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Aberdeen 5 - 2 St. Johnstone

Northern League
Aberdeen scorers: Robertson, Ward, Hilton, Davidson, Davidson.
St. Johnstone scorers: Hird (o.g.), Peebles

20/01/1906 | KO:

The Saints played best in the first half, and scored once. Aberdeen, however, outplayed the visitors in the second period.

Source: The Scotsman, 22nd January 1906

A Poor Start. Grand Finish.

This heading fittingly describes the game at Pittodrie on Satur¬day. St. Johnstone played the best football on the heavy ground during the first forty-five, and were unfortunate in not having more than a one-goal lead at the end of it. When after ten minutes' play in the second period the Saints scored a second by their clever centre, it appeared as if Aberdeen were to throw up the sponge. "Gowie" Robertson, dapper though he is, got his head nicely placed on the ball from a corner kick, and the Saints' custodian was beaten. Davidson managed to equalise the scores, and the A.'s could not be held in check. The credit of the third goal went to Ward and Hilton, though the latter put the finishing touch on it.
The right half got a gift of a goal from thirty yards, the Saints' "goalie" hesitating, and the ball Was in the net before he could recover. A rush on rime brought Geordie McNicol through the defence, and the fifth goal was just scored and no more when time was up. While having a fine grip of the game up to the second half, the superior training and coaching of McNicol brought the 'A' team through, when all seemed lost. At the same time the Saints are to be commiserated with on the accident to Turner, who was unable to do himself justice in the, second period.

Source: Bon-Accord, 26th January 1906

The Aberdeen A team and Saint Johnstone (Perth) met at Pittodrie in their return northern league fixture. The ground was heavy, and, owing to the unsettled weather, there was only a fair turnout of spectators. The teams were:-
Aberdeen A: Hird; Willox, Brebner; Davidson, Thompson, Robertson; ward, Hilton, McNicol, Henderson, Smith.
St Johnstone: Graham; Ower, Turner; Cameron, Sampson, Fleming; Gardner, McConnell, Peebles, McCulloch, Hynd.
Referee - Mister J. Davidson, Arbroath.

Aberdeen started the game, playing towards the King Street end of the field. Play opened briskly, but the uncertain foothold troubled the players greatly, and miskicks were frequent. This St Johnstone played the better football, and were stronger both in defence and attack. The Aberdeen forwards appeared to have little or no understanding between them, and at goal-mouth were very weak. The Perth team, on the other hand, exhibited good points in their forward work, and after 20 minutes' play they opened the scoring. The ball was sent in from the right, but the goalkeeper fisted through his own goal in attempting to clear. Henderson and ward each had good tries at the other end, although the last named missed an easy chance.

The restart so the Aberdeen players in better trim, and a practical eight monopolized the play for the greater part of the second half. However, after 15 minutes' play, one the St Johnstone broke away, I and, making the most of their opening, scored a second goal through Peebles rushing in between the backs. Still, the contest went all in favour of Aberdeen, but score they could not. Then as sensational turn in the game was witnessed. The A's were two goals down with about 20 minutes to go. At this stage Robertson got the first goal for his side, following on a corner. Eight minutes later a second corner produced another goal, scored by Ward. On an equal footing now, both teams played with vigour, but a third goal came to Aberdeen 9 minutes after the equaliser, Hilton heading through from another corner. St Johnstone pegged away, but the pace was too much for them, and before the call of time Davidson scored other two goals for Aberdeen, but both should have been saved, for the ball in each case came slowly across from the right, and simply rolled through. Thus one of the most extraordinary games witnessed on Pittodrie Park ended - Aberdeen A, 5 goals; St Johnstone, 2.

One the gate and stands amounted to £29.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 22nd January 1906

St. Johnstone Teamsheet
Graham; Ower, Turner; Cameron, Sampson, Fleming; Gardner, McConnell, Peebles, McCulloch, Hynd
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: Mr John Davidson, Arbroath
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