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Ayr United 3 - 3 Aberdeen

HT Score: Ayr United 2 - 0 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)
Ayr United scorers: Neil, Simpson, Smith
Aberdeen scorers: Smith, Love, Love.

03/11/1928 | KO:


Ayr United were fortunate to be two goals up - scored by Neil and Simpson - at the interval. In the second half Smith added a third for the home team just after resuming. Smith opened the visitors' account, Merrie some time later got a second and five minutes from the end Love enabled Aberdeen to divide the points. Estimated attendance 5000.

Source: Glasgow Herald, 5th November 1928

Aberdeen made a wonderful recovery at Ayr, where, after being three goals in arrears, they made up the leeway and came near to beating the United. There were 7000 spectators, and these saw a thrilling struggle, in which interest was maintained from start to finish.
After appearing to be well beaten, Aberdeen were full of fight, and even although they were handicapped by an injury to Merrie, who in the later stages went to outside right, it would only have been their due had they snatched victory.

Ayr Go Ahead.

On a greasy pitch a fast pace was set, and after McLeod had shot wide Ayr forced corner, Tolland wasting the flag kick. McDermid gave Merrie a fine opening, but the centre forward shot over an empty goal. McDermid and Cheyne exploited clever combination, only to have it nullified by Smith centring behind. With fifteen minutes gone, Livingstone was adjudged to have handled in the penalty area, and the referee, after consulting the linesmen, awarded the United a spot kick, Neil converting. Aberdeen made a spirited reply, and Hepburn had to clear from Cheyne and Merrie.
In a break-away by the home forwards, the Aberdeen goal had a narrow escape, Brae just missing with a fine shot. The United went further ahead, Simpson netting from close range following a mix up in the Aberdeen defence. Cheyne had a good chance to count for Aberdeen, but sent against the crossbar, the ball rebounding behind. Towards the interval Aberdeen applied strong pressure, but while they had Hepburn repeatedly in action the United goalkeeper had little of a serious nature to deal with.

Another Shock.

Aberdeen got another shock in the first minute of the second half, when follow a free kick Smith gave Yuill no chance with a header. Aberdeen immediately responded with a goal, Smith meeting a cross from Love to leave Hepburn helpless.
The United made a spirited reply. Yuill had to save from Brae and Smith. Subsequently the Aberdeen attack took a grip of the and the game and the United defence was often in difficulties.
From a centre by McDermid, Love headed a second goal for Aberdeen, and Love, McDermid, and Smith all went close with good shots. Merrie sustained a knee injury, and changed places with Love. Even handicapped as they were, Aberdeen continued to have much the better of the exchanges, and when Love broke through to beat two opponents and score a capital goal the reward was well merited. In the closing minutes Aberdeen were on top, and they thoroughly deserved a well-earned point.

Source: Press & Journal, 5th November 1928

Ayr United Teamsheet
Hepburn; Price, Fleming; Neil, Robertson, McCall; Nisbet, Tolland, Smith, Simpson, Brae
Attendance: 7,000
Venue: Somerset Park, Ayr
Referee: M. Hutton, Glasgow
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27 Jul 2024 / 15:00 / Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen