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Aberdeen 2 - 2 Dundee United

HT Score: Aberdeen 1 - 1 Dundee United

Div 1 (Old)
Aberdeen scorers: Yorston 30, Smith 49.
Dundee United scorers: Haddow, Kay

29/03/1930 | KO: 15:00

DRAB ENCOUNTER. Aberdeen Drop a Point to Dundee United. GOALKEEPING CONTRAST.

Dundee United secured a point at Pittodrie, and if on the run of play they were a trifle lucky to do so, their never-say-die spirit deserved some reward. Aberdeen played the better football, but they were not as effective as usual in front of goal. McHugh and Gardiner were outstanding in the visitors' team. The goalkeeper had a number of magnificent saves, and Gardiner, in addition to watching Yorston, was a tower of strength in defence.
The United opened the scoring through Haddow, Yuill slipping while clutching the centre's shot. Yorston deflected a shot by Hill past McHugh to level matters, and the visitors had to thank McHugh that they were not in arrears at the interval.
A spectacular drive by Smith put Aberdeen ahead early in the second half, and McHugh later saved brilliantly from Hill and Love. The United fought back pluckily, and their efforts were rewarded in the closing stages when, during the temporary absence of Cameron, Kay beat Yill with a low shot.
Yuill was not too confident in the Aberdeen goal, and near the close he gave the home crowd a fright when he dropped a shot near the goal line.

Source: Glasgow Herald, 31st March 1930

With Aberdeen dropping a point to Dundee United and their victory over Clyde at Ibrox, Rangers are now Scottish First Division champions for the fourth year in succession. St Johnstone are doomed to relegation, but it rests with Dundee United, Cowdenbeath, and Morton to decide which will accompany them.
Leith Athletic, East Fife, and Albion Rovers are the trio fighting out the promotion issue, and the first-named two are in the strongest position.

Aberdeen could only draw with Dundee United at Pittodrie, each side scoring twice. It was a poor game with few bright passages and a tendency to over-robustness did not improve matters.
Aberdeen on the whole had the better of the exchanges and attacked more frequently, but few would grudge the United their point. The visitors put up a plucky display especially in defence and their forwards were ever ready to break away and harass the home defence.

Goalkeeper's Lapse.

It was rather against the run of play that United took the lead midway through the first half. Haddow sent in a simple straight shot which Yuill fielded but he allowed the ball to slip from his hands into the net.
That goal livened up the exchanges and Aberdeen redoubled their efforts in attack. With fully half an hour played Legge took a free kick and after McHugh had returned a ball from Hill Yorston sent it into the net.

Aberdeen Go Ahead.

Aberdeen took the lead early in the second half when Smith cut in to deliver a terrific shot. McHugh jumped to save, but accidentally turned the ball through his own goal.
Subsequently Aberdeen had the better of the exchanges, and McHugh effected several excellent saves.
United continued to defend finely, and latterly the game took a turn in their favour, Kay and Cameron going near with creditable efforts.

Futile Claim.

On one occasion Yuill failed to hold a shot by McNally, but he recovered, and Kay fouled the ball with his hand to give Aberdeen relief from a dangerous situation.
Several United players claimed that Yuill had pulled the ball back from over the goal-line, but the referee did not subscribe to this view.
An injury to Cameron, who had temporarily to retire, handicapped the United, but it was while playing with ten men that they equalised, Kay working through to score with a ground shot.
In the closing stages Aberdeen made desperate efforts to get the winning goal. Love, Yorston, Hill, and Smith all going close with good shots, but the United defence held out.

Cooper's Best.

Yuill in the Aberdeen goal appeared lack confidence. Cooper at right back gave his best display of the season, his tackling being a feature. Aberdeen held an advantage at wing half. Hill on the left playing brilliantly, with Black only slightly less prominent.
The Aberdeen forwards did not combine so cleverly as usual, the right wing especially playing bellow form. Yorston was as nippy as ever, and McDermid schemed cleverly, while Smith in the second-half was very dangerous.

Goalkeeper's Part.

United owed much to their goalkeeper, who practically saved his team a point. Despite an early injury, Taylor was one of the best defenders on view, and Gardiner at centre-half got through a power of effective work. In a smart and business-like attack, Haddow, Kay, and McNally were most enterprising. There were about 12,000 spectators.

Source: Press & Journal, 31st March 1930

Aberdeen Teamsheet
Yuill, Cooper, Legge, Black, McLaren, Hill, Love, Cheyne, Yorston, McDermid, Smith.
Dundee United Teamsheet
McHugh; Ross, Taylor; Dorward, Gardiner, Harley; McNally, Henderson, Haddow, Kay, Cameron
Attendance: 12,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: J. Baillie, Motherwell
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