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match report 1947-48 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
St. Mirren 3 - 0 Aberdeen
Kick Off:    Jack 13, Jack 39, Jack 77        
Attendance: 13,500
Venue: St Mirren Park (Love Street), Paisley
Front Line Dismal Failure in Paisley Disaster

No argument, no excuses. The Dons were a bad team at Paisley last night. St Mirren took Scottish League points with a 3-0 win.

It might just as easily have been five. The Saints were on their toes from the first blast of the whistle - Aberdeen were on their heels.
The home team went to meet the ball, while the Pittodrie policy of waiting for it was fatal.
The match was a personal triumph for Jack, the Paisley centre forward. The former Shawfield Juniors player scored all three goals - two of them with his head.
Only three Aberdeen players emerged from last night's game with credit. They were Johnstone, Taylor and Cowie. The two first-named were particularly effective.
The St Mirren team had an international flavour about it, including as it did an Englishman, an Irishman and Pole, as well as the Scots contingent.
Both Burrell and Lesz, who were making their debut in the first team, acquitted themselves well. Lesz, who joined Saints last week from Forres, has the distinction of being the first Pole to play in Scottish League football.

Fighting Midgets

The Dons never looked like winning this game. There was a complete lack devil in their play. St Mirren's five attacking midgets were full of fire and fight. The Pittodrie forwards simply failed to function as a line.
Last night's form can bring nothing but disaster. The team just wasn't good enough.
St Mirren come to Pittodrie on Saturday in the League Cup. Unless there is a sudden and marked improvement in the whole Aberdeen team they face another defeat.
Thirteen minutes after the start St Mirren took the lead. The trouble came as a result of a short pass from Hamilton to Cowie. Milne nipped in, gathered the ball, and raced to bring Johnstone to full length. The 'keeper parried the shot, but before he could grasp the ball Jack rushed in to drive it home.
Rennie had his first real test in twenty minutes. Harris flicked on a pass from Taylor, and Millar pounced on the ball to bring the 'keeper into action.
Six minutes from the interval clever work by Lesz led to the second St Mirren goal, which was deserved on the run of play. The Pole dummied McLaughlin and cut across the field to send the ball out to Burrell.
The Irishman crossed perfectly and Jack jumped to head into the corner of the net away from Johnstone.

Jack's Hat-trick

There was a spell of Aberdeen pressure at the start the seccnd half, but there was still a lack of devil about their play.
St Mirren looked more likely to score, and Jack, who had shortly before been injured in collision with Johnstone, netted a magnificent goal to complete his hat-trick. This came in thirty-two minutes.
The move started at the left, and finished when the centre headed home a cross from Burrell. How Jark managed to twist forward to head the ball into the net is a mystery.
St Mirren might have increased their lead in the closing minutes. Smith, left back, well upfield, sent the ball through to Milne, and the little winger released a terrific shot which crashed against the upright.

Source: Press & Journal, 27th August 1947

St. Mirren Teamsheet:  Rennie, Drinkwater, Smith, Hunter, telfer, Martin, Burrell, Guthrie, Jack, Lesz, Milne


Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Cowie, McKenna, McLaughlin, Waddell, Taylor, Kiddie, Hamilton, Harris, Baird, Millar.

Unused Subs:


Referee: A. Mowatt

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