Source: The Scotsman, 27th September 1932
DONS FORWARDS SERVE UP BRIGHT DISPLAY.
Stout Resistance by Tynecastle Defenders.
Premier Honours Again Taken by Moore.Aberdeen's 3-0 victory over Hearts at Pittodrie yesterday, combined with off goal in three win over Partick Thistle at Firhill, has done much to restore the supporters' confidence, which was badly shaken by the East Stirling match. A holiday crowd of 12,000 witnessed the Dons' triumph. The exchanges were inclined to be robust at times, and a blustering wind made ball control difficult. There was not a two-goal difference between the teams in the first half, but in the second period Aberdeen were decidedly on top. From goal to half-back the Tynecastle team were as convincing as Aberdeen, but in attack there was no comparison between the elevens. The Dons were clever, combined well and carried punch. On the other hand, the Herat' attacks were too easily broken up, and they lacked a scoring forward. In an effort to add the necessary snap White and Gardiner changed places in the second half, but the move did not meet with success. In Smith, Copper, McGill, and Falloon Aberdeen possessed a defence on which the Hearts could make little impression. The backs tackled first time, and kicked a good length. O'Reilly was again Pittodrie's outstanding middleman, He kept a good grip of Walker and Murray, and backed up his forwards in a satisfactory manner. Pittodrie have made a capture in this young Irishman.
Mooney Improves.Mooney was seen to most advantage in the second half. Th ex-Second Division player is coming on in fine style. Forward Moore once again takes premier ®honours. He was well watched by Johnston, the Scotland pivot, but by his speed and trickiness he eluded the big Hearts' centre-half on several occasions and snapped his usual goal. Beattie comes second in the honours list. He did a lot of foraging, and kept the ball swinging about nicely. It was from two corners taken by the inside man that the Dons notched their first goals. Mills is a clever ball manipulator, but is still lacking in stamina. McLean was the better of the two wingers.
Hearts' Plucky Defence.Hearts' defence must be congratulated on a plucky display. Harkness in goal brought off a number of brilliant saves, and O'Neill was the better of the two wingers. The intermediate line was the Tynecastle team's strongest department, including as it does two internationalists. Massie, Scotland's right half, was the most polished player on the field, but unfortunately much of his good work went for nought owing to the ineffective play of the men in front. Despite the fact that they were set to face the breeze in the first period, Aberdeen showed showed up well, and Harkness made a great full-length save from Mills.
On Even LinesHearts gradually settled down, however, and play developed on even lines. Smith saved from Herd, Gardiner headed narrowly past, and the 'keeper fisted out a try by Massie. The Dons had a spell of attacking and Harkness dealt with shots from McLean and Moore (twice). With thirty-five minutes gone Aberdeen took the lead. Love forced a corner, Beattie sent in the flag kick and the extreme winger netted. Five minutes later Aberdeen repeated the performance, but on this occasion it was Mills who headed home Beattie's flag kick.
Second Half.End-to-end play marked the opening of the second half. Massie urged on the Hearts attack in great style, but the home defence was equal to all calls. Aberdeen set up a determined attack, and Harkness saved from McLean and O'Reilly. In twenty-six minutes a grand goal by Moore brought the home total to three. He fastened on to a header by Mooney, and unhurriedly, lofted the ball over Harkness into the net. Aberdeen were superior after this, and the Hearts' goal ran numerous narrow escapes.
Source: Press & Journal, 26th September 1932