ABERDEEN "A" MASTERED BY RANGERS' RESERVESAberdeen A defence could not cope with the exceptionally strong Rangers "A" team at Pittodrie on Saturday. With a battery of first-team players in their side, Rangers beat the Young Dons by five goals to two. The Aberdeen reserves made a promising start. The forwards were most purposeful in finding each other with crisp, clean passes, and they stamped this early aggressiveness with a goal in four minutes. It looked a goal from the very start of the movement. George Scott did the donkey work. He carried the ball upfield and sent through to W. Scott, who flicked it to the unmarked Ritchie Smith. The left winger took deliberate aim and Drysdale deflected his shot past Jenkins in an effort to prevent the goal. This quick success to their efforts was short-lived. The Young Dons lost their lead through a blunder on Kelly's part. The keeper kicked the ball against Newton in attempting to clear, and Sowerby fastened on to send the ball towards an untenanted goal. Kelly dashed back, but was too late to prevent the ball entering the net. Rangers second goal came from another mistake by Kelly. When harassed by a bunch of Rangers forwards he tried to throw the ball over their heads. It came to Thornton, who had no difficulty in sending it into the net. In a few minutes the Light Blues had increased their lead. Thornton made the running, and when challenged by Erskine he parted inside to Kinnear, who took the ball in his stride and lashed it home. The second half started as promisingly as the first for Aberdeen. In eleven minutes the Young Dons had reduced their arrears with as fine a goal as Pittodrie has seen for some time. Again the movement started from G. Ross. The inside right swept a pass across to Ritchie Smith on the left. The winger rounded Drysdale and parted to W. Scott, who was waiting in perfect position. The centre unhesitatingly smashed the ball past Jenkins. This goal was the signal for a period of home ascendancy, but again it was short-lived. McGill, who had never been able to curb the fleeting Kinnear, was caught out of position, and Kinnear scampered away to cross a lovely ball which Sowerby headed home. Rangers' fifth goal came from Kinnear again. The winger was off like flash, and. unchallenged, turned inwards to send in shot between Kelly and the post.
Source: Press & Journal, 28th February 1938