From the kick-off the visitors tried to make headway, but all to no purpose, and they had again to fall back on the defensive. McAulay got down the wing after a fine dribble, and gave a splendid chance to Mackie in centre to put through number two but the pivot, in trying to put the sphere out of the goalkeeper's reach, struck the crossbar, and a grand chance was lost. Hard and fast play followed, and it must be admitted this was mostly in favour of the homesters. A corner was forced, and Johnstone placing finely, McAulay had little difficulty in, heading the sphere into the net. Play became more equal from this on till the interval, when the homesters held a well deserved lead of two goals. Without retiring from the field of play the game was at once resumed.
The Whites again took the upper hand, and shots from all quarters were rained on Brown, but none of the dangerous order. Those of the soft nature were got rid of by the visitors' custodian in a nervous and shaky manner. The visitors now took a better hold of the game, but Mackie and McNicoll proved too great a barrier. After the latter and McAulay had tried a dribble on their own, both of which proved unproductive, C. Mackie had a try at the visitors' goal. Brown made a dive for the ball, but failed to hold the sphere, and Bonnar rushing in had no difficulty in putting on the finishing touch. From the kick off the Athletics at once tried to emulate the homesters' feat, but their attempts were very weak. A penalty, however, came their way, and from it Fotheringham opened their scoring account. Play slackened down towards the finish, and when the whistle sounded the scores stood - Aberdeen 3, Leith Athletic 1.
Points from Pittodrie.
It was a poor day far such a good fixture. The ground, however, was wonderfully good considering the heavy rain which had fallen. We notice that the roller is being used oftener on the ground, and if this, together with sand were tried, then Pittodrie would soon be in good condition. Great things were expected of the visitors, but they did not come near to expectation. They may have been reserving themselves for their great Cup Tie which means so much to them. We are glad to see that the "gates" are keeping up to a respectable total at Pittodrie. Saturday's one - £95 -will be a consolation to the Athletics for the loss of the points. Brown, a substitute, did not inspire anyone by his display in goal. He was fluky. McRae played a very fine game, but his partner at right back was not quite safe. It must be admitted, however that the wing opposed to him was in rampant form. The visitors' halves were run off their feet, and had too much work on their hands (or feet). McNeil was the outstanding man of the trio, and played a splendid game. Thomson and Dow were the pick of a rather mixed forward line.
Barrett had practically nothing to do in the home goal. This just shows that Mackie and McNicoll were in the best of form both in kicking and tackling. The same may be said of the halves who had the measure of the opposing forwards. Strang has not quite recovered from his injury. The other two halves played their usual fine game. It is seldom that we see good wing play here, but everyone must have been delighted with, the fine display given by McAulay and Johnstone. Their understanding was perfect, while their, passing was a treat. Bonnar continues to "sand dance," while McKay is gradually becoming fitter. Charlie Mackie was a bit off his game. We were glad that Mr. Jack was on the whole a very efficient referee, but beg to differ with him in regard to his action towards Strang, as the penalty kick was about to be taken. The rule does not debar a player from standing at the goal, post so long as he is outside the restricted area. At least we read it so.
Source: Bon-Accord, February 18, 1904
Source: Aberdeen Journal, 15th February 1904