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Western Province 0 - 4 Aberdeen

HT Score: Western Province 0 - 2 Aberdeen

South African Tour
Aberdeen scorers: Lang 15, Lang 27, Scott 60, Devine.

07/07/1937 | KO:



Cape Town, Wednesday.

Aberdeen F.C., the Scottish Cup finalists, concluded their tour of South Africa at Observatory to-day, when they defeated Western Province in a return match by four goals to nil, after leading by two goals to nil at half-time.

During their tour Aberdeen played fifteen matches, including three Tests, all of which were won. Of the other matches they lost three. Aberdeen scored fifty-four goals against twenty-seven goals scored by their opponents.


Armstrong was top scorer with thirteen goals; Scott scored eleven, and Lang ten. The other goals were scored by Mills (9), Beynon (5), Devine (4), and Mackenzie (2).
To-day's match was played before a thousand spectators in cool, sunny weather. The pitch was soft. Aberdeen were well held during the early stages of the game, and the half-backs and backs had to muster all their resources to stem the vigorous Western Province rushes. The superiority and experience of the Dons, however, told, and after fifteen minutes' play, Lang, receiving a centre from Scott, tipped the ball neatly into the right hand corner of the net over the heads of the defending backs.
Twelve minutes later, following a crisscross movement down the field, Lang again scored. After this Aberdeen did not extend themselves though they entertained the crowd with a spectacular demonstration of ball control.
Half-time arrived with the score at 2-0 in favour of Aberdeen who had the best of the exchanges for the remainder of the match. For the first quarter of an hour after the resumption Aberdeen were strongly encamped in the Western Province goal area and Scott sent in a stinging shot which passed between Steele s legs into the net for Aberdeen's third goal.

WEAK DEFENCE,/p> As the Dons continued to pen the home side in their own half they did not show any inclination to increase their lead, being satisfied to expose the weaknesses of the Western Province defence, which looked decidedly flimsy against a series of delightful and accurate inter-passing movements.
Mills gave Devine a chance to score and the winger gratefully accepted it to slide the ball past Locke. The home side made a couple of daring dashes down to the visitors goal, but Johnstone, Cooper, Temple and Falloon were very safe.

Source: Press & Journal, 8th July 1937

Western Province Teamsheet
Locke; Murray, Steele; Coetzee, Catlin, Schafer; Bundy, Roberts, Smith, Devoti, Vendenberg
Attendance: 1,000
Venue: Hartleyvale, Cape Town, South Africa
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