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Morton 1 - 1 Aberdeen

HT Score: Morton 1 - 0 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)
Morton scorers: Leslie
Aberdeen scorers: Smith.

27/02/1924 | KO:


The meeting between Morton and Aberdeen provided a keen game for Greenock patrons. The Northern club rested Hutton, the position at right back being filled by McBoyle. The play was fast, though it was lacking in quality. There was a lot of vigorous kicking, and combination was at a discount. Morton were, if anything, the better team, and from a scrimmage in the first half Leslie opened the scoring. The Greenock half-backs were very effective, but in the later stages of the game Aberdeen were a most aggressive force. Miller missed in front of goal, but a few minutes later Smith cleverly scored the equaliser. The visitors then played good football, and were within an ace of adding to their score, but time arrived with the teams level - one each. The attendance numbered 2500.

Source: The Scotsman, 28th February 1924

Aberdeen accomplished good performance at Cappielow, Greenock, yesterday, when they divided two goals with Morton in a Scottish League match. There were only about 1500 spectators. Aberdeen rested Hutton in view of Saturday's international, McBoyle deputising, but Morton were at full strength.
It took Aberdeen a long time to settle to anything like their usual game. As a matter of fact, throughout the first halt they were on the defensive most of the time, Smith and Paton the only forwards to show any enterprise in attack. Early in game the latter was on two occasions distinctly unlucky in having two splendid shots blocked Allan.
Aberdeen got a fright immediately after the kick-off. Buchanan with an overhead kick dropped the ball right, in front of goal, and although he followed up quickly, McBoyle nipped in and cleared. Smith sprinted away on his own, and crossed accurately, but Allan beat two onrushing forwards for possession. The visiting forwards were individually nippy, but seldom got within shooting range, McIntyre, in particular, giving nothing away. The home attack, by a combined movement, came into touch with Blackwell, who saved cleverly a header from Brown. This was the prelude to a bright spell for the home men, and two corners resulted. From the second the opening goal was secured. The kick was punted out, but a smart return from McNab gave Black well trouble. The goalkeeper punched out, but the ball dropped to Leslie, who placed it safely in the net. The Aberdeen men were more than a trifle lucky not to lose another goal, also as the result of McNab's play. A scrimmage took place in front of goal. The ball kept bobbing about dangerously, and McKay, Gordon, and Buchanan tried shots, which were blocked. Ultimately, from among a maze of players, Jackson kicked clear. The defence underwent a gruelling time, and none excelled the fair-headed Jackson, his breaking-up work and placing being well-nigh perfect.

Aberdeen Turn the Tables.

Morton crossed over with their one goal lead, and in the early stages of the second half they looked like augmenting it. Miller, who had been little seen in the game, came away in grand style, and one of his snap shots was safely held by Edwards. He was badly at fault, however, in not putting his side on level terms. Lovely play by Smith, which beat and McIntyre, made the opening, but although the centre got possession right in front of goal, he shot high over. The Aberdeen forwards gave a true exhibition of what they could do, and the home defenders were stretched all out. So persistent was the pressure that the equaliser was bound to come. A great first-time drive by Miller saw Edwards bring off a brilliant save, but he had to admit defeat when Smith cleverly trapped the ball and banged it into the net. Aberdeen kept hammering away, but the Morton defence managed to hold out.

Jackson's Fine Play.

Jackson was the outstanding player on the field, and Buchanan got no rope. Hutton's place was well filled for the day by McBoyle, who is a sure tackler and strong kicker. Forsyth was a safe back. The right wing, which was the best, was well held by MacLachlan, and Davidson had an easy journey on the other side. Paton was the most go-ahead forward, and Smith, who was opposed to a robust player in McIntyre, displayed clever and tricky footwork, and got the balls across accurately. Miller was not at his best, but few are when opposed to the veteran Jacky Wright.
The home half-backs were strong throughout, but McNab and McKay were the only forwards who pleased. McIntyre was unsteady, and both goalkeepers had a comparatively easy afternoon.

Source: Press & Journal, 28th February 1924

Morton Teamsheet
Edwards; McIntyre, Allan; Gourlay, Wright, Gordon; McNab, McKay, Buchanan, Brown, Leslie
Attendance: 1,500
Venue: Cappielow Park, Greenock
Referee: J. Bell, Dundee
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