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Aberdeen 1 - 1 Rangers

HT Score: Aberdeen 0 - 0 Rangers

Scottish Alliance League
Aberdeen scorers: Doolan.
Rangers scorers: McKay

27/03/1926 | KO: 15:00

Great Goalkeeping At Pittodrie

Rangers "A" were very lucky to save a Scottish Alliance point against Aberdeen **A" at Pittodrie on Saturday, and this, too, despite the, fact that their team included such former First Division stalwarts as Robb, Manderson, McCandless, Archibald, and Henderson. All the craft and experience of this quintette, however, was met by a display of dashing and forceful football on the part of the whole home side which would have brought them out on top but for the magnificent work of Robb in goal and Manderson at back.
From the run of the game at the outset it looked as if the visitors would swamp their opponent. The Light Blues showed the clever individual touches and machine-like team work which have always been a feature of the Ibrox sides, and it seemed as though the young "Dons" were mesmerised by the past records of the giants in the opposing ranks. Gradually, however, they shook off the spell; the halfback line was the first to stiffen up, and this, of course, gave confidence both in front and behind. There were prolonged bombardments of Robb's charge, and shots by Cheyne and Doolan were charged down somewhat luckily. Robb was temporarily disabled, and during his absence, Manderson, who went between the sticks, was clean beaten by a header from the Aberdeen centre, but the crossbar came to his rescue. Aberdeen came out of the first half with most of the credit but no goals, thanks, as already noted, to brilliant defensive work.
All against the run of play Rangers scored the opening goal in the first few minutes of the second half. Marshall had changed to outside left, leaving Henderson to lead the van, and it was off a cross from the new winger that McKay, the former Greenock forward, and the brainiest player in Saturday's visiting front line, whipped in a rocket shot which McSevich touched but could not stop. So hotly did Aberdeen's young forwards force the pace after this that it was a miracle that Robb's goal did not fall on several occasions. The keeper was great in anticipation, fisting or clutching the ball in all sorts of desperate scrimmages, and it was only an unstoppable drive from Doolan that got past him well on in the game. In the second half Rangers were held in a vice-like grip, and, after McKay's goal. McSevich never got a direct shot to handle. The final score of a goal each was decidedly flattering to the visitors. Aberdeen's best players were Muir, McHale, Ross, Love, and Brackenridge, while the Rangers were well served by Robb, Manderson, McCandless, McKay, and Marshall.

Source: Press & Journal, 29th March 1926

Rangers Teamsheet
Robb; Manderson, Purdon; McCandless, Weir, Hodge; Archibald, McKay, Marshall, Henderson, McGregor
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: A. E. Hardie, Perth
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27 Jul 2024 / 15:00 / Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen