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South Africa 1 - 5 Aberdeen

HT Score: South Africa 0 - 3 Aberdeen

South African Tour
South Africa scorers: Mitchell 40
Aberdeen scorers: Mills 13, Scott 27, Scott 43, Lang 80, Mills 82.

26/06/1937 | KO:

DONS ANNEX HONOURS

SOUTH AFRICANS LOSE "TEST"

BRAINY PLAY IN 5-1 VICTORY

CROWD'S TRIBUTE TO BEYNON

Johannesburg, Saturday.

Two verses of "Abide with Me," in memory of Beynon, the Aberdeen player who died this morning after an operation for appendicitis, were sung by a crowd of 25,000 at the Wanderers, just prior to the second "Test" match between South Africa and Aberdeen. All flags were at half-mast, and an announcement was broadcast to the effect that a fund was to be opened for the benefit of Beynon's widow. Aberdeen won the match by five goals to one, after leading by 3-0 at halftime, and thus won the rubber, having won the first "Test" last Saturday by five goals to two.

BRAINY PLAY

Aberdeen won the toss and South Africa kicked off against the sun. There was a gusty wind. The pitch was in excellent condition. Aberdeen played brainy and polished football and had the measure of their opponents throughout the whole of the match. Mills and Scott each scored twice for Aberdeen, and Lang scored the other. Mitchell scored the only goal for South Africa. South Africa made two changes from the team which played last week. Bozzone and Milligan replacing Tarpey and Marais, while for Aberdeen, Scott replaced Armstrong. The South Africans were erratic and did not combine well and made only spasmodic attacks.

FIRST HALF MARGIN

Mills scored for Aberdeen in the thirteenth minute from a free kick, putting the ball into the corner of the net. Fourteen minutes later Lang made a beautiful opening for Scott, who netted with a hard ground shot. Two minutes before the interval Dunlop robbed Lawson. the South African left half, and passed the ball to Scott, who headed in from point-blank range. The first half ended with Aberdeen still attacking and leading by 3-0. Aberdeen again had matters all their own way in the second half, continually outwitting the South Africans with dazzling footwork and deft passes and constantly attacking. The South Africans went to pieces badly and played scrappy football, Brunton, the captain, being the best player. Mitchell scored South Africa's solitary goal after five minutes' play. Lang and Mills made the issue safe for Aberdeen by scoring in the thirty-fifth and thirty-seventh minutes respectively.

Source: Press & Journal, 28th June 1937

South Africa Teamsheet
Wright: Cain, Brunton; Gibson, Bozzone, Lawson; Jaffer, Milligan, Mitchell, Butler, Gibb
Attendance: 25,000
Venue: ,
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