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Aberdeen 4 - 1 Ayr United

HT Score: Aberdeen 2 - 0 Ayr United

Div 1 (Old)
Aberdeen scorers: Cheyne 1, Yorston 10, Love 54, Yorston.
Ayr United scorers: Tolland

12/10/1929 | KO: 15:00


Within a minute of the start Cheyne opened Aberdeen's account. Play continued to favour the home side, and a second goal was added by Yorston. Ayr United made a better appearance from this point, but failed to reduce the leeway before the interval. Aberdeen were again the more impressive side in the second half. Love put them further ahead, and after Tolland had notched the visitors? only goal Yorston put the home side further ahead.

Source: The Scotsman, 14th October 1929

Defeating Ayr United at Pittodrie by 4 goals to 1, Aberdeen continued their non-stop run in the Scottish League competition, and are now firmly established as leaders. Aberdeen "A" strengthened their lead in the Alliance by defeating Ayr United "A" at Ayr by 5 goals to 2.

It was always a bright and interesting struggle at Pittodrie, and was greatly enjoyed by 14,000 spectators. The feature was the brilliant forward play of both teams, but Aberdeen were much superior, especially in shooting. Aberdeen were handicapped by the absence of Cheyne during the last twenty minutes of the game. He sustained an ankle injury, and after figuring at outside right for a time he limped off. Even with their numbers reduced Aberdeen actually scored, and Yorston netted on another occasion but was offside.

Improvement at Back.

Aberdeen gave a well-balanced display. There was a marked improvement in the play of the back division, but it was really the work of the half-backs and forwards that brought them victory.
Yuill was very safe in goal, and without being brilliant, Hickie and Livingstone defended well. Hill, at left half, was the best half back on the field, and played his best game for the club. McHale, who took McLaren's place at centre-half, was a big factor in defence, and Black played his usual sound game.
Forward the honours went to Yorston, Cheyne, and McDermid, but there was not really a weakling in the line. The United exploited a smart attack, but it lacked the thrust of Aberdeen, although Yuill had many dangerous shots to hold. Hepburn was blameless for defeat. Price was the better back, and was a serviceable pivot, but the wing half-backs did not compare favourably with those of Aberdeen. Forward the best were Tolland, Ferguson, and Livingstone.

Hurricane Start.

Aberdeen started in hurricane fashion, and with a minute gone Cheyne opened the scoring off a Love pass.
The ball continued to hover dangerously near the United citadel, and after Hepburn had saved a piledriver by Smith, Cheyne had a smart effort blocked.
Ayr broke away and Yuill saved a touchline effort from Tolland. Aberdeen quickly returned to the attack and Hepburn fisted down a corner by Cheyne. Before the ball could be cleared McDermid got his foot to it, but his shot lacked sting. Smart play the visitors left saw Yuill dive full length to a shot by Ferguson.

Aberdeen Add a Second.

With ten minutes gone the home team increased their total. Yorston had a shot blocked, but before a defender could clear the centre-forward smashed the ball into the corner of the net.
The next incident of note was the result of smart work by the Ayr attack, Yuill holding a dangerous header by Livingstone. Shortly afterwards a lightning drive by Tolland flashed inches wide. Gradually Ayr settled down, and this was emphasised when Yuill held a smart effort by Nisbet.
A brisk attack by Aberdeen had the United goal in danger, Yorston striking the post from an up-the-centre pass by McDermid. Before the ball could be taken from the danger zone, a terriffic drive by Smith flashed past.

Almost Another.

The Aberdeen attack came again in splendid style, and from an adroit lob by Love, Yorston hooked the ball over the advancing 'keeper for it to again strike the upright.
Following a fruitless attack by Ayr, Cheyne let Love away, and the winger cut in to deliver a brilliant shot which missed by the narrowest possible margin. The visitors were very unfortunate when, from an accurate cross by Nisbet, Ferguson struck the post.
The home team were having the better of the exchanges, and from a free kick by Cheyne, Hepburn saved a header by Yorston at the expense of a corner. Immediately after Love shot over, and at the other end Yuill mads a plucky save from Ferguson.
Exchanges became of a very keen and lively nature towards the interval. Yorston the home team's dynamic centre-forward was a proper live wire, and it was only luck and pluck on one occasion, that enabled Hepburn to hold one of his efforts.

Aberdeen Open Briskly.

Aberdeen re-opened with a brisk raid and smart play by Hill and Yorston, resulted in the latter sending past.
With less than ten minutes gone Aberdeen increased their lead. Black took a free kick and sent in a magnificent shot which Love flicked into the net.
The home team were rampant after this and Hepburn and his two backs were kept on the qui vive, Smith missed a chance when he sent past from a deflected try by Yorston, and later a try by Love sailed over. Aberdeen were showing splendid form and Hepburn did well to smother a shot Yorston.
The United rallied and Yuill made a splendid full length save from Livingstone, while a minute later Ferguson shot wildly over.

Cheyne Injured.

At this stage Cheyne was injured and had to be assisted off. During his short absence Love struck the upright, and from the rebound sent over.
In a break away by Ayr, Nisbet got through, and his shot was only inches high.
Cheyne, the home inside right was crippling, and changed places with Love, but soon left the field altogether.
With ten men, the home team were far from outplayed, and smart work by Hill and Yorston resulted in a characteristic Love piledriver flying inches high.
A determined attack by Ayr bore fruit when Yuill ran out of his goal, and Tolland placed the ball in the net.
McHale transferred play to the other end, where Hepburn held a long range effort from Yorston.

Yorston's Counter.

Foraging on the right, Aberdeen's dangerous centre-forward got the ball, which promptly banged into the net. In collision with Yorston, Fleming, the Ayr left-back, was injured and had to retire for a time.
The home team pushed home their advantage, and a well calculated drive by Hill struck the wood-work. Just on the final whistle, Yorston had the ball in the net, but the point was disallowed for off-side.

Source: Press & Journal, 14th October 1929

Ayr United Teamsheet
Hepburn; Price, Fleming; Turnbull, McLeod, McCall; Nisbet, Tolland, Livingston, Brae, Ferguson
Attendance: 14,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: H. Watson, Glasgow
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