Source: The Scotsman, 22nd February 1932
Source: Glasgow Herald, 22nd February 1932
Aberdeen Team's Poor Marksmanship
NEW PLAYER SHOWS PROMISE.Aberdeen once again disappointed their supporters on Saturday, when St Mirren triumphed at Pittodrie by two goals to nil. The home team were well beaten, and, after McRae had given the visitors the lead within four minutes, never looked like winning. The Paisley side revealed their best form and were superior in every department. The discrepancies between the elevens were most marked at half-back and forward. The visitors' soundness in defence enabled their intermediate line to co-operate with the forwards, with the result that they were always dangerous in attack. On the other hand, the Aberdeen halves did fairly well in defence, but failed to keep the in touch with their forwards. Th efront line dislayed a lack penetration. Several of the forwards showed smart individual touches, but there was little or no combined work, and not one of them carried a shot. The changes made twenty mad twenty minutes from the finish, when Warnock went to outside-right, David to outside-left, and Love to centre, proved useless.
Aberdeen's Sound DefenceOn the Aberdeen side Smith, Cooper, McGill and Falloon all played well in defence, but only Love of the forwards met with any success. Warnock was never comfortable on the left wing, and Adam, although a hard worker, did not inspire confidence. Little was seen of David, who was completely subdued by Walker. Beattie showed glimpses of cleverness, but was no more successful than his colleagues. Mooney, the left-half, whom Aberdeen secured from Stenhousemuir on Friday, was poor in the first half, but improved later, and should be better once he has settled down. St Mirren were best served in defence by Hay, Walker, and Miller, and in attack Knox and McCrae were outstanding.
Description of Play.Knox dashed away four minutes after the start, and his shot rebounded off the crossbar to McCrae, who headed into the net. Aberdeen immediately replied, and Love burst through to send past. Fotheringham punched clear from a corner, and shots by David and Adam were blocked. Play was soon at the other end, where Smith held a smart shot from Rankine and punched away a dangerous lob from Workman. Love took play to the other end, but although the St Mirren defence was well tested, Fotheringham was not troubled, and two corners was the only result of Aberdeen's pressure. Fotheringham was in action to a long clearance from McGill, and Warnock shot over from a Love cross. McCrae, the Saints' leader, broke away, and, after eluding the two backs, let go a terrific shot which Smith did well to save. Three minutes from the interval St Mirren went further ahead. McCrae had slipped away, and while the home defence was wide open he slipped the ball to Knox, who scooped it into the net. Aberdeen showed a slight improvement in the second half, and Beattie, after smart work, shot over. The homesters kept up the pressure but could not get in touch with Fotheringham. The ball bobbed about the St Mirren penalty area, but so well did the visitors cover their goal that every shot by the Aberdeen forwards struck a defender.
David Misses a ChanceFrom a nice Adam slip David had a chance, but lifted the ball over. St Mirren retaliated and Smith did well to save two excellent tries by Knox. It was twenty-four minutes after the start when Aberdeen rearranged their attack, but it made not the slightest difference. Smith continued to be busy, and saved smartly from Miller, Mclndoe, and Workman. Mooney broke through on the left and finished a smart run with an equally good shot, which, fortunately, Fotheringham was in a position to save. Towards the close Aberdeen made a last desperate spurt, and Love and Falloon had good tries, but the St Mirren goal remained intact. Attendance, 11,000.
Source: Press & Journal, 22nd February 1932