MACKIE'S ABSENCE MAKES DIFFERENCEPlaying without Mackie for three quarters of the game completely upset the Young Dons' team balance at Cathkin in Scottish Alliance game. Despite this handicap they played far better football than Third Lanark, and were unlucky to lose. Campbell especially, could hardly have had an unluckier day. Three times in succession the outside right fired in glorious shots which struck the crossbar. All this was in the second half the first being so poor as to beggar description. Facing a strong sun and wind Aberdeen appeared content to keep their goal intact and their spoiling tactics, although not spectacular, at least achieved their object. The goal which cost them the points followed one Third's brief raids in the second half. Kelly punched out corner kick, but the ball landed at Kirkland's feet on the penalty line and the half back took pot luck with a shot which landed in the back of the net. Third's young forwards fell easy prey to the Dons' experienced defence. None did better than Erskine, steadiness being a feature of his work. George Scott was the brains of the front rank and with Campbell made up the best wing afield. Skea has been seen to better advantage and Ritchie Smith suffered accordingly.
Source: Press & Journal, 14th February 1938