Weak and Reckless Shooting to BlameAberdeen won, but their display did not gladden the hearts of their supporters - too many chances were missed by the forwards. Had the Dons won by four or five goals it would not have exaggerated their superiority. But, as it was, they were in imminent danger of losing a point during the last quarter of an hour. For fully three-fourths of the game the Pittodrie combine was on top, but all they had to show for it was a solitary goal. The issue hung in the balance during the Ayrshire team's ?big push? and Moore's second goal in the last minute of the game late for late for comfort. Had the finishing of the Aberdeen forwards been on par with their oufield work, they would have had an unassailable lead before the last quarter of an hour. Many chances were missed in both periods and on this occasion it was not over-elaboration that was the cause but weak and reckless shooting.
In Opening MinuteAn unusual thing happened in the opening minutes - Moore missed two good chances. On the first occasion Beynon let the centre through with a nice slip, only to see him send past, and the same thing occurred when Mills made an opening. Moore atoned for these misses in the twenty-fourth minute, however, when after smart work by Gall, he placed the winger's pass out of the 'keeper's reach, and again in the last minute when he cutely beat Miller with header from a long Benyon cross. Beynon and Gall on the extreme wings were dangerous raiders, and were a continual source of trouble to the Kilmarnock defence. The Aberdeen inside supporters, Mills and Warnock, did not play to standard. The former's weakness of hanging on to the ball was again in evidence, and Warnock, who did not fit into the scheme of things, missed several chances by reckless shooting.
Weak Link.O'Reilly was the weak link in the intermediate line, and he will have to show improvement if he is to retain his place. Fraser, who was drafted to left half, proved his versatility by playing a sterling game. His clever destructive and constructive play signalled him out as the best middle man afield. "Bud" Maxwell, the Kilmarnock leader has a big reputation, but thanks to the close attention of 'Policeman' Falloon he got few opportunities to demonstrate his abilities at Pittodrie. Smith, Cooper and McGill, the Dons' rear trio, were tested to the full in the closing stages, and although they had their work cut out, they were not found wanting.
Killie Defence Plucky.One can have nothing but praise for the Kilmarnock defence. Miller, Morton, Milloy and Smith, who received a head injury in the first half, battled almost incessantly to hold the Aberdeen attack, and that the 'keeper was only beaten twice says much for their pluck. Miller, between the sticks, brought off several saves that bordered on the miraculous, and altogether gave a grand display. Glass and McEwen, the wing halves worked hard but met with little success, and the attack when it got going, was none too impressive. Liddell and Keane on the wings were dangerous at times, but Maxwell was too poorly supported by Williamson and Kennedy and too well guarded by Falloon to be dangerous.
Source: Press & Journal, 6th November 1933