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Ayr United 1 - 1 Aberdeen

HT Score: Ayr United 1 - 1 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)
Ayr United scorers: McKenzie 45
Aberdeen scorers: Jackson 15.

08/09/1923 | KO:


Aberdeen Yield a Point at Ayr

Aberdeen made the long journey to Ayr, where they were somewhat lucky, after a strenuous encounter, in dividing the points. Both teams showed changes in their attacks. Play was keen and at times interesting. Ayr giving a greatly improved display. Jackson, the visitors' centre half, scored for Aberdeen with an unsavable shot from close range, following upon a cross from the left. McKenzie headed through the equaliser a minute before the interval. Play in the second half was somewhat scrappy, and with twenty minutes to go, Grant, Aberdeen's inside right, had to be carried off the field with a head injury, and was unable to resume. For Aberdeen, Hutton, Jackson, and Grant did well, and for Ayr, McCloy, McLeod, and McKenzie .

Source: The Scotsman, 10th September 1923

Aberdeen and Ayr United fought a draw at Ayr, each team scoring once in a game in which the play was never particularly attractive. The second half was marred by an unfortunate accident. Grant, the Aberdeen inside right, and Smith, the Ayr left half, jumped to head a ball, and their heads came in violent contact. Grant had to be carried off and required to have a nasty cut his forehead stitched, the injury compelling his absence for the last twenty minutes of the game. Smith's injury was less severe, and after having it dressed returned to the contest. Although the injury to these players was accidental, there was much unnecessary violence in the game, and it was fortunate that others escaped serious hurt.
Midfield play followed the start, and the first incident of note was when Cunningham accepted Ford's pass to send the ball against the outside of the net. The home defence exploited offside tactics right away, and several promising moves by the Aberdeen forwards were negatived. A shot by Smith, the home left half, had the Aberdeen goal in danger, the ball going across the goal to pass out of play before Ford or Cunningham could fasten on. Anderson got past the Aberdeen backs, but Jackson came to the rescue and averted disaster at the expense of a flag kick. The United contributed the bigger share of attacking and Blackwell did well to tip a hard drive from Anderson over the bar, the ensuing flag kick being cleared. Through the medium of a free kick Aberdeen made ground, and MacLachlan headed over following Moir's flag kick.


At the end of fifteen minutes Aberdeen took the lead. Smith scampered away on the left to send the ball towards the right wing, and Grant with his head returned it in front of goal where Jackson from a few yards' range crashed it into the net off the underside of the crossbar. The United came near to equalising a minute later, when Davidson hard pressed sought to send back to Blackwell, who was unprepared, and the ball flashed only inches wide of the goal. The Aberdeen forwards again got going, and from a centre by Moir, Nesbit was just able to tip the ball away before Smith could reach it. Subsequently the Aberdeen defence was harassed, and from a free kick by McCloy Blackwell was just able to tip the ball over the bar. MacLachlan and McLeod were both injured at this stage, but were soon able to resume.


Keeping up the pressure the United forwards had the Aberdeen goal more than once in danger, and a great shot by McLeod was splendidly saved by Blackwell. A run by the Aberdeen right nearly brought about the downfall of the Ayr goal for a second time. Nesbit and Miller made to meet a cross by Grant, and the Aberdeen centre forward kicked the ball out of the goalkeeper's hands, for it to pass just high of the untenanted goal. Towards the interval the play favoured the United, although Miller came very near to counting with a ground shot which sent the ball inches past. Half a minute from half-time, in a desperate rally, United forced a corner, and off Cunningham's well-placed ball from the flag McKenzie headed through the equaliser, and his team's first goal for the season.
The United set the pace in the second half, and Hutton, and Jackson got through a power of work in the Aberdeen defence. Ultimately the Pittodrie attack got going, and Smith forced a comer off which Jackson shot high. Following this, Aberdeen had a fine chance to take the lead. Thomson got through, but when only confronted by Nesbit shot weakly, and the goalkeeper at full length was able deflect the ball wide of the goal. Play passed quickly from end to end, both teams forcing corners which brought negative results.


The element of roughness which had been manifest from the start, became more pronounced, and the referee had occasion to caution several players. There was little to enthuse over in the play, and by utilising offside tactics the defence on each side easily held the attacks in check. Davidson sustained a kick on the face, but fortunately this did not prove to be serious. The closing stages were desperately contested, but neither could claim advantage, and a draw was good result.
In a gruelling game, in which neither set of players spared physical effort, those who took the eye most were Blackwell, Hutton, Forsyth, and Jackson and MacLachlan for Aberdeen; and McCloy Hogg, McLeod, Smith, and Anderson for the United. The attendance was 5000.

Source: Press & Journal, 10th September 1923

Ayr United Teamsheet
Nisbet; Woodburn, McCloy; Hogg, McLeod, Smith; Cunningham, Ford, Anderson, McKenzie, James McLean
Attendance: 5,000
Venue: Somerset Park, Ayr
Referee: J. Bennie, Falkirk