Dundee A supplied the opposition at Pittodrie on Saturday, when they met the Aberdeen reserves in a replay in the first round of the Scottish Second Eleven Cup. There was a large attendance when the teams lined up as follows:-
Aberdeen A: Mutch; Willox, Brebner; Davidson, Low, Gowie Robertson; J. Robertson, Hilton, Lawrie, R. Simpson, McKenzie.
Dundee A: Crumley; McDonald, Chaplin; Watson, Ramsey, Ogilvie; Mitchell, Nimmo, McAulay, Fairweather, Thompson.
Referee - Mr. J. Nisbet.
The Aberdeen team won the toss, and commenced with great dash. Dundee's defence repelled the attack, and away to the other end rushed the Dundee forwards. Aberdeen's backs were overcome, and McAulay, accepting a well-timed pass from the left wing, beat Mutch with a hard shot. The goalkeeper made a good effort to get at the ball, but he was too far away to reach it. After this reverse, Aberdeen kept the ball in Dundee's territory for about ten minutes. J. Robertson was well supplied with the ball, but he could not get round the defence. R. Simpson change places with Lawrie, but this made no improvement. The home forwards did not combine well together. Any neat passing which they tried was soon broken up by the opposing defence. Davidson sent in a hard shot, but Crumley cleared. Nimmo and Mitchell had several good runs to the other end. Brebner, however, always had the pull of them, and repeatedly robbed them of the ball. Dundee's halves were not very brisk, and if they had supported their forwards better, another goal might have been scored. Fouls were numerous, and the referee was continually lecturing offenders. Dundee's defenders put in a lot of hard work. They were continually kept busy. Although hard pressed at times, Dundee's backs repelled all attacks, and their clean kicking and tackling was a feature of the game. Aberdeen's forwards were presented with many opportunities, but they failed to follow up their advantages. They were very weak in front of goal. Crumley had several shots to hold, but they were all of the soft order. From a breakaway by Dundee Thompson sent wildly fast, while the next minute Aberdeen secured the first corner of the match. Dundee's defence got the ball away. Aberdeen returned in spirited fashion, Gowie Robertson made a capital effort to equalise. He danced round several opponents, and finished up with a grand shot which missed by inches. Dundee got off on the right, and Aberdeen's goal had a narrow escape. McAulay top sent in a hard shot. Mutch caught the ball, but failed to hold it. The leather one was rolling slowly two wards the goal, when Mutch ran after it and kicked out, but not a moment too soon, for McAulay almost headed over the goal line. The next minute Hilton missed an open goal. Simpson sent the ball well ahead, Crumley rushed out, but missed his kick. Hilton seized the ball, and although he was only a few yards from goal, with no one to beat, he sent wildly past. Weak shooting by the Aberdeen forwards in front of goal spoiled all their best outplay efforts. They did not combine well, and missed numerous chances. Aberdeen's defence had not much to do, but they were equal to all demands.
In the first minute of the second half Aberdeen forced a corner, but the return kick was headed past by Laurie. Aberdeen played for all they were worth, but Dundee's defence was too much for them. Play was fast and exciting, but Dundee held the upper hand. Several corners fell to the visitors, but Brebner on each occasion kicked out. Hilton at this stage went into the centre, but this change made no improvement. Hilton was well fed by W. Low, but Chaplin paid him too close attention. Mutch saved his charge repeatedly. Dundee forced matters, and had all the play. A break away by Aberdeen resulted in an exciting scrimmage in front of Crumley. The goalkeeper turned away many shots, and while the excitement was at its height, Chaplin was injured, and had to retire for a few minutes. Fast end to end play followed. The backs of both teams were the most prominent players on the field. Crumley saved smartly from Lawrie and Gowie Robertson. Aberdeen missed another open goal, Lawrie sending the ball over the bar. J. Robertson was now more prominent than in the first half, but his cross is we're not taken advantage of. To in the last fifteen minutes Aberdeen came away with great dash. Their forwards sent in a hard shots from every range, but Crumley was not to be caught napping. Aberdeen played desperately to secure the equaliser, but without success and the game ended - Dundee A, 1; Aberdeen A, 0.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 1st October 1906