Although the occasion was brightened somewhat by a doubtfully-deserved victory over their cup conquerors, there was a dismal end to the season at Pittodrie on Saturday, when Aberdeen defeated Dumbarton by the only goal of the day. Much interest had been taken in the visit of the side which so sensationally accounted for Aberdeen's exit from the Scottish Cup, but, unfortunately for the "gate," a drenching downpour of rain commenced just before the start, and continued throughout the game. Under the circumstances it was neither a day for watching nor playing football. The spectators crouching in the shelters had little to enthuse over, and the players, under the conditions, might well be excused if the quality of the football was only in accordance with that usually looked for at the ringing down of the curtain. Those supporters of the Aberdeen club who wondered at the fall of their side at Dumbarton had not to look for the reason on Saturday. Dumbarton played a game which "plodding" would well describe. They never were brilliant, but they were smart, and, at times, quite accurate iin their movements, and, n the whole, they were unlucky to lose by a gaol snatched a minute from the close.
Aberdeen had out a considerably changed side from that which failed at Boghead Park, the newcomers including Hume, Brewster and Low in defence, and Wood, Walker, and H. Murray forward. Dumbarton had out the same defence but they had forward changes. Robertson their clever centre-forward, who scored the two fateful goals in the cup-tie was an absentee, and the newcomers were McGillivray and Wilson. Under the circumstance the game could scarcely be regarded as a "replay" of the cup-tie.
The visitors had the assistance of a high wind in their favour in the first half, and naturally had much the better of the exchanges. Wilson at outside right and McGillivray at centre forward showed exceptionally clever work. The first named had several creditable attempts at goal, and McGillivray once scored, but the point was disallowed on account of offside. In the period there was no scoring, for although Aberdeen occasionally made ground, they never were really dangerous.
With the breeze in the second half Aberdeen were seen only to little better advantage. The forwards, never too accurate themselves, encountered a sterling defence, which, although not showy in method, played a quietly effective game. Wilson and McGillivray were again the most prominent in the van, and it was from these two that most danger came for the home side. In the later stages of the game Miller, the visiting custodian, came into prominence, and he showed great ability in dealing with a number of dangerous situations. When everything pointed to a goalless draw, Aberdeen scored, and by a coincidence Scorgie, who scored at Dumbarton, was again the medium with a shot similar to that successful at Boghead. A simple-looking cross came from the right, and Scorgie, standing close in, had no difficulty in netting. The play of Dumbarton merited a draw. even in the game, with nothing save the issue at stake, they were a dogged side, and there need be no longer curiosity at to how on their own ground they beat Aberdeen two months ago.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 28th April 1913