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match report 1931-32 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
Dundee United 0 - 4 Aberdeen
Kick Off:          Donald, Donald 5, Love, Donald 75.  
Attendance: 5,500
Venue: Tannadice Park, Dundee
Aberdeen had a convincing win over the United at Tannadice Park, Dundee, and as a result the prospect of relegation for the home team is very much nearer. They were palpably outclassed, and the Aberdeen men were eager, in view of their own recent inglorious performances, to press home the advantage which United's weakness afforded them. The United began brightly, but their opening burst soon spent itself, and within several minutes Donald had put the visitors on the lead with a goal scored from about 16 yards. And when McIntosh fumbled the ball clumsily in the goalmouth, the Aberdeen centre-forward found it easy to put on another goal. In the second half Aberdeen seemed to be taking matters calmly, but the United's pressure was never severe enough to give Smith much trouble, and he dealt confidently with everything which went his way. Love scored a third time for Aberdeen after Morris had miskicked in front of goal, and Donald completed his "hat-trick" with the best shot of the match. The visitors were noticeably superior in the forward department. Donald leading his men well, with some timely aid from McDermid. The half-backs played a fine, forcing game, and the defence was thoroughly reliable. Only Taylor, of the home side, deserves any congratulations. The others were all below form.

Source: The Scotsman, 29th February 1932



Dons' Leader Hat Trick.


Aberdeen were in no way flattered by their 4-0 win over lowly Dundee United at Tannadice. There was an all-round improvement in the play of the Pittodrie side.

Half-backs and forwards co-operated in good style and the re-appearance of McDermid and McLean added craft and penetrative power to the attack. This left-wing pair, along with Love, kept the game open, with the result that Beattie and Donald, the young members of the quintette, showed to advantage.
The feature of the game was the success of Donald, Aberdeen's young centre-forward, who performed the hat-trick.
Although lacking somewhat in guile, Donald was a dangerous raider and was quick to seize an opportunity. All three goals were of the opportunist order and were well taken.
Falloon, in a defensive capacity was outstanding in the intermediate line, but both Mooney and Fraser got through a power of work. The ex-Stenhousemuir player was much more effective on Saturday than against St Mirren the previous week.
Cooper and McGill were a sound pair of backs, while Smith, in goal, dealt with all that came his way.
Dundee United were a Poor side, both in defence and attack, and it is probable that Saturday's failure may cost them their place in the First Division. In defence Taylor and Walker were best, and of a disjointed attack, only Kay and Bennett were ever dangerous.

Play Described.

Dundee United were first to attack, but were quickly beaten back, and within five minutes Donald fastened on to a Penson clearance to open the scoring. Several raids by the homesters kept the Aberdeen defence busy, but play was soon at the other end where McIntosh saved from McDermid, and McLean and Fraser sent past.
United had a chance of levelling the score when Watson let Dyet past the Aberdeen backs, but Smith saved the centre's stingless shot. Donald beat three men to shoot past at the other end. Bennett gave Kay an opening but the inside-left failed to take advantage.
Donald headed past after clever play by McDermid, Beattie and Love and then came the second goal. From an up-the-centre pass from McDermid, the centre nodded the ball towards goal; Mclntosh ran out but Donald edged the ball past him and swept it not an empty goal.

Smith not Troubled.

The Dundee side were not slow to replay and Buchanan and Watson were prominent, but Smith was not seriously troubled. Aberdeen resumed the offensive and were round McIntosh's charge when the half-time whistle went.
Smith had to run out twice to clear loose balls at the start of the second half and later he had to punch clear from a Buchanan corner.
McDermid took Aberdeen on the offensive, and a smart bout of passing between McLean and Love resulted in the latter netting a third goal from close range.
Donald was pulled up for offside in the act of going through, and at the other end Milne hit the woodwork, Smith cIearing a header from Dyet off the rebound.
Combined play by McLean and Donal terminated in the centre completing his hat-trick after thirty minutes' play, Dundee United fought to the last but were outclassed.

Source: Press & Journal, 29th February 1932

Dundee United Teamsheet:  McIntosh; Taylor, Penson; Milne, Morris, Watson; Bennet, Buchanan, Dyet, Kay, McGlynn


Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Smith, Cooper, McGill, Fraser, Falloon, Mooney, Love, Beattie, Donald, McDermid, McLean.

Unused Subs:


Referee: W. Webb, Glasgow

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