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match report 1946-47 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
Aberdeen 2 - 1 Clyde
Kick Off:  2:45 PM   Hamilton 37, Williams 68.       Gourlay 50  
Attendance: 10,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Dons Should Have Scored More Goals
THERE was no denying thai the points went to the better team at Pittodrie, but neither side could take much credit from a game which was hard rather than brilliant. On the frozen ground the man in possession had a distinct advantage, but few of the forwards seemed to appreciate this, and the wing half-backs on both sides were prominent with fierce tackling.

Aberdeen's new forward formation was no better than anything thev have fielded this season, and considering the chances they got the home score should have been bigger. There was a lack of thrust on both wings, and Williams was generally well held by McCormack.
Harris was curious mixture, while Hamilton faded out in the second half against Long's relentless tackling.
Despite a distinct territorial advantage Aberdeen could claim only one goal at half time. Play was never far from Sweeney but it was seldom that the big 'keeper was troubled. He was ultimately beaten by Hamilton's header after a bout of passing by the home inside trio.

Cowie at Fault

Bad marking by Cowie was responsible for Clyde's equalising goal soon after the interval. Dixon got a clear run in on goal, and although his shot was stopped by Johnstone, the ball ran clear to Gourlay, who shot home.
The deciding goal was the result of the best movement in the game. Four players took part, and after McCall had put Taylor away, the left half parted to Harris. With two men on top of him the former Queen's Parker sent a judicious flick to Williams, who netted as Sweeney advanced.
Aberdeen's star defender was McKenna, who tackled strongly and kicked well throughout. All the half-backs were strong, and Dunlop excelled in covering up for Cowie.
Duffy and Galbraith, the Clyde backs, didn't stand on ceremony with the home wingers, and the longer the game lasted the better did Campbell and Long play at wing half. The Shawfield forward line never really got together although Dixon gave the impression he would have been dangerous with a better partner than McGill.

Source: Press & Journal, 3rd February 1947

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Cowie, McKenna, McLaughlin, Dunlop, Taylor, Botha, Hamilton, Williams, Harris, McCall.

Unused Subs:


Clyde Teamsheet:  Sweeney; Duffy, Galbraith; Campbell, McCormack, Long; Hepburn, Gourlay, Johnstone, McGill, Dixon


Referee: W. Brown, Bellshill

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