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Aberdeen 4 - 3 Ayr United

HT Score: Aberdeen 2 - 0 Ayr United

Scottish Alliance League
Aberdeen scorers: Mutch, Wilkie, Wilkie, Lee.
Ayr United scorers: Dunlop, Muir, McCulloch

10/03/1923 | KO: 15:00

Goals Galore At Pittodrie

There was a spate of goals at Pittodrie. where Ayr United "A' played the Aberdeen reserves in a Scottish Alliance fixture in cold but dry weather before about 5000 spectators. Aberdeen got two goals in the first half, both cleverly notched by Wilkie, the centre-forward, and were easily the better team. A change came over the game in the second half, when the visitors opened out play more and scored in the first minute through Dunlop. Other three goals followed in rapid succession, two for Aberdeen by Lee and Mutch and one for Ayr by Muir. Towards the close Ayr got a third, McCulloch being the marksman, but, although they tried hard to equalise, Aberdeen won the odd goal in seven.
Despite the fact that he had four goals notched against him, Lindsay gave quite a good display in goal for Ayr, and Woodburn and McDonald were a couple of good rear defenders. The half-backs were fair, with Lee the most outstanding of the trio. Low was the best forward on the field, and it was from him that most danger came to the home goal. Dunsire was good and bad in turn, and McCulloch, although he got a goal, was too well held by Swan to be often dangerous. The right wing was good, with Muir the best forager.
Lawrie was shaky in the home goal, and ought never to have lost the second goal, where he completely missed a slowly-travelling ball. Apart from the mistake which gave Ayr the opening goal, Bruce did well at back, but McBoyle was none too sure and found Low too big a handful. Grosert, although playing out of his usual position, was the best half on the field, while Swan and McLeod were both good, defensive players, although they might have done more in the constructive line. In the forward line Lee, a Lanarkshire junior, was about the best forward afield, but he and Dick played too close a game, and the latter failed to get over his centre on several occasions. Wilkie was a success as a leader, his bustling tactics being a feature, while Mutch, although inclined to mistime his passes, made amends with fine forcing play. Miller is not yet the fearless rusher of old, but many of his touches were up his former standard, and his accurate crossing was dangerous. It would have paid the home forwards better had they swung the ball about more instead of sticking to the close passing game.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal 12th March 1923

Aberdeen Teamsheet
Lawrie, McBoyle, Bruce, McLeod, Swan, Grosert, Miller, Mutch, Wilkie, Lee, Dick.
Ayr United Teamsheet
Lindsay; Woodburn, McDonald; Lee, Trialist, McMillan; Dunlop, Muir, McCulloch, Dunsire, Low
Attendance: 5,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: J. W. Roberts, Edinburgh
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