Room for Improvement in Attack.
WINGERS GIVE GOOD DISPLAY.Only for the five minutes previous to the interval were Aberdeen stretched in their game with Cowdenbeath at Central Park. At this point the Fifers were on level terms, but after Beynon had restored the Dons' lead, the issue was never in doubt. The Pittodrie men were deserving winners, but their play was not impressive. The explanation for this, however, may lie in the fact that the opposition was weak.
Injured List.Cowdenbeath, who had several players on the injured list, fielded every available man, and although they were by no means a well-balanced side, they were desperately keen, and their very keenness made them dangerous. A shaky start by the Fife defence led to two goals being scored in the opening fifteen minutes, and although the homesters got on level terms, they were always fighting against the collar. Cowdenbeath had much, if not more of the play than the Dons in the first half, but they could not finish, and this was the reason they were a goal behind at the interval. In the second period Aberdeen showed to better advantage, and at times there were some pretty passages of combined play, but these were too few. The Pittodrie defence was none too steady under pressure, and the attack, although they got four goals, could show a big improvement in finishing.
Defenders' Lapses.Smith In goal brought off one or two first-class saves, and could not be blamed for either goal. In fact, the onus must rest with the defenders. McGill, in attempting to head clear, gave to Cameron to net, and the second point came as the result of misunderstanding between Falloon and the left back. On the day's display Cooper was the better of the two backs. He shows signs of returning to his best form. Falloon was a trifle disappointing. He never got a grip of Renfrew, and although lent valuable aid in defence, he was not the Falloon of the Motherwell match. Fraser and Thomson did some clever work, but they lost much of their value through inaccurate passing. Thomson in the first half combined well with his wing, but his tackling at times was none too certain.
Wingers Lively.The honours of the day, so far as the attack is concerned, must go to the two extreme wingers, Gall and Beynon. The play of the former Falkirk man was much improved, and he and Beynon made ground quickly and crossed accurately. Mills and Warnock both worked hard, but the former, despite a smart goal, was not as much in the limelight as usual. Warnock swung the ball out to Beynon nicely at times, but he appeared to be too hurried in his movements. Feeney, the tall Cowdenbeath centre-half, who was playing his second senior game, hung on to Moore like a leech, and the Dons' centre was forced for the most part to confine himself to distributing the ball. The Irishman has not yet recovered the nippiness and speed which characterised his play before his injury. Napier was the safer of the two backs, and along with Feeney was the mainstay of the Fifers' defence. Priestley, who was drafted to left back, did quite well, and was the most progressive of the three.
Enterprising Leader.The attack was weak. Renfrew showed himself to be an enterprising leader, and had he received support from his inside men would probably have had a goal or two. The only other attacker who is worthy of mention is Hamill, who was a fast and dangerous raider. Aberdeen's first goal came in the ninth minute. Gall raced Gronbach to the ball and lobbed it over the advancing 'keeper into the net. Moore got the second from a Warnock lob while Cowdenbeath were appealing for offside.
On Level Terms.Cameron reduced the leeway, and when Hamill levelled the scores just before the interval hopes of a home victory rose. These were shattered, however, when Beynon netted through a crowd of players just on half-time. A splendid combined movement brought the only goal of the second half after twenty minutes' play. Moore and Beynon took the ball through, and from the former's pass Mills slashed the ball into the net.
Source: Press & Journal, 2nd October 1933