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match report 1945-46 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
Aberdeen 2 - 1 Heart of Midlothian
Kick Off:    Baird 12, Baird 48.       McFarlane 58  
Attendance: 15,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Struggle To Finish As League Runners-up
Dons Just Scrape Through Against Hearts

THE fight to finish second to Rangers in "A" Division is now between Aberdeen and Hibs. A point separates the teams, but Hibs have a match in hand.

The Dons complete their League programme at Hamilton this week. Hibs are at Paisley, but it has to be decided whether their abandoned game with at Queen's Park at Hampden will be played.
If the Dons beat the Accies and Hibs lose to St Mirren, it does not matter what happens between the Edinburgh team and the amateurs, for the Dons would have a lead of three points over the Easter Road team.
One thing is cerian, however, Aberdeen will have to be more impressive than against Hearts if they ar to complete their fixtures with a victory at Hamilton.
here was another instance of the Dons having the major share of the play and just managing to scrape the by the odd goal in three.
Hearts were a very ordinary team and they ought to have heen beaten by three or four goals instead of one.

Baird In Form

The Dons must be thankful that Archie Baird was in form. The big inaide forward got both goals, and was unfortunate not to register his hat-trick.
In the second period he played at left-half owing to Taylor receiving a shoulder injury. Both at inside forward and in the middle division he was the outstanding player afield.
Another pleasing feature s far as Aberdeen were concerned was the greatly improved form of A. A. Kiddie at outside-right. Some of this boy's touches were a delight to watch. He and Bremner made a happy partnership. Bremner may not be so fast as of yore but he knows how to get the best out of his wing man.
Johnstone, following a long absence, was confident in goal. Cowie found Walker troublesome at the start, but mastered the internationalist in the second period. McKenna had no superior at back.
Dunlop dominated the centre of the field. Green was a tireless worker, and Taylor good and consistent as ever until injured.
Williams was always on alert at centre but too individualistic at times. McCall played better when at inside-left.

Source: Press & Journal, 11th February 1946

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Cowie, McKenna, Green, Dunlop, Taylor, Kiddie, Bremner, Williams, Baird, McCall.

Unused Subs:


Heart of Midlothian Teamsheet:  Brown, McClure, Miller, Philp, Baxter, Phillips, McFarlane, Conn, Kelly, McCrae, Walker


Referee: R. Duthie, Kirkcaldy

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