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Aberdeen 1 - 0 Third Lanark

Div 1 (Old)
Aberdeen scorers: David 43.

06/02/1932 | KO: 15:00


Aberdeen's victory over Third Lanark by the only goal of a dourly-contested match at Aberdeen was their first since the New Year. On play they deserved their victory, but, although they did the greater amount of attacking, their finishing was anything but good. David, who was again given a trial in the centre-forward position, was the scorer. He headed the ball through when it was in the hands of the Third Lanark goalkeeper, Waugh, who had just made a fine save from McLean and was about to clear. Waugh did a lot of good work. Both Simpson and Warden, the Third Lanark backs, supported him well in a steady defence. Brown, their right winger, was outstanding amongst the forwards and Dewar, the centre-forward, was also seen to advantage, although he could not force an opening. Love showed promise in his new position on the Aberdeen left wing. Aberdeen should have scored oftener in view of the amount of pressure they applied. There were about 12000 spectators.

Source: The Scotsman, 8th February 1932

Aberdeen's Bright Start.

Aberdeen gave their supporters some encouragement BY their one-goal win over a disappointing Third Lanark at Pittodrie. Twelve thousand spectators saw the Pittodrie team register their first victory since they beat Leith 2-1 at Marine Gardens on December 5.

There was a big improvement In the play of the home side, but they are still below the form of the team which was on duty at the beginning of the season.
The all-important goal, scored two minutes from the interval, was by no means a spectacular one. Waugh, the Thirds' 'keeper, saved two headers from McLean, and before he could clear the second he was charged by David and dropped the ball over the line.
Aberdeen should have won by a bigger margin, but weak shooting on the part of the forwards, combined with the brilliance of Waugh and his two backs, prevented them scoring a more decisive victory. Both Beattie and Warnock had the ball in the net, but previous infringements made the points invalid.
Smith, Cooper, and McGill all played their part well, with the right back the best of the trio. Falloon once again proved invaluable as a breaker-up, and Fraser and Dickie were fairly effective.

Beattie Brilliant.

Beattie was the outstanding success in the forward line. He played a fine forcing game, combined well with Warnock, and shot with terrific force. Love played his usual wholehearted game, but there is little double that his proper position is on the right wing.
McLean, without being brilliant, was crafty, and gave his partner and David some nice slips. David is a trier, and probably the best centre Aberdeen have on their books, but missed several scoring chances through over-eagerness.
Third Lanark did not display the football expected from a team occupying a leading position in the league. They put up a plucky fight, but on the day's showing the better team won. The visitors were best served in defence by Waugh, Simpson, Warden, and J. Clark. The only forward who impressed was Breslin.
Aberdeen started off confidently, and Waugh held from Love, and Simpson cleared a shot by Beattie from under the bar.
The homesters continued on the aggressive, and Waugh distinguished himself with clever saves from Beattie, McLean, and David. He was a trifle lucky in smothering the latter's shot.
Well supported by Warden and Simpson, the goalkeeper continued to frustrate Aberdeen's best efforts. Beattie was decidedly unfortunate, however, when he headed against the crossbar.

Smith Tested.

Third Lanark had several raids, but Smith was only once seriously tested, when he had to dive to a smart cross shot from Dewar.
Aberdeen surrounded the visitors' goal, but the Cathkin team battled gallantly.
In a breakaway Smith held a header from Dewar, and after smart work by Brown, Breslin sent against the outside net.
Two minutes from the interval Aberdeen pressed vigorously, and got the all-Important goal.
Aberdeen were again in the limelight in the second half, and Waugh was iin action to shots from McLean and Beattie. He did well to save a header from David. In a counter-attack Smith held from Brown. Dewar got through a minute later, but Cooper made a smart recovery.

David Misses Twice.

Play was quickly transferred to the other end, where David missed two good scoring opportunities.
Later the Cathkin 'keeper was lucky when he got in the way of a hard drive from the home centre, and also when a sure counter by Warnock struck the inside of the post and rebounded into play.
Brown in a Third Lanark breakaway made Smith save smartly, and shortly afterwards the home 'keeper did well to hold a shot from Breslin.
In the closing minutes of the game Waugh made two saves from Beattie.

Source: Press & Journal, 8th February 1932

Third Lanark Teamsheet
Waugh; Simpson, Warden; Moreland, J. Clark, Harvey; Brown, Jack, Dewar, McKenzie, Breslin
Attendance: 12,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: T. Dougray, Motherwell
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