Dons Forwards Miss Many Chances.Easy for Aberdeen. That was the general verdict at the conclusion of the Dons' match with Dunfermline Athletic at Pittodrie on Saturday. Aberdeen won just as easily the score Indicates, but it should not be forgotten that the Fifers were handicapped by an injury to Watson near the end of the first half. The centre had to go to outside right, and Murdoch took up the leadership. The play of the Aberdeen forwards did not give entire satisfaction. They held a one-goal lead at the Interval, but had half of the chances that came their way been accepted it might have been three or four.
Warnock Shines.Warnock was the only Aberdeen forward who inspired confidence at close quarters. It was his best game for a long time. He it was who engineered the opening for the first goal, and he was the best forward afield during the first half. He was not afraid to shoot, and three times the woodwork prevented him from counting. If a trifle slow at times, Armstrong was a ninety minutes' man, and his second goal was a well-taken point. Mills did a lot of clever ball manipulating, but most of it was wasted because of his penchant for hanging on too long. Beynon was a fast and dangerous right winger, but he did not make the most of the opportunities that came his way, while Spittal on the extreme left showed good ball control and sent across many excellent centres. The former Rosslyn junior Is shaping well. The play of the Aberdeen half-backs was quite good without being spectacular. They kept a good grip of the Dunfermline attack. Thomson did much hard work in both defence and attack, but Fraser failed to reproduce his best form. Falloon was kept busy until Watson was Injured; afterwards he had a comparatively easy time.
Sound Tackling.Cooper and McGill both pleased with their sound tackling and confident kicking. The right-back was the more polished of the pair. Smith, in goal, dealt confidently with all that came his way. The Dunfermline defence, which was kept busy all afternoon, came out of the game with credit. Steel, in goal, although beaten three times, could in no way be blamed for his side's defeat and had, in fact, numerous excellent saves to his credit. Johnman was the better of two stalwart and hard-working backs, while the intermediate honours go to McFarlane who, as well as helping in defence, kept urging his forwards on attack. Watson, until he was Injured, proved a dangerous leader, while the best of the others was Pollock, who worked hard trying to make openings for his team-mates.
Armstrong's Goals.It took Aberdeen thirty-eight minutes to open their account, although they had held a decided territorial advantage. Warnock started the movement. He beat two men, flicked the ball to Beynon, and Armstrong, lying unmarked, had no difficulty in whipping the ball past Steel. Eight minutes of the second period had gone when Armstrong increased the homesters' lead. Spittal and Mills took the ball up the left wing, and the latter slipped to Armstrong, who half turned and swept it into the net In one movement. It is worthy of mention that the Fifers were without Pollock, who was injured, when this goal was scored. The third and last goal came in thirty-one minutes. Beynon raced away on the right, shot first-time, and the ball rebounded off the 'keeper to Spittal, who coolly tapped it into the net