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Hamilton 4 - 2 Aberdeen

HT Score: Hamilton 1 - 0 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)
Hamilton scorers: McLuckie, Moffat, F. Wilson, J. Wilson (pen)
Aberdeen scorers: Yorston, McLaren.

05/04/1930 | KO:

Dons' Poor Form at Hamilton. YORSTON'S USUAL GOAL.

Brimful of incident, the display given by Hamilton Academicals and Aberdeen was one of the brightest seen at Douglas Park, Hamilton, this season. Aberdeen, who were without Cheyne, did not, however, reveal their true form until the last quarter of an hour, and by that time they were three goals in arrears. So fine was their recovery that they were only one down five minutes from the finish, and so strongly were they moving at that time that the result was still in doubt.
The backs, however, sealed the team's fate when, two minutes from time, they brought D. Wilson down in a fashion that brought full punishment - a penalty kick which yielded Hamilton Academicals a fourth goal and both points. J. Wilson was the scorer. The fine team work of the winners was a feature. From goal out they kept in touch with each other. The defenders were never really mastered, though they appeared to be slackening when Yorston got through to score Aberdeen's opening goal. F. Wilson and Moffat made up the best wing on the field, the last-named player showing good ball control and great cleverness in his distribution. McLuckie and Howe also combined well, while D. Wilson, though he did not score a goal, yet never gave up trying and was deserving of one.

Defensive Weakness

Aberdeen did not play with their usual confidence. Under pressure the backs wavered and Yuill had not much chance with the shots that beat him. In consequence the half backs had to concentrate more on defence than attack. The forwards played fitfully, only Yorston appearing likely to score.
The exchanges in the first half mainly favoured Hamilton Academicals, a goal headed by McLuckie giving the team confidence. The thrills, however, were all reserved for the second period. Three minutes after the restart Legge headed out a long ball from J. Wilson, and Moffat, getting possession, went on to score a splendid goal. Ten minutes later F. Wilson scored a third with a swerving shot, the ball spinning out of Yuill's hands into the net. Subsequently Aberdeen rallied, and twelve minutes from the finish Yorston opened their account, McLaren following with a second goal direct from a free kick. In an exciting finish Hamilton got a penalty award as already described.

Source: Glasgow Herald, 7th April 1930

Aberdeen received a nasty set-back at Douglas Park, where they went under to a whole-hearted Hamilton team by four goals to two.
In the first half the Pittodrie men were made to look like a very mediocre side, and not one player of the eleven played to form. The loss seriously jeopardises Aberdeen's chances of finishing as runners-up.
Seven minutes after the start McLuckie converted a Moffat cross. This reverse failed to rouse the Aberdeen fighting spirit, and their play gave the impression that they were on the lead, not in arrears. Hamilton, on the other hand, kept moving with a dangerous briskness.

Plucky Aberdeen Defence.

Yuill was in action several times, while Cooper and Legge battled gamely against overwhelming odds.
For once the Aberdeen wing halves were not holding their own with their respective wings, and McLaren was forced back on the defensive.
Only on very rare occasions did the visitors threaten Gilmour's charge, but when Yorston rapped in a curling shot from a Love cross the 'keeper was lucky to be in position.
Love nodded a Dickie corner on to the crossbar, and Yorston struck Gilmour's body. That finished the Aberdeen attack for a time, and Yuill did well to save at full length from Moffat twice and McLuckie. The Academicals on play fully deserved their interval lead.

Business Not Pleasure.

After a painfully ineffective Aberdeen attack, Accies got going again, and Legge in attempting a clearance gave to Moffat, who promptly put the ball in the net.
It was at this stage that the Dons seemed to realise that football was a business, not a pleasure, and Gilmour punched clear from Black and Hill.
Another raid by Hamilton bore fruit, F. Wilson, from well in adding a third goal.
When their position looked hopeless, Aberdeen began to play real football, and Yorston heat Watson for a bouncing ball, and with indescribable coolness, lifted it into the net. Once they had tasted blood the Dons thirsted for more, but it appeared to be all too late.

McLaren's Fine Goal.

Still, Gilmour was lucky to reach a Yorston try in time, and when four minutes from the end McLaren scored with a rocket shot, things did not look so hopeless.
Love just missed equalising with a header and then in an Accies' raid Cooper and Legge were pulled up for fouling D. Wilson. This was just on time, and J. Wilson had no difficulty in netting a fourth goal from the spot.

Source: Press & Journal, 7th April 1930

Hamilton Teamsheet
Gilmore; Allan, J. Wilson; Dougall, Watson, Bulloch; F. Wilson, Moffat, D. Wilson, McLuckie, Howe
Aberdeen Teamsheet
Yuill, Cooper, Legge, Black, McLaren, Hill, Love, Dickie, Yorston, McDermid, Smith.
Attendance: 4,000
Venue: Douglas Park, Hamilton
Referee: T. Dougray, Bellshill
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