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match report 1946-47 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
Third Lanark 0 - 3 Aberdeen
Kick Off:  3:00 PM         Hamilton 74, Taylor 84 (Pen), Harris 89.  
Attendance: 17,000
Venue: Hampden Park, Glasgow
Skilful Dons
The Dons were the more poli▀hed football team at Hampden Park against Third Lanark. The skill was there all right, but all the skill in the world won't win championships unless it's translated into goals.
They might well have found themselves a couple goals down at the interval. There was no real liaison between Aberdeen half-backs and forwards in the opening half, and the defence didn't look too comfortable.
There was a decided improvement after half-time. They "got together." Passes which had too often been going astray in the first forty-five minutes began to find their man.
Thirds, who had looked the more dangerous if less skilled combination, found themselves in difficulties. The half-backs lost their grip.
Three goals in fifteen minutes. The Dons' finish was cyclonic. Hamilton got the first with a deft header from a corner from Kiddie. The second, six minutes from the end, was netted bv Taylor from the penalty spot after goalkeeper Petrie had clung affectionately to Harris during a dangerous situation.
The Dons' leader got a third by cleverly beating Black for possession in the last minute. Harris had the ball in the net again, but the final whistle beat him.
Johnstone in the Aberdeen goal had two superlative one-handed saves - one in each half - and along with Cowie, whose fine positional play was a feature of the match, tcok the Aberdeen defensive honours.
Once he settled down Waddell was a sound centre-half. Taylor was the better wing-half. The inside forwards were disappointing until the closing stages. Inaccurate passing was their chief fault. Kiddie was always a potential danger on the right wing.
Petrie, Kelly, Black and Sinclair were Thirds' best defenders and in attack Venters and Henderson were most prominent.

Source: Press & Journal, 12th August 1946

This match was played at Hampden Park, as Cathkin Park was not ready, and Aberdeen wore blue shirts.

Rf: Sunday Post, 11th November 1946

Third Lanark Teamsheet:  Petrie, Balunas, Kelly, Bolt, Black, Sinclair, Henderson, Mason, McCulloch, Venters, Kinnear


Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Cowie, McKenna, Dunlop, Waddell, Taylor, Kiddie, Hamilton, Harris, Baird, McCall.

Unused Subs:


Referee: J. Calder, Edinburgh

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