Fife Generally and Cowdenbeath in particular, was in a state of great excitement on Saturday. And no wonder! After defeating four Second Division League clubs, three of them on foreign fields, the club was down to dispute the sixth round honours of the qualifying cup with a fifth - viz. Aberdeen, on their native green. The clubs defeated in the previous rounds were Raith Rovers, Falkirk, East Stirlingshire, and Leith Athletic. There would be close on 5000 present when the teams took the field. Cowdenbeath won the toss, and Aberdeen kicked off towards the south goal. Play opened with a kick, a rush, and a roar, and the game gave early promise of being a hard one. Horne sent over the bar in the first minute, and at the other end Thomson cleared with plenty to spare. Attempts at goal were very rare, the eagerness of the respective backs and half-backs keeping the forwards out of range. The first move which promised developments was an attack by Cowdenbeath, and a miss by one of the backs looked disastrous from the Aberdeen point of view. A colleague stepped in and cleared, but in doing so conceded a corner on the right. A corner which fell to the left raised the excitement round the Aberdeen goal, and a minute later Cowdenbeath to a man was on his feet shouting in a frenzy of excitement. The ball bobbed for a minute or two, and then McMahon, getting his foot on at three yards' range, shot right into the net. Immediately afterwards McAulay had hard luck in missing by about a foot with a running kick. In the course of another attack on the Cowdenbeath goal, Suttie caused the local men to draw in their wind sharply by missing his kick, especially as the Aberdeen Robertson was lying ready on the touch line. He recovered sufficiently, however, to block the forward's kick, but the visitors were not yet shaken off, and Low had a splendid shot from 20 yards, but Thomson stopped it quietly. Then a foul came their way, but still the equaliser did not come. But it was in store for them, and a double miss of the Cowdenbeath backs enabled Ritchie to score a fine goal. Half-time - 1 goal each.
In the first raid on the Cowdenbeath goal after the resumption Robertson and Suttie again had faulty kicks, but, happily, the consequence did not count. That the game was to go on as hard and determined as in the first half was early apparent, and that the Aberdeen forwards continued their superior form of football was not at all palatable to the local crowd. The inevitable came at last, and a pretty piece of work it was. After some finely judged passing among the forwards Robertson lifted the leather right across to Ritchie, who met it with the side of his boot before it reached the ground, and scored the leading goal. This success put new life into the game, if that were possible. From the kick-off, Cowdenbeath worked their way down the right. In a rush by the Aberdeen forwards, Matthews was tripped just inside the penalty area, but the free kick did nothing of note. But there was life in the home men yet, and Horne, getting off on a sprint for goal by himself, let fly and hit across the bar with terrific force. The excitement following this increased as the home men yet pressed; and Horne getting off on a sprint, Brown succeeded in beating McFarlane, but a previously awarded foul nullified the point. Play continued fast till the finish, but no further scoring took place, and the game ended:- Result:- Aberdeen, 2 goals; Cowdenbeath, 1 goal. Cowdenbeath - Thomson; Robertson and Suttie; Orrock, Brown and Edmonds; Gildea, Mercer, Moir, McMahon, and Horne. Aberdeen -MacFarlane; Murray and McNicol; Halkett, Strang and Low; Robertson, G. McNicol, Mackie, McAulay, and Ritchie. Referee - Mr McGill, Thornliebank.
Source: Aberdeen Free Press, Monday 31st October 1904
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 31st October 1904