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Falkirk 3 - 2 Aberdeen

HT Score: Falkirk 2 - 1 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)
Falkirk scorers: Morrison 8, Morrison (pen), Morrison
Aberdeen scorers: Yorston 25, Yorston 50.

10/08/1929 | KO: 15:00


Aberdeen made an unfortunate start, Falkirk beating them at Brockville Park by three goals to two.

Aberdeen surrendered full points to Falkirk at Brockville by the off goal in five, and in doing so could claim to have been downright unfortunate. The turning point in the fortunes of the Pittodrie combination was three minutes before the interval, when, after the scores had been level at one goal each, Falkirk took the lead from a penalty kick, which led up to a regrettable incident.
Aberdeen had just had a claim for a penalty against a Falkirk defender disallowed, when in endeavouring to clear a ball that bounced, McHale handled in the penalty area. Falkirk immediately claimed a penalty, but the referee was evidently in doubt and he consulted the nearest linesman. The latter's decision went against Aberdeen, whose players, and McHale in particular, continued to protest. Morrison, the home centre-forward, took the spot kick and scored. The incident did not close there, however, as before the players had lined up for the kick-off, McHale, the Aberdeen centre-half, was ordered off because of something he said to the referee.
Thereafter, McDermid dropped back to centre-half, and Aberdeen played four forwards for the remainder of the game. They played pluckily, indeed exceedingly well under this serious handicap, and there were times when they looked as if they could save the game.

Scoring Centre Forwards

The respective centre forwards, Morrison and Yorston, claimed all the goals that were scored. The first count came eight minutes after the start, when Morrison followed up a high lob, and as Cooper went to tackle him the back slipped and the Falkirk man ran right through unchallenged to shoot well out of the reach of Yuill.
Subsequently the Aberdeen goalkeeper was kept busy with all kinds of shots, which he handled skilfully. Ferguson, on the other hand, had much less to do, although McDermid, Yorston, Smith, Hill, and Love all had creditable attempts to beat him.
Aberdeen equalised after 25 minutes' play, when Smith broke away and hois pass was intercepted by Yorston, who first evaded Hume and then, as Ferguson ran out, the centre forward touched the ball past him into the net. The next goal, which gave Falkirk the lead, was that which ensued from the penalty kick incident. At half-time Falkirk were leading by 2-1, and because of their attacking superiority they were deserving of their advantage.

Aberdeen Rallies

Short-handed in the second half, Aberdeen took some time to settle down, and their defence underwent a trying experience during the opening minutes. Gradually the Aberdeen half-backs and forwards came more into the game. Yorston and Love in particular being prominent in leading on their attacks. Only five minutes had gone when the equaliser was registered. Love centred, and Hill had a shot which Hume failed to clear, and Yorston running in to meet the ball as it came out to him, whisked it into the corner of the net.
Subsequently the Aberdeen attack sparkled, and Ferguson was kept busy. On several occasions he cleared with nothing to spare. Play was maintained at a fast pace, with both goalkeepers being kept in action. Yuill saved from Davidson, Hamill, Morrison, and Gall, and Ferguson from Love, Yorston, and Smith.

The Winning Goal

With twenty-five minutes gone Falkirk registered the winning goal, and incidentally it provided Morrison with his hat-trick. Gall forced a corner on the left, and in the scrimmage that followed in front of the Aberdeen goal, Morrison edged the ball into the net.
Although leading, Falkirk did not play consistently afterwards, and there were several occasions when Aberdeen came near to equalising. At one time Yorston forced a corner, and there was a desperate scrimmage before the Falkirk defence got the ball scrambled away.

Cause of Defeat

Aberdeen can attribute their defeat solely to the absence of McHale. Even with ten men they gave as much as they got in the second half, but the disorganisation caused by the reduction in the forward line put them under too severe a handicap.
While all on the Aberdeen side played well, several were more successful than others. In defence, Yuill, Livingstone, McDermid, and Hill were best, and in attack the honours went to Yorston and Love.
Falkirk were best served by Ferguson, Hume, Muir, Morrison, Hamill, and Gall. There were 9000 spectators.

Source: Press & Journal, 12th August 1929

Falkirk Teamsheet
Ferguson; Hume, Gilroy; Kennedy, Muir, Hutcheson; Davidson, Russell, Morrison, Hamill, Gall
Aberdeen Teamsheet
Yuill, Cooper, Livingstone, Black, McHale, Hill, Love, Cheyne, Yorston, McDermid, Smith.

Bookings:  McHale.
Attendance: 9,000
Venue: Brockville Park, Falkirk
Referee: Mr. M. C. Hutton, Glasgow
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