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Blackburn Rovers 3 - 1 Aberdeen

HT Score: Blackburn Rovers 2 - 1 Aberdeen

Friendly
Blackburn Rovers scorers: Bruton 5, McLean 30 (Pen), Cunliffe.
Aberdeen scorers: Smith 41.

28/04/1930 | KO:

YORSTON PROMINENT. Aberdeen Tackle Blackburn Rovers.

Following their game with Burnley on Saturday, Aberdeen appeared at Ewood Park, Blackburn, last night for a friendly contest with the Rovers, but the chilly evening kept the attendance down to modest proportions.
Further, the blustery wind considerably affected the play, ball control being rendered rather difficult. Nevertheless the sides served up a game that proved decidedly interesting.
Early on Aberdeen were prominent in two raids, and Yorston made a great drive that brought out the best in Binns, the Rover's custodian.

Rovers Go Ahead.

In five minutes, however, the Rovers went ahead when McLean worked through the defence and crossed the ball to J. Bruton, who beat Blackwell with a capital effort.
Yorston was a conspicuous member the Scottish attack, and when Smith centred he drove only inches wide. Yorston was accidentally kicked in the face by Rankin, but got away with a bruise, and the Rovers had to thank a penalty for their second goal, McLean converting after Bourton had been pushed in the back.
Aberdeen, however, retaliated strongly, and just before the interval reduced the arrears. Yorston made a high shot which Binns brought down, but Smith pounced on the ball to score.

Second Half.

In the second half Cunliffe increased the Rovers' lead to two goals, and a fine shot from Puddefoot nearly produced another score, while a drive from J. Bruton struck Legge's back and hit the post.
Smith made a great dribble, and from his centre Yorston struck the top of the upright. On the whole there was very little between the sides, and both played the restrained football that might have been expected.
The outstanding man the Scottish attack, indeed in the side, was Yorston, a most elusive and dangerous customer, who occupied nearly all Rankine?s time. At outside left Smith proved a dangerous raider, and apart from his goal put in many fine centres that bothered the home defence.

McHale Plays Well

At centre-half McHale had the complete measure of Bourton, and Begge proved himself a first-rate defender, with Blackwell a safe goalkeeper. He had certainly no chance with the efforts that beat him.
The Rovers' defence gave a good account of itself, Baxter at right back standing out well. The Rovers' forwards used more direct methods than Aberdeen, and their policy paid.

Source: Press & Journal, 29th April 1930

Blackburn Rovers Teamsheet
Cliff Binns (1), Thomas Baxter (2), Willie Rankin (5), Jack Bruton (7), Syd Puddefoot (8), Clarrie Bourton (9), Tommy McLean (10), Arthur Cunliffe (11).
Attendance: 2,362
Venue: Ewood Park, Blackburn
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