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Clyde 1 - 3 Aberdeen

HT Score: Clyde 1 - 2 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)
Clyde scorers: Jessiman
Aberdeen scorers: Love (Pen), Cheyne 33, Yorston 42.

14/09/1929 | KO:


Aberdeen took up the aggressive at the start, but good work by Gibson and Stevenson prevented them from doing any damage. As the game progressed Clyde came more into the picture, and Simpson had two good tries well saved by Yuill. After 35 minutes Cheyne opened the scoring, and shortly after Yorston added a second goal. On the interval Jessiman scored for Clyde. Midway through the second portion Love scored for Aberdeen from a penalty given against Gibson for fouling Yorston.

Source: The Scotsman, 16th September 1929

Aberdeen accomplished another fine performance on Saturday when they defeated Clyde at Shawfield Park, Glasgow, by three goals to one. They did not play so well as against Rangers a week before, but were much the better team and well deserved their victory - their third in succession away from home this season.

Play never touched a high level, but Aberdeen were always the more methodical, and had they finished better might have won much more comfortably. Play was strenuous throughout and frequently was over-robust, several of the Clyde players especially using their weight unnecessarily.
Both defences frequently wavered under pressure, and had the forwards been equal to taking their chances the score must have reached large dimensions.

Penalty Claim.

It took both teams some time to settle down, but Aberdeen were the first to get going, and clever ground-passing had the Clyde defence in difficulties. Yorston and Love both failed to reach a cross from Smith, and Stevenson had to clear from Hill. Clyde retaliated on the left, and after a corner-kick by Sanders had been cleared, they claimed for a penalty against McLaren, but the referee decided in Aberdeen's favour. There was some resolute tackling by both sides, and the goalkeepers were having little to do.
Love made an opening for himself after dribbling through, but he shot weakly, and the nearest to a score was when Yorston whipped in a great shot from the right, Stevenson knocked the ball out, but there was no Aberdeen forward up to meet it. Another chance came to Aberdeen shortly afterwards, but Smith from close in, sent high over the goal. At Yuill's end Borland emulated Smith's performance, and later the Aberdeen goalkeeper had to dive to the foot of the post to save from Simpson, who had got clean through.

Goal for Cheyne.

After thirty-three minutes Aberdeen took the lead. Black rushed forward and sent to Yorston, who breasted out to Cheyne, and the latter netted with a fine shot on the run. Cheyne came near to scoring again but was fouled while in the act of shooting, and sent high over. Following this, Clyde rallied and Yuill effected a brilliant save from a surprise shot by Simpson.
Three minutes from the interval Aberdeen obtained a second goal. Smith carried the ball along, and his pass to McDermid was continued to Yorston, who smartly whipped the ball into the net. With a two goals lead, Aberdeen were inclined to ease up, and they paid for this just on the interval when Sanders stole away to cross accurately for Jessiman to head past Yuill. Aberdeen easily deserved their lead at half-time.

Love's Penalty Kick.

Clyde were aggressive in the earlier stages of the second half, and some good work was put in by the Aberdeen defence. In raids by the Pittodrie attack, Stevenson had to save from Smith and Hill, but the Aberdeen goal had a narrow escape when from a free kick McGuire struck the cross-bar.
It was a dour struggle with frequent stoppages for injuries, due to the robust nature of the tackling.
Yorston was well set for shot when he was bowled over in the penalty area by Gibson, and Love being entrusted with the spot kick, gave Stevenson no chance.
This goal further unsettled Clyde, and in an effort to make improvement Blair and McGuire changed places.

Aberdeen Easily Superior.

Love was injured and had to be carried off, but he was soon able to resume, although limping. Aberdeen continued to make most of the running. Smith had a great shot that swerved behind, and Stevenson had to clear from Smith and Black. Near the end Smith, the Clyde left back, was injured, but although limping was able to carry on. In the closing minutes Aberdeen, had they shown a little more care near goal, might easily have increased their lead.

Outstanding Players.

Yuill in the Aberdeen goal was really seriously tackled on only two occasions. The backs, after a shaky start, both played well, but the strength of the team was at half-back. Black, McLaren, and Hill being a powerful trio. The forwards were clever, but not nearly as dangerous as they might have been. The best were McDermid and Yorston.
In a poor Clyde team that lacked balance the best were Smith, Gibson, Jackson, Rankine, and Simpson.

Source: Press & Journal, 16th September 1929

Clyde Teamsheet
Stevenson; Blair, Smith; McGuire, Gibson, Jackson; Sauders, Rankin, Simpson, Borland, Jessiman
Attendance: 6,000
Venue: Shawfield Stadium, Glasgow
Referee: H. Watson, Glasgow
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27 Jul 2024 / 15:00 / Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen