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match report 1929-30 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
23/09/1929
 
Aberdeen 5 - 2 Clyde
Kick Off:  11:00 AM   Yorston, Love, Cheyne, Yorston, Yorston.       Simpson, Borland  
Attendance: 14,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
ABERDEEN AS RUNNERS-UP TO THE LEAGUE LEADERS. Yorston's Scoring Feat at Pittodrie.
The result of this Scottish League match played at Pittodrie Park, Aberdeen, before an autumn holiday crowd of 15,000 spectators, still further improved Aberdeen's position on the League table. At the start Clyde gave the home players something of a shock, not only securing the first goal through a header by Simpson, the centre forward, but continuing the pressure so severely as to put the Aberdeen defence in difficulties, Borland at inside-left being especially troublesome. When Yorston had secured the equaliser, Aberdeen settled down and Love gave them a second and Yorston a third goal before half time. Clyde repeated their bustling style of play at the opening of the second period, and it was Borland who scored. Cheyne added Aberdeen's fourth and Yorston the fifth goal. Yorston was particularly smart in seizing the opportunities that came his way..

Source: The Scotsman, 24th September 1929

 
With another fine win at Pittodrie yesterday by 5 goals to 2 at the expense of Clyde, Aberdeen continue well in the running for the leadership of the Scottish League. A holiday crowd of 14,000 spectators watched an interesting struggle which provided a personal triumph for Yorston, the homo centre-forward, who scored three goals, and was the means of other two. Aberdeen are now second top the League.

The game was far from being one-sided; indeed territorially Clyde had almost as much of the play, but their attack lacked the fire of the Aberdeen forwards. Two goals did fall to the visitors, but these were more in the nature of gifts from the Aberdeen defence than the outcome of finishing ability by the Clyde attackers. Both teams, when on the offensive, served up clever midfield touches, but while Aberdeen were always dangerous, and even at that, chances were lost, Clyde, with the exception of Rankin, who was one of the best players on the held, could not press home their attack.

Features of Play,,/p> Neither back division was particularly sound, and although Aberdeen had a slight advantage, the home pair were at times rather easily drawn out. At half-back and forward Aberdeen as a combination were greatly superior, and as effective attackers Yorston and Love were outstanding. The play of the little centre-forward was one of the bright features of the game, as in addition to his goal-scoring feat, he distributed the ball with great cleverness, and was a constant menace the Shawfield defence. Another feature was the powerful shooting of Love, who although not plied as he might have been, hit the woodwork with terrific shots on no fewer than three occasions.

Veteran and General.

The redeeming feature in Clyde's rather moderate, but plucky display, was the veteran Rankin. He was the life and soul of their attack and a wonderful schemer, was mainly responsible for Clyde being often in the role of attackers.
Yuill was very safe in the home goal, and was the best back on the field, albeit there was room for a better understanding in the home team's defensive scheme. At half-back, Black and Hill touched their best form, especially the first named, who played a brilliant game.
The strength of the attack lay in the effectiveness and opportunism of Yorston, and in the shooting of Love. McDermid engineered many fine moves, but frequently his passes miscarried, and Smith and Cheyne were good without being brilliant.
Stevenson was blameless for the heavy loss of goals, and indeed kept down the score. McGuire was the better of two moderate backs, and not one of the half-backs accomplished anything of note, Gibson being quite unable to hold Yorston. Forward, Rankin was in a class by himself, and although scoring twice, Simpson was not a good leader.

First for Clyde.

Aberdeen took some time to settle down, and Yuill had been several times called upon before Simpson headed through to give Clyde the lead, following a corner kick. Aberdeen took some time to recover from the reverse, but when they got going they quickly exposed the weakness of the Clyde defence.
From a pass up the centre by Cheyne, Yorston slipped through the equaliser, and shortly afterwards from the centre-forward's pass from the right wing, Love shot a brilliant second goal.
Following this, Yorston sent in a ball had Stevenson beaten and Smith rushed in apply the finishing touch. To the surprise of most people however the Aberdeen left, winger was adjudged offside, and the goal was knocked off and a free kick awarded to Clyde.
A third for Aberdeen came close on the interval when Yorston accepted from McDermid to race past Smith and find the ret.

"Hat Trick" Completed.

With a two goal lead, Aberdeen eased up after the interval and they got a shock when after Yuill had fisted away from Rankin, Simpson ran in to score. After that Aberdeen developed a sprightly attack. Love twice shot against the woodwork, and then came a fourth goal. Yorston, on the right, dispossessed Gibson to centre accurately, and Cheyne easily headed past Stevenson. Another terrific shot by Love hit the post and Clyde were outplaced. Just on time Yorston followed up to beat Smith and secure his "hat trick" with a terrific shot.

Source: Press & Journal, 24th September 1929

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Yuill, Hickie, Livingstone, Black, McLaren, Hill, Love, Cheyne, Yorston, McDermid, Smith.

Unused Subs:

Bookings:

Clyde Teamsheet:  Stevenson; McGuire, Smith; Knox, Gibson, Jackson; Young, Rankin, Simpson, Borland, Jessiman

Bookings:

Referee: J. Thomson, Burnbank

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