Queen s Park Never Looked Like Winning
By NORMAN MACDONALD
IT was a livelier Aberdeen team that beat Queen's Park 3-1. There was more ease in attack and passes were crisper and more accurate than in recent games.
It seems a trifle harsh to criticise a team that wins 3-1, but on general play and so far as territorial advantage went they were well ahead of the Amateurs and should have finished with a bigger bag than three goals.
Ernie Waldron, from Crystal Palace, didn't lead the attack after all. Instead of travelling North, he went to Birmingham to visit his sick mother. I wonder if our latest capture would have instilled that extra punch in the front line.
Williams was not a success as leader and handed over to Hamilton in the second half. The South African could make nothing of Whigham. Hamilton always looked more dangerous as the spearhead, and although he did not score, "teed" the ball for Miller to net the third goal eleven minutes from the end.
Harris wasn't particularly dangerous in the opening half, yet played no small part in both goals this period. The former amateur was a more paying player in the second half when he adopted direct methods and got the ball across smartly.
McCall was always clever in possession and deserves full marks for his astuteness in notching the first goal. But he wasn't the devastating inside forward I saw at Greenock.
Miller, who came in because of the non-appearance of Waldron, did his best to demonstrate that it would have been a mistake to leave him out. He took his goals well and was an improved player compared with the previous match.
Little fault could be found with the Pittodrie defence on Saturday. They made one slip and Aitken netted Queen's Park's only goal. The centre-forward fastened on to a clearance and, although Cooper, Dunlop and McLaughlin were all within striking distance, went unchallenged to beat Johnstone.
The half-back line played soundly with McLaughlin once again figuring prominently, and both Cooper and M'cKenna had the measure of their wing men. Johnstone, in goal, had a comparatively easy afternoon, but his handling inspired confidence.
The amateurs fought all the way. They never looked like winning, yet they gave the crowd a shock twenty minutes after the restart when Aitken made the total 2-1. Only the clever anticipation of Hamilton in the Queen's Park goal saved his side on numerous occasions. Mitchell played well at right back until he was injured and had to go on the wing.
McCall's opening goal for the Dons was well taken. It came in fifteen minutes. The inside forward sent in a left-foot drive from a slip from Harris. The ball was blocked, but came to McCall again, and he found the net with a strong right-foot shot.
Miller got the second in thirty-four minutes, when he headed home a cross from Harris.
Source: Press & Journal, 18th November 1946