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Aberdeen 0 - 4 Heart of Midlothian

HT Score: Aberdeen 0 - 2 Heart of Midlothian

Benefit for the Royal Infirmary up
Heart of Midlothian scorers: Sinclair, Wattie, Mercer, Sinclair

04/05/1914 | KO:

A holiday match between these clubs at Aberdeen yesterday afternoon attracted a crowd of about 3000. The proceeds went to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in consideration of treatment there of G. Wilson, Aberdeen's half-back, who was injured when the clubs met at Aberdeen in a Scottish League game. Teams:- Aberdeen - "Newman"; Colman, Hannah; Wright, Chatwin, Low; Scorgie, Walker, Brown, McLeod, W. Wylie. Heart of Midlothian - Boyd; Frew, Crossan; Low, Briggs, Ness; Sinclair, Wattie, Mercer, Malcolm, Wilson. Hearts held the upper hand throughout. Their forwards gave a pretty exhibition of football. Sinclair and then Wattie scored in the first half. Aberdeen ought to have equalised immediately after resuming, two shots in the first five minutes striking the post. Mercer headed through a beautiful pass from Wilson, and Sinclair in the last minute dashed past Hannah and netted. Result:- Heart of Midlothian, 4; Aberdeen, 0.

Source: The Scotsman, 5th May 1914

A curiously arranged Hearts of Midlothian eleven treated a holiday crowd at Pittodrie yesterday to as pretty an exhibition of football as has been seen in Aberdeen throughout the season. Mercer came from centre half back to centre forward, and though obviously not at home in his new role, materially assisted Sinclair and Wattie on the right and Malcolm and Wilson on the left to keep the home defence in hot water almost from start to finish. At no time during the match did Aberdeen look like winners. They started well against the wind and sun, and in the first minute the right wing gave their confreres a chance in front of goal. It was long before they were again dangerous. Hannah lead Sinclair away, and the latter getting a return from a corner, scored with a great shot from the touch line. The Hearts continued to press, and it was no surprise when half way through the period Wattie netted, giving "Newman" no chance from a cross by Sinclair. Walker and Brown each had capital tries, the latter getting between the backs and hitting the post.

A minute after the resumption the same player repeated the performance, and a couple of minutes later Walker missed at the post. Those were not the only occasions when Aberdeen seemed to have cruel luck, but it had to be admitted that the forwards, with a little more care, what easily to have made sure work of the chances that came their way. Their efforts were spasmodic, and as a line they were well held. Mercer headed through a nice ball from Wilson, and after walker had struck the post and McLeod had missed an open goal, Sinclair raced down the field in the last minute and shot a great goal. It appeared impossible to send the ball through between the custodian and the post. Hearts were quite value for their win of 4 goals to 0.

Newman, the goalkeeper who was tried on Saturday, was again on duty for Aberdeen, and was well tested. As a whole, his display was quite creditable. There had been no such marksmen at Pittodrie this season. Colman and Hannah were the best part of the side. The half-backs gave a feeble forward line comparatively little assistance. Hearts were well balanced. The game was played for the benefit of the Royal Infirmary in consideration of the treatment of G. Wilson, the Aberdeen half-back, who was injured in the Scottish League match between the clubs at Pittodrie a few months ago. About 2000 people attended, and the drawings amounted to £45.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 5th May 1914

Heart of Midlothian Teamsheet
Boyd; Frew, Crossan; Low, Briggs, Ness; Sinclair, Wattie, Mercer, Malcolm, Wilson
Attendance: 2,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
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