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Aberdeen 3 - 0 Dunfermline Athletic

HT Score: Aberdeen 2 - 0 Dunfermline Athletic

Northern League
Aberdeen scorers: Ritchie, McKinlay, Robertson.

26/10/1907 | KO: 15:15

Aberdeen they played Dunfermline Athletic in a Northern League fixture at Pittodrie on Saturday afternoon. The weather was dull and showery, and there was a small attendance. Teams:-

Aberdeen A: Mutch; Hannah, Brebner; Davidson, Simpson, Drain; Toman, McKinley, Wilson, Ritchie, Robertson.
Dunfermline: Spittal; Pitblado, Herd; Brown, Innes, McLaughlan; McDougall, Pitcairn, Grier, Livingston, Fraser.
Referee - Mister G. Davidson, Arbroath.

Grier kicked off, and Dunfermline immediately bore down on Mutch, but Davidson got his foot in, and sent them to the right about. The ball was returned, however, and Mutch dealt smartly with a good shot by the Grier. Aberdeen retaliated, and were granted a foul close in. The kick had to be taken twice owing to an infringement by one of the Dunfermline players, but eventually the ball was sent down the field. The Aberdeen men were soon back, and a neat pass by a Drain gave Toman a glorious opportunity, but the foreword missed the ball altogether, and it went into touch. From the throw-in, Toman crossed accurately into goalmouth, and in the melee which ensued Innes was hurt, and for the rest of the game Dunfermline more deprived of the services of a most useful half-back. Hannah tried a shot from far out, but the ball went wide, and shortly after Ritchie forced a fruitless corner. McLaughlan was not over particular in his methods of tackling, and, Toman was having rather a rough time of it. Aberdeen were having all the best of the exchanges, and after a prolonged pressure on Spittal, Ritchie converted a pass by Wilson. The game had hardly been resumed when Robertson dashed away on the right, and McKinley, picking up his cross, banged the ball past Spittal for the second time. Livingstone tried to get through on his own, and very nearly succeeded, but in steadying himself to shoot he unfortunately handled, and the chance was lost. Another individual effort by the same player providing Grier with an opening, but the centre was given offside. At the other end Wilson scored an offside goal, the whistle blowing immediately after for the end of the period.

The teams resumed without an interval. Dunfermline started vigorously, and Fraser had a spanking run on the left. He outwitted Davidson and Hannah, but Mutch easily saved his parting shot. The shooting of both teams was anything but accurate, but this was accounted for by the greasy nature of both the ground and the ball. Aberdeen were soon swarming round Spittal, and the Dunfermline defence had more work to do than they were able to cope with. McKinley and Toman in particular played well together, McLaughlan being quite unable to hold them. Toman had the misfortune to wrench his knee, and for the rest of the period Aberdeen were on an equal footing with their opponents. Livingstone let Fraser away again, and the outside left dashed along at a great pace. Hannah coolly knocked him off the ball, and with the huge kick transferred playing to the other end. Aberdeen's third goal followed an exciting race for the ball between Robertson and Spittal. Robertson got there first, and easily scored. Dunfermline were no a beaten team, and very seldom got away from their own part of the field. Wilson scored another offside goal shortly before the close. A very one-sided game ended - Aberdeen A, 3; Dunfermline Athletic, 0.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 28th October 1907

Aberdeen A Going Strong.

Those who were present at Pittodrie on Saturday will readily admit that they got good value for their money. Dunfermline were a much heavier lot than the home players, but they lacked the nippiness and sureness at goalmouth. Though the result appears as 3-0 in favour of the Aberdeen, other two good goals were knocked off for offsides, which, in our judgment, were good ones. The one which "Gowie" Robertson scored in the first half was a very fine effort, and how he was given out of play puzzled us to understand. He cut in from the left and met a pass from Toman, which he planked in the net very cleverly, but, to his amazement, it was disallowed. The game, however, provided plenty of excitement, Aberdeen having the grip of play almost from the start. They were determined to wipe off the 4-0 defeat, and it was not their fault that the same score was not reached.
Unfortunately for the visitors, Innes had to retire after twenty minutes' play, owing to his knee giving way. Ritchie opened the score with a fine drive, and McKinley repeated the effort a few minutes after. Only the fine back play of Pitblado and the goalkeeper kept the score from being larger at half-time. On resuming, the home lot had several good tries before Mutch got to handle the ball at all. Toman's knee gave way when he had a likely chance, and he had to retire. Ritchie scored a third goal from a cross by "Gowie," which the goalkeeper could not get rid of. Aberdeen tried hard for another, and were pressing hard when the whistle sounded.

Honours List.

Pitblado and Fraser easily carried off the honours for Dunfermline on Saturday. The latter is a good wing man and has a good turn of speed. The back is a strong kicker and tackles as surely as there is any need for. Mutch, Hannah and Brebner seem to have a nice understanding amongst them, but we should just advise the right back not to risk lying so far up until he gets more speed, and in that line, Hannah has improved greatly since he came to Pittodrie. The halves were all good, and we should not put one before the other, while the same applies to the front line. We should like to add, however, how pleased we were to see "Gowie" Robertson in the left wing: and how well he played! Always genial and hearty, there is no loafing in his play, going for goal all the time.

Source: Bon-Accord, 31st October 1907

Dunfermline Athletic Teamsheet
Spittal; Pitblado, Herd; Brown, Innes, McLaughlan; McDougall, Pitcairn, Grier, Livingston, Fraser
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: Mr J. Davidson, Arbroath
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