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Aberdeen 3 - 1 Raith Rovers

HT Score: Aberdeen 2 - 0 Raith Rovers

Div 1 (Old)
Aberdeen scorers: Merrie, Cheyne 17, Merrie.
Raith Rovers scorers: Pigg 72

29/09/1928 | KO: 15:00


Aberdeen were early aggressive and after a few minutes' play Cheyne opened their score. Continuing to have the better of the exchanges, they scored again through Merrie, and half-time arrived with Raith Rovers holding a blank card. After change of ends Pigg beat Yuill, and Merrie scored Aberdeen's third goal. Estimated attendance 12,000.

Source: The Glasgow Herald, 23rd September 1928

About 12,000 spectators saw Aberdeen defeat Raith Rovers by three goals to one at Pittodrie Park. This is the third successive home win of the Pittodrie team, and by their latest victory they take the premier position on the Scottish League table, but have played two more games than Rangers, who are a point behind.
Aberdeen won and deserved to win, but their display did not correspond with their position on the League chart. Raith Rovers, who have only collected one point out of eight games, are a poor side, and unless there is a vast improvement, are likely to remain at the bottom of affairs.

Outstanding Players.

There were occasions when Aberdeen might have increased their lead, but the Rovers' attack was amazingly inept near goal. Yuill in the home goal had his busy periods, and distinguished himself, although beaten once. Livingstone was the better back, his partner rather impetuous. McDermid got through a lot of work, and McHale also displayed good form in the mid-line. Black was 'off colour," and his slowness at times had the home goal in danger. Of the forwards, Love, Cheyne, and Merrie were best. Polland, the new outside left, did not get much of the ball, and as a result no true estimate of his worth can made.
Although the Rovers had their bright periods, they gave an unconvincing display. Leckie in goal had many clever saves, and was a fearless 'keeper. In defence, Hopewell, Hogan, and McAlister were best, while in the front line Dorrans and his partner, Turner, along with Pigg, are the only ones worthy of mention.

Aberdeen's Superiority.

Aberdeen were first to be dangerous, but Merrie, Yorston, and Polland all missed a cross from Cheyne. Raith broke away on the left but Galloway headed past. At the other end Love, Merrie, and Polland all came near to counting. With seventeen minutes gone, Aberdeen took the lead through Cheyne, after Love had had a shot headed out. Nettled at this reverse, the Rovers attacked vigorously and Yuill had to hold a smart effort by Dorrans. Following an abortive corner for Aberdeen, Dorrans sent high over Yuill's charge from good position. In another Aberdeen attack Cheyne slipped to Merrie, and the latter running on beat Leckie with a grounder. The Pittodrie side was clearly superior at this stage and were not stretched to retain their two goal lead.

Both Count Once.

Aberdeen resumed in determined fashion, and Leckie had to clear a fast effort by Yorston. Following a period of pressure by the homesters, play swung to the other end, where Yuill had to hold a long range effort from Hoggan. From a Polland cross Cheyne sent the ball into the net, but the point was chalked off for offside. Then came a Rovers bright period, and Dorrans, the live wire of the Raith attack, gave Yuill a hot one to hold. A corner followed, but ultimately play was transferred the other end, where Leckie did well to get his hands to a terrific shot by Cheyne.
Once again Raith visited Yuill's end, and the 'keeper had to save from McAlister. With twenty-seven minutes of the half gone, Raith opened their account. Jackson let Pigg through, and the centre-forward beat Yuill from close range.

An Aberdeen Rally.

Aberdeen, who had not been exerting themselves, rallied, and Leckie was called to save from McDermid and Yorston. Merrie added a third goal for the homesters off a pass from Black. With a two-goal lead, the Pittodrie side played confidently, and easily maintained their advantage until the finish.

Source: Press & Journal, 1st October 1928

Raith Rovers Teamsheet
Leckie; McDougall, Capewell; Pitcairn, Hoggan, M. Alister; Galloway, Smith, Pigg, Dorrans, Turner
Attendance: 12,500
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: A. H. Leishman, Falkirk
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