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match report 1948-49 fixture list
League Cup Group D 
Aberdeen 3 - 1 St. Mirren
Kick Off:  3:00 PM   Harris 15, Hamilton 23, Hamilton 43.       Milne 49  
Attendance: 25,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Hamilton's Return to Form Revives Dons
Massie and Thomson Come Through Baptism Well

IT would undoubtedly be optimistic to assume that Aberdeen, having opened the League Cup campaign with a 3-1 win over St Mirren Pittodrie, will have no more team troubles.
At the same time there are grounds for hoping that this victory is the stimulant required to put some pep into the Dons' play.

Their performance on Saturday was the best they have produced this season, and perhaps the most significant feature was the better form, shown by George Hamilton.
This was more like the Hamilton of old, and his partnership with Pearson was full of promise.
That it didn't pay better dividends against St Mirren was due to two things. Firstly, Pearson was still persisting in putting too much work on the ball and secondly he was opposed to St Mirren's best player in Smith.
The big right back is not a polished performer, but he had the better of the argument in his many tussles with the Dons' left winger.

Not Lopsided

Aberdeen's attack was by no means lop-sided. Harris instilled some life into the middle and both Stenhouse and Williams did clever things, although the imnression remains that Stenhouse is happier at half back than at inside forward.
Massie and Thomson, the two Banks o' Dee products, were the centre of attraction in the Pittodrie defence, and both could be said to have come through their first team baptism creditably.
Massie seems hesitant when going for the ball in the air, but his tackling and kicking were quite good.
Eighteen-year-old Thomson had a lively opponent in Milne, who is still an alert leader despite his long spell in the game. Thomson can pe marked down as a player with a future, but at the moment he has one dangerous weakness - he seems to have a spell in every game when he loses concentration.
This is a fault which can be eradicated with experience. It cost a goal on Saturday and might have meant another had not Johnstone made a daring dive at Milne' feet as the centre careered through.

McKenna Excels,/p> Otherwise Johnstone had not a busy afternoon. The best man in the home defence was McKenna, who had a good grip on Burrell on this occasion.
The Pittodrie wing half-backs can both do better. Waddell had a tendency to stray into the middle, but fortunately for Aberdeen the St Mirren forwards were unable to exploit this weakness.
It was a disappointing Paisley team. There was a spell after Milne scored when they looked as if they might do some damage, but latterly they were well beaten and spoiled play with over-robust tactics. Apart from Smith, their most consistent performer was Willie Reid at inside left.
Aberdeen's goals all came before half-time. Harris headed the first in fifteen minutes off a Pearson corner, and eight minutes later Hamilton took a pass from Williams and shot home off a post.
After this Harris twice netted, but both goals were chalked off for infringements. Hamilton's second goal came two minutes from half-time and was the best of the bunch - a 25-yarder which flew high into the net past the surprised goalkeeper.
Milne reduced the leeway four minutes after the interval with the Aberdeen defence appealing for a foul on McKenna.

Source: Press & Journal, 13th September 1948

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Massie, McKenna, McLaughlin, Thomson, Waddell, Williams, Stenhouse, Harris, Hamilton, Pearson.

Unused Subs:


St. Mirren Teamsheet:  Miller, Smith, Drinkwater, Walter Reid, Telfer, Martin, Burrell, Stewart, Milne, Willie Reid, Telford


Referee: P. Fitzpatrick, Glasgow

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