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Falkirk 2 - 3 Aberdeen

HT Score: Falkirk 0 - 2 Aberdeen

Scottish Second XI Cup Second Round
Falkirk scorers: Aikman 55, Japp 88
Aberdeen scorers: Kelly 17, Millar 24, Kelly 85.

27/10/1948 | KO: 14:45

Young Dons Made It Difficult

Peden Missed Penalty for Bairns

THE better team won this Scottish 2nd XI. Cup-tie at Brockville Park yesterday. As a matter of fact, Aberdeen Reserves made it difficult for themselves. They could have won more decisively.

In the first half they were quicker on the ball and showed better team-work than Falkirk "A".
When they retired with a 2-0 lead at the interval they looked good for the next stage.
The play of the Young Dons, for some inexplicable reason, deteriorated in the second half. They made the same mistake as the Bairns had done in the first half, particularly the defenders - they waited for the ball instead of going to meet it.
The Aberdeen backs and halfbacks, who had been keen and capable in the opening period, started to panic. The Falkirk forwards recovered confidence. Had Peden converted a penalty award against Emery in the 28th minute when the score was 2-1 Aberdeen "A" would have been in a tight spot.
The issue was decided five minutes from the end when Kelly made it 3-1 for the Young Dons.
During the second half Stenhouse had a recurrence of the leg injury that kept him out of last week's League game, and went on the wing.
Aberdeen's opening goal in seventeen minutes was a well-taken affair. When Millar eluded Gallacher and crossed, Kelly dashed forward to head into the net. Seven minutes later Kelly gave Botha a clear run, and when the winger sent across the goalmouth Millar raced in to drive home.

Aikman Scores,/p> Ten minutes after the restart Falkirk opened their account. Japp nodded down a lob from Whitelaw and Aikman seized the scoring chance. Five minutes from the end a Smith-Millar movement on the left enticed the Brockville defence, including Dawson, out of position, and Kelly netted from the winger's slip.
In the closing minutes Japp fastened on to a pass from Aikman to score Falkirk's second goal.

Source: Press & Journal, 28th October 1948

Like their big brothers, the reserves had an off-day last Saturday, but they hadn't altogether an idle week, for on the Wednesday they were at Falkirk, playing in the second round of the Second Eleven Cup. Most supporters will know that the "A" team scored a well-merited victory by three goals to two. They are now into round three - the quarter-finals - and supporters will be hoping that the luck of the draw will give the young Dons an opportunity of playing at Pittodrie.

The reserves, of course, are still interested in the Reserve League Cup, where they have reached the semi-finals. We expect that this round will be played on the home-and-home principle, but the draw has not yet been announced.

Source: Match Programme, 6th November 1948

At Falkirk on Wednesday the reserves maintained their success away from home by defeating Falkirk "A" by three goals to two in the second round of the Scottish 2nd XI Cup.
Roy made a reappearance at centre-half with Waddell on his left flank. Stenhouse, who had just recovered from a leg injury, was unfortunate enough to get another knock, and had to finish the game on the wing.
The young Dons led at half-time by two goals to nil, and looked, at that stage, to have the game well in hand. They showed slackness, however, after the interval, and made things more difficult for themselves so that, in the end, Falkirk "A" might have drawn level.
Kelly (2) and Millar were the goal-scorers for the Dons. Two away wins in the first two rounds is quite good going. Keep it up !

Source: Match Programme, 30th october 1948 [Pittodrie Youth International]

Falkirk Teamsheet
Dawson; Gallacher, Hunt; Whitelaw, Burnett, Peden; J. Henderson, Tyrrell, Aikman, Aitken, Japp
Venue: Brockville Park, Falkirk
Referee: J. Gaffney, Kirkliston
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