the ball and distributed well, but has been seen to better advantage.

Plucky Hibs Defence.,/p> The Hibs defence deserves credit for a plucky display. Hill in goal had no chance with the shots that beat him, and he was ably supported by Wilkinson and Urquhart.
Watson, as usual, was a tower strength in defence, and did much hard work in attack. Wilson was a crafty right half, while Egan had many teethy duels with the diminutive Smith.
The Hibs attack was wholehearted, but their movements were rather easily broken up by the Pittodrie defence. Walls was a smart and dangerous right winger, and Anderson was prominent at times, but the inside trio did not play to form.
Aberdeen have the distinction of being the only side that has so far taken four points off the Easter Road combine.

Source: Press & Journal, 7th January 1935

Hibernian Teamsheet
Hill; Wilkinson, Urquhart; Wilson, Watson, Egan; Walls, Marshall, Black, Smith, Anderson
Attendance: 8,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: J. Thomson, Burnbank
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