Unable to Turn Advantage Into Goals.Aberdeen take fifth place on the League table. They finished in disappointing fashion at Pittodrie on Saturday, when they divided four goals with Queen's Park. The Dons would have finished third to Rangers and Motherwell had they not cracked up badly during this month. From the five games played in April they took only two points, and three of the games were played at Pittodrie. Punch in attack is what Aberdeen needs, and needs badly. The directors must concentrate on this problem during the close season. it was a poor game on Saturday. There was no lack of effort on the part of the players, but play for the most part was ragged and lacked fire. Aberdeen should have won. That they did not so was entirely the fault of the forwards who lacked penetration. With the wind in their favour the Dons made the running in the first half, and it was against the run of play when twenty-five minutes after the start a cute Bremner slip saw Dodds run forward to crash the ball into the net off the post.
Armstrong's Header.Close on the interval Aberdeen got on level terms. Beynon and Armstrong broke away and the centre cleverly headed the winger's cross into the net. When one minute after the resumption a shot by Donald glanced off Armstrong into the net, hopes of an Aberdeen victory rose. 'Twas not to be, however. The Dons had the better of matters, but could not turn their advantage into goals. Queen's were full of fight, and in one of their breakaways Bremner equalised with a trimmer of a shot from twenty yards' range. That finished the scoring. Beynon and Armstrong were the only two Aberdeen forwards who displayed any enterprise, and the former has been seen to better advantage. Armstrong displayed unexpected cleverness, and with better support might have found the net more often. Moore was not a success at inside-left, while Love, on the extreme right, has rarely this season been less prominent. Warnock was hard worker, but it was, for the most part, wasted effort.
Halves Sound.The Aberdeen half-line was sound. Thomson was strong in attack and defence, if at times a trifle impetuous. Falloon was seen at his best in defence, but he was "nowhere" when Dodds scored the opening goal. The Irishman was seen in the unusual role of attacking centre-half in the first half, and he did not do too badly. There was no harder worker afield than Donald, but he detracted from his usefulness by hanging on to the ball too long at times. Smith in goal had a comparatively easy time. He was well covered by Cooper and McGill.
Grand Save.Smith, the Queen's keeper, had several grand saves to his credit, but none better than the one from Thomson's free kick in the first half. Campbell and Dickson were a robust and strong-kicking pair of backs. Grant and Hosie, the wing halves, worked hard, but Gardiner found Armstrong an elusive centre. The attack lacked cohesion, but they counterbalanced this to some extent by pluck and enthusiasm. None did better than Bremner, who was undoubtedly the cleverest of the quintette. Dodds was a fast and dangerous raider, but none the others rose above the mediocre.
Source: Press & Journal, 30th April 1934