Baird Was Here, There and Everywhere
MOST of the 4000 spectators at Somerset Park, Ayr, for the Morton-Aberdeen Reserve League Cup-tie, were neutrals out to pass the afternoon. They got both enjoyment and excitement in a game which Morton won by 2-1.
Right from the first minute, when McKillop put Morton ahead, the game was as keenly contested as any Scottish Cup-tie, and the football was of the highest order.
The nippier Greenock side were two up after ten minutes through Keenan, but Aberdeen - inspired Baird - staged a fight back.
The revival was at its best in the second half, and only strong defending kept out the fierce Aberdeen attacks. The Dons certainly deserved more than the late goal by Smith, and it was unfortunate that Botha shot over from a great chance.
No praise could be too great for Baird, who was here, there, and everywhere inspiring his colleagues and trying to find holes in the Morton defence, in which Batton was a powerful barrier.
Anderson and Smith were capable lieutenants to Baird's generalship, and Curran won much approval for his stylish 'keeping, and also for the way he ensured that colleague got possession when he cleared his lines.