Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 22nd April 1907
Hard Play has its Reward.By simply finessing about with the ball, and trying all sorts of antics except to make the ball go into the goal net, Aberdeen threw away their chance of the East of Scotland League on Saturday. Leith gave an exhibition of go-ahead play - never flinching when they were pressed - with the tangible result of two goals before the first half was thirty-five minutes gone. These two goals might have been saved with a pair of capable backs prepared to do their best. There was some little excuse for Gault on the first occasion, but none can be offered on behalf of Boyle, who simply made the second goal a gift to Leith. No wonder the forwards were upset at such slackness, but it was found to have this effect on the nerves of those attacking. There was less of the sand-jig dancing in the second period, but the effort was too late, as Leith's halves and backs had got the measure of what their opponents could do, and if they could not check them one way they did it another. Lennie is not a successful penalty kick scorer, and we suppose he regretted that he gave into the clamour of the crowd on this occasion. W. Low took the second one, which proved the only goal Aberdeenn got. As we have indicated, Leith won by 2-I by an exhibition of hard play, seizing the opportunities as they came and making the most of them, while Aberdeen were about as ragged in their play as they have been for some time. We are afraid the same will have to be done with the Aberdeen' Charity Ties if progress is not made soon. Aberdeen A and the Harp played off their tie on Wednesday night of this week. An effort is being made to give some pecuniary assistance to Willie Corbet, the trainer to Aberdeen in the Chanonry days. Willie has fallen on a bad patch lately, with his health, and is not making much progress. Aberdeen get over their difficulty with the League arrange¬ment by playing the Hihs at Aberdeen on the May holiday. This will cause a delay in the fixture with Dundee for the High Cup. Newcastle United are to have a big following of players with them on their tour north. They are to play their best available eleven at Pittodrie on Saturday. There is, no further progress in the signing-on at Pittodrie since last week. The manager has been in Glasgow attending League meetings and other business preparatory to next year's work. We cannot credit all the rumours that are going the rounds, and have more faith in the commonsense of the players, who know well enough that the Club cannot pay fancy wages such as are spoken about. There is a strong feeling that O'Hagan should be kept, if possible, but if his price is too high, by all means let him go. We fancy there are as good fish in the sea as ever came out. A few changes are absolutely necessary, and the weakness of some, players was glaringly exemplified on Saturday. The absence of Macfarlane, Halket, and Henry Low made a big difference to the team. Boyle and Gault were as ineffective as a pair of backs could be and were responsible for both goals. Gault improved in the second half, but the right back was never safe. Willox and Brebner could have given them points, and we would like to see them tried against Newcastle. They could not do worse than the other pair on Saturday's form. McKenzie failed to travel with the A team on Saturday, and Urquhart had a try at outside left. St. Johnstone, by their victory over Arbroath on Saturday, await the decision of the Aberdeen-East Stirlingshire game for the final of the Dewar Shield.
Source: Bon-Accord, 25th April 1907