St Johnstone Carry Off Dewar Shield.
VICTORY BY THREE CLEAR GOALS.Aberdeen were well beaten by St Johnstone at Muirton last night in the final of the Dewar Shield by three clear goals. Before the interval the Perth team had slightly the better of matters, but poor finishing was responsible for no scoring at the interval. In the second half Aberdeen were completely mastered, and retired from the field leaving St Johnstone to accept the custody of the shield which has eluded their grasp since 1912. Aberdeen disappointed and there is no doubting the fact that the Perth club's following expected a better display from the north team. Only at infrequent intervals did they show glimpses of what they could accomplish. There were clever touches shown by both sides, but several stoppages occurred for petty incidents and this was responsible for feeling creeping into the game and good football being at a discount. As a team St Johnstone showed the finer touches, and if they had shot more often in the first half they might have ran up a bigger score. As it was, there was only one effort worthy of mention in the first half, when Dickie sent in beauty which Smith turned round the post for a corner.
Second Half Thrills.There were plenty of thrills in the second half at the Aberdeen end. Ten minutes had elapsed when the Dons' goal fell to Stewart, who headed home from a corner well taken by Ferguson. In thirty-three minutes Dickie was in possession with Cooper, McGill, and Smith claiming for offside, but Dickie pushed the ball home. Five minutes later, Stewart beat Cooper in a tackle, and passed to Ferguson, who eluded the oncoming McGill and added a third goal. The Aberdeen boys never lay down to it, but were easily beaten in their final efforts to get a crumb of comfort. The Dons have played better football, but last night there was a lack of understanding that contributed to their downfall. Many clever movements were broken up in the early stages through the inability of the halves to fight back with the men in front. Smith was clever and his anticipation was good, but he was given no chance with the balls that beat him.
Falloon Outstanding.In a defence that was none too confident at times, Falloon was an outstanding personality. The right wing pair were the more dangerous part of the attack, while Armstrong was ever ready, but usually found Mason too strong for him. At the close the game, the shield was presented to Mr John Lindsay, St Johnstone director, and the gold watches were handed to the players by ex-Baillie Baxter, Perth. Mr W. Phillip, a former chairman of the Aberdeen club, in congratulating the winners, said there was no doubt the better team won. James Black, Forfar, also spoke.
Source: Press & Journal, 6th September 1934