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Aberdeen 0 - 0 Heart of Midlothian

HT Score: Aberdeen 0 - 0 Heart of Midlothian

Scottish Alliance League

19/02/1927 | KO: 15:00

Hearts 'A' Well Held At Aberdeen

Contrary to expectations. Saturday's Alliance game at Pittodrie between the two leading teams did not prove particularly thrilling. There was plenty of good football shown on either side, but the respective defences were usually superior to the attacks, and a goalless draw was a pretty fair reflex of the fortunes of the play.
Both teams were well matched, and if Hearts "A" had the better going forward line, Aberdeen "A" made up for it with the steadier and more resourceful defence. The homesters accounted for the bulk of the pressure in the first half, and White was in action fairly frequently, proving himself a brilliant keeper. Miller gave him a teaser to hold, as did also McFarlane and Smith, but he was equal to all demands. Aberdeen's weakness lay in the inside men, McLeod and Robertson being patchy in their dribbling, and exceedingly inaccurate in their passing. The result was that McFarlane was too often left to plough a lone furrow, and was not particularly successful against a pair of sturdy backs. When the Hearts front line got going, however, the Aberdeen defence had to look lively, and Blackwell had several good shots to save, although most them were long range efforts. The visitors were singularly inept at goalmouth for a team with a "goals for" total of 112, and their shooting was at times wild and erratic when a calculated drive would have found the net.
In the second half Aberdeen played under the handicap of the loss of Miller, who received a leg injury early on, and had to seek the pavilion. Cosgrove was also hurt, but carried on crippling at outside right. Despite this, however, they kept their end up, and were, indeed, unfortunate not to get the winning goal when Smith let go a great shot from close in, which White saved brilliantly with his left hand. They forced corner after corner in a hurricane finish, but could not pierce the visiting defence.
Aberdeen's backs were sure and steady, Jackson rivalling Jamieson as the best defender on the field. The halves were good, with McHale outstanding, but forward Smith, McFarlane, and Miller were the only players to impress. Smith's sojourn with the Reserves has done him a power of good, and he seems to be regaining his form.
In a towsy Hearts team, White and Jamieson were outstanding in defence. Slaven is not Alex. Wright, but gave quite a sound display. In front Edgar and Miller were the best, but there wasn't a shot in the line.
There was a demonstration against the referee at the close of the match, and it must be confessed that his handling the game was not impressive by any means.

Source: Press & Journal, 21st February 1927

Heart of Midlothian Teamsheet
White; Jamieson, Sharkey; Clark, Slaven, Forrest; Smith, Miller, Reid, Black, Edgar
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: Mr McLean, Lochgelly
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