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Aberdeen 6 - 0 Kings Park

Scottish Cup Second Round
Aberdeen scorers: Mills, Armstrong 5, Thomson 10 (Pen), Mills 50, Lang 77, Lang 87.

08/02/1936 | KO: 15:00


Might Have Scored More Often


As the score suggests, the Dons had an easy passage into the third round of the Cup competition. Had the homesters cared to go "all out" the probability is they would have augmented their total.

Aberdeen were never in difficulties after the first five minutes, when they took the lead. Goals came easily, and a 3-0 lead at the interval in no way flattered Aberdeen.
A fourth goal in the opening minutes of the second half put the issue beyond doubt, and in the subsequent exchanges the Dons did not appear to be very anxious to increase their lead. In the closing fifteen minutes, however, Lang rattled on a couple of goals.

Clearly Outclassed

Kings' Park, although plucky, were clearly outclassed. In no department could they compare with the Dons. There was just as big a difference between the styles and ability of the teams as one would expect between the leaders the First Division and a side in the bottom half of the Second Division.
Armstrong gave Aberdeen the lead in five minutes, when he caught the ball as it came off Haggart, veered out to the right to elude Carmichael, and found the net with an angular shot.
The centre again had the ball in the net, but the point was disallowed for "hands." With ten minutes gone, however, Thomson added a second goal from a penalty awarded against Carmichael for handling.

Slipped to Mills

Eight minutes later came a third goal. Armstrong worked his way out the left, and slipped the ball across for Mills to send into the net.
The King's Park goal ran several narrow escapes, particularly when Lang sent against the woodwork, and the "nearest thing' at the Aberdeen end was when a Miller header bounced twice on the crossbar before it was cleared.
Five minutes after the start of the second half Mills carried the ball upfield to find the net with a grounder from twenty yards. Thirteen minutes from the end Lang smashed the ball into the net from a Brown slip, and ten minutes later the same player netted with ease from a Mills pass.

Easy for Defence

In no other round of the competition will the Aberdeen defence have a quieter time. After the opening minutes the Dons' rearguard always had the measure of the King's Park attack.
Smith, in goal, had long spells of inactivity, and he must have been pleased when his team-mates passed the ball back to him, often unnecessarily.
Cooper and McGill kept their respective wingers on the touch-line and gave them little room in which to work, while Falloon effectively policed the centre of the field.
So well held was the Stirling attack that Fraser and Thomson for the most part were allowed to concentrate on attack. They worked splendidly with the forwards.

Clever and Thrustful

The attack was clever and thrustful, especially the inside trio, Armstrong, Mills and Brown. The last-named, who was making his second appearance in the League eleven, gave a promising display. He was clever on the ball and worked well with his colleagues.
Mills revealed something like his best form, distributing play splendidly and shooting strongly. Armstrong was a tricky and elusive leader, and by his clever dodges often had the visiting defence in hot water.
Although not so prominent as usual, Warnock was a serviceable right winger, but it was only in the closing stages that Lang took the eye against his old club-mates.

Gallant Defenders

King's Park were well imbued with the never-say-die spirit, and especially does this apply to the defence, which fought gallantly all through. Milton was beaten six times, but nevertheless played well and saved a number of excellent shots.
Haggart was a strong and capable right back, but the honours in defence go to Strathie. The big pivot worked tremendously hard to hold the Aberdeen attack in check. Laird, too, did a lot of hard work.
The attack was keen but disjointed, and rarely threatened danger. Bryce was well held by Falloon, and the most dangerous of the line was Miller.
McCombe was prominent because of his corner kicking. He never wasted a flag-kick, and they were always accurately placed in the centre of the goalmouth.

Source: Press & Journal, 10th February 1936

Kings Park Teamsheet
Milton; Haggart, Carmichael; Fowler, Strathie, Laird; Andrew, D. Miller, Bryce, Cabrelli, McCombie
Attendance: 13,613
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: J. Baillie, Motherwell
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