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Aberdeen 0 - 1 Lochgelly United

HT Score: Aberdeen 0 - 0 Lochgelly United

Northern League
Lochgelly United scorers: Scott

30/11/1907 | KO: 14:30

Northern League match, at Aberdeen. Play was entirely in favour of the home side during the first period, but in the second Lochgelly had more than a fair share of the game, and towards the finish Thornton scored. Result:- Lochgelly, one goal; Aberdeen, nothing..

Source: The Scotsman, 2nd December 1907

In fine weather these teams met at Pittodrie on Saturday afternoon before a large attendance. Teams:-

Aberdeen A: Mutch; Hannah, Brebner; Davidson, JJ Simpson, Drain; Muir, Mckinley, Wilson, Ritchie, Robertson.
Lochgelly United: McLuskie; McNeil, Middlemass; Donnacher, Ramsay, Christie; McKenzie, Mackie, Barclay, Thornton, Scott.
Mister W. Henderson, Dundee, was referee.

Aberdeen appeared wearing red and white jerseys owing to Lochgelly's colours being black and gold. Barclay kicked off, and the game was not a minute old ere McLuskie had to fist out a shot from the Aberdeen right. An exciting race for possession accord between Barclay and Brebner, but the local man got there first, and kicked into touch for safety. By superior play, Aberdeen were soon bobbing around McLuskie, and the custodian brought off several creditable saves. From Robertson's cross McKinley had a grand opportunity of scoring, but he shot weakly behind. At the other end a foul was given against Wilson for charging Mackie. Simpson cleared with a huge kick, and Aberdeen were once more tried conclusions with McLuskie. Muir scraped the bar with a great drive, but and shortly after Mckinley guided a shot from his outside colleague into McLuskie's hands. A weak finishing by Ritchie and Wilson kept the Aberdeen from opening the scoring, but the A's were persistent, and the attack could not be shaken off. It was practically a case of Aberdeen shooting and Lochgelly defending, but score the locals could not, and the first half ended without either team having a goal to its credit.

The game took on a very different complexion after the resumption. Lochgelly played up in surprising fashion, and Mutch was frequently called upon to exert himself. Muir was distinguishing himself on the Aberdeen right, and from a cross of his it looked as if Robertson could not help notching a point. The outside-left, however, accomplished the well-nigh impossible by kicking behind. After Lochgelly had forced a fruitless corner a great shot from Mackie struck the bar and went over. The game quite and down considerably, the ball traveling about in an aimless sort of manner. Wilson tried to get through on his own, and failed miserably. The centre was eager to a degree, but his feet and the ball were always getting mixed, and he frequently seemed to lose his head completely. About 10 minutes from time Scott scored for the visitors. Aberdeen tried hard to equalise, but their shooting was lamentably weak, and they were unsuccessful.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 2nd December 1907

Disappointing Game at Pittodrie.

The most prominent feature of the game at Pittodrie was the number of chances for scoring which the local forwards threw away. During the first half Lochgelly seldom got past midfield, and while the extreme wing men were planking the ball right into goal every time, it was only to see the centre and inside men make a mess of the chances given. One was not more to blame than the other in this respect. Halves and backs were trying to score, but through the ball would not go, bursting a ball even at that. There was little to enthuse about in the game. Lochgelly have a splendid defence, and thus kept matters right till well on in the second period, when a chance shot by their forwards took effect. This gave them the points, which on play they hardly deserved. Aberdeen lost simply by their eagerness to score, and the fact that George Wilson, who played at centre, was practically unfit to play, and was certified as such by the doctor. If such is the case, it was neither fair nor just to the player to have him out against such opponents. The A's are in great wrath over this defeat, but it is just one of those lessons which they have to learn. Lochgelly gave little promise of scoring at any time till their chance came, though they should have had a penalty in their favour early in the second half. The referee was not giving away gifts on Saturday or Aberdeen would have been granted at least two of these in the first half and one in the second. The light was bad, and this may have misled the official.

Source: Bon-Accord, 5th December 1907

Lochgelly United Teamsheet
McLuskie; McNeil, Middlemass; Donnacher, Ramsay, Christie; McKenzie, Mackie, Barclay, Thornton, Scott
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: Mr W. Henderson, Dundee
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