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Aberdeen 3 - 0 Lochee United

HT Score: Aberdeen 1 - 0 Lochee United

Northern League
Aberdeen scorers: Edgar, Toman, Toman.

12/10/1907 | KO: 15:30

Aberdeen A met Lochee at Pittodrie in a northern league fixture. The attendance at the start was meager, owing to the day being Lifeboat Saturday. Teams:-

Aberdeen A: Mutch; Hannah, R. G Tait; Davidson, JJ Simpson, Drain; Macdonald, R. Simpson, Collins, Edgar, Toman.
Lochee: Reilly; Low, Gallacher; Hogan, McInally, Fairweather; Fraser, Clark, Burns, Fraser, Wilkie.
Referee - Mr. John McHardy, Dundee.

Simpson won the toss, and Burns kicked off towards the east goal. Play at the start was very even, each goal being visited in turn. Fraser gave Wilkie an opening, but the outside left dallied with the ball and Hannah cleared. Bobby Simpson was in good form, and a neat pass from his foot what Macdonald away. The latter carried the ball almost to the corner flag and then crossed. Collins was ready, but his header went over the bar. So far Aberdeen's new centre had not made a great impression. Fraser (inside left) dodged passed Davidson and Hannah, and passed to Burns, but the centre was given offside. Gallacher was completely failing to hold Simpson and Macdonald, and the right wing was continually menacing Reilley's charge. Simpson gave the custodian several mastery shots to hold, and Reilley always looked anxious when inside right had the ball. Aberdeen kept up the pressure, and had Collins been a little more effective the homesters should have scored more than once. At last from a pass by Tom and Edgar but the ball past Reilley a minute from the interval.

Play after the restart was slow and uninteresting. Each side indulged in big kicking, and the ball was hardly ever on the ground. Aberdeen improved, and from a well-timed pass from his partner Toman scored their second goal. Collins was showing to better advantage than in the opening period, and he kept a far better command over the ball. The locals had Lochee end into the goalmouth, the game being practically a shooting-for-goal exhibition on the part of Aberdeen. From a header by Collins Toman gave Aberdeen a third point and the kick-off temporarily raised the siege. The homesters were soon back, however, and Reilley saved splendidly a lovely try by Drain from 20 yards out. Lochee were outplayed at every point, and only the grand goal keeping of Reilley saved them from an overwhelming defeat. There was no further scoring, however, and a very one-sided game ended - Aberdeen A, 3; Lochee, 0.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 14th October 1907

A Brace for the A's.

Lochee United did not put up a strong opposition to the Aberdeen A at Pittodrie. There was only a fair attendance, due to the Lifeboat Demonstration, which started at the same time. The locals won the toss, and, in a twinkling, they were at Reilly, and but for the eagerness of the new centre a score should have resulted. All through, the A's pressed, but the ball could not pass the goalkeeper. Only once did Mutch have to handle a shot from Burns, who was the only forward on the visiting side to make ground. Collins, Aberdeen's new centre, shaped poorly in this half, which was just about finished when Edgar scored. In the second period the new, centre wakened up, and put in a few solo runs on his own, while he passed well out to his wings on occasion. The feature, however, was the fine work of the right wing, Macdonald and Simpson, whose work was really pretty to watch. For as effective as this pair were in making ground, the scoring came from the left, where Toman was also in fine trim, the first goal which he scored being a beauty. The second he took from a rebound off the goalkeeper, and though corners were abundant, the game finished 3-0 in favour of the A's.

The Players.

Mutch had a holiday. For a first appearance R. G. Tait was a signal success at left-back, his kicking being neat and clean, while he has a fine turn of speed, and between him and Hannah there seemed a perfect understanding. There was very little to choose between the halves; they were all strong in their work, and kept the opposing forwards from being dangerous. The right wing gave a great exhibition, and the centre, who is only a lad of nineteen, could be made a player with judicious coaching and training. Edgar did some smart things, but was very careful of himself. Toman was better than we have yet seen him, and gives promise of being a fine wing player. Reilly saved his side from a double figure score, while the backs and halves had to put in a lot of telling work. The only forward we fancied was the centre, Burns, who has a fine command of the ball, and can shoot on the run. In fact, he has all the qualifications of a class centre.

Source: Bon-Accord, 17th October 1907

Lochee United Teamsheet
Reilly; Low, Gallacher; Hogan, McInally, Fairweather; Fraser, Clark, Burns, Fraser, Wilkie
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: Mr John McHardy, Dundee
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