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Aberdeen 1 - 1 St. Johnstone

Scottish Cup Third Round
Aberdeen scorers: Lang.

22/02/1936 | KO: 15:00


Forwards Give Poor Display


Dickie Shines For St Johnstone

For an hour in their Scottish Cup third round tie with St Johnstone on Saturday at Pittodrie, Aberdeen held the lead. There were only twelve minutes left for play when St Johnstone scored the goal which entitled them to a second chance.

It was a somewhat unexpected equaliser, but due on the run of play. McGill, attempting to clear the ball, headed it out to the right, and McCall sent in a high lob which deceived Westland and dropped into the net.
Aberdeen's goal, scored eighteen minutes after the start of the match, was not a particularly thrilling affair either, although it was a well conceived movement that led to it. To deceive Littlejohn, Armstrong stepped over a Mills pass, and allowed the ball to go to Beynon.
The Winger, instead of shooting, lobbed the ball into the middle, and in the ensuing scramble between Wylie and Armstrong it came out to Lang, who sent into an empty goal.

Typical Cup-Tie

The game was fought out on typical cup-tie lines, and the quick tackling of the respective defences made good combined football extremely difficult.
St Johnstone started off at a terrific pace, but the Dons gradually settled down and had the better of the exchanges during this period.
Had the forwards accepted their chances Aberdeen would have led by more than a single goal at the interval.
After the first, ten minutes of the second half St Johnstone held a slight advantage, but were rarely allowed to become really dangerous.

Forwards Disappoint

The Aberdeen forwards gave a disappointing display, and were but a shadow of the line which did duty at Firhill the previous week.
There will have to be considerable improvement in this department if Aberdeen are to escape defeat in the replay at Muirton Park, Perth, on Wednesday.
In the second half of Saturday's cup-tie the home forwards were seldom seen in an attacking capacity. While the whole Johnstone defence deserves credit for a stubborn display, most credit must go to the half-back line, and especially Dickie, the former Aberdeen player. He was the outstanding player on the St Johnstone side, and was a thorn in the side of the Dons' attack.

Defence Fairly Sound

The defence, if (brilliant, was fairly sound. Westland, who was brought into goal in place of Smith, gave a promising display. She howed good judgment, and had a number of excellent saves, notably a header from Beattie in the second half. It appeared, however, that he was badly positioned when the Saints equalised.
Cooper was the better back, although he might have got rid of the ball more quickly on occasions. McGill's kicking was erratic, and had Tennant been more enterprising the left back would have had an uncomfortable afternoon.

Falloon Shines

Aberdeen's 'big man" in defence was Falloon, who battled with Beattie, the Perth men's burly and dashing leader, with fearlessness and success.
Fraser and Thomson, the wing-halves, tackled strongly and kept a good grip of the opposing inside forwards, but have been seen more prominently in the role of attackers.
No forward was worthy of full marks. Armstrong was a clever leader, but received little support, and was closely shadowed by the lanky Littlejohn. The centre would have been more dangerous had he elected to shoot more often instead of passing.
Mills showed occasional flashes of brilliance in the opening half, but H. Ferguson and Adam blotted him out after the interval.

McKenzie Works Hard,/p> McKenzie was a hard worker, but met with little success, and Beynon, who came in instead of Warnock on the extreme right, also had a poor day.
Lang was prominent in the first half, bait should have made better use of the opportunities that came his way.
In Wylie, St Johnstone had a smart and capable keeper, while Taylor was a strong and powerful left back. Welsh did not inspire confidence.
Although Dickie was the hero of the halfback line, H. Ferguson on the right also played his part, and Littlejohn at centre-half was a tower of strength in defence.

Beattie Speedy

The Perth team pinned their faith to Beattie as a match-winner, and the majority of their attacks were of the up-the-middle variety. The centre has dash and speed, and is dangerous with head and feet. He is somewhat lacking ball control, however.
Nicholson was a clever outside left, and McCall a hard-working inside support. Tennant on the extreme right did not impress, and Adam, a former Aberdeen player, was seldom in the limelight after the opening stages.

Formidable Task

Aberdeen have set themselves a formidable task at Park, but they may yet qualify for the fourth round. Already this season in a League match they have held the Saints to a 0-0 draw at Perth, and their form on Saturday was far below the usual standard.

Source: Press & Journal, 24th February 1936

St. Johnstone Teamsheet
Wylie; Welsh, Taylor; H. Ferguson, Littlejohn, Dickie; Tennant, Adam, Beattie, McCall, Nicholson
Attendance: 32,468
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: W. Webb, Glasgow
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