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match report 1916-17 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
Aberdeen 1 - 2 Airdrie
Kick Off:    Cail 3.       Yarnall 38, Yarnall  
Attendance: 4,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
About 3000 spectators saw Aberdeen suffer a home defeat from Airdrieonians. The latter were a surprise packet, for they played very indifferently for the greater part of the first half, and were somewhat lucky to be on level terms at the interval. Cail had scored for Aberdeen three minutes after the start, and Yarnell equalised seven minutes from half-time. Airdrie played strongly in the second period, and Yarnell, a trustful centre, headed through what proved a winning goal fifteen minutes after the restart.

Source: The Scotsman, 9th October 1916

Aberdeen scarcely deserved to lose to the Airdrieonians at Pittodrie on Saturday. They made the pace a cracker for the visitors during the first half-hour, and even although they had the most of the defending to do in the second period, their rushes rights to the end were full of danger. Cail opened the scoring for Aberdeen in 3 minutes, Mackay with a beauty of a centre giving him the golden opportunity. Time and again Aberdeen were on the ace of increasing their lead. Airdrie's tide had become to turn when Yarnall, the Airdrie centre, converted a cross from Paterson, the best of his forwards, 7 minutes from the interval.

A quarter of an hour after the resumption Yarnall once more beat Anderson, and they are the scoring ended. Aberdeen's defence had a hot time in the second half, and stood well up to it, none doing better than Moir. The forwards, dome light, were keen. Cail and Mackay were the pick. Airdrie's defence, after opening erratically, settled down to a steady game, and their attack, halves and forwards alike, quite as hefty as the home defence, took a lot of holding in. A draw would have done their 'Onians move no injustice, and it must've been glad when the whistle blew.

,b>Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 9th October 1916

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Anderson, Colman, Moir, Brewster, Wyllie, Calder, McKay, Paton, Ambler, Cail, Wylie.

Unused Subs:


Airdrie Teamsheet:  Bernard; McDonald, Watson; Knox, Kennedy, Comrie; Rankin, Anderson, Yarnall, Donaldson, Paterson


Referee: Mr. Tom Dryburgh, East Fife

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