Kelly and Yorston Best of Dons' Forwards
By NORMAN MACDONALD
DEFIXITELY not a Merry Christmas for the Dons. They threw away a point at Cathkin.
The 3-2 defeat leaves them precariously balanced on the edge of the relegation vortex.
Rangers are moving steadily and majestically towards another League championship. Duncanson showed the V-sign at Dens Park with hat-trick.
A three-mihute two-goal Celtic whirlwind swept Hearts to defeat at Parkhead.
Third Lanark are not a good team. They got the "go" sign yesterday against the Dons after nine successive defeats. They snatched the winning goal seven minutes from the final whistle through Bogan, when the odds seemed to be in favour of Aberdeen.
Weaknesses were again exposed in the Dons' defence, but the attack, too, must shoulder part of the responsibility.
The extreme wingers were weak and the result was the attack was hitting on only three cylinders, and then only irregularly.
Best of the forwards were Kelly and Yorston. The new Pittodrie leader suffered from lack of support, yet he was always on the move.
He is quick off his mark and packs a powerful shot. Speed over a short distance seems to be his forte.
Aberdeen have a promising young inside forward in Harry Yorston, who came to Pittodrie from an Aberdeen juvenile club. He is on leave from the Army. A clever ball player he has a sound positional sense.
The loss of eleven goals in three games suggests that the Aberdeen defence needs strengthening. At Cathkin yesterday only Cowie, who had been moved from right back to right half, really impressed.
After taking the lead in twenty-three minutes through Yorston, Aberdeen threw away their advantage in the last five minutes of the half.
Yorston's goal was a well-taken effort. Kelly got his head a Dunlop clearance and nodded the ball towards the right. The inside forward moved quickly and toed the ball into the net with his left foot.
Third Lanark delivered the one-two punch in the last five minutes of this half.
After Johnstone had saved twice at point-blank range from McCulloch, a terrific goalmouth scrimmage ended in Bogan netting.
Three minutes later a Mason slip cut open the Dons' defence and McCulloch shot for goal. Johnstone went to ground but the bail passed under his body and into the net.
In the second half signs pointed to Aberdeen pulling off a victory after Taylor had equalised from a penalty for hands against Kelly, the Cathkin left back.
From then on they dominated plays but suddenly, seven minutes from the end, Bogan broke away on the right ahd his parting shot landed in the net off Dunlop.
Source: Press & Journal, 26th December 1947