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match report 1942-43 fixture list
Mitchell Cup Final Second Leg 
Aberdeen 6 - 2 Raith Rovers
Kick Off:  3:00 PM   Dryden 2, Mortensen 28, McSpadyen 29, Dyer 43 (Pen), Pattillo 68, Pattillo 79.       Payne 30, Low 35 (Pen)  
Attendance: 14,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Aberdeen Win the Mitchell Cup 7-3 on aggregate

Dons Win Mitchell Cup a Second Time

ABERDEEN have won all but one of the competitions run by the North-Eastern League since it was started in 1941. They have carried off the Supplementary Cup the Mitchell Cup twice, and have also three championships to their credit. It is a great record. On Saturday they beat Raith Rovers in the second of the home-and-home finals for the Mitchell Cup, their aggregate over the two games being 7-3.

There was no mistaking the Dons'superiority but there were times when their defence was none too reliable. The attack played brilliantly at periods. Rovers were plucky, and are to be congratulated on a wholehearted display.
It was a game full of Incident. The Aberdeen defence missed the steadying influence of Cooper, who is injured. Johnstone in goal was a mixture of good and bad. Ancell and Dyer were none too steady at times. Gavin opened none too confidently, but later steadied up. Dunlop and Gavin were grand In defence and attack.
There was no forward on the field to compare with Mortensen. His ball control was magnificent, and those quick thrusts of his had a very unsettling effect on the Rovers' defence. Mutch was quietly effective. Pattillo a dashing leader, and McSpadyen and Dryden clever on the wings.
Moody saved Rovers from a heavier defeat. He had some remarkable saves. The two former Aberdeen Juniors, Donald and Dutch, performed creditably at right back and right half respectively. Low was a powerful pivot, while Payne at centre needed careful watching.

Before the start. Mr John A. McArthur president of the N.E. League, unfurled Aberdeen's third championship flag and Mr Black, Forfar, handed over the cup to Frank Dunlop at the finish.

Source: Press & Journal, 31st May 1943

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Ancell, Dyer, Dunlop, Gavin, Taylor, McSpadyen, Mutch, Pattillo, Mortensen, Dryden.

Unused Subs:


Raith Rovers Teamsheet:  John Moodie, John Donald, Billy Cook (Everton), John Dutch, Alex Low, John Harvey (Heart of Midlothian), Jackie Stewart, Willie Hurrell, Joe Payne (Chelsea), Bob Glassey, Willie Penman.


Referee: W.Brown, Bellshill

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