At Logie Green, Edinburgh. Teams:-
Leith Athletic: Laing; J. H. Thompson, Macrae; Methven, Hamilton, Gordon; Moffett, Walker, Cameron, Noon, Dow.
Aberdeen: Macfarlane; Murray, McNicol; Halkett, Sangster, Low; Harvey, Robertson, Hamilton, McAulay, Edgar.
Referee - Mr. McInnis, Grahamston.
The Athletic kicked off before a good attendance, and the play commenced in a spirited manner, but Leith had the better of the opening exchanges, and Hamilton was in early left with an opening, but he kicked wildly, and the ball went past. Walker got on the run, which promised something tangible, but he passed weekly to Moffat, and the latter failed to improve on the effort. A splendid run by Aberdeen's new centre forward, Hamilton, change the venue, but play soon returned to midfield. Macfarlane was called upon to save a shot from far out, with which Moffat terminated a good individual run. Soon afterwards walker sent the ball onto Moffat, who in turn passed to Dow. The latter netted the ball in and drive which left no chance for Macfarlane. After this disaster Aberdeen forced a corner, and a good place left the ball in dangerous proximity two Laing's charge, and Sangster, centering finely, let drive, but his shot missed the mark by a few inches. Moffat immediately got off, and almost before Leith could realize that position, he had tested Macfarlane. Twice in quick succession the Athletic nearly succeeded in getting through, a cake by Cameron the specially almost reaching the mark. Leith sustained the pressure, and numerous were the times that the Athletic quintette were within scoring range, but all their endeavours proved fruitless a owing to the skilful saves of Macfarlane. Success to the home team, however, was only delayed, the efforts of Dow enabling Cameron to send onto Walker, who finished a nice piece of passing by scoring.
Leith restarted vigorously, and very early a corner was conceded, but it proved abortive. Moffat was instrumental in trying Macfarlane with a shot, and Cameron attempted to charge down the goalkeeper's return, but without success. After a momentary invasion by the visitors, the Athletic were again dangerously near Macfarlane, but Noon shot past. Much amusement was caused to the spectators by the manner in which Murray evaded the attack of Dow, but by the time the pair got close to Aberdeen's goal the weather was sent out of play. Aberdeen now displayed a marked improvement in their play, and Laing now, practically for the first time, was seriously attacked. The home men, however, came away better, and Moffat having got into position sent a pass across to Dow, but the latter, notwithstanding his splendid opportunity, shot wildly and missed the net.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 24th April 1905