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Aberdeen 2 - 0 East Stirlingshire

HT Score: Aberdeen 1 - 0 East Stirlingshire

Scottish Cup Third Round
Aberdeen scorers: Miller 17, Miller 65.

23/02/1924 | KO: 15:00


East Stirlingshire put up a plucky fight against Aberdeen at Pittodrie Park. For the first twenty minutes they actually had the better of the exchanges. It was nothing to the visitors' discredit that Aberdeen succeeded in scoring a couple of goals, both by Miller, the home centre forward, but the stimulating effect seemed greater on Aberdeen than on East Stirlingshire. W. Walker, the visitors' custodian, backs Orrock and Goodwin, and Mooney, centre-half, played a capital defensive game, and the right and left wingers, Harry Walker and Stoddart, initiated many promising run. These runs were frustrated by the stalwart defence of Hutton, Forsyth, and Jackson. Among Aberdeen's forwards, Miller, Grant, and Smith were outstanding. Fourteen thousand spectators paid £250 for admission, exclusive of tax.

Source: The Scotsman, 25th February 1924

Aberdeen advanced another step towards the realisation of cup-winning hopes by overcoming East Stirlingshire by 2 goals to 0 in the third round of the competition at Pittodrie. Fully 13,000 spectators viewed a contest in which the superiority of the winners was much more pronounced than is conveyed by the comparatively small margin of victory, and Aberdeen gave the impression that they could have let out a bit more had it been necessary. At the same time the match was never so one-sided as to be farcical. The Third Leaguers were plucky and full of running from start to finish, but neither in attack nor in defence did they show the same amount of collective skill as the winners. Aberdeen actually had the ball in the net on five occasions. Rankin in the first half, and the second half Smith and Rankin again having goals disallowed, the first two on the grounds of offside and the third because of an illegal charge by the scorer. Although there not much of the cup-tie atmosphere about it, it was always an interesting game. Aberdeen had the assistance of a rather tricky breeze in the first half, and the visitors and left wing were the first to threaten danger. Fine play by Paton enabled Grant to centre, and Rankin, in an offside position, netted from Paton's pass only to have the goal disallowed. A shot by Stoddart at the other end just missed the mark with Blackwell at full length. Aberdeen gradually assumed the upper hand, but several shots which went to the visitor's goalkeeper lacked sting and other efforts were off the mark.


At the end of 17 minutes Miller delivered a hard drive which Walker was only able to knock away to the right, and Miller, following up, neatly turned the hall into the net to give Aberdeen the lead. Subsequently the exchanges favoured Aberdeen, and a little more steadiness in front of goal would have enabled them to increase their lead. Mooney and Walker were both injured in their efforts to stem the tide but they were able continue. Occasionally the visitors right and left flank forwards raided Aberdeen territory, but the home team easily retained their narrow lead at the interval.


Aberdeen made the pace hot in the opening stages of the second half, and Miller shot over off a fine pass forward by Jackson. Subsequently the East Stirling right wing made play, and Jackson twice cleared when Christie threatened. A clever piece of play by Miller resulted in his sending the ball across the visitors' goal, and Smith dashed in to find the net, but an offside decision nullified the point. Nippy play by the Third Leaguers kept the Aberdeen defence busy for a time, and Blackwell had to save from Christie, but with 20 minutes of the period gone Aberdeen increased the lead. Davidson let Grant away, and the winger lobbed the ball in front of goal, and Miller, catching it as it dropped, scored with a terrific shot. Secure in their two-goal lead, Aberdeen took matters easy after this, but the East Stirling forwards did not lack enterprise, and several times the home backs and Jackson were hard pressed to repel their attacks. Aberdeen frequently pressed home the offensive, but they were weak in front goal. In the closing minutes the home attack roused itself into a more vigorous offensive, and came near increasing their lead. Smith placed the ball well a from corner kick, and Rankin headed into the net only to have the goal disallowed, evidently for his having pushed an opponent aside in his effort to reach the ball. Aberdeen were comfortable victors, and obviously won with something in hand.
The winners were sound. Hutton, Forsyth, and Jackson showed up well in defence, and Grant, Miller, and Smith were the most effective Forwards. East Stirlingshire were well served by W. Walker in goal and Orrock and Goodwin at back, but their outstanding player was their big centre-half. Christie, Anderson, and Stoddart were most prominent in a set of worrying attackers. The receipts, tax excluded, amounted to £520.

Source: Press & Journal, 25th February 1924

East Stirlingshire Teamsheet
W. Walker; Orrock, Goodwin; Kelly, Mooney, Kemp; H. Walker, Shaw, Christie, Anderson, Stoddart
Attendance: 13,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: J. B. Stevens, Motherwell