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Aberdeen 0 - 1 Hibernian

HT Score: Aberdeen 0 - 1 Hibernian

Div 1 (Old)
Hibernian scorers: Brown

05/01/1929 | KO: 14:15


By defeating Aberdeen at Pittodrie Park, Aberdeen, the Hibernians completed a double victory for the season, and thereby emulate the Heart of Midlothian's performance against the same club. The game was played on a frozen pitch which had been liberally sanded, but the footing was never secure, and as a consequence many slips were made. It was a spirited, if moderate game, noted chiefly for the fine defensive work by the Hibernian backs and half-backs. The Aberdeen forwards could not break through, and Robb had a comparatively easy time. Wilkinson and Stark were a strong pair of backs, and gave nothing away. In the matter of casualties, the Hibernians were the worse sufferers. Dalziel, Finlay, and Wilkinson were all injured, and for a time the Hibernians played with tn men. Aberdeen even then could make nothing of the defence. The home forwards were easily tackled or forced into reckless passing. They did not move so easily as the Hibernians, who, well led by McColl and Halligan, were often dangerous. The Hibernians scored in ten minutes when Brown jumped to a well-placed corner kick by Bradley, and headed the ball home. That proved to be the only goal of the match. Aberdeen tried hard, but unsuccessfully, to draw level. The Hibernians cleverly covered their string of casualties down the right,and kept the game more on the left, where the men were sounder. It was avictory gained by tactical cleverness and soundness of defence. The result was a disapointment to the 10,000 home supporters.

Source: Glasgow Herald, 7th January 1929

Aberdeen, who failed to show to advantage a frozen pitch, were beaten at home for the second time this season, Hibernian securing the only goal and emulating the feat of the other Edinburgh club by winning both fixtures with the Pittodrie team this season.

Aberdeen's prestige suffered at Pittodrie, where Hibernian snatched a goal at an early stage of the game and just managed to hold on to the lead. Although the frost had relaxed somewhat, the pitch was still frozen, and the players experienced considerable difficulty in keeping their foothold. It was really this that accounted for Aberdeen's defeat, because, while the conditions were the same for both teams, Hibernian moved with more freedom and were better able to avoid slips and falls.
This was particularly noticeable in the first half, when many clever movements by the Aberdeen forwards collapsed because one or other of them fell at the critical moment.

Lack of Shooting Ability.

Territorially, Aberdeen had the better of the exchanges, and on that account should not have lost, but their forwards were lacking in shooting ability, and even when chances did come their way they failed to take them. McDermid and Smith forced the play for Aberdeen at the start, but failed to get into touch with Robb. Hibernian, on the other hand, had Yuill in action. They forced two corners in quick succession, and from the second of these, taken by Bradley, Brown headed into the net, the ball passing between Yuill's upstretched arms.
Subsequently Aberdeen attacked again. Robb cleared with Merrie rushing in and later the Hibs goalkeeper fielded a ball from McLeod. Bradley, Brown, and Gilfeather had efforts for Hibs that went wide, but Yuill had to exert himself to stop a shot by McColl. For a time Aberdeen were kept on the defensive, and Yuill saved from Bradley at the expense of a corner, following which the Aberdeen goalkeeper fisted clear.

A Missed Chance.

Following a run and pass by Wilson, Yorston gave Morrie a chance, but the last-named failed to gather. At the other end, subsequent to the corner kick by Bradley, McLeod miskicked and left Brown in possession almost below the crossbar. The Hibernian, however lifted the bail high of the goal. Towards the interval Aberdeen attacked in spirited style, and Yorston had a great shot which hit the crossbar, the ball glancing behind with Robb beaten. Just on the whistle, Dalziel was injured and had to be assisted off.

Hibernian Handicapped.,/p> When play resumed, Hibernian were at full strength, but in the first minute they lost Finlay, who was injured in collision with McLeod, and had to be carried off. Handicapped as they were, the visitors were kept on the defensive but for a time Robb was not seriously troubled until Merrie wheeled round to deliver a great shot, which the keeper saved brilliantly. Findlay was able to resume after about ten minutes' absence, and with the teams at equal strength the game became more absorbing.
During a spell of pressure by Hibernian, Jackson, Livingstone, and McLaren got in the way of shots. When Aberdeen got back to attack, Robb had to clear a grounder from McLaren, but generally the finishing of the home team was poor. Smith twice shot badly from favourable position.
Hibernian were quick to seize a chance to make headway, and Yuill was glad to tip the ball over the bar after Halligan had sent in a free kick.

Visitors' Strong Finish.

From the corner, the Aberdeen goalkeeper was again in action with his fists. Following this Aberdeen made a desperate onslaught on the visitors' goal, and three times in quick succession Robb had to run out and fist away. In a breakaway by McColl, Yuill had to go full length to save the centre-forward's shot. Merrie had a chance for Aberdeen, but shot weakly, and near the close Bradley had great shot brilliantly saved by Yuill.

Source: Press & Journal, 7th January 1929

Hibernian Teamsheet
Robb; Wilkinson, Stark; Finlav, Dick, Gilfeather; Dalziel, Brown, McColl, Bradley
Attendance: 14,500
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: A. B. Williamson, Glasgow
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