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Aberdeen 1 - 0 Albion Rovers

HT Score: Aberdeen 1 - 0 Albion Rovers

Div 1 (Old)
Aberdeen scorers: Fisher.

30/04/1921 | KO: 15:30

One Goal at Pittodrie,

Aberdeen secured a victory over Albion Rovers in the last of the season's League matches, at Aberdeen, by the only goal of the game, scored by the centre forward, Fisher. Aberdeen had the greater share of the play in the first half, and the Rovers in the second, the latter being unfortunate on several occasions in not equalising. Walls, the left half of the Rovers, made a very creditable first time appearance for his team. Eleven thousand spectators saw the match.

Source: The Scotsman, 1st May 1921

Final placing: joint 11th with Kilmarnock

The ball was four times netted at Pittodrie on Saturday, but only on one occasion did the referee allow a goal to registered, and so it came about that Aberdeen finished their Scottish League season with victory over Albion Rovers. There was an end-of-season atmosphere about the play, but the heat had its effect on the principals, and under the circumstances too much could not have been expected by the 11,000 who looked on. Aberdeen deserved to win, but they bad nothing to spare, and had the Rovers shown more nippiness near goal there would have been a different result. Neither set of attackers got properly agoing, although at times there were flashes that redeemed the play from absolute mediocrity, but even if none too convincing on occasion the defences generally held the upper hand. Fisher was the Aberdeen marksman, and the goal puts him an easy first among the Aberdeen goal-getters for the season. On this occasion some seventeen minutes had gone when Robertson, taking a free kick, lobbed the ball well forward. Fisher got possession and Penman close in, scored with a grounder which Kerr did not touch until it reached net. Both sets of attackers might have improved their work near goal, there were good tries at the respective ends by Connon and Middleton, and Binnie, Greenshields, and Bennett. On one occasion Anderson did well to deflect a ball from Bennett with the tips of his fingers for Hutton to complete the clearance. Bennett found the net direct from a corner kick, but, of course, "no goal" was recorded as no second player had touched the ball.

Great Chance Lost.

Shortly after the start of the second half Geddes, the Rovers centre-forward, was through, but left with Anderson to beat cut things too finely, and the Aberdeen goalkeeper brought off a clever left-side save. For a long time the Rovers hammered away at the home defence, but they could make no impression, although Anderson had on several occasions to deal with ticklish shots. Thomson and Connon were responsible for two of the best tries of the day, Thomson after a long run letting go a great shot which Kerr did well to save, and Connon being very unfortunate after rushing the defence to have his final effort deflected for a corner by Kerr, who had left his goal to intercept. Both defences indulged in McCracken tactics, which did not please the crowd too well, even if they were effective, and it was the resort to this method of countering that led to two net-finding efforts by Fisher in the second half being negatived.
It was throughout a rather dreich and uninteresting game, but to the home supporters it had its compensating facts in that it provided the Aberdeen Club with a victorious wind-up to the season and enabled it to share with Kilmarnock the eleventh place on the League ladder ?six places ahead of last season. On the Aberdeen side Anderson kept goal excellently, and Hannah was outstanding at back, with MacLachlan and Robertson taking the eye in the middle division. Connon, Middleton, and Thomson in that order were the best of the forwards. Kerr did well in the visitors' goal, and was strongly supported by Penman and Ford. Walls was the best half-back, with McSkimming next in order, but the only forward who mattered was Bennie at outside left.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal 2nd May 1921

Albion Rovers Teamsheet
Kerr; Penman, Ford; Greenshields, McSkimming, Walls; Bennett, White, Geddes, Young, Bonnie
Attendance: 11,500
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: P. Gildea, Lochgelly
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