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Aberdeen 1 - 1 Brechin City

HT Score: Aberdeen 1 - 0 Brechin City

Northern League
Aberdeen scorers: Simpson.
Brechin City scorers: Graham (pen)

29/02/1908 | KO: 15:30

These teams met in a return league fixture at Pittodrie on Saturday afternoon. The weather was cold and there was only a small attendants. Teams:-

Aberdeen A: Mutch; Hannah, Brebner; Davidson, Simpson, Ross ('Varsity); MacEchern, Paterson ('Varsity), Paterson, Toman, Robertson.
Brechin: Hampton; Chapman, Lyon; Melvin, Shand, Campbell; Esson, Graham, Glen, Richardson, Vass.
Referee - Mister J. Baird, Montrose.

Brechin won the toss, and Paterson kicked off two wards the west goal. Aberdeen swept west in a body, and a sensation was caused in the first minute. Richardson handled within the area, and a penalty was granted. Brebner took the kick, but Hampton saved finely on all fours. Shortly after the goalkeeper was beaten, however, a nice uprising shot from Simpson rolling over his arms into the net. At this stage the superiority of Aberdeen was most marked, Brechin, with wind advantage, making but little headway against the sturdy defence set up by the local halves. Time and again MacEchern left Campbell hopelessly behind, the Wyllie student was too big and a handful even for the redoubtable and Lyon. MacEchern's crossing was at all times accurate, and Hampton's charge was in constant jeopardy. Brechin gradually worked their way east, and for a time the pressure on the Aberdeen goal was very severe. The shots which reached Mutch, however, were all from long range, and the goalkeeper dealt with them all easily. Snatching up a pass from the right, MacEchern romped off towards Hampton, and his parting shot 'cause the custodian some trouble. Five minutes from the interval Brechin were again penalised, Campbell charging MacEchern within the prescribed space. Simpson took the kick, but Hampton again saved.

Brechin took up the running on resuming, and Glen came very near scoring when Hannah missed his kick in the opening exchanges. At the other end MacEchern tried a pot shot, but the ball struck the wrong side of the net. For a long time the game was nothing but a series of goal kicks at Hampton's end, the shooting of the local forwards being miserable. Graham had a gallop on the right, and then Richardson missed a rare opportunity by hanging on the ball too long. It was a game of penalties, Brebner gave one away during a scrimmage, and Graham banged the ball into the net from the free kick. Two wards the end of the game Brechin pressed, and Mutch was several times tested. There was no further scoring, however, and the game ended - Aberdeen A,1; City, 1.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 2nd March 1908

p>A Draw at Pittodrie.

Brechin City put up a good fight with the Aberdeen reserves on Saturday. There were considerable alterations in the home eleven, which were only known at the last minute. Collins was unable to play through illness, and Wilson, Drain and McKinley were assisting the first eleven. Ross of the 'Varsity, stepped in for Drain, and McEachran and Paterson from the same club formed the right wing, with Paterson from the Gordon Highlanders as centre. Play opened favourably for the home side, but they missed several easy chances; in fact the whole game might be summarised in lost opportunities. The goal which John James Simpson opened Aberdeen's account with was a beauty, and worked for, richly deserving the plaudits it evoked. Even with two penalties thrown in, Brebner failed at the first and Davidson at the second. In the open Brechin made a good show, but they were seldom allowed to trouble Mutch. In the second period, though, Aberdeen tried to press home the advantage they held, the visitors from a penalty equalised and the scores remained unaltered to the finish, Brechin carrying away a valuable point to them. Play was good and bad by turns. McEachran played a rattling game but was poorly supported by Paterson, while the centre, though quick in stopping the ball, roamed too much from his proper place. The left wing were only fair. The halves and backs were the mainstay of the side and put in a lot of grand work, and what little Mutch had to do was done well. Lyon put in a lot of work for the visitors, especially in covering up, but we thought Campbell the cleanest kick of the two. In goal they were very well served indeed, and the halves were a hard-working trio, with the extreme men the best in the front line.

Source: Bon-Accord, 5th March 1908

Brechin City Teamsheet
Hampton; Chapman, Lyon; Melvin, Shand, Campbell; Esson, Graham, Glen, Richardson, Vass
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: Mr J. Baird, Montrose
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