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Aberdeen 6 - 1 Montrose

HT Score: Aberdeen 4 - 0 Montrose

Northern League
Aberdeen scorers: Simpson, Young, Young, Simpson, Young, Craig (OG).
Montrose scorers: Ferries

13/10/1906 | KO: 15:30

Montrose is supplied the opposition at Pittodrie, when they met the Aberdeen reserves in a Northern League fixture. Rain and sleet fell heavily when the game commenced. There was a fair attendance when the team lined up as follows under discharge of Mr. John winter, Dundee:-
Aberdeen: Lickley; Willox, Brebner; Robertson, J. J. Simpson, Davidson; Ramsay (Parkhead), Lawrie, Young, R. Simpson, McKenzie.
Montrose: Paterson; Craig, Millar; Irvine, Henderson, Robertson; McCafferty, Ferries, Burness, Henderson, Vass.

Aberdeen, winning the toss, played with a strong breeze in their favour. The homesters opened briskly, and in the first minute Paterson had to save a hard shot from Ramsay. The goalkeeper cleared weekly, sending the ball to Ramsay's feet, but Aberdeen's new right winger shot over. Several fouls were granted the locals, and from one of the free kicks, Willox almost scored. R. Simpson and Ramsay gave Paterson many hot ones to hold. Montrose got away on the right, and McCafferty, accepting a neat pass from Craig, took the ball right up to the corner flag. After getting round Willox, McCafferty dropped the ball right under the crossbar, but none of the visiting forwards being up, Lickley just managed to clear. Ramsay, who has a splendid turn of speed, got off from a well-timed pass by J. J. Simpson, and after outwitting several opponents, crossed to R. Simpson, who placed the ball in the net. Montrose played better after this, and Lickley had again to clear a difficult shot from McCafferty. Short passing play by the Aberdeen forwards transfer to play to the other end, Young leading the van in fine style. Aberdeen's new centre forward gave a splendid exhibition, feeding his wings most successfully. Young got away on his own, and forced a corner. The kick was well placed by Ramsay, and after three minutes' exciting play in front of goal the ball was landed in the net. Young was responsible for this point, but it was a somewhat soft one, as Craig appeared to have lost his head. After this success the homesters out played Montrose in all departments. The visiting forwards, try as they might, could not get past the home halves. R. Simpson compelled Craig to concede a corner. The resulting kick was well placed by Ramsay, and after an exciting scrimmage in front of goal, Young again found the net, footing Aberdeen three up. The Montrose forwards were very weak. A grand shot by Ramsay resulted in the strangers' goalkeeper giving away a corner, which proved fruitless. Millar and Craig put in a lot of work. They responded gamely to the many calls made upon them, but the odds were against them, as they were not supported by the halves. Close on half-time Aberdeen scored a fourth point. Young broke away, and R. Simpson, who finally got the ball, sent it into the net.

The second half opened sensationally, young going right through the defence and scoring. This reverse fairly standard the visitors, who were completely out played. A grand effort by McCafferty resulted in the ball going behind, just missing one of the uprights by a few inches. Montrose put forward every effort to reduce the leeway, but without success. On one occasion Burness had a good try, but Lickley easily cleared. Lawrie and Young repeatedly broke through, and had the hardest of luck in not scoring. The visitors' defence was continually hard pressed. Craig on one occasion had no time to clear, and sent the ball back to Paterson, and the goalkeeper not expecting such a move, the ball was across the goal line, much to the disgust of the other players. After the sixth goal had been registered against them, Montrose in rearranged their positions, playing only three forwards. Play was now have a most uninteresting nature, the Aberdeen forwards being repeatedly drawn up for off-side when in good positions. Montrose were practically helpless, and Aberdeen took things very easy. In the closing minutes Montrose took advantage of a momentary slackness on the part of the Aberdeen defence, and scored. McCafferty broke through the defence, and passed to Ferries, who shot hard for goal. Lickley was taken by surprise, and before he knew it the ball was in the net.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 15th October 1906

A New Player.

Aberdeen A have their old rivals - Montrose - at Pittodrie. A new right wing man from the Edinburgh district is to be given a trial. As he comes with a good reputation, we hope he will play up to it, and tne way for tne solution of what has so long been termed "the right wing problem." The team will be selected from the following:- Mutch; Urquhart and Brebner; Robertson, Low, and Davidson; Newman, Hilton, Lawrie, Simpson, and McKenzie. Should the new man fail to appear Robertson will occupy the outside right, but it is possible that an ex-soldier Young will be given a trial in the half-back line.

Source: Bon-Accord, 11th October 1906

The "As" Rampant.

Players and spectators alike had a bitter experience of the weather on Saturday. There was a much larger attendance than we expected to see on such a day, but the fact that a new man was to be played may have brought out the people to see what like he was. The game partook for the most part of a series of raids by the home forwards on the Montrose goal. Bob Simpson led the way with a fine goal ten minutes after the start though Ramsay and Lawrie might have scored previously. Once the scoring began it was only a question of how many goals there would be. Had the lads been stretched more goals would have been put on as the defence offered was very feeble. Four goals at half-time was no more than Aberdeen deserved on play, for they were all over Montrose. Fed by a fine half-back line, it was no wonder the forwards got plenty chances. Till the second half, Lickley was never troubled but once, and he brought off a great save - as fine an effort as we have seen for some time. Only in the last minute did the home citadel fall, Craig, who had been playing back changing places with Henderson, and getting on the run with Vass shot a clever goal. This made up for the couple he gave away earlier in the game. The most peculiar incident we have seen for a long time was the sixth goal for Aberdeen. Craig passed the ball back to Paterson who failed to catch, and it rolled into the net. It was a bad day's outing for Montrose to get beat by 6-1, but it was nothing more than the play deserved.

Ramsay shaped well at outside right, and has all the knowledge a wing player ought to possess. Young, as pivot, was a success - just the sort of man required. He could bustle a bit, and take a charge with the next man. The brothers Simpson were in great form and played both pretty and effective football. The defence was sound, and held the whip hand all the time. Henderson and McAfferty were the only players of note for Montrose. Both the backs made bad mistakes, and left Paterson to his own. The latter did all he could do to stop disaster.

Chatty Bits.

Is was a fine day in Glasgow, the only drawback being a very stormy breeze which confined the play somewhat to one end.
Evidently the Glaswegians expected the Aberdonians to spring a surprise on the invincible Celts, for there were 14,000 present.
Lennie and Edgar are still favourites with the Glasgow crowd. The Maryhill days are not forgotten.
Quinn's goal did not come off on Saturday. Seldom he nurses the target. Tom Strang kept too watchful an eye on him.
McKinley scored the goal that broke the Celts' League record, a splendidly judged effort, but the cross came from the left.
Aberdeen had an early start from home on Saturday, but they had compensation in catching the 6.10 Caley, and getting back again at 10.30.
It was rather fine work, but the players seemed to enjoy it.
The weather was so bad at Pittodrie that the referee had serious thoughts of putting the players into the dressing-room. As the storm took a "breather" for a short time, the game got well on the way to a finish, and it was a good job this was the case with so many fixtures on hand.
On such a day just fancy £32 being drawn at the "gates." Verily, football has a strong hold on the people.
For a first attempt at centre forward Young played a creditable game. He is likely to stay at Pittodrie.
Ramsay, who is a Parkhead junior, also made a creditable appearance among strangers.
"Pim" Henderson did some good things, but has his old fault of finishing up weakly.
Henry Low was an interested spectator on Saturday, viewing the game from the pavilion. Henry expects to be doing a bit of training by the end of the week. He looks rather weak after his illness.
Only, by the doctor's imperative orders was Lennie allowed rest this week.
The directors are as anxious about the points as anyone, and could not risk to play him any longer in his present condition.
Several of the players had a week end with their friends at home on Saturday.
"Paddy" Boyle played a great game against the Celts, he stood up to the forwards like a man. He had a fine chance, with plenty of room, and he invariably came out top.
It will be another week yet before Henry Low can possibly be fit for a game, though he would like to start at once.
Ramsay, who made such a successful debut under most favourable circumstances, went away very well pleased with reception.
He is to keep himself open for another game, when he hopes to be favoured with better weather.
Ramsay played once before in Aberdeen against Abergeldie Maryhill.
It seems that Young will be signed on for the "A" team, he is just the sort of player required, and can play well at half-back.
He was considered the best back in the Scottish Rifles team but in his junior days, Gall and Young played some good games for the Melrose.
Aberdeen A were anxious to play their County Tie with East End United on Saturday, but the latter could not oblige.
This Tie will be played at Central Park on the 27th, as Arbroath will be at Pittodrie.
Owing to the breakdown in the weather Shamrock and East End have to begin their Scottish Tie at Central Park once again.
Dundee A have not long survived in the Scottish 2nd round. Ties, Hearts A beat them on Saturday by 1-0.
Arbroath have been ousted rather earlier than usual from Qualifying Ties. They had the hardest of luck in playing St Bernard on Saturday. A draw would have been only fair to them on play.
Aberdeen University also got knocked out at Inverness. Evidently the long journey, and cold one at that, was too much for them.

Source: Bon-Accord, 11th October 1906

Montrose Teamsheet
Paterson; Craig, Millar; Irvine, Henderson, Robertson; McCafferty, Ferries, Burness, Henderson, Vass
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: Mr. John Winter, Dundee
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