Edited by NORMAN MacDONALD
Two goals on his own and a part in four of the others that was Paddy Buckley’s record for the Dons in his first game at Tannadlce Park last night. Aberdeen won this Dewar Shield replay 7-3.
Admittedly Dundee United cannot be regarded as first-class opposition, but they have stretched the Dons to the full both in the Scottish Cup and the Dewar Shield this season.
THE Pittodrie club paid around £7OOO to St Johnstone for Buckley, and on his showing against the United he is likely to prove a sound investment.
He is quick off his mark, neat with the ball on the ground and he kept the attack moving smoothly in the opening half hour.
At this stage Smith, who started at inside left, pulled a muscle, and although he played on the wing for thirty minutes of the second half, he would have been as well in the pavilion.
There was a spell in the closing stages when Aberdeen were reduced to nine men. Hather’s left boot split across the instep, and he played for the last quarter of an hour on his stockinged foot.
BUCKLEY got off to flying start. Within four minutes he had the ball in the net. He turned on a good burst of speed beat the United ’keeper to slip from Smith and flash the ball into the net.
With Smith a passenger in the second period Aberdeen lost the initiative. Dundee United scored twice this half, but they should have had more goals. The forwards wasted chances, and the biggest sinner was Quinn on the right wing.
If Aberdeen can arranqe dates for the two games in the final against Falkirk before Thursday, May 15, the last day of the season, Pittodrie enthusiasts arc likely to see Buckley in action.
Aberdeen players to whom I spoke after last night’s game expressed the opinion that Buckley had made a bright debut, and not the least generous in his praise was Harry Yorston, who scored a hat-trick.
The Dons led 5-1 at the interval. Yorston (3), Buckley (2), Smith and Emery (penalty) netted for Aberdeen, while McKay (2) and Grant scored for Dundee United.
Source: Evening Express, 6th May 1952
Dundee United Teamsheet
Wyllie, Swan, Berrie, Morrison, Ross, Dunsmore, Quinn, Grant, McKay, Irving, Cruickshank
Aberdeen Teamsheet Martin
Venue: Tannadice Park, Dundee
Referee: R. Yacamini, Perth