Hibs Reverse Pittodrie Result at Easter Road
MARTIN AT HIS BEST
From NORMAN MACDONALD
THE Dons are still in the League Cup, and they have to thank Harry Yorston. They will never be nearer defeat.
There were only thirty seconds of extra time left when the youthful inside right snatched the equalising goal in the semi-gloom at Easter Road last night.
The teams will renew the dispute for right of entry to the semi-final at Ibrox Park on Monday, October 2, at 4.40 p.m. Aberdeen enthusiasts will see a full-dress rehearsal two days before at Pittodrie, where the teams meet in a league fixture.
Last night's game produced thrill-a-minute soccer.
It was terrific. A crackerjack pace was set from the start. The players of both teams put everything they had into the match.
Some of them could scarcely drag one leg after the other at the end of the extra time.
Hibs almost performed the seemingly impossible. All credit them. They are truly a team to be respected.
To overcome a three-goal handicap and almost pull off victory is indeed a glorious performance.
There can be no denying the Dons' fighting qualities, but their attack was a ghostly affair compared with the five demons who raged into the attack in last Saturday's match at Pittodrie.
High praise for the Aberdeen defence. They battled gallantly against this Hibs' attacking quintet that at times played atomic football.
Aberdeen's greatest hero was Fred Martin in goal. Time and again he retrieved the situation, when all seemed lost, by magnificent goalkeeping. It was his best game ever for the Dons.
Shaw and Emery played grandly, and they had first-class assistance from Young at centre-half. The left back played with confidence-inspiring coolness against his old love when the tide was on the flow for Hibs.
Anderson was not even half the player he was in the first game at Pittodrie. This is not altogether surprising in view of the fact that he was injured early on and limped throughout the major part of the game.
Perhaps Harris's strength and drive were missed at left half, but young Eric Bakie never gave up the fight. It was a big test for the former Edinburgh juvenile.
The Pittodrie attack disappointed. They were game enough, but there was no real link-up in the line. Hather was the young man with the brightest ideas. The Hibs' defenders would be quick to agree that he was the Aberdeen attacker who caused most trouble.
Baird did not impress at inside left, and Hamilton in the middle was unusually subdued. It must be admitted that too often the ball came to him in the air.
Yorston was a live-wire. He was often back assisting in defence and he must be awarded the medal for the most meritorious performance on the strength of his goal which saved the game.
Boyd, his partner, like Baird, only occasionally flashed into the picture.
Hibs sprang a late surprise by fielding Gordon Smith on the right wing. The long-striding winger certainly paid his way. His unorthodoxy and ball skill made him a continual source of danger.
Every Hibs attacker, however, carried a threat in his boots and in short bursts they at times played devastating soccer.
The loss of the first goal was a tragedy for Aberdeen, and for Chris Anderson in particular. After intercepting Reilly, the right half lobbed the ball over the advancing Martin's head into the net.
Hibs played desperate blood-tingling soccer, but with an hour played and the score still 1-0 the odds were in Aberdeen's favour.
Some of the zip had disappeared from the Hibs play, but it returned miraculously when they got a second goal in sixty-one minutes to make the aggregate 4-3. When Reilly and Young went for the ball in the middle it was deflected to the right, and Johnstone ran through to score with ease.
Four minutes later came another surprise packet and the teams were all square. Smith sent Ormond away on the left, and the winger's shot-cum-cross was untouched by friend or foe alike from the time it left his feet until the ball dropped into the inside of the far side net.
Two minutes after the start of extra time Hibs were on top of the world. An overhead kick by Smith dropped the ball in the goalmouth and Reilly killed it and pivoted to send it flashing into the net.
Thirty seconds from the end the Dons had launched a last desperate attack. There was a terrific scrimmage in the Hibs goalmouth. Several shots were blocked before Yorston sent the ball flying into the corner of the net to leave the way open for a second chance for the Dons.
Source: Press & Journal, 21st September 1950