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match report 1945-46 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
01/12/1945
 
Aberdeen 2 - 0 Kilmarnock
Kick Off:  2:20 PM   Armstrong 41, Armstrong 70.        
Attendance: 14,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
DONS TREADING ON RANGERS' HEELS
ABERDEEN are once more in second place on the League table, but Rangers, with the same number of matches played, lead by four points.
The Light Blues were fortunate to win against Hibs at Ibrox by the odd goal in five, while Celtic dropped a point to Clyde.

The Dons deservedly beat Kilmarnock by two clear goals, but their display was far from satisfactory. The defence was reliable and the half-back play was on a high standard.
The attack, however, was badly out of gear, all three inside men being off form. They had sufficient chances to treble the margin of victory. If the Dons are to remain challengers to the Rangers, then there will have to be greater finishing power in attack.
Kilmarnock were a poor team. At no period of the game did they give the impression that they would get the better of the Dons.
Jenkins in goal, and Bradford at centre-half, were the visitors' outstanding plavers. Jenkins had several masterly saves, but there were times when he should have been beaten with ease.
Johnstone, the Aberdeen goalkeeper, was seldom in trouble. The most difficult ball had to deal with was a pass back by Cooper who, with McKenna. formed a sound back division.
No three half-backs could have given their forwards better support than Taylor, Dunlop and Green, and the response by the inside men should have been much better. They had every opportunity to do well.

Brilliant Come-Back

A special word of praise is due Green.
His come-back after a lengthy absence was in every way a great success. He was the best wing half on view.
The less said about the inside forwards the better. Patillo was the best attacker on view at Cathkin the previous week. On Saturday he was very much below form. Armstrong scored the two goals, but missed others. Baird never settled down.
"Billy" Strauss pleased everyone. He showed his old-time cleverness and dash, and made several openings of which advantage should have been taken. McCall, too, was impressive, but seldom did he get a pass as a winger would expect it.

,b>Source: Press & Journal, 3rd December 1945

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Johnstone, Cooper, McKenna, Taylor, Dunlop, Green, Strauss, Pattillo, Armstrong, Baird, McCall.

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Kilmarnock Teamsheet:  Jenkins, Quin, Johnston, Horton, Bradford, mcDonald, McIntyre, Turnbull, Walsh, McLaren, Ballantyne

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