Source: The Scotsman, 14th March 1932
Shankley Nets a Lucky Goal.
ABERDEEN FORWARDS WEAKNESS.Morton were a trifle fortunate to finish on level terms with Aberdeen at Cappielow. The Greenock team fought hard all through, but Aberdeen played the better football and were value for both points. Morton's goal had a big element of luck attached to it. Aberdeen took the lead through McLean, who scored a great goal from a Love cross seven minutes after the interval. Twenty-one minutes later Shankley, in a Morton breakaway, crossed a ball which appeared to be going past, but it struck the inside of the post and rebounded into the net. Smith, the Aberdeen 'keeper, made no attempt to reach the ball. Previous to this Aberdeen had had much the better of the exchanges but the forwards, although good in the outfield, displayed weakness at goalmouth. Aberdeen were well served in defence, Smith gave a sound display in goal, although he was at fault in not making an attempt to save Shankley's effort.
Cooper and McGill SoundBoth Cooper and McGill tackled strongly and cleared their lines with spped and accuracy. Falloon was also prominent in a defensive capacity, playing the useful role of third back. Of the wing halves, Fraser and Mooney, the latter was best, although both were a trifle lacking in constructive ability. McLean was most prominent in attack although Love, Beattie, and McDermid showed clever touches. None of the latter trio, however, were great finishers. Donal tried hard all through, but was obviously lacking in experience. Morton were soundly served in defence by Wilson, McGuire, Clunas and Ritchie, while in an attack which had the same fault as Aberdeen so far as finishing was concerned. Shankley was outstanding.
Play DescribedAberdeen were first to be dangerous, but Wilson was not seriously tested. Donald had a smart overhead try. and a hard drive by Love was only inches wide. Morton retaliated and Smith punched clear from Anderson and saved at full length from Black. Two corners followed, and then the Aberdeen keeper saved a header from the centre, and Black later headed against the upright. Aberdeen resumed the offensive, and Wilson punched out a corner from McLean for Love to shoot to past. At this stage McDermid sustained an injury to his jaw. There were many exciting scrimmages before the interval, but the Morton goal was more often In danger than Aberdeen's.
Aberdeen's Goal.Play ruled from end to end on the resumption and with seven minutes gone McLean scored the opening goal. This added more zest to the Dons' attack, and Love drove over while offside spoiled another likely move. Morton came away with a great rally, and with 28 minutes played Shankley broke away on the right to notch the equaliser. The homesters kept up a determined, and Black shot wildly from good position. It was all Morton until the finish, but the Aberdeen defence held out.
Source: Press & Journal, 14th March 1932