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match report 1945-46 fixture list
Southern League Cup Group 1 
Aberdeen 4 - 1 Hibernian
Kick Off:  3:00 PM   Baird 17, Kiddie 18, Williams 48, Baird 83.       Smith 32  
Attendance: 18,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Dons Too Clever For Plucky Hibernian
THE Scottish League Cup competition is proving highly interesting both in "A" and "B" Divisions.
Rangers and Morton are the only teams to take lull points from their two engagements in "A" Division, while East Fife and Ayr United have each won both their games in the "B Division.

Aberdeen, with a great 4-1 victory over Hibs at Pittodrie, are now leaders of their section.
if the Dons can continue to produce the form shown against Hibs at Pittodrie before a crowd of just over 20,000, and on a pitch which was in a treacherous condition, then they will qualify for the Cup competition proper.
Hibs were always a team of fighters, carrying, perhaps, too many individualists, but on play they were beaten by an Aberdeen team which was superior in all divisions except goal.
The Dons played sparkling football at times and were always the better and more skilful combination. The forwards were in shooting form, and but for great work by the Hibs' goalkeeper they might have won by a much more substantial margin.
When it is considered, too, that McKenna, the left back, operated at outside-left during the greater portion of the game and that five positional changes were made, the homesters deserve all the more credit for their success.

Versatile Players

It was proved conclusively that Aberdeen have players who play well in unaccustomed positions. Taylor filled the left back position very satisfactorily. Baird showed that he can adapt himself to the left-half berth, while McCall was an effective inside forward.
The team as a whole was sound. Every man pulled his weight.
Hibs have a stubborn defence, a trio of excellent half-backs, and an attack which would have got goals against a less reliable defence. Gordon Smith, a dangerous raider in the first half, was generally subdued by Taylor after the interval.
Baird had two of Aberdeen's goals, Kiddle and Williams also scoring. Johnstone should have prevented the Hibs goal, but he was taken by surprise when Smith crossed the ball. He was under the impression the ball had crossed the bye-line.

Source: Press & Journal, 4th March 1946

Aberdeen had a great victory by 4-1 over Hibs at Pittodrie today in the League Cup competition. The Dons' victory was all the more creditable because owing to injury to M'Kenna they were forced to make five, positional changes.

Source: Evening Express, 2nd March 1946

WHO threw the'snowball at the ref. at Pittodrie? Policemen on duty were set this problem by Mr J. R. Boyd, who was in charge at Aberdeen-Hibs tie. The snowball, from the crowd on the terracing, caught the referee full on the face. He stopped the game, reported the matter to policeman on duty.

Source: Sunday Post, 3rd March 1946

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Cowie, McKenna, Taylor, Dunlop, Waddell, Kiddie, Hamilton, Williams, Baird, McCall.

Unused Subs:


Hibernian Teamsheet:  Kerr; Howie, Shaw; Keane, Aird, McCabe; Smith, Finnegan, Weir, Combe, Peat


Referee: J. R. Boyd, Denny

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