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Aberdeen 3 - 1 Rangers

HT Score: Aberdeen 1 - 0 Rangers

Scottish Alliance League
Aberdeen scorers: MacDonald 8, MacDonald 67, MacDonald 89 (Pen).
Rangers scorers: Smith

23/04/1921 | KO: 14:30

Hat Trick At Pittodrie

There was strong local element tin he Rangers Reserve team which was defeated by Aberdeen Reserves in a Scottish Alliance game at Pittodrie 3 by goals to 1. Casualties sustained on a northern tour led to vacancies in the visitors' ranks, and so it came about that they enlist the assistance of C. P. Murray and A. Stalker (Aberdeen University), A. Smith (Hall, Russell's), and J. Kirton (Parkvale). The home side had Forsyth at back, after a long absence, and he was partnered by J. McBoyle, the Argyle Junior Club. There were 6000 spectators, and if it was, not the most interesting game seen at Pittodrie this reason, it was notable for the fact that Kenneth Macdonald, the home centre-forward, registered the hat trick. He opened the scoring after eight minutes with a terrific shot, the ball becoming wedged between the net and the iron support. This goal was the only one obtained in the first period, although Rangers were unfortunate on one occasion when a fine shot by Kirton found the crossbar.

Rangers quickly drew level after the interval, when Smith, getting possession, cut in to shoot through Sutherland's outstretched arms, the goalkeeper being hampered by the strong sun. Midway through the period Macdonald gave Aberdeen the lead, when he headed into the net off a nicely lobbed ball by Yule. The home centre-forward got his third goal in the last minute the game, when he converted from a penalty kick given against McQueen in respect of flagrant hands under the crossbar.
On the home side, the defence was sound, McBoyle showing good speed and tackling finely, while Forsyth showed that his abilities were unimpaired by his recent absence. The strong part of the team was the half-back line, where Lees especially took the eye. The best of the forwards were Yule and Rankine. The local players who turned cut for the Rangers comported themselves well, none doing better than Stalker at outside right, and Smith, at back, the first-named being the visitors' most effective forward. Low did his best to keep the attack going, but was too well watched by Lees. McKenna was the pick of the visitors' half-backs, and Smith, who essayed both the back positions, gave a capital account of himself.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal 25th April 1921

Rangers Teamsheet
Locke; A. Smith (Hall Russell's), McQueen; C. P. Murray (Aberdeen University), McKenna, MacMillan; A. Stalker (Aberdeen University), J. Kirkton (Parkvale), Low, Laird, Smith
Attendance: 6,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: D. Beaton, Dundee
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