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AFC - Match Report
match report 1908-09 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
22/08/1908
 
Aberdeen 2 - 0 Morton
Kick Off:    Lennie, O'Hagan.        
Attendance: 7,500
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
At Pittodrie. Morton kicked off, Watson taking the ball well down, and Mutch clearing easily. The home forwards were well fed, but Robertson over and over again beat the attack single handed. After thirty minutes' play, Lennie got through and beat Robertson with an unsaveable shot from close range. Morton's right wing brought off several good runs, but they were weakly supported by others. Aberdeen went strong until the end of the first half. Half-time :- Aberdeen, one goal; Morton, nothing. The weather having cleared, the crowd would number about 5000 when the players resumed. Morton ket pegging away for the equaliser, and were most unfortunate twice in not getting the desired goal. Close on the finish, O'Hagan had a nice run, and finished strongly, beating Robertson from close in. Mutch had to save a hard one from Speirs, a tame game ending :- Aberdeen, two goals; Greenock Morton, nothing.

Source: The Scotsman, 24th August 1908

 
The Aberdeen team were again at home on Saturday, the visitors being Greenock Morton. Up till the time of starting the match there was a heavy rainfall, which had its effect on the attendance, the crowd numbering about 7000. The rain softened the surface of the pitch, and made the ball very slippery. Before the game started the weather improved, the rain being succeeded by bright sunshine. The Aberdeen team was under strength, Hume, left back, and McNair, centre forward, being off injured, their places being taken by Wilson and Dalgarno, of the A team. McIntosh was shifted from the centre half position to do GT for Hume, letting in Wilson in the middle line. Teams:-

Aberdeen: much; Colman, McIntosh; Halkett, Wilson, Wilfred Low; black barn, Muir, Dalgarno, O'Hagan, Lennie.
Greenock Morton:Robertson; Stewart, Thomson; Hendry, McIntosh, Nugent; Watson, Dart, Spiers, Clark, Fleming.

With his usual luck, Halkett, the Aberdeen captain, won the toss, his uninterrupted success in naming the right side of the spinning coin appearing to have in it something of the uncanny. He placed his men with their backs to the sea, thus securing the advantage of a slight breeze. The game started with an attack by Greenock, which was repelled by McIntosh, and Aberdeen repaid the onslaught with interest, Muir sending in a fine centre which troubled Robertson, who hit the ball out a few yards only. O'Hagan back-heeled, and Lennie was romping into score and a blow of the whistle for offside call away the attackers, and saved the Greenock goal. The game preceded on lines all in favour of Aberdeen, the only variation being on a long pass out to right or left allowed the smart Greenock wingers to break away, at which times the Aberdeen defence was, with the exception of Colman, rather shaky. O'Hagan and Lennie, and getting into their stride, could not be stopped by the Greenock backs and half-backs, and from the Aberdeen left wing danger constantly threatened Robertson's goal. Lennie, sprinting past all opposition, finished with a hard drive, Robertson saving in fine style. Blackburn next got a chance from a cross from the left, but, instead of lifting the ball, he banged it against Thompson's legs. A clever run down by the Greenock right wing, in which Lowe and McIntosh were outmanoeuvred and left behind, made Mutch anxious, but when the pass went to Fleming, Colman, whose coolness, judgement, and resource were remarkable, got the ball away. After end-to-end exchanges, Greenock made a strong attack at the east goal, forcing two corners. From one of the kicks a fast low shot was going straight for goal, when Wilson, the robust rover, stepped in and banged the ball up the field. The Aberdeen forwards raced off, and a long shot was held by Robertson, who was doing a little tricky hope when Dalgarno, dashing in, cleverly kicked the ball from the custodians hand, and, in an awkward position, said passed the upright an inch on the wrong side with an overhead hook. When Robertson was robbed of the ball his face was a study, the laughter of the spectators adding to his discomfiture. Aberdeen worried the Greenock defence, Lennie getting through time after time. Little internationalist, with are wreaking shot, nearly burst the net from the outside, and a minute later he placed the ball well into goal. O'Hagan headed in, and Robertson, in clearing, dropped the ball and scraped it the way out to the touch line in a haphazard manner. At the other end, in a turn of Greenock pressure, dart and Spiers proved too much for Low and McIntosh, but the attack finished weekly, a shot going over. A fine combined run by the Aberdeen forwards, with swinging, wing-to-wing passing, upset Morton's defence, and with the finishing shot the ball struck the crossbar and rolled over, O'Hagan, who was on the spot, landing headfirst in the net in his eagerness to score. Aberdeen did everything but score, the Greenock men having all the luck. The goal merely came when O'Hagan sent in a low drive, Robertson luckily being on the spot and saving. Shortly after the Greenock goal had another narrow escape, Robertson falling on the ball from a terrific shot by Lennie, and pushing it round the post. An exciting scrimmage followed the corner kick, and Robertson happened to be on the ground a place where the ball came in, and so diverted its course. Aberdeen's long delayed goal came after 35 minutes' play, Lennie beating Robertson within unsaveable shot. Greenock were reanimated by the reverse, and the pressure which they applied for the next 5 minutes was their best effort of the whole match. Three times in quick succession Mutch saved with difficulty, once, at least, very luckily. Weakness in front of goal was the cause of Greenock's failure after good outfield play and much clever individual manipulation of the ball. Aberdeen were closely pressing at the Morton end when the whistle sounded.

At the start of the second half Dart and Spiers on the Greenock right, carried play well into the Aberdeen half of the field. Spiers, however, finished badly with a wide shot. Then the Aberdeen right forced matters, Blackburn getting the better of Thomson, who tried to shoulder him off, and centring to Dalgarno, who, well placed, headed over. Greenock now had quite as much of the game as Aberdeen, end-to-end play resulting in the triumph of the defence on both sides. Once assure goal was averted by Wilson, who banged the ball out of the danger zone. There was no outstanding incident in the play until Muir was fouled at the Greenock end. A corner followed the free kick, and in the goalmouth melee Henry handled, and the referee gave a penalty. Wilfred Low was entrusted with the kick, and he did the thing most to be avoided - drove the ball straight into the outstretched hands of Robertson, who saved with ease. As if to make up for the lost opportunity, Aberdeen returned to the attack, and Muir, with a low shot, made Robertson measure his length on the ground, the Greenock goalkeeper fixing the ball on the line, and making a very shaky save. Morton did their utmost to equalise. They were all right in the open, but that close quarters failed. Once Morton had a glorious chance, Watson getting through with nobody to beat but Mutch, only Wilson was coming galloping across the field. Before the Greenock centre could shoot, Wilson "crossed his bows," and kicked the ball away. Dart intercepted the ball, and shot over, and the Aberdeen players breathe freely again. The issue was put out of doubt when Wilson, with a low drive through a crowd of players, the O'Hagan and a chance, which the Irishman was not slow to accept. O'Hagan dashed in, I and, getting Wilson's low pass, deftly changed its course passed Robertson into the net. Such was the impetuosity of O'Hagan's rush that he toppled over and almost turned a somersault after getting in his kick. Much of the credit of this goal belongs to Wilson, but it would not have materialised without O'Hagan's smart effort. Morton did not lie down, and tried hard to get a goal. Mutch, however, kept his charge intact, adding greatly to his reputation by two great saves from Henry and Watson.

The amount drawn at the gates was 111 5s 9d, and at the stands 16 13s 9d - a total of 127 19s 6d.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 24th August 1908

 

Another Win.

The absence of two experienced players like Hume and McNair told its tale on Aberdeen's play on Saturday. Though they won by two clear goals, there were times throughout the game when Greenock with a little steadiness might have easily equalised.

Unfortunately for a fast game, the weather broke down before the start, and only cleared when the players were ready to appear, and this left the pitch with a very greasy surface. Aberdeen won the toss and played towards the west goal, a procedure that was condemned by many as the sun was blinding in its intensity on the sight of the players. The opening stages were quiet, Robertson being first to handle a fast shot from Muir. Then Mutch made a good save from Morton's centre.
Aberdeen then seemed to get into their swing, but their old fault at goal in either over-running the ball or too many being on it, accounted for no goals, though their outfield play deserved it. Morton at intervals got away, making dangerous inroads, which served to show up the splendid defensive powers of Coleman, who seldom was beaten.
It took Aberdeen thirty-five minutes to score, though Robertson had the greatest luck several times in getting the ball away. O'Hagan was the prime mover in the goal, diverting his course to outside left, while Lennie crossed to fill the gap, and fastening on to the pass, shot with terrific force into the far corner of the net. It was a splendid goal and deserved on play. Morton spurted a bit, but Aberdeen were pressing when the whistle blew for half-time.
Aberdeen were almost through on resuming, and then Morton took up the running for some time, Mutch dexterously clearing several good shots, while once, in running out, he made a very faulty clearance, which brought the shivers on to his clubmates. Shaving off the pressure, Aberdeen were granted a penalty, and this episode led to the visiting goalkeeper finding fault with the penalty dot. This ruse to be allowed to shift the ball evidently put Low off the scent, for he banged the ball straight into the goalkeeper's arms, and he had no difficulty in clearing. After another spell of attacking, O'Hagan picked up a good pass by Wilson and scoring easily with a somersault thrown in, Aberdeen were two up. There was little of moment after this, the only wonder being that Aberdeen did not have another goal. Their two goals were deserved on play.

Play and Players.

On the whole the play was very scrappy, with little or no outstanding feature about it. Robertson kept a wonderful goal for the visitors, and had a pair of do-or-die backs in front of him who cleared everything that came their way. The halves were fair, and the forwards, had they combined together, might have had more effect, but they all shot wildly as a rule. On the home side, Mutch did well in goal, but when he makes up his mind to do a thing he should do it and not hesitate. In one case he very nearly threw away a chance by this means, and he should rid himself of this habit at once. Coleman was the best back on the field, and saved the situation over and over again. Macintosh did uncommonly well at left back, his only fault being that he would have liked to be in the thick of it every time. Halket was the best half by a long way, Wilson coming next, while Low seems to be slower than he was last year. The left wing were the best pair, though the whole line did some very smart things. Dalgarno was too well shadowed to get in amongst the goals, and being much shorter than his opponent failed to get his head on the high ones. His speed troubled the defence a bit, who had constantly to be on the watch. The lad will improve as he gets opportunities.

Chatty Bits.

Aberdeen have been unfortunate so far with their players. They lost Hume in the first game, and McNair was knocked out at Dundee.
Hume expects to be fit for Saturday, but it will be another week before the centre forward is fit to take the field.
Dalgarno was shadowed too closely on Saturday to be a success. He got in several good runs, and was badly brought down on two occasions.
George Wilson worked hard and with some effect on Saturday. Aberdeen have got a good reserve in this player, who can fill any position in the middle line with ease.
Bobby Simpson was selected to play for the reserves at Montrose on Saturday, but at the last moment he was kept at home in case of emergency.
Towns was played at centre forward against Montrose, and shaped very well. This is a lad that will soon come to the front.
Aberdeen's League engagement for Saturday is at Shawfield, where they play Clyde.
Are they able to take two points there? The Clyde have been going strong this season, and their record is something to look at and wonder, after last season's experience.
The A team occupy Pittodrie in their first home fixture, where they play East Fife in a Northern League game.
James Cowan has taken a fancy to Macdonald, late of Aberdeen, and believes he will ably fill the position vacated bl Pentland, who has gone to Middlesbrough.
For the Veterans' Fund, the first game in Ireland was played last Saturday by a team of professionals and amateurs. Tho former won, and the fund got 170 thrown in.
The drawings at the Aberdeen-Morton game on Saturday amounted to over 127 all in. Not bad for such a day as it threatened to be.

Source: Bon-Accord, 27th August 1908

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Mutch, Colman, McIntosh, Halkett, Wilson, Low, Blackburn, Muir, Dalgarno, O'Hagan, Lennie.

Unused Subs:

Bookings:

Morton Teamsheet:  Robertson; Stewart, Thomson; Hendry, McIntosh, Nugent; Watson, Dart, Spiers, Clark, Fleming

Bookings:

Referee: Mr. Winter, Dundee

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