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Aberdeen 3 - 0 St Johnstone

HT Score: Aberdeen 2 - 0 St Johnstone

Scottish Alliance League
Aberdeen scorers: Doolan, Carroll, Love.

09/01/1926 | KO: 14:30

Aberdeen Reserves Win Well

The feature of the Scottish Alliance game at Pittodrie on Saturday between Aberdeen "A" and St Johnstone "A" was the refreshingly virile play of the home inside trio of forwards and Pirie, the centre-half. They formed the battering ram of a well-knit team, and it was largely due to them that the visiting goal got a warm peppering, while the home citadel was seldom seriously troubled. About 7000 spectators witnessed a keen and clean encounter, in which the young "Dons" had always a little in hand.
Right from the start the home forwards showed more dash and accuracy in locating the goal than did the visiting attackers. For a time the Perth team shared pretty evenly the exchanges, but they flattered only to deceive Had Ferguson, McLean, or Kelly showed the same nippiness in front of goal as the three Aberdeen inside men, McSevich would have had to pick the ball out of the net once or twice. They shot wildly however, but, at Dempster's end Carrol had a hard shot cleverly deflected by the keeper. Then Doolan got through to register a fine goal thanks to careful spoon-feeding by Pirie and Carrol, and, before the interval the three figured in another nice move which ended in Carrol getting the point this time.
In the second half Aberdeen were even more superior, and only fine goalkeeping by Dempster and defensive work by McClure and Mclntosh, the ex-Aberdeen junior, kept their total down to a single additional goal. Love was the scorer and the winger deserved his point as he workedhard throughout. Dempster saved his first effort but Love gave him no chance off the rebound.
Forbes was the only passenger in a home van which gave a sparkling display. Duncan made a good substitute for Spencer. Pirie was the ideal centre-half both in attack and defence, and McHale was sound, although still slow in making up his mind how to part with the ball. Muir and Ritchie were patchy, and McSevich safe as the bank.
Dempster was in grand form for the visitors and saved many fine efforts. McClure was a breezy hack but the half line was weak in the centre and left wing, McIntosh being the only one who shone and that against a lively left wing. Forward, McLean was lost against Pirie, and his ineffectiveness hampered the line. Ellis and Sanderson were the best of a mediocre line.

Source: Press & Journal, 11th January 1926

St Johnstone Teamsheet
Dempster; McMillan, McClure; McIntosh, Stewart, Stark; Ellis, Ferguson, McLean, Kelly, Sanderson
Attendance: 7,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: D. Milne, Arbroath
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