Mills Brings His Season's Total of Goals to Twenty.Aberdeen established themselves firmly on the third rung of the league ladder as the result of their 4-0 victory over Airdrieonians at Pittodrie. Incidentally, this defeat places the Broomfield Park side the centre of the relegation whirlpool. It was far from an inspiring game, and the 9000 crowd got little to enthuse over. The Dons held too decided an advantage for the game to be interesting, and that they did not win by a greater margin than four goals was due to two things - a courageous Airdrie defence and to their own weakness at goalmouth. Aberdeen took the game in hand practically from the start, and when Warnock found the net off the post in twenty minutes after Moore had cleverly engineered the opening, the issue was never in doubt. Five more minutes had gone when a first-time drive by Warnock was brought down with his hands by Sharp, and Mils netted from the spot. Six minutes from the interval Moore, by adroit manoeuvring, gave Mills a chance, and the inside man dashed through to send the hall into the roof of the net. The battle was again waged on unequal lines in the second period, but Aberdeen's pressure went for nought until near the close, when Mills got a fourth goal during a scrimmage in front of Wilson. The Aberdeen defence was rarely tested, but on the few occasions that it was, it was not found wanting. Gumming proved a capable deputy for the injured Smith, while Cooper was the most impressive defender on the field. The right hack timed his tackles splendidly, and his clearances were clean and accurate. He is fast approaching the form that he revealed last season when he was being talked of in connection with international honours. McGill, although perhaps less prominent than his partner, was none the less effective.
Falloon Works Hard.Falloon was the usual Falloon. He worked with fine understanding with the backs and kept a vice-like grip on Harrison, the visitors' leader. O'Reilly, who came in for Fraser at right half, showed an improvement on past performances in the first team this season. He could go through on his own, his passes were crisp and accurate, but there is room for improvement in his tackling. Thomson, too, was in splendid form. He backed his forwards in fine style, and was quick to fall back in defence when necessary. Warnock is improving every week, and on Saturday was probably the best forward afield. He showed fine ball control, could beat his man smartly, and was quick to part to a better placed team-mate. Moore was nippier than usual, and although he himself did not find the net, the first and third goals were made by the Irishman. He was ever on the alert to seize a chance, and he proved a continual source of worry to the Airdrie defence. Mills was clever at times, but despite the fact that he scored three goals, has been seen to better advantage. He has now twenty goals to his credit, a splendid total for an inside forward and well up the list of Scottish League marksmen.
Dangerous Wing.Beynon and Warnock worked with rare understanding, and were the most dangerous wing of the four. At the same time Beynon has been more prominent. Gall, however, was the one Aberdeen forward who did not impress. He tried hard enough, but somehow things would not go right for the former "Bairn." Airdrie are a poor team. The only department that impressed was the defence. There was a lack of understanding and cohesion between the half-backs and forwards, with the result that the Aberdeen defence experienced little difficulty in breaking up their fugitive raids. Wilson, the former Inverurie Loco Works goalkeeper, although beaten four times, was not to blame for his side's defeat. He had numerous grand saves to his credit. Paterson and Shaw, ably assisted by Sharp, battled gallantly in defence, but were overworked. Crosbie and Thomson, the wing halves, failed to strike form and lent little assistance to their forwards. Harrison was too well guarded to be dangerous, and only Moore and Collins impressed. They were dangerous when they got going, but that was only no rare occasions. Law and Mooney on the left never hit it off.
Source: Press & Journal, 1st January 1934