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Aberdeen 0 - 2 Dundee

HT Score: Aberdeen 0 - 0 Dundee

Northern League
Dundee scorers: Anderson, Bell

09/09/1905 | KO:

The Aberdeen A had the Dundee as their opponents in a Northern League fixture at Pittodrie Grounds on Saturday. The weather was rather wet and disagreeable - occasionally there were sunny glimpses - and the ground was soft, and occasionally proved treacherous to the players. The teams were as follows:- Dundee A: Towns; Lyon, McAteer; Taylor, Henderson, Kerr; Bell, Nimmo, Anderson, Bruce, Petrie. Aberdeen A: Herd; Murray, Boyle; Low, Thompson, Robertson; Harvey, Hilton, Davidson, Cruikshank, Edgar. Mr. McArthur, Stirling, was the referee.

Aberdeen opened well. On the left, Cruikshank and Edgar had an excellent combined run, but McAteer smartly blocked further progress and returned the ball to midfield. Nimmo having got possession, made an exciting dash along the wing towards goal, but Thompson, with his characteristic robustness, helped by Wilfred Low, frustrated Nimmo's efforts and in a twinkling the ball was sent within a few yards of the Dundee goalmouth. Cruikshank seized the opportunity presented, but he kicked rashly, and sent the ball over the cross-bar. A few minutes later Harvey committed a similar mistake. So far, Aberdeen had the best of the game, but somehow, close in, the home forwards were anything but finished in their methods of passing and shooting. It was disappointing to see every now and again shot after shot going wide and high. The work of the Dundee forwards was much more effective than their opponents, but then it was seldom the Dundonians got within close reach of the local citadel. A shot by one of the home forwards landed the ball in the net but the goal was disallowed, as the player was offside. Clever individual runs by players on either side helped to keep up the enthusiasm of the spectators, who felt that Aberdeen was dogged by ill-luck. Altogether the first half of the play was decidedly in favour of the Aberdeen. There was no scoring at half-time.

On resuming, the weather was more settled, the rain having cleared away. The homesters pressed, and for a time the excitement was intense. Harvey, Hilton, and Davidson figured prominently, but the parting shots close in were groggy and badly judged. Towns was in the best of form, and on several occasions saved his side from disaster. McAteer was the most reliable of the Dundee backs. He was exceedingly vigorous in tackling and defending. The homesters maintained their pressure, and it must've been exceedingly galling to the Aberdeen supporters at having observed Davidson, Cruikshank, and Harvey kick so weakly and indiscriminately at critical moments. The ball seemed to have gone everywhere except into the goal. Undoubtedly, Aberdeen had hard luck on more than one occasion, and on the other hand the Dundee defence had more than the ordinary run of luck. The visitors, through Petrie and Bruce, had a commendable run on the wing, but Robertson intervened and saved the situation. This was followed by a straight, low shot from Anderson, which was, without difficulty, returned by Herd, who, on the whole, was seldom tested. The game continued fast, and the interest deepened when, on an initiative run by Robertson, the home forwards swooped down on their opponents, and had it not been for the incoherent short passing and the erratic shooting they should have had at least a couple of goals to their credit. But the surprise had come. Dundee, at a quiet moment, broke away, and Anderson's parting shot found the net. It could hardly be said that it was a lucky shot; it would be nearer the mark to say that Herd and Boyle were quite unprepared for it. At the same time, the fact of the visitors having secured a goal, after the good and vigorous opposition shown by the homesters, was in irritating in the extreme to the Aberdeen supporters. Just within half a minute of time Bell, for Dundee, notched a second goal. It was evident that during the last fifteen minutes of the game the Aberdeen players became very careless; they should have at least saved the second goal. On play, Dundee did not work for a win by two goals, but the lesson may do good to the home players, who, in the latter stages of the game, had cast care and consistency to the winds.

The gate amounted to £48.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 11th September 1905

Dundee Teamsheet
Towns; Lyon, McAteer; Taylor, Henderson, Kerr; Bell, Nimmo, Anderson, Bruce, Petrie
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: Mr. William McArthur, Stirling
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