Source: The Scotsman, 11th March 1907
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 11th March 1907
Good for Aberdeen.It was evident by the large crowd that came out to Pittodrie on Saturday that Aberdeen had rehabilitated themselves in the public favour, for it was a piercing cold day to stand and wit¬ness football. Morton were a weakened team from that which drew with the Celtic. Robertson was an absentee through illness, while Currie and Rae had crossed the border to Bury. Aberdeen had out the same side that did so well against the Celts. The play at any time throughout the game never rose to be brilliant, due to various causes. Aberdeen seemed to have more method in their play; Morton put up a haphazard game forward, while their defence cleared at any cost. It took the home side thirty minutes to find the net, though they had thrown away a couple of better opportunities prior to Simpson sending the ball home. The second goal was a gift from the new custodian, and we fancy, had Aberdeen pushed harder at that time, they would have had a crop of goals, as the lad was completely unnerved. Aberdeen did not press home the victory which they had assured after this, though they played pretty football. Almost always on the attack an excellent opportunity was given for Stewart to show his claims for international honours, and it must be said he saved many a good goal. With¬out their two good backs, Morton would have cut a sorry figure, and as it was they were fortunate in being only two goals down when the whistle blew. Of Morton's attack, Lindsay was the only onc.to catch on with the crowd, the others being very slack at finishing. The halves were erratic, seldom passing on to the forwards, preferring to get rid of the ball at any cost, Stewart and Gibson were the best part of the team, and bar that one mistake Oliver performed well in goal. Macfarlane put in some smart work on Saturday, and was clever in some of his saves. Boyle was the better of the two backs at close quarters. The halves were a treat, and we should not care to put one before the other. The left wing got most to do, but were not over-anxious to cross to the right as they did against the Celts. Had they done more of this the chances are there would be more goals. Perhaps they thought there were enough. In any case the right wing did not get so much to do and were not so much in evidence. Wilson kept wonting the backs and seems to be falling into line with the others.
Chatty Bits.O'Hagan will be absent from the Aberdeen team on Saturday. He plays against Scotland at Celtic Park. If the Hearts fail at Kirkcaldy to beat the Rovers it will be a great blow to them, alter them being sure of entering the final. We would not be surprised, in fact we almost predicted that Queen's Park and Celtic would likely participate in the final. Aberdeen turned a 2-1 defeat into a 2-0 victory on Saturday. Lennie did try hard to get a goal on his own, and was only baulked twice by Stewart. His dashes along the wing were pleasing to the crowd. It was expected that Edgar would be fit to play this week and take O'Hagan's place, but we learn that this will no happen. Who will fill the vacancy is the front line will not definitely settled, though we should not be surprised were Ward put to partner Macdonald, and Simpson put along with Lennie. Simpson was slightly indisposed on Saturday, suffering from a bad cold. He shot a capital goal, but missed a couple. The gate at Pittodrie on Saturday came to £130 all in - not bad for such a cold day. On Tuesday the Aberdeenshire cup and badges to the winners and runners-up were presented in the Bon-Accord hotel to Aberdeen A and Harp. Baillie Milne presided over a large gathering, and made the presentation. Mr. T. Duncan accepted the cup for Aberdeen. The players got a rousing reception from the large audience present. Mr. Duncan will have the honour of keeping the cup on his sideboard for a year. Now that the Internationals are on the tapis, it may be as well to remind our readers that we offer special facilities for booking to Newcastle. Parties going to Newcastle should enquire at 10 Crown Street, when we will make arrangements for comfortable travelling to witness the match.
Source: Bon-Accord, 14th March 1907