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Mitchell Cup Semi Final Second Leg 
01/05/1943
 
Aberdeen 2 - 1 Hibernian
Kick Off:  3:00 PM   Armstrong 22, Armstrong 89.       Smith 5  
Attendance: 15,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Dons in Cup Final
The Dons are in the final of the North-Eastern League Cup for the second year in succession. They beat Hibs at Pittodrie by the odd goal in three, making their aggregate 3-2 over the two games.

The Dons are perhaps fortunate to be in the final. Hibs in both semi-final matches played the better football, but full credit must be given to Aberdeen's defence which carried them through.
On Saturday it looked as if extra time would be necessary, but, with only seconds to go, Matt Armstrong smashed in the winning goal. It was a sensational finish to a game which thrilled a crowd 15,000, the largest of the season.
Hibs had chances, but did not take them. An Arthur Milne as leader of the attack would have made all the difference.
Johnstone In the Aberdeen goal did not always inspire confidence. The backs and half-backs are due great praise for the way they stood up to the Hibs' attack. Cooper was uneasy at times against Caskie but he had the measure of the latter in the second half. Dyer's task watching Smith was the harder, but he never flinched. Gavin was a tower of strength at centre-half, but it was not until the second period that Dunlop and Taylor found their form.
Matt Armstrong was the Dons' best forward. He showed rare dash and skill, and took both goals coolly. McSpadyen, Gourlay and Ancell also did their share, but the attack as a whole was not too convincing.
Hibs were best served in defence by Shaw, Baxter and Keane. Gordon Smith, by the way he took his goal, showed that he is a player of great promise. Caskie and he were best in attack.

Source: Press & Journal, 3rd May 1943

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Cooper, Dyer, Dunlop, Gavin, Taylor, McSpadyen, Gourlay, Armstrong, Ferguson, Ancell.

Unused Subs:

Bookings:

Hibernian Teamsheet:  Brown; Shaw, Hall; Finnigan, Baxter, Kean; Smith, McGillvray, Anderson, Woodburn, Caskie

Bookings:

Referee: R. Calder, Rutherglen

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