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Falkirk 5 - 3 Aberdeen

HT Score: Falkirk 3 - 3 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)
Falkirk scorers: Stevenson, Stevenson, Gall, Morgan, Stevenson
Aberdeen scorers: McLaren, Love, Merrie 10.

22/11/1930 | KO:

Aberdeen Beaten After Leading By Two Goals At Falkirk.

If Aberdeen's finishing had been in keeping with their outfield play Falkirk would have remained pointless in a good game at Brockville Park on Saturday. From start to finish Aberdeen were always the more impressive team, but a lack of punch in the finishing department proved costly. Time and against Love and Smith passed the home defenders, but Merrie failed to live up to his name as a goal-scorer. While the score on play flattered them, Falkirk took their chances.
Merrie headed past Thomson in the fifth minute, and two minutes later Stevenson equalised only to have McLaren with a long distance shot, restore Aberdeen's lead. Love whipped a great shot past Thomson for Aberdeen's third goal, and then first Stevenson and then Gall scored for Falkirk. The cross-over found the teams in equality. McDermid, injured prior to half-time, resumed at outside right, having had an injury stitched. Morgan and Stevenson scored, and brought the home total to five.

Source: Glasgow Herald, 24th November 1930


Aberdeen's Failure at Falkirk.


After having had much the better of the exchanges for the greater part of the game, Aberdeen were beaten by Falkirk at Brockville Park by 5 goals to 3.

The conditions for the game were deplorable. Heavy rain in the forenoon gave place to snow and sleet in the early afternoon, and this continued intermittently during play. The pitch cut up badly, and while its weight made the ball easy to control it told when it came to shooting, and with the muddy surface and slush affording uncertain foothold, there were numerous stoppages for injuries to players.
The most serious of these mishaps befell McDermid, the Aberdeen captain, but, curiously enough, it was not brought about by the conditions.

McDermid's Mishap.

About fifteen minutes from the interval, when his team held a lead of 3-1, McDermid, in endeavouring to head down the ball was accidentally kicked above the left eye by Stevenson. He was removed from the field in a dazed condition and required to have two stitches inserted. He resumed in the second half and figured at outside right.

Fast Scoring.

Aberdeen were first to adapt themselves to the abnormal conditions, and took the lead in ten minutes, when, from a tree kick by Hill, Merrie headed out of Thomson's reach. The equaliser came quickly, Stevenson netting from a crowd of players after Dyet had forced a corner.
Subsequently Aberdeen settled down to nice combination, and McLaren netted with a fast ground shot.
Another goal for Aberdeen shortly followed. McLean and Smith combined cleverly for the latter to cross, and Love, running in, crashed the ball into the net off the crossbar.

Falkirk Recovery,

Subsequently Aberdeen had the situation well in hand, but Falkirk had several dangerous raids. Smith tipped over the bar from McGregor and completely missed the ball with only the goalkeeper to beat.
With Aberdeen showing a temporary falling off the Falkirk attack came more into prominence, and after clever play by Gall, Stevenson shot a beautiful goal for them.
It was shortly after this that McDermid came his injury, and Aberdeen with ten men again took the offensive. They had Thomson in action on several occasions, but just on half-time Falkirk drew level. Gall crossed a fast ball, which was deflected off McLaren, and striking the Aberdeen goalkeeper on the hands, cannoned against the cross-bar and into the net.

Aberdeen Superior.

With McDermid and Love having changed places, Aberdeen made the running in the opening stages of the second half. Pretty combination led to Thomson saving from McLean, and Love had two fierce shots that were only inches high. A miss by Lowe almost led to Smith scoring, but the Falkirk goalkeeper ran out and cleared. Later the keeper saved from Black, and deflected a fierce shot by McLean, Love just missing with header following the flag kick.
The ball was seldom away from the Falkirk goal, and Thomson twice got in the line of shots by Smith and Love.

Dramatic Change.

A quarter of an hour from the close a dramatic change came over the game. Aberdeen looked like going ahead when, in a raid by the home right, Morgan beat Smith from close in.
Only another minute had elapsed when Stevenson put the issue beyond doubt netting from Morgan's cross. Only a great save by Smith prevented Stevenson getting a sixth goal for the home team.
It was a game which on play Aberdeen ought easily to have won They did not make the best of their chances in the first half hour of the second half, and in the closing stages the defence was found wanting. The attendance did not exceed 1500.

Source: Press & Journal, 24th November 1930

Falkirk Teamsheet
Thomson; Hume, Macrell; Kennedy, Lowe, Hamill; McGregor, Morgan, Dyet, Stevenson, Gall
Aberdeen Teamsheet
Smith, Jackson, Legge, Black, McLaren, Hill, Love, McDermid, Merrie, McLean, Smith.
Attendance: 1,500
Venue: Brockville Park, Falkirk
Referee: J. Thomson, Burnbank
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