Dundee Wanderers were the visitors to the Aberdeen reserve team at Pittodrie, under Northern League auspices, on Saturday afternoon. A thick mist enveloped the ground, and at the start of the game it was impossible to see distinctly from side to side of the pitch. The ground was in wretched condition, and there was only an attendance of about 600 spectators. Teams:-
To Aberdeen A: King; Hannah, Macfarlane; Davidson, J. J. Simpson, Roberts; Hay, Towns, McConnachie, Ritchie, J. Nielson.
Wanderers: Don; Watson, Gallacher; Low, Fairweather, Petrie; Brown, Philip, Snee, Fyfe, Noble.
Referee - J Prophet, Forfar.
Wanderers played west, but the homesters early bore down on the opposing citadel, and a corner kick, finally placed by Hay, was sent behind. Snee burst off, and Hannah chipped in at the critical moment. Neilson was next prominent on the home left, if but McConnachie getting offside nullified the movement. Petrie was in evidence with good tackling, and he neatly brought up the Aberdeen right when they were dangerous on several locations. Hay later got in a high shot, which struck the top of the bar. A foul against Towns brought relief to the Wanderers, and Noble was neatly dispossessed by Hannah when cutting into goal. Wanderers' forward play was not at all good, and the absence of unison accounted for their failing to make ground. From a long shot by Fairweather, King touch the ball for the first time after 20 minutes' play. After this, for a time, the Wanderers revived, and one time Snee tricked Hannah, it was close on King, when the back effected a splendid recovery. Noble next had a great shot at King from the touch line, but without success. Hannah accidental eat handled in the penalty area, but King saved Philips's free kick. At the other end McConnachie got off, and his pass to Hay ended in that player testing Don with a high shot, which was fisted out. Desultory play ensued till the interval, when the score was - Aberdeen A, 0; Wanderers, 0.
The fog had cleared considerably at the restart. Wanderers went off with a burst, and Brown netted, but the whistle had previously gone for offside. Aberdeen then assumed the offensive, and for a time Wanderers we're not in the running. Try as they might, however, the homesters could not score. Shots were rained in upon Don from Neilson, Hay, Davidson, Simpson, and Towns in quick succession, and after a scrimmage Ritchie scored with a fast drive. Aberdeen were soon back to the attack, and Hay got over a lovely cross, but a foul against Ritchie transfer to play. Snee, after several individual efforts to get through, beat King from short range. Aberdeen again took up the running, and after a fine movement initiated by Davidson, Ritchie scored again with a shot similar to his first. The homesters after this had the major part of the play, and Don on several occasions brought off some magnificent saves. In the last minute Wanderers' right got off, and Philip scored. Gate £15.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 22nd March 1909