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Aberdeen 0 - 0 Dunfermline Athletic

HT Score: Aberdeen 0 - 0 Dunfermline Athletic

Northern League

01/04/1907 | KO:

These teams met at Pittodrie, Aberdeen, yesterday in a Northern League fixture. There was a good attendance when the teams lined up as follows under Mr. Nisbet, Edinburgh:-
Aberdeen A: Mutch; Urquhart, Gault; Davidson, J. J. Simpson, H. Low; J. Robertson, Hilton, Wilson, McIntyre, R. Simpson.
Dunfermline: Thomson; Pitblado, Young; Simpson, Innes, Anderson; Pitcairns, J. Philip, D. Philip, McLeod, Fraser.

Aberdeen won the toss, and played towards the west goal. The homesters were the first to attack, R. Simpson sending in a swift shot, which missed by inches. The local halves forced the pace, but Pitblado and Young put up a strong defence, and the locals were driven back. Play was very fast and exciting, both goals having narrow escapes. Fine play by H. Low allowed the local forwards to get off. J. Robertson forced a corner, and from the free kick Wilson almost scored with his head, the ball striking the top of the crossbar. A few minutes layer J. Simpson sent in a shot which Thomson had great difficulty in clearing. Aberdeen's forwards were in grand form, but Pitblado and Young were almost unbeatable. The Athletic's right eventually succeeded in breaking away, and a fierce attack was kept up on Aberdeen's goal; but Urquhart and Gault were in great form, and the visitors were eventually driven to their own end, where Wilson and Davidson both had good tries. Dunfermline's left wing gave a capital display, and it was from this quarter that the attacks on the home citadel originated. A free kick to the visitors looked dangerous, but Mutch brought off a capital save. The game was brimful of excitement, each goal being visited in turn. On one occasion Wilson, with an open goal, shot into Thomson's hands, while a minute later Fraser missed an open goal.

The second half opened briskly. Aberdeen almost scored in the first minute, but the game had to be stopped for a few minutes owing to Pitblado being injured by colliding with Wilson. Aberdeen were continually attacking, but the visiting defence was sound. There was little to choose between the teams, but the visitors showed to better advantage than in the first period. Play was very fast, but neither team could claim any advantage. A fast and exciting game ended in a draw, there being no scoring.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 2nd April 1907

Dunfermline at Pittodrie.

It was a fortunate hit that made Aberdeen play Dunfermline on their holiday in the Northern League fixture. There were over 1000 present, and the game provided was interesting and keen. The defence on both sides proved stronger than the attack, not a goal being scored during the whole ninety minutes. Aberdeen had slightly the better of the exchanges in the first half, and again at the finish, when they put on a spurt to get the winning goal. The feature of the visitors' play, was, undoubtedly, the fine work by the backs, and the covering up which Innes, their centre half performed, he being a tower of strength for his side, and prevented Wilson from getting through several times. For a holiday fixture it proved an attraction, some £14 being taken at the stiles, besides the members who were present.

Source: Bon-Accord, 4th April 1907

Dunfermline Athletic Teamsheet
Thomson; Pitblado, Young; Simpson, Jones, Anderson; Pitcairne, J. Philip, D. Philip, McLeod, Fraser
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: Mr. J. Nisbet, Edinburgh
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