Arbroath have qualified for another final. The Maroons reached the last stage of the Dewar Shield at Gayfield on Saturday, when they chronicled a narrow win over Aberdeen's reserve team. Perhaps their single goal, which was the only one of the match, came about in a rather unexpected fashion, but they fully merited the victory. A strong breeze blew two wards the west goal, and Aberdeen had the advantage of it in the first half. Considering the conditions, it was only natural that the Granite City team should have the major share of the play in this period, but Arbroath did not let the Dons have are all their own way despite this. The maroons managed to keep their citadel intact throughout the first forty-five minutes, and then it was pretty much taken for granted that with the wind with them Arbroath would pull off the match.
It has to be said, however, that the Aberdeen forwards were deep Laura blamed weak at close quarters. Had some of the likely opportunities which Aberdeen undoubtedly had been made the most of it is hard to say what might have happened. Crumley, although he had many anxious moments, was really only once seriously tested, and he had a beauty of us save. Through a slip in the Arbroath the fence, Robertson, the Aberdeen inside left, was presented with a rare chance. He shot true - he could hardly have done otherwise - but the Arbroath goalkeeper managed to clutch the ball as it was whizzing past.
The second half was Arbroath's without a doubt. The Dons could make little headway at all by then. The maroons, however, only secured one goal, the result of a foul kick, which was taken by Brown. Greig, the Aberdeen goalkeeper, appeared to have cleared the shot only after the ball had first crossed the line. Greig was really the outstanding man in the Aberdeen team. He did brilliant work in the second period. Hume and Munro played a hardy game at back, while the halves, the specially Chatwin, kept going at that. The front line, however, although showing smart enough work at times was completely off colour when it came to the shooting.
Arbroath's were without Peters at back, who has unfortunately been unexpectedly threatened with appendicitis. Ford partnered McKenzie for the day, and the pair did fairly well together. The halves were again prominent. At forward there was not the same judgment excepted as has been seen on other occasions. G. L. Dorward played a brainy game, but his partner - Herron- while showing his usual dash was not getting over the same deadly crosses. Milne at centre was pretty well attended to, and did not enjoyed much rope. Ritchie was smart at outside left, and his crosses caused the Aberdeen defence a good deal of worry. Guild did well to start with, what seemed to tire of it two wards the end.
Owing to Peters' serious illness Arbroath will be in a bit of a fix for backs. Mackenzie will be setting out for the Antipodes within a few days. It is understood he played his last game for the Maroons on Saturday.
Source: Dundee Courier, 13th April 1914