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match report 1891-92 fixture list
The Aberdeen 2 - 4 St Johnstone
Kick Off:  3:15 PM         Mackie, Brown  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Chanonry, Aberdeen
On snow-covered ground these teams met at Chanonry on Saturday afternoon in a friendly game, the referee, Mr Hunter, Montrose, having prior to the advertised time for starting, declared the field to be unfit for playing a Northern League fixture. There was a fair attendance of spectators, and both teams were strongly represented. In the initial half, Aberdeen played towards the north goal. For the first five minutes play hovered in mid-field, but gradually the strangers, who adopted the short passing game, invaded the home territory, and gave Ketchen and Wood a deal of trouble. The heavy ground was entirely against the Aberdonians' style, and consequently the strangers walked round the half backs with comparative ease. Low was beaten after some clever dodging and soon after a second point fell to the Perth men. Brightening up, the homesters rattled along much better, encouraged by the plaudits of the onlookers. Hard lines were experienced near the Perth citadel on more than one occasion, but ultimately a low shot by Mackie found its way through the goal mouth, thus scoring the first point for Aberdeen. This was quickly followed, however, by the strangers adding another, after which both goals were frequently laid under attack, but half-time found the scores unaltered: St Johnstone 3, Aberdeen 1.
The local team tried hard in the closing period to make up the leeway, but the defence of Robertson and Elliot prevented any disaster happening to their side. Short and accurate passing fairly puzzled the Aberdeen backs, and a fourth goal was added to the Perth score. A determined rush succeeded on the part of the whites, and a long shot by Brown hit the uprights and dancing through the goal, a second point was added to the Aberdeen score. From this stage until the close of the game, play was of a fairly equal nature, but the visitors showed superior passing. There was no further scoring, and an uninteresting game ended: St Johnstone 4, Aberdeen 2.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 14th March 1892

The snow-bound state of the ground at Chanonry on Saturday rendered a League match impossible, and the St Johnstone had to content themselves with playing a friendly with their Aberdeen friends. Of course it was not expected that anything bright would be witnessed among the snow, but, never-theless, some interesting and at times brilliant play was observable, the southerners winning by 4 goals to 2. The strangers are a rather fine balanced team, and their forwards exhibited superior combined effort to the Aberdeen men, and were always dangerous when they got into Low's quarters. Buttar is a clever centre, and knows all the wrinkles, some of his finished touches of play in the close being strikingly prominent. Davie Burnfield played a capital game, and Robertson at back was in grand fettle, his clean vigorous kicking being of immense service to hia side. Low was just so-so. He did smart things, but we have often seen him do much better. With Ketchen and Wood no fault could be found. Both did their work well - Alec being specially successful in his tackling bouts. Thomson easily took honours at half. He played a good, sound defence, sticking up to the very finish like the game player he is. Cobban seemed short of work, while Reith was too slow by a mile, and both were time and again given the go-by. Had they backed up their forwards in their best style the result might have been different. Forward, Mackie and Singleton played very smartly together, one or two of Bob's tries for goal being masterpieces. Singleton tackled, passed, and dodged very cleverly indeed. He is a tough 'un is the English man. J Key was too lame to do himself justice. In fact, he should not have played, as it was quite evident one of his understandings was very queer, and he certainly ran a great risk of crippling himself for the season by donning the colours in such a day, J especially when the fixture was a friendly one only. However, under the circumstances he did fairly well, but we are quite convinced had he been "all right" some of the fine passes to the centre would have been utilised to some purpose. Why not give Willie a rest. He needs it badly. Thomson would make a good sub. He is a plucky lad. Morley's work could hardly be overestimated. From first to last lie was in the thick of it. Like hin companion. Whitehead worked with great verve throughout. He had some really smart runs, beating all opposition, and had hard lines in not scoring once or twice. Some critics were inclined to think him selfish, but we think he invariably did the right thing, when we consider Key was hors de combat. Of course Morley was there, but then Frank might have thought he had a better opportunity than the inside man, who had always some of his opponent disagreeably close for him. With Key thoroughly sound and Colin back iu his place - (he was sadly missed) - on the occasion of the next meeting of the teams the whites should go very near reversing Saturday's result - if not actually going up another step in the League ladder.

Source: Bon-Accord, 19th March 1892

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Referee: Mr. Hunter, Montrose

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