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match report 1941-42 fixture list
North Eastern League 
Aberdeen 3 - 0 Leith Athletic
Kick Off:  3:00 PM   Steele 28, Strauss 75, Taylor 88.        
Attendance: 4,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Right Wing Sparkles
The display given at Pittodrie by the right wing pair, Steele, of Ayr United and Barnsley, and F. Taylor, of Burnley, was one of the brightest seen at Aberdeen this season.
This was Taylor's first game for the Dons, and the team's followers hope that he will be available for some time. In the last half hour he was the outstanding player on the field. His control was perfect. He put over many inviting crosses, and he packs a good shot. Steele mad him an ideal partner. The former Ayr player greatly impressed by his clever dribbling and by his ability to make openings. Johnstone effected several fine saves. Cooper and Graham were sound backs. Taylor, Dunlop and Dyer all gave good displays in the middle line.
As already stated, Steel and Taylor were the big men in attack. Pattillo finished poorly, although he harassed the Athletic defence all the time. Strauss, at inside left, put thrust into the attack, and he opened out play nicely at times. Dryden showed cleverness, but his crosses too often went to the goalkeeper.
But for some wonderful work by McNair, the Leith goalkeeper, in the closing stages, the Dons would have won more handsomely. He was the visitors' putstanding player.
Steele opened Aberdeen's account in the first half, but half an hour of the second half had elapsed before Strauss got a second. The best goal of the match came from F. Taylor, whose smashing shot gave McNair no chance just on time.
W. Waddell, former Aberdeen centre-half, who, until a few months ago, played for Celtic, is almost certain to be in the Aberdeen team against Dunfermline at Pittodrie on Saturday. Now that Hearts are out of the Southern League Cup, Grorge Hamilton will probably be included in the team.

Source: Press & Journal, 13th April 1942

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Cooper, Graham, Taylor, Dunlop, Dyer, Steele, Taylor, Pattillo, Strauss, Dryden.

Unused Subs:


Leith Athletic Teamsheet:  McNair; Rennie, Cairns; W. Watson, McKenrie, Pryde; Hamilton, F. Watson, Broadley, Laing, Slater


Referee: D. Gerrard, Aberdeen

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