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match report 1943-44 fixture list
North Eastern League 
Aberdeen 3 - 0 Heart of Midlothian
Kick Off:  3:00 PM   Pattillo 10, Ancell 54, Pattillo 77.        
Attendance: 5,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Dons Trounce Hearts
UP to Saturday, it looked as if Raith Rovers were certain to win the North-Eastern League championship. They suffered a setback at Dunfermline, and the Athletic are only two points behind them. The Dons are in third place by reason of a fine victory by three clear goals over Hearts, and Raith Rovers come to Pittodrie this week. There are prospects of a very keen fight for the flae yet.

The Dons have the best goal average in the League, and in their last three home games have scored eight goals without reply from the opposition. Their victory over Hearts was well deserved. They were masters from the start, and played convincing football.
There were flaws in the attack, yet it must be admitted that there was more wholehearted endeavour among the forwards than there has been for some time. An outstanding feature was the display by Stevenson in the Hearts' goal. He greatly impressed the 5000 crowd. His clean, crisp handling of the ball, his anticipation and clever cutting out of high balls were masterly.
Bob Ancell, who, by the way, is not likely to be available for some time, scintillated on the Dons' right wing. He had more scoring attempts than all the other forwards, while his general play was of a high standard.
The Aberdeen defence was solid throughout. Johnstone, Cooper and Dyer were a dependable trio. The half-baoks throttled the Hearts attack. Dunlop dominated the centre of the field, Collier was grand in constructive play, and Taylor, not yet back at his best, was a tremendous grafter.
In attack, Patttllo was next to Ancell in point of merit. His distribution was skilful. He was thrustful and took both his goals cleverly. Green at inside-left showed, improvement. Cox was clever on the ball but somewhat slow, while Dryden put over several dangerous crosses. Apart from Stevenson, Hearts' best were Ure, Harvey, Sutherland, White, and Currie.

Source: Press & Journal, 11th October 1943

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Cooper, Dyer, Collier, Dunlop, Taylor, Ancell, Cox, Pattillo, Green, Dryden.

Unused Subs:


Heart of Midlothian Teamsheet:  Stevenson; McSpadyen, Ure; Lindsay, Sutherland, Harvey; Gilmour, Jones, White, Currie, Murphy


Referee: J. W. Gray, Alyth

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