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Falkirk 2 - 0 Aberdeen

HT Score: Falkirk 1 - 0 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)
Falkirk scorers: Morrison

26/01/1929 | KO:


Estimated attendance, 5000. In the first half Aberdeen were early aggressors, but their efforts were successfully met by the Falkirk defenders, and failed to score. Falkirk rallied, and Morrison opened the scoring for them. In the second half, after some unsuccessful pressure by Aberdeen, Morrison scored again for Falkirk.

Source: The Scotsman, 28th January 1929

Brockville Park once more proved a bogey ground for Aberdeen on Saturday, Falkirk running out winners by 2-0 in the return League game between the teams. Both fielded their cup-tie elevens, and the game, played on a frost-bound ground that was liberally treated with sand, attracted about 7000 spectators.
On the run of the play Aberdeen scarcely deserved to lose, as while Falkirk had periods of superiority, the Pittodrie team held an advantage territorially, and had the forwards been better able to keep their foothold when it came to shooting, the verdict might have been reversed. For the first half hour of the game especially, Aberdeen were much the better team and more than once were downright unfortunate not to score. It was a peculiar fact that on the two occasions found the net, they did so against the run of play, and at times when the Brockville defence was being hotly assailed by the Aberdeen attackers.

Goal From "Free Kick"

Aberdeen, too, were unfortunate in the manner of losing the first goal. McHale, the Pittodrie centre-half, collided with an opponent, and the Aberdeen man's superior weight resulted in the Falkirk players falling. The referee immediately awarded a free kick against the Aberdonian, but in the opinion of many good judges the decision was wrong. The kick was taken by Morrison from 25 yards range and he slammed the ball through between a wall of players and it whizzed into the net off the tips of Yuill's fingers.

Morison Again

The second count was registered midway through the second half, and was also to the credit of Morrison, who is Scotland's leading goalscorer. Russell broke away on the right, and, lofting the ball over to Morrison , the centre-forward caught it before reaching the and cleverly hooked it over the head of Yuill, who advanced to meet him.
The view was general that Aberdeen should no have been in arrears at half-time, close upon which smith lost a great chance to equalise, and earlier the same player twice shot weakly from favourable positions when a fast ball must have beaten Ferguson. Although missing these easy chances, Smith was not the sinner, as on other occasions several of his colleagues either shot rashly or failed to get their feet properly behind ball.

Out of Luck

On the other hand Smith was out of luck when Ferguson accidentally stopped one of the winger's terrific shots with his fist, and Yorston, Cheyne, and Love all had efforts that were deserving of reward.
Falkirk were at their best during the five minutes that followed the scoring of their second goal. In that period they hammered the Aberdeen defence, and on one occasion Jackson cleared after Yuill had run out and been beaten.

Bad Ground Conditions.

It was an interesting game, but the treacherous surface prevented players from taking risks they would have taken in normal conditions. Yuill was unfortunate in being beaten twice, but was blameless. The backs, Jackson and Livingstone, comported themselves well, and McHale, who was always outstanding at centre-half, was ably supported by Black and McLeod. Of the forwards, whose chief defect was faulty finishing, McDermid, Chey, and Yorston were best.
The Falkirk players who attracted most notice were Ferguson, Scott, Hume, Muir, Morrison, and Gall.

Source: Press & Journal, 29th January 1929

Falkirk Teamsheet
Ferguson; Scott, Hume; Kennedy, McGinnigle, Muir; Cox, Russell, Morrison, Gall, Bell
Attendance: 7,000
Venue: Brockville Park, Falkirk
Referee: C. Ritchie, Edinburgh
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27 Jul 2024 / 15:00 / Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen