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Aberdeen 2 - 1 Airdrie

HT Score: Aberdeen 0 - 0 Airdrie

Div 1 (Old)
Aberdeen scorers: Cheyne 48, Cheyne 87.
Airdrie scorers: N. McDougall

13/10/1928 | KO: 15:00


Aberdeen were the more aggressive side throughout, but they were unable to penetrate the Airdrieonians defence previous to the interval, even though the visitors lost the services of Wood through an accident. In the second half Cheyne opened the scoring for Aberdeen, but in a few minutes McDougall equalised. Three minutes from the end Cheyne scored again. Estimated attendance 11,000.

Source: Glasgow Herald, 15th October 1928

Aberdeen maintained their unbeaten home record, Airdrieonians being defeated at Pittodrie by 2 goals to 1. The home team came very near to dropping a point, as it was only two minutes from time up that the winning goal was secured.
Although the game was keenly contested, play never rose above mediocrity, and while Aberdeen deserved to win, they could not have complained had Airdrieonians saved a point. Throughout defence was master of attack, back and half-back play on both sides being very strong. Neither set of forwards ever really got going and on the part of both there was a weakness in shooting. The goakeepers had a comparatively easy time, so well protected were they. Livingstone, at left back for Aberdeen, was the most polished defender view. McHale and McLeod shone at half-back, and in a forward line that did not give of its best, the honours went to McDermid and Cheyne.
Outstanding for Airdrieonians were Crapnell, McQueen, McDougall, Somerville, and N. McDougall.


Airdrieonians were first to be dangerous, and Muir was not far off with snap shot from McDougall's centre. Handicapped by the strong sun, Aberdeen were kept on the defensive, and Bertram just missed with a capital shot. Wood, the visitors' left half, was injured in a tackle, and had to be carried off. Following this Aberdeen took up the running and Cheyne had a header deflected by Currie. Although shorthanded, Airdrieonians were taking their full share of the attacking, and Muir and Bertram both had shots that went wide.
Subsequently the exchanges favoured Aberdeen. and Cheyne and McDermid had shots which were off the mark. The visitors' goal had a narrow escape when Currie just managed to reach a surprise shot by Cheyne, and later McLeod and Black had long shots that lacked true direction. Merrie had a chance, but shot weakly, and an effort by Love was pushed round the post by Currie.
After ten minutes' absence Wood resumed at a time when the visitors were being hard pressed. Cheyne and Merrie just missed the goal with shots, and McDermid came very near to counting with a header. The Airdrie goal had another narrow escape when Merrie broke away on the right, and Currie stopped his fast cross shot. Until the interval play continued to favour Aberdeen, but they could not push home their advantage.


Aberdeen set up a vigorous attack when play resumed, and took the lead in three minutes. A return from Livingstone was fastened on to Merrie, who transferred to Cheyne, and the latter netted from close range. For a brief spell Aberdeen were on top, and Currie saved at close range from Love. The visitors retaliated, however, and from Somervllle's cross N. McDougall equalised at close range.
Nettled by this reverse Aberdeen responded with spirit, and McLeod, McDermid, and Cheyne all had shots that were off the goal. N. McDougall had a shot deflected by Yuill, and subsequently from a corner, Love shot against the post, and struck the crossbar, the ball going over. Play ruled greatly in favour of Aberdeen, but Airdrie were not slow to reply with counter raids. Yuill had to field centres by the visitors' wingers, and Currie brought off a fine save from a free kick by McHale. Three minutes from the end Aberdeen got the winning goal, Cheyne connecting with a cross Smith. There were 12,000 spectators.

Source: Press & Journal, 15th October 1928

Airdrie Teamsheet
Currie; Crapnell, McQueen; Preston, McDougall J, Wood; McDougall N, Keenan, Muir, Bertram, Somerville
Attendance: 12,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: H. Watson, Glasgow
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