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Seven is the mystic number. A lot of people have no doubt been trying to solve the mystery of Dundee Hibs' 7 to 1 victory over Johnstone at Tannadice Park. Right away it must be pointed out that Johnstone were without the services of Kennedy, their goalkeeper in the second half and this had no doubt a good deal to do with the heavy defeat of the West Country team. But, apart altogether from this unfortunate occurence, Johnstone would probably have lost by a few goals.Hibs were three up at half-time, and playing uphill they gave a dashing display. The first goal was cleverly taken by Linn, Welsh got the second from a penalty and Scrimgeour secured the third off a corner kick. The Hibs' centre had a day out. He scored another three goals in the second period, and in other respects his play was good. He had plenty of dash, and was always up amongst the Johnstone backs causing trouble. Linn distributed judiciously, and made plenty of opportunities for Gallacher, whose play, however, could still stand a big infusion of energy. Macdonald was neat and useful, but is inclined to carry style a little too far. Low was, on the whole, very good, but he sometiems made indifferent use of opportunities. The Hibs' mid line was composed of three rare workers in White, Goven and Boland, the centre half being particularly prominent. Forbes was better than Welsh in the back division, and Cameron did his work satisfactorily. Johnstone were demoralised after Kennedy retired. Clark, the outside left, was their best forward.Match report written by Dundee Evening Telegraph, 27 January 1913