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Aberdeen 2 - 1 Falkirk

HT Score: Aberdeen 1 - 1 Falkirk

Div 1 (Old)
Aberdeen scorers: Yorston, Smith.
Falkirk scorers: Kennedy

24/09/1927 | KO: 15:00


Aberdeen's home victory over Falkirk by 2 goals to 1 was deserved because of the determination to win which they manifested throughout the match. The margin of victory might have been greater if a little more care had been taken when the parting shots were delivered. There were at least four occasions on which likely chances were lost. On the other hand, Ferguson, the Falkirk goalkeeper, saved on a number of occasions, several times with great smartness. Scott and Gilroy at back, and McIlwaine, centre-half also did well in frustrating many an Aberdeen attack. Their best forwards were Martin, R. Kennedy, and Gall. Gallacher was not up to his usual form, being too well watched by R. Bruce. For Aberdeen, most outstanding in the forward line were Love, Cheyne, Yorston, and Bruce, Cheyne showing greater smartness than ever. Aberdeen's goal-scorers were Yorston and Smith, the latter getting the winning goal early in the second period from a pass by Love, and Kennedy had Falkirk's goal in the first period. About 10,000 spectators saw a fast game.

Source: The Scotsman, 26th September 1927

In an interesting struggle at Pittodrie, Aberdeen defeated Falkirk by 2 goals to 1, and registered their third league success of the season. The game attracted less than 10,000 spectators, a total that was below the average for Pittodrie. Aberdeen thoroughly merited their victory, which was the outcome of a fine all-round display against a team that fought back with great determination all the time. There was a big improvement in the home team, particularly at halfback, and the back division played much more steadily than in previous games this season. Black, who took the place of Edward at right half, excelled in constructive play, and McDermid and Lawson completed an intermediate division that was ahead of any combination tried by Aberdeen this season. Forward, the best Aberdeen performers were Cheyne and R. Bruce, but all five acquitted themselves with distinction, and the team all over played with enthusiasm and confidence.
Falkirk went down fighting and were far from being disgraced in defeat. Their defence was resolute and sound, and in McIllwaine the losers had a powerful centre-half. The forwards, while often dangerous, did not work so well together as those of Aberdeen, and Gallacher was subdued largely because of the shadowing tactics employed against him by Bruce.


Falkirk made headway at the start, but early raids were easily repelled, and after a spirited Aberdeen attack, Love centred behind. The home team kept up the pressure, and after Smith had centred and Cheyne had a shot blocked, Yorston met the rebound to shoot low into the net and give Aberdeen the lead after six minutes play. For a time raid was countered by raid, and smart forward play by both teams was met by resolute defences. McDermid got in the way of a dangerous shot by Gallacher, but Aberdeen looked the more likely to score again. The Falkirk defence was hard pressed on several occasions and twice the backs conceded corners. Following the second of these, Cheyne had a terrific shot which was brilliantly saved by Ferguson tipping over the bar. Falkirk frequently broke away, but the Aberdeen defence was equal to all calls, and although McSevich handled on several occasions this was because his backs chose to let the ball go to him. The Aberdeen inside trio of forwards were working finely together, and it was only by desperate tackling that the Falkirk defenders prevented them getting in more shots. McSevich saved at the expense of a corner from Gallacher, and Smith for Aberdeen crashed the ball against the woodwork with Ferguson out of his charge. Yorston missed a fine chance for Aberdeen when he failed to shoot straight after Smith had given him a chance. Following this, the Falkirk goal had another narrow escape. Smith centred, and Cheyne's shot hit the underside of the crossbar and appeared to rebound behind the goal line, but the claim for a goal was turned down. Falkirk rallied again after this, and after Gall had centred, Kennedy (R.) ran in to head past McSevich. Towards the interval, end to end play developed, Cheyne and Kennedy (R.) both just missing the goals with particularly fine shots, and the teams were level at one goal each at half time.


Play was on even lines following the resumption. Jackson checked Gallacher when the latter worked into favourable position, and at the other end Ferguson saved in quick succession from Bruce and Cheyne. With ten minutes gone, Aberdeen obtained what proved to be the winning goal. Love centred and Smith running in, found the net with a fierce shot. Following this reverse, the Falkirk attackers were busy, but the home defence never faltered and Jackson and Ritchie earned plaudits for their checkmating of the visitors' left wing. Cheyne headed over following a corner forced by Bruce, who later dispossessed Gallacher when the Irish internationalist threatened to be dangerous. Subsequently Aberdeen frequently attacked, and Love was at fault when he sent wide with only Ferguson in front. Falkirk came more into the game after this, and the Aberdeen defence was frequently hard pressed. McSevich cleared from Hunter and Kennedy (R.), and at the other end Yorston dribbled through to have a fine shot saved by Ferguson. Keeping up the pressure the home team showed much cleverness. Ferguson held a hot shot by Love, and Yorston just missed the goal later with a ball that had the visitors' goalkeeper beaten. Aberdeen maintained their lead to the end, but they had to fight desperately hard for their victory.

Source: Press & Journal, 26th September 1927

Falkirk Teamsheet
Ferguson; Scott, Gilroy; J. Kennedy, McIlwaine, Ritchie; Martin, Gallacher, R. Kennedy, Hunter, Gall
Attendance: 10,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: J. P. Rowe, Glasgow
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