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match report 1948-49 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
19/02/1949
 
Falkirk 1 - 2 Aberdeen
Kick Off:  3:00 PM   K. Dawsonn 81       Williams 16, Emery 65 (Pen).  
Attendance: 10,000
Venue: Brockville Park, Falkirk
WILLIAMS PUTS DONS ON VICTORY PATH
Most Buoyant Aberdeen Side for Weeks

STAN WILLIAMS, in former seasons a regular marksman for Aberdeen, hadn't figured in the scoring list since October 23 when he took the field against Falkirk on Saturday. Seconds after the kick-off he missed a good chance, and it looked as if the hoodoo was still with him.

Sixteen minutes later, however, the South African smacked the ball high into the net, and the Dons were on the road to their first away win of the season.
The team is still in a tight corner, but this hard-won 2-1 victory has rekindled hopes that they will escape and will undoubtedly help to restore their shattered morale.
While it would be stupid to assume that all the Pittodrie ills had been cured bv this one victory, it has to be admitted that it was a more buoyant Aberdeen side than has been seen for many weeks. From goal out every man did his part to bring about the first step in the recovery programme.
It is perhaps unfair to single out individuals, but a potent factor in the Dons' success was the fact that the wing half-backs, McLaughlin and Harris, took a grip from the start and were able to give their own forwards support.

Main Difference

This was the main difference between the sides in the first half, but later on the Falkirk right half-back came right into the game with a service that more experienced players than McLaughlin and Silcock might have capitalised.
Jerry Dawson, now a veteran, is still a great 'keeper, and John Curran showed that Aberdeen have one of the best of the younger school. He had many great saves, and many Falkirk supporters must still be wondering how he managed to put a Kenny Dawson thunderbolt over the bar in the first half.
Ancell and McKenna, at full back, compared favourably with the Falkirk pair, while Roy's destructive policy in the middle paid dividends. One criticism that could levelled at the Dons' defence was a lack of co-ordlnatlon when it came to laying the offside trap.
With better support Aberdeen's attack was more impressive than against Rangers, and they revealed more combination than the Falkirk five. Archie Glen, the newcomer, had a good first half, but faded later, with the result that Hather, who was the most enterprising winger afield, was neglectad and had to forage for himself.

Constant Menace

Williams again worked tremendously hard in defence and attack, and if Emery compared unfavourably with Aikman as regards ball control he was a constant menace to Henderson, who became unusually ruffled. Emery might, with advantage, have tried to go through on his own instead of overdoing the short pass to his inside men.
The centre had a hand in the move which brought the opening goal. He sent the ball out to Rice, whose return along the ground was collected by Williams, who steadied himself before scoring with a rising shot.
Aikman twice missed chances to equalise, and when the second half started Alison had moved to outside left for Falkirk, with McLaughlin on the right wing. There wasn't much improvement and the game degenerated for spell into kick-and-rush stuff.
Hather brought relief with a great run on the right wing and finished with a shot which Dawson palmed away for a corner. Rice took the kick, and, as the ball came over, Dawson pushed Emery in his attempt to reach the ball.
The referee was on the spot and gave penalty, from which Emery gave the goalkeeper no earthly chance. Things looked rosy for Aberdeen then, but thev lost a goal in thirty-six minutes when a swerving ball skidded off Roy's foot and left Ken Dawson with a simple task to beat Curran.

Source: Press & Journal, 21st February 1949

 
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Falkirk Teamsheet:  J. Dawson, Whyte, McPhee, Fiddes, Henderson, Whitelaw, Allison, Silcock, Aikman, McLaughlin, K. Dawson

Bookings:

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Curran, Ancell, McKenna, McLaughlin, Roy, Harris, Rice, Williams, Emery, Glen, Hather.

Unused Subs:

Bookings:

Referee: P. Fitzpatrick

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