Source: The Scotsman, 21st December 1931
Source: Glasgow Herald, 21st December 1931
DONS GO DOWN FIGHTING
Tragic Lapse Costs Full Points.Beaten by three goals to one Aberdeen down fighting at Cowdenbeath. They were the under-dog in the first half, and were somewhat fortunate to be only one goal in arrears at the interval. For the most part they had played a defensive role, and better shooting on the part of Cowdenbeath would have seen the Dons farther in arrears. As it was in the period the game was a duel between the home attack and the Aberdeen defence. Cowdenbeath had many well-conceived attacks, but invariably Cooper, Falloon, and McGill or Smith got rid of dangerous crosses from the wings and many close range shots were charged down.
Cowdenbeath CountCowdenbeath's first came after forty-two minutes' play. It was a well-conceived movement which left Anderson in possession just outside the penalty area, beating Smith all ends up. Shortly afterwards Aberdeen might have equalised. Armstrong sending over from a few yards' range. Towards the interval, Aberdeen came away and McLean and Love went close with creditable efforts. At half-time Cowdenbeath led deservedly by the only goal.
Defensive Lapses.In the opening minutes of the second half Aberdeen's defence was in dire straits. Smith had brought off some fine saves until a misunderstanding in the Pittodrie defence gave Cowdenbeath a second goal. Cooper, who could have cleared, elected to pass back to his goalkeeper, evidently under the impression that the latter was in his goal. As it happened Smith had gone to anticipate, and Cooper's pass went into an untenanted goal. This reverse had an unsettling effect on Aberdeen, and before they had recovered Paterson beat Smith again, this time with a header from Hamil's cross.
Armstrong's Goal.With the score 3-0 against them Aberdeen rallied, and from this stage until the finish kept up an incessant attack. A cleverly-conceived movement by McDermid resulted in Armstrong accepting an up-the-middle pass to shoot a great goal, and subsequently the centre-forward and McLean went close with good shots. Aberdeen maintained a vigorous offensive and repeatedly shots were charged down by a clear-at-any-price defence which covered up well. Edwards was repeatedly in action with his fists to crosses from the wings, and he was always well covered by Frame and Menzies.
Outstanding PlayersThe end came with Aberdeen maintaining their attack, and they were just a little unfortunate in not securing at least another goal. On the run of play Cowdenbeath deserved to win on their first half superiority. The second goal was the turning point of the game, but had Aberdeen been more incisive in their attack in the later period they must at least have drawn level. Cowdenbeath were splendidly served by Edwards, Frame, and Menzies in defence, and their best attackers were Hamil and Venters. Aberdeen's best were Cooper (best back on the field), Ballantyne, McLean and Love.
Source: Press & Journal, 21st December 1931