Queen of South Take Their Chances.Queen of the South owe their clean-cut victory over Aberdeen to the opportunism of MacGowan, their centre-forward. He struck the peak of his form and rattled on three goals. The Dumfries team are a grand fighting side, and could not be grudged their victory. At the same time they were not three goals better than Aberdeen. In fact, it is doubtful if there was more than a single goal between the teams. It was good to see the delight of the rabid 5000 Queen of the South supporters over their team's success ? they had not forgotten that 5-0 defeat received at Pittodrie in October. Despite heavy rain and the greasy state of the ground a hot pace was maintained throughout, and both sides are due credit for their ability to adapt themselves to the conditions.
More Cohesive Side.There was little between the teams in the first half, but Aberdeen were the more cohesive side and might have led at the interval. Queen the South took the lead in five minutes, when Westland failed to trap a ball and it rebounded to McGowan who beat Smith with a grounder. Thirty-eight minutes had gone when Aberdeen equalised. Love raced away on the right and crossed to Beynon, but before the winger could shoot Westland rushed in to flash the ball into the net. Near the interval the Dons were unfortunate when a great drive by Beynon shook the post, and Moore missed a sitter " from the rebound. What a transformation in the second half! The "babes " seemed to have taken new lease of life, and in five minutes McGowan found the net following a free kick, the ball rebounding off McGill's head. Aberdeen were still very much in the picture, however, and had that shot of Thomson's, which got the underside the crossbar, landed in the net a different tale might have to be told. This escape seemed to urge the Dumfries men to greater effort, and Tulip beat Cooper and raced on to find the net with a fast rising shot. Another Queen of the South breakaway saw McGowan race away from an Allan pass, round Falloon, and bang the ball past Smith. This completed the scoring, although more than once the Dons came within an ace of reducing the leeway. On one occasion Westland headed against the upright.
Cooper Sound.Cooper was Aberdeen's soundest defender. He was opposed to a fast and dangerous winger in Tulip, but on the whole he more than held his own. On the only occasion in which he was completely beaten, however, Tulip scored. McGill, if less prominent than his partner, was scarcely less effective. Smith in goal appeared to be slow in getting down to the first goal, scored by McGowan, but the 'keeper had several good saves to his credit. Falloon, the hero of the Ibrox cup-tie, gave a disappointing display. He never got a grip of the quick moving, quick shooting McGowan. Fraser was the best half-back. He combined fine defensive play with clever offensive work. Thomson improved as the game progressed, but the left half has been seen to better advantage.
Weak Finishing.The Aberdeen attack was clever at times, but although they had no luck, their finishing left something to be desired. Beynon and Love, the extreme wingers, impressed in the first half with their fast runs and accurate crossing and shooting. Unfortunately they saw little of the ball in the second half. Had they been better supported, more goals might have been scored. Westland and Warnock, the inside forwards, were only fair. The latter was the better. He worked hard throughout, and with a little more finishing power he might have been a success. Westland showed smart touches at times, but he is lacking in experience and is not yet ready for First League football. Moore was too closely guarded by the burly Allan to be effective. He rarely got a chance.
Grand Defence Pivot.,/p> Fotheringham in the Queen of the South goal made no mistakes. He was well guarded by Savage and Culbert, a pair of effective defenders of the do-or-die type. Allan proved himself to be a grand defensive pivot, and he set his forwards in motion smartly on one or two occasions. Ferguson was a grand left-half, quick in defence and dangerous in attack. The honours in attack go to McGowan, a fast and enterprising leader. Tulip on the left wing was a tricky and dangerous winger, and along with Cumming and McDonald, the inside forwards, lent McGowan much valuable assistance.
Source: Press & Journal, 12th March 1934