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St. Mirren 1 - 0 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)

16/11/1929 | KO:


Adverse weather conditions militated against most forms of outdoor sports on Saturday. Most of the Scottish League games were played on frozen grounds, and In England frost, fog, and sleet were disturbing factors. Beaten by St Mirren at Paisley, Aberdeen lost their place at the top of the table. They have the same number of points as Rangers, but the champions have played two matches fewer.

About 10,000 saw Aberdeen concede the only goal in their game with St Mirren at Paisley. The ground was frost-bound and hard on the stand side and soft on the exposed part. In the first half Aberdeen held their own, but they never played with the same dash and confidence as St Mirren, who might have won by a bigger margin. It was the first game this season in which Aberdeen had failed to score.
Except for a period of about twenty minutes in the first half, the forwards never really got going, and even then they were not the dangerous force they have been in recent games.
Yuill brought off many brilliant saves, and came out of the game with great credit, but neither of the backs distinguished himself, Hickie being weak against the better St Mirren wing. All three half-backs played well, Black being best.

Disappointing Attackers.

In attack, Love and McDermid alone played to form. Yorston was kept in subjection by Walker, and got little assistance from the men on either side of him. McKenzie, who took the place of Smith at outside-left, made a disappointing appearance, and Cheyne never accomplished anything of note.
St Mirren were a well-balanced side. Fotheringham in goal was brilliant, especially during the period in the first half when Aberdeen were attacking. Lilley was the better of two sound backs, and in a half-back line that never failed to force the game Walker and Colquhoun were always prominent. The Rankin-Connor wing was the best on the field, and McCrae was a thrustful leader.

How Play Ruled.

The Aberdeen goal was first be endangered, Yuill running out and clearing, with McCrae rushing in upon him. Love transferred play and forced a corner, which was negatived, and a great shot by McLaren was tipped over the bar by Fotheringham. St Mirren were kept on the defensive for a time, and a header by Hill was stopped by the home goalkeeper. McCrae, ever ready to make ground, was again baulked by Yuill running out. Play was fast and from end to end. Fotheringham saved an awkward shot by Love, and Connor sent a fierce shot against the outside of the net. Later Yuill went full length to a fast shot by McCrae and fisted away from Stewart. A misunderstanding between the Aberdeen backs let McCrae through, but Yuill dashed out and kicked clear.

Chance Lost.

In a rush by Aberdeen, McKenzie had chance, but hesitated and lost possession. Another great shot by Connor flashed high of Yuill's charge, and Hickie headed out when the Aberdeen goalkeeper looked like being beaten. Fotheringham saved a ground shot by Yorston and McDermid ballooned the ball when in favourable position. Following a fine individual run, Cheyne sent high over. Yorston was brought down on the penalty line, and following McLaren's free kick, Fotheringham saved from Yorston's head.
At this stage Aberdeen were attacking persistently, and Fotheringham fisted away a dangerous cross by McKenzie. Later' the Paisley keeper stopped a fierce shot by Love. Towards the interval the St Mirren attack again came into prominence, but Yuill's charge was not seriously endangered, and at half-time neither side had scored.

The Vital Goal

Aberdeen almost scored immediately after the game had been resumed. McKenzie forced a corner and following the flag kick, Fotheringham had to go full length to deflect a header by Yorston. In their first attack, Mirren forced a corner, and subsequent to the flag kick, Rankin got possession and shot hard into the net. For a time after this Aberdeen set up a determined attack, but they were not dangerous. A long shot by Love was fielded by Fotheringham, and McKenzie just failed to reach a fast pass across the goal.
Aberdeen forced another corner, and McLaren just missed with a header.

Spectacular Save

Subsequently St Mirren came away in great style, and a great shot by Miller hit the woodwork and rebounded into play.
A brilliant one-handed save by Yuill prevented Stewart from counting again, and Connor flashed a lightning effort against the side-net. Following a free kick, Yuill brought off a spectacular save from Walker, and later the Aberdeen goalkeeper dashed out and kicked clear with Connor running to shoot. In the closing minutes Aberdeen made a desperate effort to save the game, and Love shot high over.

Source: Press & Journal, 18th November 1929

St. Mirren Teamsheet
Fotheringham; Hay, Lilley; Colquhoun, Walker, Miller; Stewart, Meechan, McCrae, Rankin, Connor
Attendance: 10,000
Venue: St Mirren Park (Love Street), Paisley
Referee: H. Watson, Glasgow
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