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Aberdeen 4 - 0 Morton

HT Score: Aberdeen 3 - 0 Morton

Div 1 (Old)
Aberdeen scorers: McLean, Merrie 25, Yorston 65, Merrie 26.

29/11/1930 | KO: 14:30


Aberdeen found little difficulty in accounting for Greenock Morton at Pittodrie park, and the score did not flatter the victors. But for a wholehearted display by the defence Morton would have been defeated by a greater margin. The forwards got little support from the half-backs, and were well held by a strong Aberdeen half-back line, in which Black was outstanding. McInally was never prominent, and the honours in the visitors' side went to Wilson, Maguire and McKendrick. In an Aberdeen forward line which combined well McLean and Yorston were prominent. Merrie opened the scoring, and added a second goal a minute later. McLean got the third, and in the second half Yorston brought the total to four.

Source: Glasgow Herald, 1st December 1930

Aberdeen defeated Morton at Pittodrie just as easily as the 4-0 score in their favour indicates. Twelve thousand saw the home team's re-constituted forward line work very smoothly, and there was a welcome stiffening up in a defence that, a week earlier, surrendered five goals to Falkirk.
The association of Yorston and McLean on the Aberdeen left was a big success. The internationalist showed he retains his best form in his old position, and Yorston, with whom he struck up a fine understanding, fitted in splendidly at inside left.

Merrie's Part.

Merrie, who played with a broken finger, was a dashing leader who was always atop the Greenock defence, and he was unfortunate not to have scored more than twice. McDermid was a skilled tactician, and Love, too, played well, although meeting his master in McKendrick, the Greenock left back.
Aberdeen were immeasurably superior at halfback, especially in the wing positions, where Black and Hill excelled in constructive play. McLaren was a strong defender.

Jackson's Fine Play.

A feature of the game was the sound play of Jackson at right back for Aberdeen. He tackled strongly and kicked accurately, and altogether gave one of his best displays. Legge, if not so attractive, played well, and Smith in goal was very dependable.
The team work of Aberdeen was far ahead of that of Morton, but the latter were plucky and kept pegging away to the last.


Wilson was blameless for the loss of the goals, and did well to keep down the score, as there were periods when he was repeatedly in action and frequently had to leave his charge to assist his backs.
McKendrick at left back was the best player on his side and kept a firm grip of the usually dangerous home right winger. The Greenock team was only moderately served at half-back, the trio being in the category of 'plodders. '
In attack much was expected of McInally, the Scottish internationalist, who was at inside left. He did nothing of note, however, and his inability to forage for the ball detracted from his effectiveness. Lyle was an enterprising centre-forward who was inadequately supported, and McCartney was quite a smart winger.

Two Quick Goals.

It took Aberdeen twenty-five minutes to find the net and then obtaining two goals in quick succession they practically made victory secure. It fell to Merrie to open the scoring. He and McGuire both jumped to head a long return by Jackson, but missed. Merrie was quick to recover, however, and finding the ball at his foot, promptly shot it into the net.
A minute later McLean got away to square accurately, and Merrie very deliberately headed past Wilson.
Lyle had a chance for Morton, but shot high over, and generally the play favoured Aberdeen. It was no more than their due when, after combination with Merrie and Yorston, McLean flicked the ball past Wilson for a third goal. Morton protested against the legality of the point, but the referee, after consulting a linesman, confirmed his decision.

Morton's Rally.

Morton made a gallant fight during the first fifteen minutes of the second half, and while Smith was not seriously troubled, his colleagues in defence were put to the test.
Gradually Aberdeen again asserted their superiority, and after twenty minutes, Yorston headed a brilliant goal from Love?s flag kick. In the closing stages Aberdeen continued to attack, and it would not have been surprising had they scored again.

Source: Press & Journal, 1st December 1930

Morton Teamsheet
Wilson; Maguire, McKendrick; Black, Hunter, Cowie; McKeenan, Russell, Lyle, McInally, McCartney
Attendance: 12,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: D. R. Reilly, Glasgow
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