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St. Mirren 4 - 3 Aberdeen

Scottish Cup Quarter Final
St. Mirren scorers: Morgan 3, Guthrie 44, Rankine 65, Morgan
Aberdeen scorers: Cheyne, Yorston 20, Smith 85.

05/03/1929 | KO:


The feature of as hard a cup-tie as could wished for yesterday was its dramatic close. Five minutes from time St Mirren led by three goals to two, and the game seemed won and lost, but Smith got the equaliser, and thoughts turned on the replay. With a minute to go, however, during a goalmouth scramble, the ball was forced through the Aberdeen goal, and no time was left for retaliation. St Mirren had simply to swing out the seconds and qualify for the semi-final.
Aberdeen are due the sympathy a lastminute defeat calls for, but looking back on the game they deserved to be beaten. The winning goal was only allowed after consultation with a linesman, such was the narrow difference between failure and another chance.

Half Backs Fall Away.

The Dons, however, by their second-half tactics, courted disaster. The forcing of the half-backs fell away when they had a chance of getting a grip on the game, and Love, who had amply proved in the first half that he was a match-winning factor, was not played up to as he should have been.
It was hard game - nothing more - the football standard not being high. Neither set of half-backs had much genius in construction, but this much must said for the Paisley line, they followed their forwards better and had more of a will to win during that vital second half. By comparison, the Aberdeen middlemen gave little inspiration, and it was tantalising to see the clever Dons forwards left to do much for themselves.
Both back divisions wilted under pressure, as the tale of scrambled goals showed. Of the seven, only Rankine's opening goal was a clean-cut affair, the others in one way or another being advantages taken of mixed-up defences with a twist of chance in each of them.
The goalkeepers could not be blamed for the fairly prolific scoring, the balls being forced past them close in.

Nippy Aberdeen Forwards.

One must come to the forwards before lavishing praise. The Aberdeen lads gave the westerners a grand exhibition of nippiness ,and all along the line played well, and it made one sorry they were on the losing side. Their long and wide passes kept opening up the opposing defence and they played what easily could have been a winning game, had they been properly supported. McDermid's passing was always of the best and he varied his moves in a way that baffled anticipation. Little Yorston had the tribute paid that Walker could never leave him. Tricky, elusive, and two-footed, he snapped one goal beautifully, and was on the alert to the slightest chance. Love was the most paying of the forwards and his second half neglect may be said to have cost Aberdeen the tie. One man did more than any other to bring about the St Mirren's victory, and that was McCrae. The way he rattled in on, and poked around the Aberdeen defence had them in a perpetual pickle, and with Morgan in clever mood, the pair showed up the weakness in the northern defence, which rattled under pressure. It was noticeable that Morgan's crosses were never properly covered, though Aberdeen got an early lesson, being a goal down through this in the third minute. St Mirren were top dogs right through the early stages, Aberdeen not settling at all, but this phase passed and the Dons forwards, largely through the steady, forceful play of Love, turned the aspect.

Aberdeen Lucky.

Yorston's equaliser in twenty minutes was due, but there was an element of luck in Aberdeen taking the lead. Fotheringham had placed himself to receive Cheyne's shot, but the ball struck Walker en route, and was diverted well away from the goalkeeper. Although St Mirren strove desperately and often went close, they seemed fated to turn round a goal down, but defensive misunderstanding gave Guthrie the chance, which he promptly accepted a minute from half time.
Aberdeen's chances were generally fancied in the second half, but they disappointed by fading out at half-back and allowing McCrae and his mates to work their will. Rankine's goal in twenty minutes looked a winner, but five minutes from time, Love was remembered, and with his first ball for a while, gave Smith the chance for a sensational equalizer. The excitement was not finished, and Morgan put the final touch on the thousand pound goal.
The game fulfilled every promise of keenness, but the sporting spirit was never forgotten. The excitement and the goals thoroughly enthused the twenty thousand onlookers. The weather was fortunately, fine, sunny and mild, and the playing conditions overhead and under foot have hardly been bettered throughout the season. Aberdeen are left lamenting, through their forwards not getting the backing they deserved. That is the trend of opinion on yesterday's game.
The number who paid for admission was 19,941, and the divisible gate amounted to £725.

Source: Press & Journal, 6th March 1929

N.B. Originally scheduled for 2nd March but postponed on the day (ground unplayable).
St. Mirren Teamsheet
Fotheringham; Hay, Lilley; Colquhoun, Walker, McDonald; Morgan, Gebbie, McCrae, Rankin, Miller
Attendance: 19,941
Venue: St Mirren Park (Love Street), Paisley
Referee: T. Dougray, Bellshill
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