ABERDEEN'S TACTICS FAILUREAberdeen had victory snatched from their grasp in dramatic fashion against Hamilton Academicals at Douglas Park on Saturday. They had taken the lead twelve minutes after the start of the second half, and seemed to think that a single goal advantage would prove sufficient to secure the points. The Dons reckoned without Dave Wilson, the "Accies" leader. Within six minutes Wilson transformed a 1-2 deficit into a 3-2 victory. Only eight minutes were left for play when he scored the equaliser, and two minutes from the final whistle he headed the winning goal.
DEFENCE RATTLEDAberdeen had themselves to blame for their defeat. They had the better of the exchanges in the second half, and should not have been content to fall back on defence with only a single goal lead. Towards the end Hamilton made a great bid to save the game, and that they were successful was due to two things - Wilson's opportunism and the fact that the Aberdeen defence became rattled. Hamilton were the more impressive company in the first half, and but for poor finishing would have held the lead at the interval. They took the lead in six minutes through Harrison. A corner was forced on the left, and Wilson nodded McNee's flag kick down for the inside left to send into the net. Aberdeen drew level six minutes from the interval. McKenzie smartly let Beynon away on the right, and although harassed by Scott the winger cut in to beat Morgan. Twelve minutes after the restart Aberdeen went ahead when Armstrong gave Beynon a clear run, and the Welshman sent the ball across the goalmouth for Lang to send into the net. Following this the Dons concentrated on defence, and Hamilton set up a strong offensive.
THE VITAL GOALWith eight minutes to go Johnstone punched out a low shot from McNee, and Wilson fastened on to send into the net. Six minutes later the centre headed home the all-important goal from a free kick by Scott. Aberdeen, who were without Strauss, Mills and Falloon, did not touch their best form. The defence was fairly sound until the closing stages. Johnstone had several good saves, but showed bad judgment when the second goal was scored. Cooper was reliable, and kept a good grip of McNee, but Temple experienced difficulty in checking the activities of King. None of the three half-backs was particularly impressive. Dunlop, deputising for Falloon, was a hard worker, and although lacking the Irishman's nippiness, saw to it that Wilson got few chances until the closing stages.
NOT AT HIS BESTFraser is probably not thoroughly fit yet, while Thomson lent his forwards little support and failed to reveal his best form. McKenzie was the most consistent of the Aberdeen forwards, and caused the opposing defence a good deal of trouble. Armstrong was an energetic leader, but found it difficult to elude the vigilant Thomson. George Scott was not so prominent as in his previous appearances, and was deficient in speed. Beynon improved after a slow start, and seems to have completely recovered from the muscle injury which has kept him out of the game since the match against Rangers on March 20. Lang was clever on the ball, but his finishing left something to be desired.
SPLENDID BACKHamilton had a splendid left back in Scott, and Thomson was another stalwart in defence. Morgan was a good 'keeper, while of the wing halves Jarvie impressed most. With the exception of Wilson, who deserves full marks for the manner in which he seized the two chances which came his way, the finishing of the forwards was poor. King and Gilmour comprised a smart right wing.
Source: Press & Journal, 12th April 1937