But Probably Never Will Dons Have to Fight Harder for Victory
TERRIFIC STRUGGLE BY WEAKENED AMATEURS
Dons' Hopes Fading When Strauss Gets Winning GoalAberdeen beat Queen's Park at Pittodrie yesterday forenoon, but only by the odd goal in three, and probably never will the Dons have to fight harder for victory. The Amateurs, without six of their regular men and with three newcomers to League football on duty, put up a terrific fight in an effort to share the points. Hopes of an Aberdeen victory were rapidly fading when Strauss got the winning goal fifteen minutes from the end. Aberdeen were but a shadow of the team that gained a good victory over Motherwell on Saturday. They found Queen's Park a much tougher proposition than the Lanarkshire combination. The amateurs never allowed the League leaders to settle. They indulged in first-time tactics in both defence and attack, and although the Dons had 85 per cent of the play they never succeeded in developing an attacking plan capable of breaking down a Queen s Park defence which believed in getting the ball away at all costs. The visiting goal had numerous escapes, and luck was with the amateurs at times, but, nevertheless, the Aberdeen attack as a whole did not enhance its reputation. It lacked originality. Beynon missed one grand opportunity in the second half, but despite this he was the most dangerous home forward. Armstrong worked tremendously hard in an effort to shake off Gardiner, but found the amateur a difficult man to elude.
Mills More SprightlyMills was in more sprightly mood than on Saturday, and displayed intelligence in swinging the ball from wing to wing in an effort to open up play. McKenzie, too, did his best to keep Beynon supplied with the ball. Strauss was quiet on the left wing and seldom threatened danger, but, he can be forgiven much for the manner in which he seized his chance to smash home the winning goal. Thomson end Dunlop made the mistake of banging the ball into the goalmouth in the first half, and this seemed to suit Whyte, the Queen's park 'keeper, who time and again came to the edge of the penalty area to clear. After the interval the play of the wing halves improved. Smith in the Aberdeen goal had little to do, and was fault when Queen's scored their goal. Cooper, McGill, and Falloon were a reliable defensive trio.
Plenty of Pluck,/p> Queen's Park showed little football skill, but they had any amount pluck and fighting spirit. Most credit goes to the defence, whose never-say-die tactics almost foiled Aberdeen. Although a trifle unorthodox in some of his clearances, Whyte was one of the Queen's Park heroes, making numerous brilliant saves. Young was the steadier back, but considering that he was making his debut in League football Bonomy did remarkably well, and seems to have a bright future. Gardiner was the star in the intermediate line, although Hosie was a sound wing half. The attack was only mediocre but had any amount of dash. Kyle and Martin were the most enterprising forwards. Kinghorn and Miller were the other newcomers to League football and both showed promise.
Play DescribedWith the advantage of the sun Aberdeen were early on the attack, and from an Armstrong pass McKenzie sent against the upright with Whyte beaten. Queen's Park made several attempts to get in touch with Smith, but were unsuccessful, and in the home attack Armstrong headed over from a Beynon corner. Kyle was responsible for the first thrill at the Aberdeen end. He raced down the middle and beat Smith with fierce drive which struck the crossbar. The Dons set up severe pressure, and Whyte saved well from Armstrong. A smart interchanging of positions between the centre and Beynon ended in the right-winger sending narrowly over. It came as something of a surprise when the Amateurs took the lead after twenty minutes' play. Dunlop conceded a free-kick twenty-five yards out, and Kyle, who took the kick, only half-hit the ball. Smith got the ball against his chest but it spun out of his hands, over his shoulder, and over the line. Queen's Park did not long enjoy the lead, however. Four minutes later Gardiner handled a shot by Armstrong inside the penalty area, and the referee, after consulting one of the linesmen, awarded a penalty. Mills netted from the spot-kick. Aberdeen strove desperately to take the lead before the interval, but their best efforts came to nought against a never-say-die defence. Aberdeen started the second half in good style, and Armstrong was cheered when he unexpectedly wheeled round to drive narrowly over. Queen's Park had several fleeting raids, but for the most part it was a case of the visiting defence versus the home attack, and defence prevailed. Likely scoring shots were blocked on numerous occasions, and the Amateurs' backs and halves banged the ball away anyhow. Beynon was presented with a grand opportunity when Armstrong sent him through, but to the chagrin of the crowd the winger drove past.
Strauss Slams it HomeWith half-an-hour gone Mills started the movement which led to the winning goal. He sent the ball out to Armstrong on the right, and the centre, without stopping, flicked it back to Strauss, who had taken up position In the middle. The South African gathered the hall and crashed it goalwards. Whyte got his hands to the ball, but such was the force behind it that he could not prevent it entering the net. Following this, Aberdeen redoubled their efforts, but they failed to increase their lead, and towards the end Queen's Park made desperate but vain efforts to secure the equaliser.
Source: Press & Journal, 29th September 1936