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Queen of the South 1 - 0 Aberdeen

HT Score: Queen of the South 1 - 0 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)
Queen of the South scorers: Wylie 12

19/03/1938 | KO:




There have been few lucky breaks for Queen of the South this season, but they had no reason for complaint when on Saturday at Dumfries they defeated Aberdeen by the only goal of the match.

The goal, which was scored by Wylie after twelve minutes' play, might well mean the Dumfries club retaining First Division status.
It was not a day which fancy work was profitable, for a gale of wind and rain raged the whole ninety minutes, and therein lay part of the explanation of the defeat of the Dons. They had their chances but their finishing was often far from what could have been desired. Another explanation was the competency of the home defence in which Watson was an outstanding pivot and Mellor's brilliant goalkeeping.


Armstrong was always well held by Watson and most danger for Queen's came from the right wing pair. Smith and Scott. These players were both sprightly in outfield but were well countered when at close quarters.
It was an off day for Strauss. Late in the game he had an opportunity to score, but his effort was badly directed.
Much good work was performed by the Pittodrie middle men, notably Nicholson. Keen tackling by the wing halves also contributed to a lack of penetrative power on the part of Queen's wings and also helped materially the work of Aberdeen's backs.
Temple was inclined to be flustered but Cooper was steady throughout rivalling Savage, the home right-back, in general effectiveness during the first half.


Johnstone, the 'keeper, had many anxious moments, but he came through them all with honour.
On the Queen's side honours lay mostly with Mellors, the goalkeeper, and Watson, at centre-half. The former was not often tested, but on several occasions there were dangerous scrimmages in front of his charge, especially in the second half when a strong wind blew into his goal making anticipation difficult.
Savage was the better of the two backs. Anderson being unhappy on the slippery ground. McPherson has also often been happier, while Thomson, the other wing half, seemed to revel in the mud.
As in past games this year, Queen's weakness forward was again evident in outfield play. They showed constructive ability, but near goal they suffer from over-anxiety, which has too often robbed them of points.
Wylie, the centre, scored his first goal since joining Queen's some months ago. Incidentally it was also the first goal Queen's have scored in their last three games. Tulip was the master mind of the attack and had bad luck when near the close of the game headed the ball against the crossbar, from which it rebounded into Johnstone's hands. On the other wing Oakes had not a good day, his shots being badly timed and directed. Law and Hamilton were only middling.

Source: Press & Journal, 21st March 1938

Queen of the South Teamsheet
Mellors; Savage, Anderson; McPherson, Watson, Thomson; Oakes, Hamilton, Wylie, Law, Tulip
Attendance: 4,500
Venue: Palmerston Park, Dumfries
Referee: D. F. Reilly, Port Glasgow
Next Match
27 Apr 2024 / 15:00 / Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen