Must Now Defeat Rangers to Reach Last Eight in League Cup
By NORMAN MACDONALD
THE Dons were shot down in flames at Shawfield on Saturday. They have left the road wide open for Rangers to reach the last eight in the League Cup.
The 4-1 defeat by Clyde was a bad blow, but it leaves the issue clear-cut. Aberdeen must beat the Light Blues at Pittodrie to make certain of qualifying.
The Dons should be capable of beating Morton on Saturday, but I can't see Clyde holding Rangers, so it will all depend on Wednesday's match.
A draw against the champions won't do the Dons much good, because if it comes to a question of goal average the Ibrox men are out in front.
Clyde have made Aberdeen's' "goals against" column look sick by scoring seven in two games. The Light Blues have an average of 3.25, while the Dons stand at 1.12.
In theory, what Aberdeen did at Ibrox on Wednesday, August 16, they can do at Pittodrie, but if thev mean to turn theory into practice they will have to show a big all-round improvement on the Shawfield form.
They were a team without inspiration against Clyde. They weren't a patch on the side that beat Rangers and Morton.
The defence was often in hot water at Shawfield, and to call the forwards an attack would be a misnomer. They advanced frequently, but thev didn't do much attacking. More punch is needed.
Two of the goals at least - the first and third - must come under the category of "gifts." Shaw was responsible for the loss of one, and the left back never fully recovered. Emery failed to get a grip of Barclay, and the latter and Ring created most of the trouble.
Young met his match in Linwood, but the centre half hung grimly on. Anderson and Harris worked hard without much encouragement, although there were times when both might have made better use of the ball.
Hamilton was the Dons' lone star ranger in attack. He scored their only goal and altogether got through a terrific amount of work despite the close attentions of Campbell, a good centre half on this form.
The only other Aberdeen forward worthy of mention was Yorston. Boyd and Hather were not direct enough and Baird was seldom in the picture.
Goals came early. Within a minute McPhail set Barclay away on the left. When his cross came over Martin, in the Aberdeen goal, feebly palmed it away and Ring headed into the net.
Three minutes later came a good goal by Hamilton. When Anderson swept the ball into the middle there was a bit of a scramble. The Dons' centre pounced on the ball, wheeled smartly and sent it into the net.
In nine minutes McPhail restored Clyde's lead when, from a Linwood slip, he crashed the ball home from twenty yards range. It glanced off Emery on its way to the net.
A minute from the interval Shaw blotted his copybook. Instead of clearing promptly he unaccountably hung on to the ball, lost possession and Galletly made the score 3-1.
With seventy-five minutes played Clyde made the issue secure. Following a Galletly corner McPhail sent the ball crashing against the crossbar. Martin failed to punch clear from the rebound and the inside left dashed forward to head into the net off the post.
In the closing stages the Dons were awarded a penalty when Hamilton was held. Emery's spot kick came back off the post.
Source: Press & Journal, 28th August 1950