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Aberdeen 2 - 2 Rangers

HT Score: Aberdeen 1 - 2 Rangers

Div 1 (Old)
Aberdeen scorers: Smith, Cheyne 72.
Rangers scorers: Archibald, Morton

20/04/1929 | KO:

Rangers in Luck at Aberdeen.

Estimated attendance: 18,000. Aberdeen took the lead within ten minutes of the start through Smith and three minutes later Archibald equalised for Rangers. Almost immediately Morton gave the visitors the lead, the three goals being scored within a quarter of an hour. Aberdeen forced the play in an effort to draw level, but there was no change in the score before the interval. In the second half the home side again attacked strongly, and after almost half an hour's play Cheyne scored for them. Aberdeen had three corner kicks, all of which were well taken by Cheyne, but none was converted.

Source: The Scotsman, 22nd April 1929

Nippy Aberdeen Attack.

Close on 18,000 spectators saw Rangers divide four goals with Aberdeen in their last home game of the season at Pittodrie.
Aberdeen put up a great display and the champions were lucky to save a point, especially in the second period when play continually hovered round the Rangers citadel. More than anyone else have the visitors to thank Buchanan and Meiklejohn for their escape from defeat.
In the opening ten minutes of the first half the Aberdeen defence was groggy, but they settled down. Although beaten twice Yuill was a sound goalkeeper and had several smart saves. Jackson was inclined to be a little too impetuous but Livingstone played a fine steady game and frustrated many dangerous Rangers raid. Black, McLaren and Hill comprised a sound Aberdeen middle trio. The first named, as well being a grand spoiler, played a fine forcing game The pivot was effective in his own unobtrusive way, while Hill, after a weak opening, came away nicely. The Aberdeen attack was more than usually sprightly and gave the Rangers defence many anxious moments. Although they had not the finesse of the champions the Aberdeen attack carried punch. Despite the fact that he was well-watched by Scotland's centre-half Yorston, along with McDermid, was the general of the home attack.

Strain Telling.

It was obvious that the strain is beginning to tell on the champions, there being a lackadaisicalness about their play. Nevertheless, watching them, one could understand why they possess the record they do. There was a complete understanding between half-backs and forwards, and the workmanship of both is seldom seen in any sphere of football. Hamilton (T.) gave a splendid display in goal, while Buchanan, Scotland's right half, was the better back. Meiklejohn and Craig were the better half-backs, and, in attack, Archibald and Fleming were most prominent.

Goals Come Fast.

With the advantage a strong wind. Rangers were first to be dangerous, Morton centring behind. Aberdeen replied on the left, and Hamilton saved from McDermid. In a swift counter attack by the visitors Fleming shot past, and shortly afterwards Yuill saved a header from the centre forward. A bad miss by Buchanan left Love in possession, and the winger swung the ball across to the left, where Smith on the run shot into the net.
With the lead Aberdeen attacked strongly, and after Hamilton had saved from Love, Smith shot past. At this stage Rangers revealed their match winning form, and Archibald equalised from a corner.
Two minutes later the visitors took the lead, Morton converting a lob by Archibald. The home team retaliated, and Yorston was just too late to intercept an up-the-centre pass by Cheyne. A nice run and centre by Smith gave Love a chance, but the winger failed to get a shot in. Two well-placed efforts by McDermid were intercepted, and then from a centre Cheyne headed into Hamilton's hands.
In a brisk raid the visitors McPhail missed a good chance when he shot stinglessly for Yuill to save. After Marshall had shot past, play swung to the ether end, where Hamilton just managed to tip over a great drive by McDermid. Just on the interval Love shot wildly over when he had a great opportunity of equalising.

Rangers on Defence.

The home team resumed in promising fashion, and Yorston shot narrowly past. Aberdeen's nippy little leader was unfortunate with a splendid shot which Hamilton held on the post. A raid by Rangers looked dangerous, but Fleming's shot struck the top side of the crossbar. The home attack was rampant at this stage, and shots by McDermid and Hill were blocked, while a grand try by Yorston missed narrowly.
An attack by Rangers yielded a fruitless corner, and then Yuill saved from Marshall. A corner to Aberdeen was taken by Cheyne but he failed repeat his Hampden Park feat. Immediately after a drive by McDermid went past, and then Meiklejohn deflected a shot by Love.

The Equaliser.

With twenty-seven minutes gone Aberdeen got a long overdue equaliser, Cheyne netting from a lob by Hill. With victory in sight, Aberdeen attacked with renewed vigour, and a shot by Black was scrambled clear. Hamilton saved from Love, and from the corner the winger shot over. A minute later Yorston broke through on his own, but Hamilton dashed out to block his shot. Near the close the centre forward had a great try which came very near to counting.

Source: Press & Journal, 22nd April 1929

Rangers Teamsheet
Hamilton T.; Grey, Buchanan; Muirhead, Meiklejohn, Craig; Archibald, Marshall, Fleming, McPhail, Morton
Attendance: 18,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: R. Morrison, Falkirk
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