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match report 1934-35 fixture list
Cardiff City 1 - 2 Aberdeen
Kick Off:    Pugh.       Mills, Armstrong.  
Attendance: 10,000
Venue: Ninian Park, Cardiff

Goals by Mills and Armstrong


If the game between Aberdeen and Cardiff City at Ninian Park last night lacked some of the bite of a league match, as an exhibition it was enjoyable, and as a comparison between the styles and merits of Scottish and English football instructive.

One thing that must have impressed everyone was the way in which the Scots were able to save their energies by making the ball do the work.
Whilst there were many flaws in the play of the Aberdonians, and good intentions often went adrift, the whole side played with great coolness and confidence, and the half-backs linked with the forwards much more readily and effectively than ever the City did.
Aberdeen had a bad spell in the first twenty minutes, when they were surprised by vigour of the City attacks
Only the superb coolness and efficiency of Smith in goal saved the Scots from being at least three goals down in that period. Smith was undoubtedly an artist, and made goalkeeping look easy.

City Take Lead

It was no surprise when City took the lead. Hill swept the ball over from the left, and Pugh, who had cut in from the opposite wing, drove an oblique shot which struck the bottom right-hand post and entered the net.
After this Falloon kept a relentless grip on Keating and with Lewis entirely out form at inside-right, the Scottish defence had fewer worries, and the forwards asserted themselves.
Mills soon demonstrated that he is a fine dribbler, and when the equalising goal came he also proved a rare opportunist.
The City defence hesitated for a fraction of a second and on Mills delivered a glorious shot which Farquharson probably did not see.

Armstrong?s Great Goal

The winning goal, a few minutes before the interval, was almost entirely the work of Armstrong. He suddenly darted out of the left wing, and made a magnificent dribble, in which he beat three opponents before slipping the ball to Smith, the left winger, who had cut inside. Smith instantly returned it, and Armstrong capped very neatly the best movement of the match with a goal.

Source: Press & Journal, 30th April 1935

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