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Aberdeen 1 - 1 Raith Rovers

HT Score: Aberdeen 1 - 1 Raith Rovers

Scottish Alliance League
Aberdeen scorers: Dick.
Raith Rovers scorers: McClelland

31/03/1923 | KO: 15:00

Great Goalkeepeing At Pittodrie

Two goals in the first half, one for each side, brought about a drawn battle Pittodrie between the Aberdeen and Raith Rovers reserve elevens in a Scottish Alliance fixture. Had it not been for great goalkeeping on the part of the visitors' custodian, the game would have ended easily in Aberdeen's favour. The homesters did the bulk of the pressing throughout, but were only able to pierce the Raith goal once about midway in the first half. The goal came off a well-placed corner by Moir. Dick got his head on the ball, and although the Fife custodian caught the leather it was over the line.
McClelland, the visiting centre, got the equaliser towards the close of the half, heading through a cross from the right and giving Lawrie no chance to save. ln the second half the Raith goal had some miraculous escapes, and only the smart anticipation of the goalkeeper saved it from downfall.
There was not a weak link in the Aberdeen defence, and "Sandy" Grosert, at right back, was the best defender afield and wears well. The halves were good, although Watt was a bit off form and lost several good chances. Every forward had a shot in his locker, with Moir the smartest attacker on view. The winger's crossing and cutting in was nicely varied, and several of his drives for goal merited a better fate. Dick played his best game this season, and the left wing was also good, although Duggins was occasionally wild and short with his crosses. Miller led the line well and, although he did not tax his strength too much, revealed by his smart manoeuvring and leading out work that he is now fit to lead the first team.
Mathieson was the star man in the game, and several of his saves bordered on the miraculous, particularly one from Moir and another, off a penalty kick, from Miller. Barton and Morris were two safe backs, and it was at half that the weakness lay. Campbell was the best of a very moderate trio. The front line was disjointed; Thomson and Gilmour were thrustful on the right, but McClelland was too well held by McLeod ever to be dangerous, and, apart from his well-taken goal, was seldom in the picture. Bauld and Borland were a disappointing wing, flattering at times only to deceive, but they were against too good a defence.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal 2nd April 1923

Aberdeen Teamsheet
Lawrie, Grosert, Bruce, Watt, McLeod, Armstrong, Moir, Dick, Miller, Mutch, Duggins.
Raith Rovers Teamsheet
Mathieson; Barton, Morris; Campbell, Lindsay, McBeath; Thomson, Gilmour, McClelland, Bauld, Borland
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: J. Martin, Glencraig
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