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Aberdeen 0 - 0 Hamilton

HT Score: Aberdeen 0 - 0 Hamilton

Div 1 (Old)

04/02/1922 | KO: 15:00

FINE GOALKEEPING AT ABERDEEN.

Aberdeen and Hamilton Academicals divided the points by their goalless draw at Pittodrie Park, played on a snow-covered pitch in a south-easterly storm of wind, with showers of hail and sleet, before an attendance of about 10,000 spectators. For the greater part of the match Aberdeen had the advantage, especially in the second half, when the strong breeze was in their favour, but the forward line lacked combination, and the centre and his inside companions failed repeatedly to get the ball forced into the net, sometimes through defective marksmanship, and frequently through the strenuous defensive play of White, the Academical's custodian, and Kerr, Hunter, and Anderson, who found "packing the goal" the best policy. For Aberdeen, the outstanding players were Forsyth, the left back, Wright, Milne, and Maclachlan, the half-backs, and the right winger, Middleton. Mr J. Martin, Clydebank, the referee, incurred great displeasure from the spectators for not allowing a penalty kick to Aberdeen when an appeal was made for that in the second half.

Source: The Scotsman, 6th February 1922

Faulty finishing on the part of the Aberdeen forwards was mainly responsible for the loss of a point to Hamilton Academicals in a goal-less draw at Pittodrie. Despite the snowfall, the pitch was in wonderful condition, but a snowstorm blowing across the pitch from the south-east was calculated to adversely affect the play, players and spectators, the latter of whom there were about 11,000.
In the first the Academicals had the advantages that accrued from having the wind and snow-storm behind them, but their forwards could make little of the Aberdeen defence, with result that the home attack was the more lively, and, in conjunction with the half-backs, carried out some moves which were really brilliant considering the adverse circumstances. White, the Academicals goalkeeper, had to clear many shots from Miller, and Rankine, and other efforts were either blocked or charged down by his supporters. For a period previous to the interval the Academicals attack shone, and but for brilliant goalkeeping by Blackwell they would have scored. He deflected a hard close-range drive from Bell over the bar, twice punched away from Hanlon, and gathered and cleared from McLaren when that player was but a few yards from goal. Blackwell showed fine judgment in dealing with a dangerous effort by Cottingham, and it was in recognition of his fine play that spectators accorded him an ovation at half-time.

Lost Opportunities.

Having kept their goal while facing the gale, it was generally considered that Aberdeen had the game as good as won at the interval, but those who thought so reckoned without two factors, the plucky and determined defence put up by the Douglas Park rear divisions and the lack of good shooting ability on the part of the home forwards. Play was generally in the vicinity of White's goal, but while chances galore presented themselves, the Aberdeen forwards were unequal to them, even if White had many excellent saves. Repeatedly shots that looked like counting were changed down or blocked, but lack of accuracy lost many other chances. It was only seldom that the Academicals were dangerous, Hanlon usually being the source from which trouble to the Aberdeen defence came. On the balance of play, Academicals were extremely fortunate to save a point, because they were outplayed for about five-sixths of the game. Aberdeen were best served by all the defence, in which Forsyth especially was conspicuous, and Thomson, Bainbridge, and Middleton. Outstanding for the visitors were White, Kerr, Hunter, Anderson, and Hanlon.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal 6th February 1922

Hamilton Teamsheet
White; Kerr, Hunter; Hall, Anderson, Thomson; Hanlon, Cottingham, McLaren, McMillan, Bell
Attendance: 11,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: Mr J. Martin, Clydebank
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