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AFC - Match Report
match report 1931-32 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
Aberdeen 5 - 0 Hamilton
Kick Off:  3:00 PM   Donald 7, McDermid 13, McLean 14, Beattie 72, Donald 67.        
Attendance: 8,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Aberdeen's victory over Hamilton Academicals by five clear goals at Pittodrie Park was well deserved, because, after the opening stages of the match, in which the Academicals gave the home team some anxiety and sent in several likely shots which were well saved, there was very effective aggressive work on the part of the Aberdeen forwards. The credit for this must be given to Mooney, the left half-back, who saw to it that the forwards were well supplied with the ball judiciously placed. It was due to the movements initiated by him that the three goals in the first half were scored by Donald, McDermid, and McLean. Donald and Beattie added the other goals in the second period, the first of them again due to Mooney's initiative. The last mentioned was undoubtedly the most constructive player on the field, keen to give the forwards every opportunity of showing what they could do in the way of scoring. Hamilton Academicals were rather disappointing. One of the visitors' best men was their right half-back, Dougall. Bulloch, their left back, was their best defender.

Source: The Scotsman, 21st March 1932

Aberdeen in defeating Hamilton Academicals by five clear goals at Pittodrie Park, Aberdeen, scored their biggest win of the season, and the result is likely to cause misgivings among Hamilton's supporters in view of Saturday's Cup-tie. Aberdeen were fortunate to secure a three goal lead in the first half, but their superiority after the interval was marked. There was a lack of cohesion between the visiting half-backs and forwards, and the latter lacked punch. Allan, Hill, and McLuckie were the only Hamilton players to impress. The Aberdeen forwards among whom the veterans McDermid and McLean were outstanding, showed improved finishing power.
Hamilton attacked in the opening minutes but Aberdeen took the lead in their first raid through Donald, and within eight minutes McDermid and McLean had also scored. Mooney in each case initiated the movement that led to the score. For the remainder of the half play was on even lines. The visitors fell away in the second half, and were outplayed in the later stages, Donald and Beattie adding goals for Aberdeen.

Source: Glasgow Herald, 21st March 1932



Aberdeen Give Bright Display


Eight thousand spectators saw Aberdeen conclude their home League fixtures with a 5-0 win - their biggest of the season ? over Hamilton Academicals at Pittodrie. It was one the best displays of the past three months, and they won almost as easily as the score indicates.
Early in the first period Aberdeen ran riot for seven minutes, and during this time scored three goals, which practically assured them victory.
Accies never recovered from the shock, and at no period did they reveal form worthy of a team which has reached the penultimate stage of the Scottish Cup competition. On Saturday's form, Hamilton's chance of reaching the final at the expense of Rangers does not look very bright.

Aberdeen's Interval Lead

Aberdeen were flattered by a three goal lead at the interval, but they held a decided advantage in the second half, especially in the later stages, when they might with a little luck, have counted more than twice.
Aberdeen's wing halves kept well up with the attack, and this, combined with the fact that the forwards were in shooting mood, was to a large extent responsible for the Dons' success.
Mooney, Aberdeen's left half whom they secured from Stenhousemuir last month had his best game since joining the Pittodrie camp, and, along with McLuckie, the Accies' left-half, was the-best of the middlemen on the field. He combined well with McLean and McDermid and had a hand in no fewer than three of his side's goals.
Fraser, although less brilliant, was effective, and the fact that Falloon again adopted the role of third back had something to do with the soundness of the Aberdeen defence.

Sound Home Defence.

Smith in goal had several smart saves, and Cooper and McGill were a stout pair of full backs. Both played soundly, but the right back was the more polished of the pair.
There was no lack of punch about the attack. McDermid and McLean, the left wing pair, were in sprightly form, and it was from them that most danger threatened.
Love and Beattie on the right displayed clever touches, but the inside man's distribution could be improved, while Love's shooting was lacking somewhat in accuracy.
Donald did not receive many opportunities, but his two goals were well taken.
Wright in the Hamilton goal did not inspire confidence. Allan was the better of the backs, while McLuckie shone in the intermediate line. In an attack which finished poorly, F. Wilson and King were most prominent.

The Game.

Hamilton had the better of the exchanges for the first seven minutes, then came Aberdeen's inspired period. Wright could only push down a drive by Mooney, and Donald nipped in to open the scoring.
Six minutes later McDermid accepted a pass from Mooney, and added number two, and in the next minute McLean fastened on to a Mooney slip to beat the back and bang the ball into the net.
Hamilton retaliated, and McLuckie sent narrowly past, and Smith saved a good try from F. WiLson. Accies attacked for a time, but the home defence was sound, and when the interval arrived it was Hamilton who were defending.
Aberdeen resumed on the offensive and Wright saved from Beattie and McDermid, Love and Mooney having shots blocked.
In a Hamilton raid Smith held a stinger from Gray, but with twenty-two minutes gone McDermid gave Donald a chance, and the centre made mistake. Five minutes later Beattie cut in to beat Wright afifth time with a terrific drive.
Hamilton fought pluckily, but there was no denying the Dons' superiority, and Falloon, Donald, and McLean all came within an ace of adding to Aberdeen's total.

Source: Press & Journal, 21st March 1932

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

Unused Subs:


Hamilton Teamsheet:  Wright; Allan, Bulloch; Dougall, Hill, McLuckie; F. Wilson, Herd, D. Wilson, Gray, King


Referee: T. Small, Dundee

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