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Div 1 (Old) 
08/01/1921
 
Raith Rovers 1 - 0 Aberdeen
Kick Off:    Jennings        
Attendance: 9,000
Venue: Stark's Park, Kirkcaldy
Unfortunate Aberdeen.
Kirkcaldy football enthusiasts were well pleased with the new players introduced by the management in the game with Aberdeen. Jennings, the centre, took the eye with a style which had no room for hesitancy, and ten minutes after the game commenced he beat Anderson with a great volley. Up till the close of this half the home team were unquestionably the superior lot. In the second half there was a brisk revival on the part of the Aberdeen men, who pressed hard for the equaliser. Both goalkeepers, however, were without blemish, and with Raith recovering fast in the closing stages, there was no doubt as to the destiny of the points in the end.

Source: The Scotsman, 10th January 1921

 
A few weeks ago at Pittodrie, Raith Rovers were unfortunate to lose to Aberdeen by the only goal. In the return meeting on Saturday at Kirkcaldy, the result and the circumstances were exactly reversed, for had Aberdeen finished on level terms at least it would have been no more than their due. On this occasion Aberdeen were up against a nippy combination, which knew better the amenities of the cramped but compact little pitch at Stark's Park, but adapted themselves fairly well to the local conditions and were decidedly unfortunate to surrender full points in what throughout was a gruelling encounter watched by 9000 spectators.
The only goal came after nearly fifteen minutes' play, when Aberdeen had to face a stiff breeze Following upon a head clearance near the touchline by Hutton, Collier the Rovers' left-half, got possession, he lobbed the ball towards the centre, and Jennings just inside the penalty area took the ball first time, score a really brilliant goal, Anderson having no chance save. There were two occasions in the first half when brilliant saves by the Rovers' goalkeeper kept Aberdeen out. Middleton, after cutting in from the touch line, drove with terrific force, but Brown got his shot away. Another time Connon worked towards the right of the goal to deliver a great shot, but again Brown was in the way. Anderson at the other end had much to do, but apart from the shot which beat him, had nothing quite so dangerous to deal with as Middleton and Connon's efforts.

Hit the Cross-Bar.

Both teams were repeatedly dangerous in a keenly-contested second half, when the exchanges favoured Aberdeen. One or two good opportunities of scoring were let slip by the Pittodrie forwards, but on one occasion they were very unfortunate, when a great shot by Rankine hit the cross-bar with the goalkeeper well beaten. There were numerous other instances, too, when the Pittodrie attackers were just that second too late to prevent the home defenders getting in their clearance kicks, but once or twice useful opportunities were lost. Once Brown failed to field a high centre but Middleton just failed to fasten on before the ball went for a bye, and another time Rankine lifted over the bar when well placed.
On the run of the play Aberdeen did not deserve to be beaten. The play was most interesting throughout, and the wretched conditions that obtained during the later stages tended towards disjointedness, there was no lack of incident, and the players never spared themselves. On the Aberdeen side those who were outstanding were ?Anderson, A. R. Grosert, Milne, Maclachlan, and Rankine; and on the home side?Brown, Inglis, Collier, Jennings, Bauld and Archibald.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal 10th January 1921

Raith Rovers Teamsheet:  Brown; Ingles, Moyes; Rattray, Morris, Collier; Duncan, Bell, Jennings Bauld, Archibald

Bookings:

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Anderson, Hutton, Grosert, Wright, Milne, MacLachlan, Middleton, Thomson, Connon, Rankin, Flanaghan.

Unused Subs:

Bookings:

Referee: Mr. Edwards, Glasgow

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