MORTON, by their victory by the odd goal in five over Aberdeen at Cappielow, maintained their record of being the only team in "A" Division to undefeated this year.
Yet that record should have been smashed on Saturday, and the Dons have themselves to blame for not lowering the Greenock team's colours. They were by far the better team in the first half, and they were worthy of their 2-1 lead at the interval. In fact, had they accepted their chances the advantage half-time might easily have been more substantial. On a pitch which was very heavy and sticky, they were superior to the homesters in all phases the game.
There was, however, a different tale to tell in the second period, when Morton had only ten men, too. Henderson, the outside-right, not being able to resume owing to injured knee. The Dons lost their poise, and after Morton equalised they seemed to lose confidence altogether. The defenc« was jerky, and the forwards failed to produce their first-half form. Even so, the attack had opportunities to make victory certain. Williams and Kiddie, in particular, failing with the easiest or scoring chances.
Morton must be given credit for their great fight with ten men, but should never have been allowed to win.
It was a bad result from Aberdeen's point view. Thev are now only a point ahead of Hibs, who defeated Celtic at Parkhead, and have still a match in hand.
Kelly Not to Blame
Kelly, in goal, could not be blamed for the defeat. He had no chance with any of the three goals. Cowie, although not at his best, was the better back. In the first half the half-backs were in their best form, but they, too, slumped badly in the second period.
It no exaggeration to state that had George Hamilton been playing the Dons would have had this game won in the first half. Baird was the outstanding forward.
McKillop, Mclnnes, and Divers scored for Morton, and Baird and Williams for Aberdeen.
George Hamilton is not returning to Italy. He will be available for the Dons in the future.
Source: Press & Journal, 4th February 1946