ABERDEEN "A" HIT TELLING GAMEAberdeen "A" had a good win over Dundee A " at Pittodrie on Saturday by two clear goals, Dundee failing to find the net. The young Dons always looked the likelier team, and were playing a fine swinging game that had the visitors' defence wide open on occasion. A remarkable goal put Aberdeen ahead in seven minutes. Erskine, who was playing at right-back, took the ball upfield from the goal line, and lobbed it up the centre. W. Scott chased it and squared across the goal just as it was going out play. Ritchie Smith, who was in perfect position, easily beat the 'keeper. The home attack was controlling the game at this point, and Smith, who was the left wing, and Skea were a powerful combination. W. Scott lead the attack well, and time and again burst his way through but could not get the ball past Galloway, who gave a grand show in the Dundee goal. A free kick outside the Aberdeen penalty area looked dangerous for the young Dons. The kick was taken by Smith, and he sent a fierce shot into a crowd of Aberdeen players. From the rebound he first-timed goalwards and Kelly brought off a magnificent save. Galloway, in the Dundee goal, was the stumbling block, and Ritchie Smith, Skea and G. Scott all had promising shots well saved by him. Not minutes after the restart W. Scott was injured and went to outside left. His injury did not take away his effectiveness, and he crossed some fine balls from the wing. He put Aberdeen further ahead with a grand shot from the wing. The referee whistled a goal. The home team were a well-knit combination, halves and forwards having a fine understanding. The attack was much more purposeful than it has been for some time, and they shot on every possible occasion. Mackie played well at right-half, and Falloon was very safe at centre-half. Devine, too, was sound, and he was up several times himself to try shot. Erskine, in his unaccustomed position at right back, played well, and, as usual, got through plenty of work. Newton, too, was very safe in a good home defence. Skea, in the attack, was once more an elusive raider, and showed that he had powerful shot. He and Smith were Aberdeen's most successful pair. W. Scott, both before and after his injury, played well, and when he went to outside left he was by no means a passenger. G. Scott, at inside-right played his best game for some time, and he showed welcome tendency to shoot on every possible occasion. Campbell did not show up very, well on the right. He was slow to take advantage of Scott's openings, and on one occasion lost Aberdeen a certain goal when he shot weakly instead of leaving W. Scott with the chance.
Source: Press & Journal, 3rd January 1938