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Dunfermline Athletic 1 - 0 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)
Dunfermline Athletic scorers: Skinner 57

23/04/1927 | KO:


Dunfermline Athletic left themselves with still a chance of being in the First Division of the League next season by beating Aberdeen at Dunfermline. The win was well deserved on the day's play, and the margin might have been wider with more care in shooting on the part of the Dunfermline forwards, who lost numerous opportunities of scoring after breaking through the Aberdeen defence. The visitors played the more methodical football in the outfield, but they seldom appeared likely scorers, few chances being afforded them by the untiring half-backs and backs of the winners, who were great spoilers all through. The only goal of the match was scored by Skinner twelve minutes after the resumption in the second half, Williamson providing the opening and the scorer counting with a fast ground shot. The Athletics remaining game is with the Heart of Midlothian at Tynecastle, and at least one point must be won if relegation to the Second Division is to be avoided.

Source: The Scotsman, 25th April 1927

Aberdeen suffered one more defeat, Dunfermline Athletic beating them at Dunfermline by the only goal scored. The deciding point came 12 minutes after the interval, when, following clever individual play by Williamson, and a pass forward, Skinner got possession to manoeuvre into position and beat McSevich with a fast grounder placed well out the goalkeeper reach.
On the run of the play the Athletic were worthy of their win, and they would have triumphed more decisively had they accepted several of the many chances that were agoing. With a strong wind behind them in the first half, Aberdeen were oftener attacking, and there were several occasions when they were downright unfortunate not to take the lead. Cheyne crashed a shot against the crossbar, R. Bruce met the rebound to slam the ball against the side net. On another occasion Ross had a terrific drive which beat Stevenson, but Wilson standing below the bar headed out. Smith, Cheyne and R. Bruce all sent the ball against the outside of the net, and Stevenson effected a number of smart saves. In their occasional breakaway, the Athletic forwards were frequently dangerous, but Williamson (twice) and Skinner lost easy chances of scoring.


In the second half Dunfermline were usually in the role of attackers, but Aberdeen offered a stubborn defence, McSevich, Jackson, D. Bruce, and Edward all doing good work. Following the scoring of the goal R. Bruce came very near equalising, when he met a pass by Reid to send narrowly over the bar. Reid and Smith frequently led the Aberdeen forwards to the attack, and Wilson for Dunfermline was conspicuous with good defensive play. Williamson, Skinner, and Callaghan all had tries for the Athletic, and Bain essayed a number of long shots which were not far off the mark. In the closing stages Aberdeen were handicapped by injuries to Cosgrove and Cheyne, the first named changing places with Reid.

Source: Press & Journal, 25th April 1927

Dunfermline Athletic Teamsheet
Stevenson; Young, Wilson; Jack, Clark, Bain; Callaghan, Williamson, Skinner, Strachan, Stein
Attendance: 4,000
Venue: East End Park, Dunfermline
Referee: W. Bell, Motherwell
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