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Raith Rovers 2 - 1 Aberdeen

HT Score: Raith Rovers 0 - 0 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)
Raith Rovers scorers: Jennings 2
Aberdeen scorers: Wright.

08/10/1921 | KO:

Aberdeen's Fifth Defeat

Much enthusiasm prevailed at Stark's Park, Kirkcaldy, when after eighty minutes of a hard and exciting game had gone Raith Rovers put on a spurt against Aberdeen, and Jennings registered the first goal. Just on time he had another fine individual effort which beat Anderson all the way, and then in a scrimmage in front of Brown the visitors rushed through their one and only score. All through the defences had a big share in the game, and both goalkeepers were in the picture all the time. Anderson and Brown, for Aberdeen and Raith respectively, used their judgement with fine effect, and, thanks to them, the scoring was low. The front rankers on each side were eager and willing, but Raith perhaps had the majority of chances, though they failed to take advantage of them when they presented themselves. It was a game full of movement and never lacking in interest.

Source: The Scotsman, 10th October 1921

In a Scottish League fixture at Kirkcaldy, Raith Rovers beat Aberdeen by 2 goals to 1. All the scoring was accomplished in the closing minutes of the game, and after the majority spectators had made up their minds for a draw. If the victory went to the side that was more deserving in respect that they accounted for the major share of the attacking, it must be said that an injury to Yule in the period greatly handicapped Aberdeen. About twenty minutes from the end the outside left twisted his knee, and had to be carried off, and although he resumed after a short absence, he was of no use to his side, and he again collapsed and had to be carried off, to take no further part in the game. Even when at full strength earlier, it took Aberdeen all their time to hold their own, and while they defended stubbornly, and their attack was prominent in spasmodic rushes, the fact that the opening of the score was so long delayed was as much due to weak finishing by the Rovers' forwards as to the efforts of the Aberdeen defence. Throughout the game both goalkeepers got much do, and with some bright play the issue was always in doubt.
For fifteen minutes fine backing up by the rear divisions kept Raith Rovers defending, and Brown's charge had a series of escapes. Several times he had to rush out of his charge to clear, and while on the ground did well to avert disaster when harassed by Miller and Connon. From a cross by Middleton Connon headed over, and Miller had a shot that missed the mark. As the game progressed, the Rovers attack came more into prominence, and Anderson had several fine saves from Archibald, the two Duncans, and Rattray. Until the interval play was of an end-to-end order, never lacking in keenness, but not particularly brilliant. Over eagerness at close quarters twice caused Jennings to miss good opportunities for the Rovers and lack of cohesion led to ineffectiveness on the part of the Aberdeen attack.

Aberdeen Handicapped.

The opening twenty minutes of the second half was more or less a duel between the Rovers' attack and the Aberdeen defence, and it was only by fine covering-up that disaster to Anderson's charge was staved off. The keeper dealt with many dangerous shots and others were blocked or charged down by his colleagues. It was only occasionally that the Aberdeen attack was prominent, Middleton and Miller raising the siege by spasmodic dashes. Rankine on one occasion had a creditable try, and several times Brown, the home goalkeeper, had to dash out after Miller had brushed past the home backs. The absence of Yule greatly handicapped the Aberdeen attack, but they were plucky. Ten minutes from the end, following a free kick T. Duncan crossed accurately and Jennings, getting the ball in the air, hooked it neatly into the net. Previous to this Yule had resumed, but he again collapsed, and had to retire for the remainder of the game. Rovers continued to monopolise the attack, and Jennings, taking advantage of a miss by Hutton, rushed through to increase the lead from close range. Aberdeen made a brilliant rally in the closing stages and after shots by Miller and Rankine had been blocked, Wright found the net with a well-judged effort. In a rousing finish, Aberdeen attacked with vigour, but their belated effort was of no avail. The attendance numbered 12,000.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal10th October 1921

Raith Rovers Teamsheet
Brown; Inglis, Moyes; Rattray, Morris, Collier; T. Duncan, J. Duncan, Jennings, Bauld, Archibald
Attendance: 12,000
Venue: Stark's Park, Kirkcaldy
Referee: H. Humphreys, Greenock