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League Cup Group D 
12/10/1946
 
Falkirk 0 - 1 Aberdeen
Kick Off:          Hamilton 43.  
Attendance: 17,000
Venue: Brockville Park, Falkirk
DONS' WILL-TO-WIN BROUGHT THEM REWARD
Cooper Excelled In Great Defence At Falkirk
By NORMAN MACDONALD

THE Dons are on top of the world again. The single goal victory at Falkirk, combined with the Dumfries result, leaves them in a happy position.
Hamilton's winner may well prove a golden goal for Aberdeen.
Chief honours for the Falkirk success go to the defenders, with a special mention for veteran Willie Cooper. The right back gave a grand display.

The Dons took the field a determined, resolute team. There was more "fight" about them in this game than in the Motherwell and Dundee matches combined.
True, they won through only by the narrow margin of one goal, but they deserved victory because they were well imbued with the will-to-win spirit.
It was a hard-fought game from start to finish, and not a single man of the twenty-two spared himself. The defences held the mastery. In the second half, when Falkirk fought desperately to snatch the equaliser, the Pittodrie defenders were magnificent.
Johnstone in the Aberdeen goal had a good game Only quick thinking on one occasion in the second half on the part of the keeper saved the Dons from losing a point.

,b>Saved With His Foot

McKenna slipped in going for the ball and J. Henderson was clean through. Dunlop was left in a hopeless position between the winger and Wardlaw. The centre gained possession from his teammate and Johnstone rushed from his charge to deflect Wardlaw's shot with his foot.
That was the Aberdeen goal's greatest escape, but there was another occasion in the opening period when the Falkirk crowd gasped. Another Wardlaw try was on its way into the net when Johnstone's foot saved the day. The ball ran to J. Henderson, and the winger sent against the upright.
Fitzsimmons, the danger man in the Falkirk attack, never got a chance. He was almost completely blotted out by Cooper. The right-back was at the top his form. He was sure with head and feet.
Joe MacLaughlin, the Dons' new player from Hamilton, made quite a promising debut. Tall and well-built, he was strong in the tackle and his passes were crisp and accurate.
Dunlop was another stalwart in the Aberdeen defence. He kept a tight grip Wardlaw and more than once he came to the rescue when dangerous situations were developing. It was his best display of the season. Cowie played soundly.
The Pittodrie attac was most active in the first-half, when both Hamilton and McCall showed clever ball control and kept the line moving.
R. Henderson, the Falkirk centre-half, saw to it that Williams got few chances, but he had a full-time job keeping the South African in check. The same can be said for McPhee against Harris, who was tried on the right wing.
Falkirk made changes in attack in the second-half, Campbell taking over the leadership, with Wardlaw on the right wing and J. Henderson inside.
McPhee and R. Henderson, the latter in particular, were outstanding in the Falkirk defence, while J. Henderson, on the right wing, and Alison, at insideleft, were seen to best advantage in attack.
Hamilton's winning goal came two minutes from the interval. Cowie made ground on the right and when he sent the ball into the middle Hamilton leaped forward to head into the net.

Source: Press & Journal, 14th October 1946

 
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Falkirk Teamsheet:  Dawson; Stewart, McPhee; Doig, R. Henderson, Sinclair; J. Henderson, Campbell, Wardlaw, Allison, Fitzsimmons

Bookings:

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Cooper, McKenna, Cowie, Dunlop, McLaughlin, Harris, Hamilton, Williams, McCall, Millar.

Unused Subs:

Bookings:

Referee: W. Brown, Bellshill

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