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Aberdeen 2 - 1 Lochgelly

HT Score: Aberdeen 2 - 1 Lochgelly

Northern League
Aberdeen scorers: Towns, Dalgarno.
Lochgelly scorers: W. Gray (pen)

12/12/1908 | KO:

Lochgelly United were the visitors to Pittodrie on Saturday afternoon, when they met the Aberdeen reserves in a Northern League fixture. There were several hundred spectators present when the teams lined up as follows:-

Aberdeen A: King; Hannah, Stephen; Davidson, Macfarlane, Roberts; Hay, Towns, Dalgarno, Ritchie, Edgar.
Lochgelly United: Ness; Mclean, Young; Ramsay, W. Gray, Marnoch; Frail, Currie, Wilkie, Christie, McKenzie.
Referee - Mr. Phillip, Dunfermline.

Aberdeen opened strongly. The attacked for about five minutes, but the opposing defence was able to keep them out. A good clearance by McLean allowed Frail to get away. The wing man showed fine speed, but his parting effort was somewhat wide. Aberdeen had most of the game, and after 8 minutes' play, took the lead. Edgar forced a corner, and placed the ball in the centre of goal. Ness fisted out, the ball going to Towns, who scored with a hard drive. Lochgelly attacked from the kick-off, and for some time play was confined to Aberdeen Territory. The Fifeshire halves were now in excellent form, and the Aberdeen forwards, try as they could, could not get off. Lochgelly held the upper hand, and forced two fruitless corners. Wilkie got off on his own, and was on the point of shooting inside the penalty area when he was brought down by Hannah. The referee gave a penalty, from which W. Gray made the scores even. Play was now very fast and equally divided. Towards the close of the period, Aberdeen forced matters, and the Lochgelly goal had several narrow escapes from cross is by Hay. About 5 minutes before half-time, Aberdeen took the lead, Dalgarno converting a cross by Hay. Ritchie missed an open goal in the closing minutes.

The game was restarted in brisk fashion by Aberdeen. Lochgelly's strongly retaliated, and for some time play ranged from end to end. Lochgelly went in for the close-passing game, and the local half-backs in consequence had no difficulty in keeping the visiting forwards in check. Lochgelly were practically helpless in front of goal. He would not shoot, and the local defence got plenty of time to clear. Lochgelly's defence had a lot to do, but they did their work well. The game was fast, but on eventful, until the closing stages, when Aberdeen missed several good openings. Edgar, Dalgarno, towns, and Ritchie, were each presented with good chances, but they failed to improve upon them. Wilkie missed an open goal for Lochgelly. There was no more scoring when the referee sounded time.

The gate and stands amounted to £21.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 14th December 1908

Lochgelly Drop Points.

Aberdeen further maintained their improvement in form on Saturday, when they defeated Lochgelly by 2-1. They had to fight pretty hard in the first half, when they scored twice, through Towns and Dalgarno, the latter's effort being quite a treat to watch. The granting of a penalty against one of Aberdeen's backs for alleged tripping inside the penalty brought the "Fifers" their only goal. Lochgelly had big share in the play in the first period, but were seldom seen in the picture during the second period, which brought no goals to either side, though Aberdeen had the ball in the net on two occasions. For Aberdeen, Hay and Dalgarno were the best forwards, while Davidson in the middle line, and Hannah at back put in some good work. The "Fifers" were best served by Ness in goal, end the two backs, while Trail was their best forward.

Source: Bon-Accord, 17th December 1908

Lochgelly Teamsheet
Ness; Mclean, Young; Ramsay, W. Gray, Marnoch; Frail, Currie, Wilkie, Christie, McKenzie
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: Mr. Philip, Dunfermline
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