Empire Exhibition Trophy – Part 15 – 7th June 1938

ABERDEEN’S THRILLING RALLY

JUST FAILS

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Everton Qualify for Exhibition Cup Final

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Everton 3 Aberdeen 2

‘Everton were very fortunate indeed to win this match at Ibrox Stadium last night and consequently the right to challenge Celtic in the final on Friday for the custody of the Exhibition Trophy.

The English side, surprisingly enough, tired long before the end on the heavy pitch and Aberdeen, staging a magnificent rally in an effort to score the equalising goal, had the crowd of 20,000 thrilled to the core as they laid siege after siege in vain to Sagar’s charge.

It was a grand finish to a really sporting contest and, considering the miserable weather conditions of wind and rain, the play all through reached a high standard. The crowd got a good run for their money.

Many may blame Strauss, the Aberdeen outside-left, for missing what appeared to be two glorious scoring chances late in the game. First Smith and then Armstrong laid the ball on beautifully for the South African, who on both occasions failed to get in his shot. But really Strauss was a victim of the conditions, for the ground was very slippy and the ball wet and greasy and difficult to control.

Compared with their display against Rangers a week ago, the Everton forwards were most disappointing. Gillick and Cunliffe [the right wing pairing] the big men in the previous game, were seldom in the picture and only Stevenson [inside-left] and Boyes, a gallant little winger, impressed. Aberdeen were by far the better team, and, if they had a fault, it was over-elaboration in front of goal’.

After only five minutes, Gillick opened the scoring for Everton; three minutes later, Aberdeen equalised through centre-forward Armstrong; Strauss made it 2-1 for the Dons in 28 minutes; in 50 minutes, Boyes pulled Everton level and only seven minutes later, Mercer crossed from the right and Tommy Lawton was on the spot to score his side’s third – and winning – goal.

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