The Aberdeen football team commenced the season in promising style at Dens Park, Dundee, last night, when they opposed and defeated Dundee in a benefit match by four goals to three. The game was played under ideal conditions, and a crowd of 4000 was present, the proceeds going for the benefit of Neal, the Dundee player.
Although Aberdeen's superiority was challenged by the score, their football was of a standard never approached by the Dundonians and the harmonious way in which the different departments of the team worked suggested well for the future. Especially in the first half were the Aberdonians superior, and, although they fell away in the second period for a time and Dundee actually took the lead, a great revival came near the end of the game, which saw them deserving winners. So well did the forward line work that at times the Dundee players reverted to unfair tactics, and not a little feeling was shown. Facing a strong sun in the first half, Aberdeen were two goals up inside ten minutes. Delightful play by Main enabled Dickson to shoot a brilliant goal, and then Main passed neatly ahead to McIntosh, who beat Lyall with a grounder. The northerners passed with an accuracy suggestive of exhibition football, and some of the touches displayed strengthened the belief that this year Aberdeen have a team of footballers in all senses of the word. There were, of course, times when Dundee showed up well, but they suffered greatly by comparison. King misjudged a high ball from midfield, but recovered, and following upon this incident came a movement in which every Aberdeen forward participated, Lennie ultimately shooting past. Dundee's first goal came as the result of a mix up between Hannah and King, Walker scoring while they were looking for the ball. Aberdeen's lead 2-1 at the interval did not nearly represent their superiority.
Aberdeen played unsettled football for a period after resuming, and a penalty against Hannah was converted by Walker. Lennie and Lawson's difference, which had been apparent from the start, necessitated the referee's intervention, and from that point onward, considering it was a benefit game, considerable feeling was manifested. Fraser and Colman had some great tussles, and McLauchlan put Dundee ahead from a Winger's cross. From this stage came a great Aberdeen revival. The side played with nippiness and cleverness, which even Dundee spectators could not forbear to applaud. Centres by Lennie and Dickson, and a brilliant combination between Main, Wood, and McIntosh, tied up the Dundee defence, but still the equaliser did not come. At last from a long shot by Main, Lyall failed to gather properly, and the referee gave a goal, although the ball did not appear to be over the line. Dundee were completely outplayed after this, and, after a rushing run which sparkled with the scientific element, Wood caught a rebound from Lyall and scored the winning goal.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 16th August 1911