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Div 1 (Old) 
11/10/1919
 
Partick Thistle 0 - 1 Aberdeen
Kick Off:          Connon 74.  
Attendance: 16,000
Venue: Firhill, Glasgow
Aberdeen provided the opposition to Partick Thistle at Firhill Park, Glasgow. The attendance was estimated at 18,000, and they saw a fast and exciting game. The Thistle had the better of the first half, but failed to take the chances which were offered. Aberdeen took a firmer grip of the game, and did most of the pressing in the second half, when Connon secured victory for the visitors with a shot from about 30 yards out. Bad luck attended the Thistle's efforts; on more than one occasion Aberdeen's goal narrowly escaped downfall.

Source: The Scotsman, 13th October 1919

 
Aberdeen gave an exhilarating display at Firhill Park, Glasgow, where they registered their first away win of the season by defeating Partick Thistle by one goal to nothing. The game will rank as the best sporting event seen on the ground this season. There were no dull moments and the football was always good and clean - a fact which was duly appreciated by the 16,000 spectators. Aberdeen were full value for their victory. It was the better deserved because they played for it, and there was nothing of the fluke element about their performance. As they usually do in away games, they took time to settle down, but once they had, as it were, found the measure of the opposition, they played up in grand style, and showing many brilliant moves, gave a delightful exhibition. The longer the game lasted the better Aberdeen played, and in the closing stages they looked like increasing their lead. The play was always fast, but it was a game in which science and energy vied for supremacy.

Connon's Goal

The deciding goal, which was in keeping with the standard of the play, came sixteen minutes from the end, when Connon from well out on the right and beyond the penalty area, manoeuvred for position and banged in a hard drive which gave Stewart no chance. The ball had only been centred when the home side sent over a high ball, which Harris palmed into the net, only to have the point rightly disallowed. Both sides had come nearer to coring before Connon's goal arrived. In the first half Harris hit the upright with a fast drive, and the same player unexpectedly whipped in a terrific shot which Anderson stopped, while tries by J. McLaughlin, McMullan, Houston, and Bowie brought nothing. The home goal, too, had its dangerous moments, and one of these was supplied when Wright, after cleverly beating Mitchell, smashed the ball against the cross-bar, while Hutton and Connon had tries which just failed to count. Thistle had the more sprightly attack in the period, and although their work was skilfully executed they found their match in a brilliant Aberdeen defence.

For the first ten minutes of the second period, Thistle were the aggressors, but against the Aberdeen rear division it was the story of the first period retold. Then Aberdeen rallied, and played in irresistible fashion. The half-backs kept pushing forwards, and the van responded in brilliant style against a defence no less resolute than their own. McMullan, the Partick left back, sprained his wrist and changed places with Bowie at outside left. Aberdeen took full advantage of the change, and the half-backs kept sending the ball to the right. Several likely openings had been missed, and Stewart had saved a wonderful shot by Hutton before Connon's goal came along. Subsequently Aberdeen gave of their best and after Harris's effort had been disallowed they looked like adding to their score. Macdonald hit the upright with Stewart beaten, and Archibald and Connon had tries that were not far off the mark. The Pittodrie players finished very strongly, and retired worthy winners after the best all-round display of football they have given this season.

Source~ Aberdeen Daily Journal, 13th October 1919

Partick Thistle Teamsheet:  Stewart; Adams, Bulloch; F. McLaughlin, Hamilton, McMulan; Houston, J. McLaughlin, Harris, Mitchell, Bowie

Bookings:

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Anderson, Hannah, Hume, Wright, Brewster, MacLachlan, Wilson, Connon, MacDonald, Hutton, Archibald.

Unused Subs:

Bookings:

Referee: Mr. Dougary, Nitshill

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