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Div 1 (Old) 
14/12/1946
 
Kilmarnock 2 - 1 Aberdeen
Kick Off:    Stevenson 35, Stevenson 48       Hamilton 46.  
Attendance: 8,500
Venue: Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
DONS HAD THE SKILL-KILLIE GOT THE GOALS
Easy Scoring Chances Missed By Aberdeen
By NORMAN MACDONALD

IT is of little value for a team by clever outfield play to make chances if they don't round off their work by taking their chances. Yet that is exactly what Aberdeen did against Kilmarnock.

If points were awarded for general skill the Dons would have won this game comparatively easily. But it's goals that count. In this all-important department they failed badly.

Waldron twice, and Harris once in the first half, and McLaughlin in the closing stages missed what appeared from the stand to be easy scoring chances.
It was a most unsatisfactory game from the Aberdeen point of view. Admittedly the ground conditions were difficult. The surface was heavy and greasy, and the ball often skidded awkwardly.
Under these circumstances it was a mistake on the part of the Aberdeen forwards to over-indulge in the closepassing game. To me it appeared if it would have been more profitable to keep the play open.
Kilmarnock didn't attempt to do any pattern-weaving. They went to meet the ball, and kept it swinging.
An early goal for the Dons would probably have won this game. It started as one would have expected - Killie over-anxious to win invaluable points and the Pittodrie lads playing like League leaders.
Had the Aberdeen forwards been able to make the "kill" in the first ten minutes the issue would have been decided. As it was, they failed, and the Kilmarnock players gained in confidence.
The Aberdeen defence was not altogether blameless for the loss of the goals. 'Keeper Johnstone can't be exonerated in the first case, although I thought McLaughlin might have found touch for safety before the movement finished with Stevenson finding the net.

Hamilton's Equaliser

Aberdeen seemed be on the way to victory when Hamilton equalised with the best goal of the game one minute after the start of the second half. The inside-right gathered a pass from Harris, sold the "dummy" to Downie, and picked his square in the net.
Two minutes later a free-kick by Turnbull landed among a crowd of players in the Aberdeen goalmouth. The ball was blocked, but in a twinkling Stevenson smashed it into the net.
The Pittodrie extreme wingers lacked driving power. Instead of making ground quickly and getting the ball into the middle, they almost invariably tried to beat the back. And the Ayr- shire backs, with relegation looming ahead, weren't in the mood to take any chances.
In the opening minutes of the second period Waldron and Harris carried out their usual switch, but this didn't produce any marked improvement.
Apart from the loss of the first goal, Johnstone was safe enough, but when I tell you that he made onlv three direct saves in the second half you can Judge for yourself the trend of play.
Cooper was the better back, but none of the half-backs was really outstanding. Hamilton was thebest in an attack which often had the opposition baffled, to how they failed to get the ball into tne net.
Big men in the Kilmarnock side were Downie in goal, and Thyne at centre-half. Perhaps the keeper was a trifle lucky to be so often in the right spot at the right time, but he gave a grand display.
Thyne started shakily, but settled down to a sound and effective defensive game. Turnbull at right-half also took the eye. Best forward was Stevenson on the right wing.

Source: Press & Journal, 14th December 1946

Kilmarnock Teamsheet:  Downie; Dornan, Landborough; Turnbull, Thyne, Davie; Stevenson, Devlin, Walsh, Henry, McAvoy

Bookings:

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Cooper, McKenna, McLaughlin, Dunlop, Taylor, Harris, Hamilton, Waldron, McCall, Williams.

Unused Subs:

Bookings:

Referee: M. C. Dale, Glasgow

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