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Aberdeen 4 - 2 Hamilton

HT Score: Aberdeen 2 - 0 Hamilton

Div 1 (Old)
Aberdeen scorers: Love 20 (Pen), Yorston 42, Yorston 47, Yorston.

30/11/1929 | KO: 14:20


Aberdeen are maintaining their challenge for the Scottish League championship. At Pittodrie on Saturday they defeated Hamilton Academicals by four goals to two, and, with Rangers dropping a point to Morton at Greenock and Celtic being beaten by Partick Thistle, the Pittodrie team has now a clear lead of two points over the champions, who, however, have played two matches fewer.

Fully eleven thousand spectators saw Aberdeen outplay and decisively beat Hamilton Academical at Pittodrie. At one period Aberdeen led by 4-0, but in the closing stages the Academicals came away strongly and got two soft goals, which flattered them.
The honours of the game went to the home forwards, who were in their most sprightly mood, and had they added to their total it would have been no more than they deserved. The game provided Yorston with a personal triumph, as in addition to registering a brilliant hat-trick, he led the attack with rare skill, his ball distribution being well-nigh perfect.

Penalty Goal.

For the first twenty minutes it was anybody's game, both defences being hard put to counter clever attacks, and the respective goals both had narrow escapes from shots that just missed the mark.
With fully twenty minutes gone, Aberdeen took the lead. In a raid by the home right, Hill, the visitors' centre half, handled in the area, and Love shot a goal from the twelve yards spot.
Aberdeen subsequently had much the better of the exchanges, and got a well-deserved second goal near the interval. Love and Cheyne combined cleverly, and from the winger's centre Yorston lobbed the ball past Nicol, who appeared to be unsighted.

>p>Yorston's Hat-Trick.

The second half was only two minutes old when Aberdeen got a third goal, and again it was Yorston who was the scorer. The right wing made play, and from Love's accurate cross the forward first-timed the ball into the net.
The Aberdeen attack continued to dominate the situation, and Yorston again with a brilliant shot, but the whistle had just previously sounded for a player being injured, and the point was not allowed.
Yorston was compensated shortly afterwards when ran in to take advantage of a misunderstanding between Wilson and Nicol, and turned the ball into an untenanted goal. It was a brilliant, piece of opportunism on the part of Aberdeen's centre forward, and the spectators were not slow to show their appreciation.

Two For Hamilton.

Secure in their lead of four clear goals, Aberdeen were inclined to slacken off in the closing stages and paid dearly for their lapse. Following a corner kick by F. Wilson, Yuill held the ball but dropped it and it bounced into the net. Shortly afterwards the Academicals had a second success. Moffat tried his luck with a shot which beat Yuill and the ball found the post to rebound behind the Aberdeen goalkeeper, who promptly cleared. The referee awarded a goal and on his decision being challenged by Aberdeen players, he consulted his linesmen who confirmed his decision.

Yorston Best.

Aberdeen were the better balanced team throughout. Apart from his two mistakes which proved fatal Yuill kept goal in excellent style. Legge took the eye with clean kicking and resourceful play and was ahead of Livingstone. All the home half-backs played finely were much superior to the Hamilton trio. All five Aberdeen forwards were in excellent fettle and Yorston was easily the most effective attacker on the field.
The Academicals were well served in defence, J. Wilson being outstanding, but the half-backs were weak and lacked constructive ability. Hill quite failed to hold Yorston. In a moderate attack that lacked support from behind, McKay was easily best, and F. Wilson had several clever runs.

Source: Press & Journal, 2nd December 1929

Hamilton Teamsheet
Nicol; Watson, J. Wisson; Dougall, Hill, Bulloch; F. Wilson, Moffat, Gray, McKay, Howe
Attendance: 13,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: A. Stewart, Glasgow
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27 Jul 2024 / 15:00 / Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen