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Aberdeen 2 - 2 Heart of Midlothian

HT Score: Aberdeen 0 - 2 Heart of Midlothian

Div 1 (Old)
Aberdeen scorers: Hill, Dickie.
Heart of Midlothian scorers: McMillan, Battles

02/01/1930 | KO: 14:15


Aberdeen dropped a point to Hearts at Pittodrie Park as the result of weakness in defence. The game had plenty of thrills. Aberdeen accounted for the bulk of the pressure in the first half, yet they were two goals down at the interval. In an exciting second half, however, the "Dons," as they did at Hampden, wiped off the deficit. The Aberdeen defence was easily beaten, while that of the visitors gave a great display. McMillan got Hearts' first goal. Yuill fisted out a cross from Murray, and the inside right gained possession and made no mistake. Another spell of pressure by Aberdeen followed, and just before the interval Battles increased Hearts' lead with a header. After half-time Aberdeen had again the better of the exchanges, but the Hearts' defence was sound. Bennie was the outstanding half-back on the field.

A Spectacular Goal

Twenty minutes from the close Hill reduced the leeway with a spectacular goal. Gaining possession, he shot from 30 yards range and completely beat Harkness. Aberdeen went all out to level the scores and succeeded a few minutes from time, when Dickie netted from a goalmouth scramble. Aberdeen have yet to solve their defensive problems. Among the half-backs McLaren was a tower of strength in defence, and Hill and Black forced the play. Love and Cheyne provided the best wing on the field. McStay and King played a great game for Hearts in defence, and in attack McMillan and Murray were prominent.

Source: The Scotsman, 3rd January 1930

The battle enacted between Hearts and Aberdeen at Pittodrie Park yesterday afternoon will live long in the memory of the 18,000 spectators who witnessed the game. The home team, two goals down for the major part of the encounter, finished level.

After putting up a great display in the first half, Aberdeen retired at the interval two goals in arrears. This state of affairs continued until twenty minutes from the end, then what a metamorphosis. The Aberdeen attack positively enveloped the Hearts' defence in a whirlwind of offensive football. After Hill had netted with a spectacular goal from thirty yards range, nothing could stop the cyclonic Aberdeen forwards, and with five minutes to go, Dickie levelled the scores. Even then the Pittodrie side was not satisfied, and several times came near snatching the winner.
Aberdeen were the more dangerous attacking force, but Hearts were decidedly superior in defence. Cooper was the weak link in the Aberdeen rear trio, and as a result McLaren had to fall back. Hill and Black, clever in defence, kept the attack moving in grand style. The home forward quintette were in smashing form, every man carrying punch. Love and Cheyne on the right, are a duet, the equal of which would be difficult find in Scotland. Smith was not in his best form; but Dickie, Pittodrie?s latest capture, played splendidly.
Harkness, McStay, King, and Johnstone held up well against the determined Aberdeen onslaughts; and Bennie was a smart and judicious half-back. In attack, the shining lights were Battles, McMillan, and Chalmers>

Championship Form.

Aberdeen started off in real championship style, and smart work by Cheyne and Love resulted in a fruitless corner. Yorston got off on the right, slung in a perfect centre, but Smith?s effort was pushed round for a corner.
Hearts retaliated, and Yuill saved at full length from Battles. Love made a grand effort to open the scoring when he got his head to a centre from the left, but Harkness was on the spot, as he was when Yorston headed.
Again the Hearts' attack came into evidence, and Murray and McMillan had tries. Yuill was in action to another effort by the left winger, and McMillan drove inches past.
The home team attack was in brilliant form, and first Smith and then Yorston got through, but were held up at the crucial moment. Next Love cut in and parted to Yorston, whose shot flashed past Harkness?s charge. The Hearts international 'keeper was continually on the move, and did well to hold a surprise overhead kick by Dickie.
The Tynecastle attack was prominent for a time, but Yuill was not seriously tested. A quick run and centre by Smith had the visitors' goal in danger, but Love's header went past. Immediately after a shout of 'Goal' merged into 'Oh! ' as a shot by Yorston got the outside net.
Play swung to the other end, where Yuill watched a shot by Langton strike the top of the post.

One for Hearts.

The long-looked-for goal came - but 'twas Hearts who got. it. Yuill ran out to punch clear a centre by Murray, and before he could get back McMillan had the hall in the net.
Aberdeen came with a rush after this reverse, and Harkness saved at full length from Smith and Love missed the rebound. A corner followed on the left, and from the flag kick Harkness held from Love. The home side was not to be denied, and deserved to be on level terms when a regular pile-driver by Smith struck the upright, and Harkness fell in saving a terrific shot by Dickie.

Another for Hearts.

Against the run of play Hearts became two up, Battles heading home a Murray centre. The Aberdeen defence was at fault.
Undismayed by a two-goal deficit, Aberdeen came away strongly on the resumption, and Smith and Dickie shot past. The next minute Harkness leapt high to a Love header and saved from McLaren at long range.
Hearts set-up a vigorous offensive, and from a Chalmers cross Battles headed inches wide. At this stage Battles and McMillan were laid out, but both resumed after attention.
The Pittodrie side broke away, and from a free kick Hill placed the ball in the Hearts' goalmouth. Aberdeen tried force the ball into the net, but Harkness wormed out to clear.

Hill's Great Goal.

Aberdeen seemed have tired a little, and Hearts for a time did the bulk of the pressing. Yuill. however, had only one save of note from Murray.
A cute move by Love and Yorston resulted in the little leader shooting past.
With twenty minutes to go Aberdeen scored one of the best goals seen Pittodrie for many a long day. Hill fastened on to a loose ball and let go a drive from thirty yards which entered the net with the speed of a shell. Harkness was nowhere!
With this success Aberdeen took a new lease of life and the Hearts' defence was kept on the qui vive. Harkness's ability was brought out now. He jumped high to a Love drive and an agile dive kept out a Cheyne try. Desperation lent the Aberdeen attack wings, and they simply swarmed round Harkness, but a dogged defence kept them from counting. Smith made a grand effort pull the fat from the fire when he cut through on his own, but his shot glanced off the woodwork. From a throw in Cheyne gave to Yorston and the centre shot between the backs, but the ball went high.

The Equaliser.

The whole Heart?s team had fallen back, and only force of numbers kept the Dons out. How the Pittodrie side did try! and they were rewarded when after a fierce Hill-M'Stay duel Dickie equalised from a difficult angle. Immediately after Harkness was trifle fortunate to drop on to a McLaren grounder. Love crossed a low ball, and Smith close in on the post got it, but the ball cannoned off Harkness.

Source: Press & Journal, 3rd January 1930

Aberdeen Teamsheet
Yuill, Cooper, Legge, Black, McLaren, Hill, Love, Cheyne, Yorston, Dickie, Smith.
Heart of Midlothian Teamsheet
Harkness; McStay, King; Langton, Johnstone, Bennie; Smith, McMillan, Battles, Chalmers, Murray
Attendance: 18,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: J. Baillie, Motherwell
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