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St Johnstone 1 - 0 Aberdeen

HT Score: St Johnstone 0 - 0 Aberdeen

Dewar Shield Final
St Johnstone scorers: Lavery

25/04/1908 | KO:

Saint Johnston and Aberdeen A met in the final of the Dewar Shield on the Recreation Grounds, Perth, on Saturday. There was a large attendance of spectators. Teams:-

St Johnstone: Thomson; Turner, Hannah; Thomson, Sampson, Ogilvie; Lavery, Cameron, Moir, Anderson, Clinton./br Aberdeen: Mutch; Hannah, Brebner; Davidson, J. Simpson, Drain; Macdonald, R. Simpson, McKinley, Ritchie, Robertson. Referee - Mister E. Macgregor, Glasgow.

The visitors lost the toss, and had to defend the north goal, with the sun in their faces. The visitors were awarded the first corner, Ogilvie badly miskicking. Macdonald sent in a lovely shot, from which McKinley centred. Thomson turned the ball aside by leaving his citadel. The fine combination work of the Aberdeen forwards was greatly admired, and Thomson was again called upon to save from R. Simpson. The Saints in turn took up the aggressive, and Brebner when pressed by Clinton, just cleared his lines. The first shots sent in to Mutch was by Anderson. Play was transferred, and Ritchie made the upright rattle with a rocket shot. Moyer was next prominent with a low shot, which the custodian cleared without experiencing much difficulty. Too much fancy work by the visitors' right was not to their advantage, and Turner easily transfer to play. Aberdeen came within an ace of scoring the first point when the parting shot grazed the crossbar. The visitors were fortunate when Hannah got in front of a shot by Sampson, and Graham terminated an exciting scrimmage by punting down the field. At the other end, Robertson dropped a shot which Thompson cleared. Cameron broke through from a centre neatly placed by Clinton. Hannah, however, tackled cleverly, and the leather was sent out of play. A foul a few yards outside the dreaded line was awarded the Saints off Brebner. Thomson, however, send behind. Mutch, a second later, saved a shot from Cameron, although Moyer was on top of him. McKinley had a try a from close range, and although Thompson cleared, but fusilade was not stopped. At this juncture a stoppage of a few minutes had to be made owing to Macdonald coming into collision with Hannah. The Aberdonian required the attention of the referee, but the player luckily he named on the field.

At the start of the second half the home team made tracks for Mutch, but the attack was repelled by Brebner. Thomson was called upon to save from McKinley, while in the next minute of the game Davidson sent in a high drooping shot. A shot from Anderson went, to the great disappointment of the crowd, past the upright. Cameron missed the chance of a lifetime by failing to convert a try from the outside left after Mutch had cleared weakly. At the other end, Lavery received a word of caution from the referee for bringing down Hannah. The same words were administered to McKinley for fouling Sampson. J. Simpson brought Thomson to his knees from 20 yards out. Lavery, after he had passed Hannah, made a bee-line for the goal, but he crossed weakly, and Brebner had no difficulty in sending the leather down the field. With 10 minutes to go, Moir rushed the backs, who failed to clear, and lean netted, although Mutch had partially cleared.

The gate, including the stands, amounted to about £63.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 27th April 1908

The Dewar Shield.

St. Johnstone have at last got their names inscribed on the Dewar Shield, which finds a resting place in Perth for the first time since the competition started. Saturday's game at. Recreation Grounds against Aberdeen A was a hard one, the Saints scoring the only goal of the game late in the second half. There was plenty hard knocks going, the football of the finer specimen being conspicuous by its absence. For one thing, the narrow pitch did not suit the Aberdonians, whose defence had to do the bulk of the work, while the attack seemed to do nothing right. For all that, the game was interesting and exciting for the most part, with the run of play favouring the home side. On the season's play Si. Johnstone deserved this victory to crown their consistent work, and Aberdeen A least of all do not grudge them taking thee shield for a term.

Source: Bon-Accord, 30th April 1908

St Johnstone Teamsheet
Thomson; Turner, Hannah; Thomson, Sampson, Ogilvie; Lavery, Cameron, Moir, Anderson, Clinton
Venue: Recreation Grounds, Perth
Referee: Mr E. McGregor, Glasgow
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