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Transvaall 4 - 2 Aberdeen

HT Score: Transvaall 3 - 2 Aberdeen

South African Tour
Transvaall scorers: Milligan, Bell 20, Wallace 27, Wienand 72
Aberdeen scorers: Armstrong 5, Armstrong.

12/06/1937 | KO:



Aberdeen were beaten for the second time on their South African tour when they scored only two goals to four by the combined Transvaal team in their match at Johannesburg on Saturday - the seventh match of the tour.

Aberdeen played pretty football, which pleased the crowd, but their opponents were faster in attack and sound in defence. Transvaal's fast, bustling play was not so clever, but it was effective, and at half-time they led 3-2. In the second half, despite Aberdeen's strong efforts, they put on another goal and made their victory secure.
More than 20,000 spectators were there to cheer the teams as they were piped on to the field, and they had plenty to keep them interested, for Aberdeen, who kicked off, attacked immediately and got their first goal five minutes from the start.


Armstrong, after taking a pass from Falloon, made a solo run, which he finished off in fine style by placing the ball in the net.
Aberdeen were unlucky to concede a goal when Johnstone came out and left Milligan with a golden opportunity for a header, but next time the luck ran in their favour, Armstrong managing to obtain the simplest of goals while the opposition, thinking him offside, stood by and let him in.
Bell cleverly outwitted the defence to score Transvaal's second goal in the twentieth minute, and seven minutes later Wallace netted to put them ahead.
Though Aberdeen attacked at every opportunity in the second half, they could make little headway against opponents who were appreciably quicker in attack and smart and sound in defence.


Strong rushes, combined with good positional play, made Transvaal dangerous in attack, and Wienand put them further ahead eighteen minutes from the end.
From then onwards Aberdeen strove to reduce the gap between the scores, but ineffectively.

Source: Press & Journal, 14th June 1937

Transvaall Teamsheet
Linday; Upton, Brunton; Gibson, Bozzone, Lawson; Wienand, Bell, Milligan, Wallace, Gibb
Attendance: 20,000
Venue: ,
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