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St. Johnstone 1 - 1 Aberdeen

HT Score: St. Johnstone 1 - 0 Aberdeen

Scottish Second XI Cup First Round
St. Johnstone scorers: Peebles 32
Aberdeen scorers: Smith 86.

21/09/1949 | KO: 18:00

No Ill-Effects, But a Disappointing Game

Says Norman MacDonald

Five of Aberdeen's convalescents were given a fitness test last night at Perth.

I spoke to them at the finish and all five said they were feeling no ill effects.
That was about the only satisfaction that could be derived from this game.
A goal four minutes from the end by Smith entitled Aberdeen to a second chance in the Scottish Second XI. Cup at Pittodrie next Wednesday.

The Pittodrie players on test were:?
HAMILTON (out of the game with an ankle injury since the first match of the season). He was the one attacker who threatened any real danger.
EMERY (pulled muscle against St Mirren on September 10). He was never happy against Smith, the sprightly St Johnstone left winger.
WADDELL (unfit since he played against Rangers at Ibrox on August 20). He was slow to settle, but improved towards the finish. He did not strike me as being thoroughly tuned up.
HATHER (in action only onqe this season as the result of a chill and tonsilitis). He was full of running and appeared to have made a good recovery.
GLEN (only two appearances since he was injured on August 13). H3 was below his best, and, like Waddell, did not seem in first-class condition.

Chances Wasted

St Johnstone could have had this match won in the first half. They were undoubtedly the better team and squandered enough scoring chances to have had the match well won before the interval.
During this period the Dons were a poor team. They displayed little or no football ability.
Intelligent constructive play from the wing halves, Merchant and Findlay, was seldom in evidence.
There was some improvement in the Aberdeen lads in the second half, but they were by no means a convincing side.
From an Aberdeen point of view, it was a disappointing game.
St Johnstone got their goal after thirty-two minutes' play. A movement that started the right finished in Peebles (inside left) sending home from close range.
I had almost abandoned hope when the Dons snatched the equaliser after eighty-six minutes' play. A Hamilton-Glen glimpse of combined play saw Smith lob the ball into the net.

Source: Press & Journal, 22nd September 1949

St. Johnstone Teamsheet
McLaren; Hodge, Blythe; Elder, Morrison, Canavan; Goldie, Welsh, Peat, Peebles, Smith
Venue: Muirton Park, Perth
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27 Apr 2024 / 15:00 / Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen