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Dunfermline 1 - 2 Aberdeen

Northern League
Dunfermline scorers: Hay
Aberdeen scorers: Dalgarno.

28/11/1908 | KO:

Aberdeen A traveled to Dunfermline on Saturday to engage in a Northern League fixture. Teams:-

Dunfermline: Savage; Harvey, Herd; McLaughlan, Brown, Carstairs; Adamson, McLean, Livingstone, Walker, Hay (Balgonie Scottish).
Aberdeen A: King; Hannah, Macfarlane; Davidson, McGunn, Roberts; Hay, Ritchie, Dalgarno, Toman, Edgar.

Aberdeen were the first aggressors, but McLean was early prominent with a fine kick to Adamson, but the right-winger failed to put the pass to advantage. The next minute, Livingstone passed with fine judgment to Adamson, who failed to catch the ball, and a good opportunity was lost. However, after Edgar had failed to push matters for the A's the Dunfermline van got possession, and Hay, taking advantage of a slip by Macfarlane, who found his footing unsteady, guided the ball into the net. The visitors severely pressed the home goal, Harvey ultimately clearing. McLaughlan and Adamson had creditable tries for goal. Brilliant combination was displayed by Colman and Edgar, the latter shooting with great force. Savage gripped the ball, and when lying on the ground he was attacked by three opponents, one of whom went the length of putting his arm around his neck, but he refused to be dispossessed, ultimately clearing amidst great cheering. Do what they liked, Aberdeen could not throw off the pressure, and Hay was loudly cheered for a brilliant run up the wing, during which he beat several opponents, while Brown just missed the mark. However, Aberdeen were not idle, and Hay gave Savage a teaser to hold. The game was a regular grueller, and the Aberdeen backs were finding it difficult to hold the homesters, while Colman and Edgar were clever on the Aberdeen left. Aberdeen were now playing with great vigour, but Harvey and Herd were staunch and steady. Walker tried a low shot, but King obtained the ball before Livingston's long leg. Hardy was playing a great game in the home defence, but the homesters were falling away. Brown foolishly manipulated the ball on the goal, and the mistake host Dunfermline a goal. Dalgarno headed into the net from a finely-taken kick by Hay. This reverse only served to spark of the forwards, and offside robbed Livingstone of a certain goal after he had pushed through a crowd of players. Brown shot in with great vigour. King failed to hold the ball, and thre players rushed at it, but failed to guide the ball into the open goal. Visitors got the equaliser, but Aberdeen again took the lead near the finish.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 30th November 1908

A Splendid Result.

The Aberdeen Reserves have so often this season disappointed their friends that a win at Dunfermline on Saturday came as a surprise to those at home. On their own pitch the Athletic can give the best of teams a hard run for victory, so that the visitors are to be reckoned with now that they have commenced to get into a winning vein. While at times they were sorely pressed in the first period, their forwards gave a nippy display, and kept the home defence on tenter-hooks when near goat Dalgarno was credited with scoring Aberdeen's first goal, and the second got well on in the second period settled the issue. Dunfermline Athletic played hard, but much of their work went for nothing, their forwards working tho ball too far in front to be dangerous, though King brought off several grand saves. On the Aberdeen side, Dalgarno was the pick of a good forward line, and Roberts the best half; while the backs both played well. King seems to have recovered his form in goal.

Source: Bon-Accord, 3rd December 1908

Dunfermline Teamsheet
Savage; Harvey, Herd; McLaughlan, Brown, Carstairs; Adamson, McLean, Livingstone, Walker, Hay (Balgonie Scottish)
Venue: East End Park, Dunfermline
Referee: Mr W. McArthur, Stirling