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East Fife 1 - 4 Aberdeen

HT Score: East Fife 1 - 2 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)
East Fife scorers: Stewart 45
Aberdeen scorers: Hamilton 21, Hamilton 42, Williams 76, Hamilton 89.

20/04/1949 | KO:


Methil Game a Triumph for George Hamilton

ABERDEEN'S grand fight back against the relegation bogey reached its climax at Methil last night with a record 4-1 victory over East Fife.
This puts the Dons level with Clyde, and it seems reasonable to asssume that there will be "A" Division football at Pittodrie next season.

While the game was an individual triumph for George Hamilton, the whole Aberdeen team deserves credit for grand fight. Apart from the first twenty minutes of the second half they had matters well in hand, and once they had weathered East Fife's initial onslaught after the interval there was no doubt about the result.
A mistake by Curran gave East Fife their only goal close on half-time, but otherwise the Aberdeen defence was watertight.
Ancell and McKenna bqth kicked and tackled well, and Roy was again the safety-valve at centre-half.
The first half produced most of the good football, and it was during this period that Pearson gave the Dons the victory urge. He had the East Fife defence baffled, and it was fitting that he should have a hand in the first goal.
Hamilton, back in the team at outside right, changed places with Williams midway through the second half, and his last goal in the closing minutes revived memories of the grand inside forward of two seasons ago.


East Fife were disappointing in attack, and, although Fleming had one or two fierce drives, he was not so effective an inside forward as Williams.
It took the Dons twenty-one minutes to go ahead. Pearson tricked Philp and Laird before crossing to the far post for Hamilton to head through.
Curran saved the Dons after this, and in forty-two minutes the Aberdeen lead was increased.
A lob by Ancell was headed on by Emery, who gave Findlav plenty of trouble throughout, and Hamilton in the centre forward position ran on to beat Niven.
Just on half-time, Stewart took a free kick from the half-way line, and with Curran misjudging the flight the ball landed in the back of the net. Half-time, 2-1.
For the first twenty minutes of the second half the Dons were shaky in defence, and Fleming and Morris both missed chances.

Tension Eased

The tension was eased thirty-one minutes after half-time when Pearson beat his man and passed to Hamilton, now at inside right. The ball was immediatelv transferred to Williams, and the South African closed in to beat Niven with a low shot.
That was the end of East Fife, and for the rest of the game the Dons had matters well in hand.
They got a fourth goal near the final whistle. Ancell took a free kick, and Hamilton, judging the flight of the ball beautifully, ran forward to head past Niven.

Source: Press & Journal, 21st April 1949

East Fife Teamsheet
Niven, Laird, Stewart, Philp, Finlay, Hudson, Black, Fleming, Morris, Davidson, Brown
Attendance: 8,000
Venue: Bayview Park, Methil
Referee: A. Watt, Edinburgh
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