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Aberdeen 2 - 0 Third Lanark

HT Score: Aberdeen 1 - 0 Third Lanark

Div 1 (Old)
Aberdeen scorers: Warnock 15, Warnock 66.

01/02/1936 | KO: 14:45


With Five Reserves in Side


It was a splendid performance on the part of Aberdeen to beat Third Lanark at Pittodrie considering that their team included no fewer than five reserves.

Beynon, McKenzie, Mills, Thomson and McGill were all suffering from injuries received in the Cup-tie against Hamilton on Wednesday. Urquhart was at left back, Ritchie at left half, Warnock and Devers on the right wing, and Brown at inside-left.
Under these circumstances the Dons' 2-0 victory fully atones for the 5-1 defeat received at Cathkin on September 28. It will be recalled that this defeat terminated the Dons' unbeaten record.

Better Team Won

Although Saturday's match was keenly contested, the play did not attain brilliant heights. There can be no question, however, that the better team won. In no department were the Warriors as good as the Dons.
Thirds gave an unimpressive display and could not compared with the side that won decisively in the first game at Cathkin.
Aberdeen were by no means flattered by their 2-0 victory, and had they been at full strength the probability is they would have won by a much bigger margin.
When the Dons took the lead after fifteen minutes' play they gained confidence and were never in danger of defeat. It was a well-taken opening goal. Armstrong and Warnock switched positions and the outside right raced after a lob by Brown to breast the ball down, elude Hamilton and smash it into the net.

Penalty Missed

In the early minutes of the second period Armstrong had the ball in the net, but the referee's whistle had previously gone for Brown being pulled down in the penalty area.
The centre took the spot kick, but to the surprise of himself and the crowd he sent wildly past.
The second goal came after twenty-one minutes' play, and again Warnock was the marksman. Brown worked out to the left, slipped the ballot Lang, and Warnock coolly headed the left winger's cross into the net.
The Aberdeen defence generally had the measure of the Third Lanark attack. Smith in goal was never as busy as Muir, thanks to the fine covering-up of Cooper, Urquhart and Falloon.
The right back gave an excellent display. His tackling was sound and his kicking clean and accurate, and he gave Kinnaird, the former Elgin City player, few chances to shine.

Urquhart Does Well

Urquhart, who was making his debut in the Aberdeen League eleven, acquitted himself well. He is of the do-or-die type, and his tactics were effective against Howe. Falloon was a tower of strength in defence and policed the middle of the field successfully.
Aberdeen were well served at wing half. After the first ten minutes Ritchie came away strongly and gives promise of developing into a first-rate half-back.
Fraser was a resolute tackler and broke many of the Warriors' left wing raids.

Warnock Shines

The honours in attack to Warnock, the most dangerous forward afield. The right-winger gave Hamilton an anxious afternoon. It was unfortunate that Devers did not strike his best form. The inside-right was slow.
Armstrong led the line cleverly, although he received a leg injury in the second half. Brown, who was making his first appearance in senior football, was plucky and showed some clever touches. He will improve with experience. Lang has been seen to better advantage, but was opposed to Third Lanark's best defender Carabine.

Plucky Warriors' Defence

The Warriors' defence was plucky. Muir in goal had a number of grand saves, and, although he was injured in collision with the 'keeper shortly before the interval, Carabine was a sound defender.
Denmark worked hard in defence, but the best visiting middleman was McInnes, who was strong in defence and enterprising in attack.
The attack was whole-hearted, but did not combine effectively. Hay, who was a dashing leader, did not receive the best of support, although Kennedy was a forceful inside-right. The wingers, Kinnaird and Howe, were rarely dangerous.

Source: Press & Journal, 3rd February 1936

Third Lanark Teamsheet
Muir; Carabine, Hamilton; Blair, Denmark, McInnes; Howe, Kennedy, Hay, Gallacher, Kinnaird
Attendance: 11,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: J. Baillie, Motherwell
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