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match report 1948-49 fixture list
Dewar Shield First Preliminary Round 
Deveronvale 2 - 3 Aberdeen
Kick Off:    Burnett 12, Williamson 63.       Hamilton 14, Muir 37, Hamilton 79.  
Attendance: 2,000
Venue: Princess Royal Park, Banff
Dons' Forwards Lack Drive

THE Dons got a shake-up at Banff last night. A goal from Hamilton eleven minutes from the end of the game gave them victory./p> Deveronvale are to be congratulated on a spirited display. Fears that after holding Aberdeen to the odd goal in three in the first half they would tire after the interval proved unfounded.
They battled gamely for equality all through, and the Pittodrie defence was hard pressed at times in the second half.
That the Dons did not win more emphatically can be traced to two causes - lack of drive on the part of the forwards and a plucky 'Vale defence.
Allan in the Deveronvale goal, despite lack of inches, was a capable last line, and Taylor and Nimmo at back played soundly. Taylor, a brother of George Taylor, the former Aberdeen half back, revealed clever positional sense. He went to Deveronvale from Aberdeen Hall and Co..
Williamson, at inside left, was the live wire of a keen and quick-raiding Banff attack.
The Aberdeen team was not imnressive and lacked an outstanding personality, although Hamilton tried hard to instil cohesion into the attack.
Harris who was tried at right back was not happy in the first half, but improved later.

Shock for Dons

The 'Vale had a shock in store for the Dons in twelve minutes. Curran made a weak clearance and John Burnett, outside left, gathered the ball to send high into the net from twenty-three yards' range.
Two minutes later, Hamilton rose to head a Preston cross past Allan, and in thirty-seven minutes Aberdeen took the lead.
A long-range drive by Martin struck the crossbar and "Newman" netted from the rebound.
The Pittodrie defence was caught napping eighteen minutes after the start of the second half when Williamson scored from a neat slip from Adam.
Aberdeen's winning goal in thirty-four minutes arrived when Hamilton, lying unmarked, sent home from a well-placed lob from Millar.

Source: Press & Journal, 9th September 1948

Deveronvale Teamsheet:  Allan, Taylor, Nimmo, Frew, Glover, Ritchie, Duncan, Williamson, Smith, Adam, John Burnett.


Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Curran, Harris, Emery, Preston, Dunlop, Martin, Botha, Glen, Muir, Hamilton, Millar.

Unused Subs:


Referee: W.Penny, Huntly

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