Last-Minute Goal That Was Overdue
MOORE & HIS SHADOW AT HAMILTONThe axiom that a game is never lost until it is won was never more clearly demonstrated than at Douglas Park on Saturday when, with less than a minute to go, Crawley scored the winning goal for Hamilton. The 3000 spectators had accepted the fact that it was to be a drawn battle, when the burly inside left netted from close range. It was unfortunate in a way that a point which seemed well within the grasp of the Aberdeen players should be snatched from them by practically the last kick of the match. But while the Pittodrie team is due a modicum of sympathy, it must be admitted that on territorial advantage the Accies deserved their victory. Had they dropped a point, however, they would have had themselves to blame as they frittered away numerous opportunities.
Sparkling Half-HourThe Dons opened in sparkling fashion, and for the first half-hour played great football. The forwards, however, were inclined to indulge in their old falling of putting too much work on the ball, and these tactics did not pay against a determined Hamilton Defence. As the game advanced the Accies' attack came into prominence, and had the forwards had a shot in their locker the home side would have been ahead at the intnterval. In the opening minutes of the second period the Hamilton goal came within an ace of falling and had it done so a different story might have had to be told. Godfrey broke through on the left and Moore darted past Hill to head the half-back's cross against the upright. it was a narrow escape but it was almost the only occasion on which the Dons threatened any danger during the period. The Accies poor threw away many opportunities by poor finishing, but luck favoured the Dons on three occasions, when J. Allan, Crawley, and Wilson struck the woodwork. A goal was long overdue when Crawley was successful.
Sound North Defense.Defensively Aberdeen were sound. Smith and Cooper were inclined to be shaky at the start, but gained confidence as the game proceeded. The right back settled down to a great game, this despite the fact that he was opposed by Crawley and King, Hamilton's most dangerous forwards. McGill was steady throughout, and Falloon, by his fearless, first-time tackling proved a thorn in the side of the Accies' attack. There was little to choose between Godfrey and Fraser, the win halves. Both were sound. The attack was inclined to over-elaboration. Mills, after a week's absence made a welcome return. He displayed some of his old buoyancy and his passing was more accurate than it has been recently. Although he was one of the hardest workers afield, Beattie did not meet with a great deal of success, and this was probably due to the fact that he was inclined to hang on to the ball too long. Benyon and Johnston, the extreme wingers, both showed initiative at times, but they have played better. Opposed to Hill, Hamilton's six-foot centre-half, who was never more than a yard from him during the whole game, Moore was not so conspicuous as usual. He got few chances, but he distributed the ball cleverly. Hamilton's defence was the best part of their team. Allan at right back was outstanding and is due much of the credit for the holding of the Aberdeen attack. In a fairly good intermediate line Hill was outstanding in defence, and in an attack which only lacked penetration Crawly and King showed initiative.
Source: Press & Journal, 20th March 1933