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match report 1933-34 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
Hibernian 3 - 2 Aberdeen
Kick Off:    Smith 5, Kavanagh, Kavanagh       Thomson 15, Westland 17.  
Attendance: 12,000
Venue: Easter Road, Edinburgh

Aberdeen Forward Weakness Must Be Remedied Before Saturday's Cup-tie.

Hibs were not a better team than Aberdeen, but they took their chances, and therein lies the explanation of their narrow victory.

It was a splendid first half. Both teams showed clever touches, but tempers were on tap in the second period, with the result that play deteriorated.
Hibs were a goal up in five minutes, when Smith found the net from a Walls centre. Smith. the Dons' 'keeper, appeared to be at fault here. He should have cut out the winger's cross.
The homesters did not long enjoy their advantage, however, for in fifteen minutes Thomson equalised from a penalty for hands." The left-half's spot kick was saved by Blyth, but he netted from the rebound.
Two minutes later Hibs found themselves in arrears. A Johnston cross caused a flurry in the Edinburgh goalmouth. The ball came out to Westland, who coolly picked his square in the net.

Fought Back.

If the Dons had pushed home their advantage at this stage they might have won. As it was, Hibs fought back bravely and before the interval Kavanagh counted twice to give them the lead.
The winger's first goal came about in the following way. Smith saved at full length from Malloy, but before he could regain his feet Kavanagh dashed in to equalise.
Three minutes later smart play by Moffat and Smith saw the latter give to Kavanagh, who smashed the ball into the net first time.
One other incident during this period is worthy of mention. Moore dashed between the backs to reach a Beynon cross and lofted it over the advancing 'keeper's head, only to see it slip past, inches wide.
Hibs had slightly the better of matters during the second period, and looked more likely to increase their lead than Aberdeen did to equalise.

Defence Misunderstandings.

The Pittodrie defence played quite well, but the usual understanding between 'keeper, backs and centre-half was not so much in evidence. They were inclined to become a trifle rattled when hard pressed and often two players would go to clear same ball.
Falloon was missed, but Gavin showed promise. He has a good conception of the pivotal game, and will improve with experience.
Smith has done better, but both backs played well, with McGill perhaps the more confident of the two.
Fraser and Thomson were seen at their best in the first half, especially the latter, who was conspicuous with fine forcing play.
Lack of punch in attack is Aberdeen's greatest weakness, and something will have be done before the Dundee cup-tie.

Better on Right.

On Saturday, only Beynon played to form, and it questionable if the Welshman is as good on the left as on the right. He was a fast and dangerous raider, and gave the defence more trouble than any other Aberdeen forward.
Moore was better than against Raith Rovers the previous week, but still on the slow side. Johnston on the right was never comfortable against Urquhart, although he was always a trier.
Warnock did more running than any other player on the field, but for the most part it was wasted effort.
Westland made a promising first-team debut at inside-left. He was a trifle crude at times but he took the ball under control smartly and parted quickly. All he needs is a little experience.
Hibs were sound in defence. Blyth in goal played well, and Wilson and Urquhart, if lacking in polish, were effective tacklers and sound kickers.

Best Half-back

Egan was probably the best half-back on the field. He was strong in defence and ever ready to aid his forwards on the offensive. Langton was fair, but Watson seemed a trifle slow.
The Hibs' attack, if not so clever as that of Aberdeen, was more effective at close quarters.
Kavanagh and Walls were a pair of fast and dangerous raiders, while Moffat was the better of two good inside men. Malloy was ever ready to seize an opportunity, but thanks to Gavin who hung on grimly, he got few chances.

Source: Press & Journal, 29th January 1934

Hibernian Teamsheet:  Blyth; Wilkinson, Urquhart; Langton, Watson, Egan; Walls, Moffat. Malloy, Smith, Kavanagh


Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Smith, Cooper, McGill, Fraser, Gavin, Thomson, Johnston, Warnock, Moore, Westland, Beynon.

Unused Subs:


Referee: J. S. Yeaman, Dundee

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