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match report 1943-44 fixture list
North Eastern League 
Aberdeen 2 - 0 East Fife
Kick Off:    Armstrong 22, Gourlay 52.        
Attendance: 5,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Dons Defeat East Fife
Aberdeen, led in nippy style by Armstrong home on leave, were sweet moving. Pattillo was a great success at outside-right, and local lad Moir delighted on the other wing. Thomson, recalled, nicely balanced a strong midline.
East Fife had few shots in their locker. The attack combined well enough, but had no finishing power. Duncan, however, was unlucky with a cute lob, which Dyer headed out from a tenantless goal. The Fifers were strong in defence. Niven made some brilliant saves, but the crossbar came to his assistance several times. Stewart and young Aitken were particularly tenacious tacklers. But, somehow, they missed a sharpshooting forward. Hindle had the right idea, but too seldom put it into execution. Moir was Aberdeen?s best forward, and unlucky not to score. Attendance 5000.

Source: Sunday Post, 26th September 1943

With four points from two successive home games. Aberdeen are now second in the North-Eastern League. They beat East Fife by two clear goals at Pittodrie on Saturday, and should have won by a much greater margin.

Niven, the East Fife goakeeper, stood between the Dons and a substantial victory. He prevented at least three sertain goals with full-length saves.
The visiting defence was good as a whole, but the attack never got going, due to the firm grip of the Aberdeen half-backs. Praise is due to Aitken, the seventeen-year-old right-half, a player of great promise.
No fault could be found with the work of the Aberdeen rear. Johnstone, Cooper and Dyer were a reliable trio. Hiles was strong at centre-half. Dunlop and Thomson were grand purveyors.
Matt Armstrong, as leader, is as good as ever. He was clever and thrustful and distributed play well. Taylor was the best of the four inside forwards on view. He showed excellent control. Gourlay did not impress. In Pattillo and Moir the Dons had two grand wing men. Pattillo showed speed and was accurate his crosses, while Moir gave a pleasing display at outside-left. Armstrong and Gourlay were the scorers.

Source: Press & Journal, 27th September 1943

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Cooper, Dyer, Dunlop, Hiles, Thomson, Pattillo, Gourlay, Armstrong, Taylor, Moir.

Unused Subs:


East Fife Teamsheet:  Niven; Fordyce, Stewart; Aitken, Sneddon, Wilcox; Paton, Garth, Jones, Ferguson, Duncan


Referee: R. Calder, Rutherglen

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