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Montrose 0 - 2 Aberdeen

HT Score: Montrose 0 - 0 Aberdeen

Northern League
Aberdeen scorers: Robertson, Ritchie.

19/10/1907 | KO:

These teams met at Links Park, Montrose, on Saturday afternoon in a Northern League fixture. There was a large attendance, supporters of the Aberdeen A being present in large numbers. Teams:-

Aberdeen A: Mutch; Hannah, T Brebner; Davidson, Simpson, Drain; Toman, McKinley, Wilson, Ritchie, Robertson.
Montrose: Paterson; Kirkland, Craigie; J. Fenton, G. Fenton, Adamson; Murray, Matthew, Black, Burns, McLauchlan.
Referee - Mr. Grant, Perth

Montrose won the toss, but for a time play was confined to midfield, neither team being able to make much headway. As the result of some clever passing, the local forwards broke away, and Burns sent in a magnificent shot, which Mutch saved amid applause. The homesters continued to press, and gave the Aberdeen defence plenty of trouble to keep them out. After 15 minutes' play, the Aberdonians got away, and McKinley sent the sphere well into goal, but Paterson saved some what easily. The visitors were awarded a corner, which proved fruitless, although Paterson had plenty to do to save a splendid shot from Robertson. Craigie all the time was playing a sound game, and often broke up the attacks of the Aberdeen front rank. Up to half time Montrose had the better of the play, but the visiting defence could not be pierced.

The second period opened briskly, both teams having hard lines in not scoring. A couple of corners were awarded Montrose, but without avail. The excitement was now at fever pitch as the Aberdeen forwards rushed towards the homesters citadel, and Paterson had no chance to save a magnificent shot from the visitors' left wing. Montrose made some headway on resuming, and often had hard lines in not scoring. On both sides the offside rule was frequently broken. The Montrose forwards again broke away, and Mutch was called upon to save a beauty. As the result of a corner, Paterson failed to clear, and Ritchie scored at close range, the home custodian having no chance to save. Matthew now took up the position of centre for the Montrose, and the locals again made a rush for goal, but the sphere was returned. The homesters forced a corner, and G. Fenton sent in a stinger, which Mutch cleared in time. The homesters continued to press, and for a short time the Aberdeen defence were kept busy. From this to the call of time Aberdeen played better than their opponents, but no further scoring took place.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 21st October 1907

A Good Win at Montrose.

The Reserves went away to Montrose on Saturday, on the short side for forwards, owing to illness. Muir, Edgar and Morgan, were all on the sick list, and "Gowie" Robertson, that good, old, all-round player went on at outside left, and Toman crossed to the right wing. This worked out all right, though it gave those at home some qualms of conscience over the construction. Playing against wind and sun, the Reserves kept their end up by some clever work on the part of the defence, Montrose's sharpshooters being repelled at every, chance. Wilson led on his men in good style, the home defence getting plenty of work, Paterson saving brilliantly on two occasions. It was a ding-dong affair without any scoring in the initial period. After a burst by Montrose, Aberdeen settled down to more methodical work, Paterson having to clear away some lively shots. Keeping at it, Drain found an opening after Ritchie had shot well in, and Paterson was beaten. There were some pretty hard knocks going, but they were taken with equanimity, and when "Gowie" put on the second goal, Montrose seemed to lose their heads with eagerness to secure at any price. Their anxiety spoiled their game completely, for their shooting went dead off, Aberdeen retiring with a well-won victory of 2-0, and thus secured the full, points, at the expense of Montrose, at home and away.

Source: Bon-Accord, 24th October 1907

Montrose Teamsheet
Paterson; Kirkland, Craigie; J. Fenton, G. Fenton, Adamson; Murray, Matthew, Black, Burns, McLauchlan
Venue: Links Park, Montrose
Referee: Mr Grant, Perth
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