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match report 1945-46 fixture list
Southern League Cup Group 1 
Hibernian 3 - 2 Aberdeen
Kick Off:  3:00 PM   Milne 28, Milne 61, Weir 84       Baird 25, Cowie 88.  
Attendance: 35,000
Venue: Easter Road, Edinburgh
Injury To Cowie Put Dons Out Of Gear
ABERDONIANS and North country people were hoping that the issue between Aberdeen and Hibs as to which of the teams will go forward to the League Cup competition proper would have been settled in the Dons' favour on Saturday.
That the Dons just failed to get the necessary point can be attributed chiefly to the fact that the entire Pittodrie machinery was completely put out of gear an injury to Cowie in the first half.
This necessitated no fewer than five positional changes. Up to the time the right back became a casualty, the Dons had been playing well.

A decision to which the will qualify will not be reached until Saturday, the last day of the sectional games.
Unfortunately, Aberdeen will take the field against Partick Thistle under a double handicap. Cowie will be absent from the team for some time. It is a strained ligament he suffering from.
George Hamilton will be playing for the British Army against the French Army on the Continent.

Must Win at Firhill

The Dons are now set the task of winning at Firhill to ensure entry into the knock-out competition, for Hibs have a home game against Kilmarnock.
Unfortunate is the word to apply to the Dons in their defeat by the odd goal in five at Easter Road. Aberdeen put up great fight against terrific odds.
The Aberdeen defence emerged with great credit. Henderson, apart from his error of judgment in coming out when Hibs got their second point, gave a grand display goal. McKenna never flinched, and Taylor, even when playing back for the injured Cowie, distinguished himself. Dunlop was a great centre-half, and Pattillo was a tremendous worker.
George Hamilton was brilliant in the first half-hour, Strauss made an excellent come-back, but Williams was seldom in the picture. Baird was a worker, but McCall operated in too many positions to be a success in any of them.
Hibs were value for their success under the circumstances. Gordon Smith must now be a strong candidate for a place in the Scottish team at outside-left.
Milne (2) and Weir were Hibs' scorers, and Balrd and Cowie counted for Aberdeen.
Only Rangers are certain qualifiers in "A" Division, and Dundee will go through goal avarage alone in "B"' Division.

Source: Press & Journal, 25th March 1946

Hibernian Teamsheet:  Kerr, Howie, Shaw, Kean, Aird, McCabe, Weir, Finnigan, Milne, Combe, Smith


Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Henderson, Cowie, McKenna, Pattillo, Dunlop, Taylor, Strauss, Hamilton, Williams, Baird, McCall.

Unused Subs:


Referee: R. Bowman, Motherwell

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