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Aberdeen 4 - 0 East Fife

HT Score: Aberdeen 0 - 0 East Fife

Northern League
Aberdeen scorers: Robertson, Muir, McKinlay, McKinlay.

16/11/1907 | KO: 14:40

At Pittodrie, on Saturday afternoon. Teams:-

Aberdeen A: Mutch; Hannah, Brebner; Davidson, J. J. Simpson, Drain; Muir, McKinlay, Collins, Ritchie, Robertson.
East Fife: Mackie; Clark, Beveridge; Gray, Bell, McLean; Menzies, Horne, Peggie, Wilkie, Scott.
Referee - Mr. M. Irvine, Kirkcaldy.

Rain was falling when the game commenced, and the cold wind blew across the pitch. Collins kicked off, and East Fife attacked, Horne shooting behind. The visitors returned, and Peggie waltzed round the defence, but he hung on the ball too long, and Davidson relieved. Aberdeen soon got their footing, and first Ritchie and then Simpson tested Mackie with good tries. Collins was giving an improved display on his first appearance, and was distributing played very judiciously. On one occasion the centre got his head on the ball from a cross by Muir, and Mackie just saved, with nothing to spare. A great shot from McKinley was luckily blocked by Beveridge, and then Horne sped westwards. He carried the ball well forward, but Drain and Brebner between them dispossessed him. Following an offside decision against Collins, Peggie tested Mutch with a good shot. Half-time arrived without either team having scored.

Aberdeen commenced the second half with great dash. The whole van bore down on Mackie. The ball was crossed from the right, and Clark missing his kick, Robertson rushed in and scored ere a minute had elapsed since the resumption. Scott but his partner off, but the inside left was bustled when he was steadying himself to shoot, and the ball went behind. From a pass by Collins, McKinley scored, but offside nullified the point. A brilliant effort of Muir's was responsible for Aberdeen's second goal. The outside right neatly tricked McLean and Beveridge, and, carrying the ball into the centre of the field, he shot into the net from almost beneath the bar. The game was now being carried on in East Fife's territory, the visitors only occasionally getting over the middle line. Davidson tried a pot shot from far out. Mackie caught the ball, but it slipped from his hands and went over the line. The referee failed to notice the fact, however, and the point was lost. Another great drive from and Muir was tipped over the bar by Mackie, the resulting corner proving fruitless. Horne again distinguished himself with good foot work, but his shooting was extremely faulty, and the ball again went wide of the mark. McKinley could Aberdeen three up within unsavable drive, and immediately after the inside right again scored but he was lying offside. To the fourth goal, however, came soon after, McKinley again being responsible. He got the ball about the centre of the field and rushed down on Mackie. In the belief that McKinley was off side, Beveridge did not tackle him, and the inside right easily scored.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 18th November 1907

East Fife Routed.

Fortunately for those who were present at Pittodrie the rain kept off while play was in progress, though the disagreeable weather kept many away. The start was prompt, and it was seen that Aberdeen had introduced Collins to play at centre forward, their previous week's man failing to put in an appearance. There was plenty of dash in the first half, but the shooting was just that much off the mark that the ball always landed on the wrong side. Aberdeen had the better of the exchanges through¬out a blank first half, neither side leaving the field at lemon time. The start of the second half was exciting. Aberdeen burst away on the right by Muir, who sent across a perfect daisy, which " Gowie" planked in the net in less than a minute from the kick-off. Shortly after, Muir capped another fine run with a shot which Mackie could not look at. Before the finish McKinley Scored a couple of goals, the last one being an individual effort which brought down the house. With a little care at goal-mouth, East Fife should have had at least one goal, for they had one chance which Peggie lost, which looked like a gift to them, but he shot past with Mutch prostrate in goal. All the same, Aberdeen were the superior side, and Mackie saved the "Fifers" from a humiliating defeat. There was no light to spare at the finish.

The Players.

Collins, who made his second appearance for the A team, created a most favourable impression. He seems cut out for the centre position, but lacks speed, which, for a lad of his build, is bound to come with proper training, of which he has had none to speak of. Mutch was safe in goal, and the two backs were as steady as rocks. The halves were in their usual element, and it would be difficult to say which was best. Most work came from the right wing, Muir and McKinley making a capital pair, and ought to get a trial in the first team some of these days. The left wing were also very good, "Gowie" and Ritchie sending in some very good shots.

Source: Bon-Accord, 21st November 1907

East Fife Teamsheet
Mackie; Clark, Beveridge; Gray, Bell, McLean; Menzies, Horne, Peggie, Wilkie, Scott
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: Mr M. Irvine, Kirkcaldy
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