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Lochee United 2 - 3 Aberdeen

HT Score: Lochee United 0 - 1 Aberdeen

Northern League
Lochee United scorers: Stewart, Dorward
Aberdeen scorers: McNicol, McNicol (Pen), Mackie.

21/04/1906 | KO:

A Scrape Through at Lochee.

The play was fast and furious on St. Margaret's Parks all the time, the wind being too strong for nice manipulation. Right to the end the visitors monopolised play more or less, and it was a question of goals; Lochee quite took the wind out of their sails, and brisk play saw Aberdeen winners by 3 goals to 2.

Source: Bon-Accord, 26th April 1906

While the local team was performing well at Pittodrie, the travelling eleven, which journeyed to Lochee to meet the United there, were also gathering in the points. The same windy weather which prevailed at Pittodrie also attended the game at Lochee, but there was a large spectatorate to witness the event. Mr. J. Dundas lined up the teams as follows:-
Lochee United: Orr; Low, Gallacher; Smith, McNally, W. Fraser; S. Fraser, Downie, Dorward, Hardie, Stewart.
Aberdeen A: Herd; Boyle, Brebner; Davidson, J. Simpson, W. Low; Robertson, Mackie, McNicol, Cruickshank, Edgar.

The strangers had the misfortune to face the wind in the opening period, but this disadvantage appeared to have little effect upon their play. which, in comparison to that of the United, was clever and disconcerting. From the start the Aberdeen front rank swept the field, and Law and Gallacher moving in every direction. The defence offered was sound, but it was more than the backs, good though they were, could be expected to do to resist the wide passing tactics adopted by the invaders. McNicol found himself in position with only the custodian to beat, but Orr proved himself to be worthy of the trust reposed in him and the Aberdeen pivot's stiff shot was picked up by the keeper, and before the attackers could press home the invasion further the sphere was well afield. Aberdeen's superior weight told against the suburbanites, and although they swarmed round the home citadel in dangerous fashion, the local halves came to the rescue, and Simon Fraser, on the right wing, turned the tide in the opposite direction. Brebner, however, kept his man well in hand, and the homesters' invasion was only momentary, Lochee's goal being under siege once more. Mackie sent in a rattler which shook the crossbar, and McNicol, catching the return, had the leather in the net. So far so good, but the disaster had an inspiring effect on the United, and after a couple of narrow misses, a fine cross from Fraser on the right was piloted with considerable force by Dorward towards Herd, although, fortunately, Davidson's body intervened, and the effort resulted in a fruitless corner. A clever header from Stewart on the left was caught in the nick of time by Boyle, while Downie just failed to find the net as half-time was called.

The resumption saw Aberdeen still applying the pressure, but meeting with stiff opposition, and Edgar, after some tricky work, was about to put the final touch to the leather when Orr nipped it up and effected a brilliant save. Through the right division Lochee got up to Herd's end, but their efforts at goal were weak, and once more the game turned against the homesters. Law brought Edgar down heavily within the penalty line, and although McNicol had to have a couple of tries for the point, he succeeded on both occasions. Two goals down, the local lot fought desperately to reduce the leeway, and in this they were successful in some measure, a couple of dangerous corners being followed by a low, swift shot from Stewart finding the net. The latter part of the game was full of incident. After Mackie had put on a third point for Aberdeen, with a long shot, Dorward got a second goal for the homesters.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 23rd April 1906

NB - This Northern League was reported as played on the same date as the match at Pittodrie against Arbroath in the same competition.
Lochee United Teamsheet
Low, Gallacher; Smith, McNally, W. Fraser; S. Fraser, Downie, Dorward, Hardie, Stewart
Venue: Thomson Park, Dundee
Referee: Mr. J. Dundas, Dundee
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