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Aberdeen 0 - 0 St. Mirren

HT Score: Aberdeen 0 - 0 St. Mirren

Div 1 (Old)

11/10/1930 | KO: 15:00

ABERDEEN AND ST MIRREN FAIL TO SCORE. Fotheringham Gives Great Display in Visitors' Goal.

St Mirren have to thank their defence for securing a point in their match with Aberdeen at Pittodrie Park. The home forwards, playing delightful football in the outfield, attacked for the greater part of the game. Their finishing, however, was not all that could be desired, and this fact, together with the sound play of the St Mirren defence and the brilliant goalkeeping of Fotheringham, prevented them from turning their superiority to account.
Hay and Ancell were a pair of grand backs, and Walker was a tower of strength in the visitors' defence. McCrae was missed in the attack, which did not impress. Cooper, the young Aberdeen right back, continues to improve, and gave a bright display. The half-backs played a fine forcing game, and kept the forwards supplied with the ball. The forwards, however, lacked the necessary punch in front of goal, and there was an absence of good shooting.

Source: Glasgow Herald, 13th October 1930

After having had much the better of the exchanges, Aberdeen had to be content to share in goal-less draw with St Mirren at Pittodrie.
A feature of the game was the fine goalkeeping of Fotheringham, who practically saved a point for the visitors. Play never touched a high standard, due largely the spoiling tactics adopted by both sides.

Physical Disadvantage.

Aberdeen had the better moving attack which worked splendidly in the outfield, but despite many excellent shots which were parried by Fotheringham or missed by the proverbial inches, there was a lack of penetration about the forwards, and physical disadvantage told against them when they got to grips with a robust set of defenders who did not stand on ceremony.
This was particularly evident in the case of Dickie and Smith, and with the ball much in the air, they were strikingly ineffective.

Missed Chances.

Despite a concentration of opponents upon him, Yorston was the most dangerous forward on the field, and was distinctly unfortunate not to score.
In the first half he twice grot through, and in attempting to send the ball out of Fotheringham's reach, he slipped it past the outside of the post. At another time McDermid lost a chance by delaying, and a defender dashed in and cleared.
Territorially Aberdeen had much the better of the exchanges in both periods, and in the second, as in the first, the St Mirren goal was fortunate to escape downfall.
A brilliant piece of work by Yorston and Smith on the wing resulted in the former's cross being first-timed inches wide of the goal by McDermid, and several times the ball was scraped away in desperate scrambles.

Claims Turned Down.

Aberdeen on one occasion made a futile appeal for a penalty when a defender, facing his own goal, so deflected the ball with his hand that Fotheringham was able to clear when he must have been beaten.
On another occasion Yorston, when well placed, claimed he had been illegally interfered with from behind and his shot was diverted over the bar. On both occasions the referee turned down the claims.

Yorston Best.

The St Mirren attack did occasionally come into view, but its efforts were of a disjointed nature, and the marksmanship generally was poor. All the same the Aberdeen goalkeeper, if having much less to do than Fotheringham, was not without his anxious moments, and he effected several excellent saves.
Aberdeen were quite sound at back, Cooper especially playing well, and McLaren was always prominent at half-back. Yorston was far and away the best forward, and while McDermid schemed out many fine movements, he was not virile enough near goal. Neither of the extreme wingers particularly distinguished himself, and Dickie's lack of inches was a handicap.

Strong Defence.

While principal honours on the St Mirren side go to Fotheringham, credit must be given to Walker, Hay, and Ancell for a dour defensive display. Apart from Rankine, none the visitors' forwards distinguished himself, and Reilly at centre-forward was a weak substitute for McCrae. There were 12,000 spectators.

Source: Press & Journal, 13th October 1930

N.B. A minute's silence was held for the victims of the R101 airship disaster.
Aberdeen Teamsheet
Smith, Cooper, Legge, Black, McLaren, Hill, Love, Dickie, Yorston, McDermid, Smith.
St. Mirren Teamsheet
Fotheringham;Hay, Ancell; Colquhoun, Walker, Miller; Meechan, Gebbie, Reilly, Rankine, Stewart
Attendance: 12,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: W. Bell, Motherwell
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