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Aberdeen 2 - 0 Kilmarnock

HT Score: Aberdeen 1 - 0 Kilmarnock

Scottish Reserve League
Aberdeen scorers: Murray, Murray.

26/02/1910 | KO: 15:15

The reserves of Kilmarnock and Aberdeen served up a good game at Pittodrie. At times there was a little unnecessary spirit infused into the play, which resulted in nothing further than the referee doing some superfluous talking to the players concerned. The visitors expected to at least take away a point with them, if not pay back the defeat of December 18. They went off at a good pace, and one faulty clearance by King very nearly let them in early in the game. Otherwise their shooting was from too long range, and the defence met them easily. Once the home forwards got settled down, the right wing gave the visitors' defence and anxious time, one shot from MacEchern causing the goalkeeper no end of trouble. The extreme right-winger was at his best, and the way he dribbled past the opposition and squared was quite a treat in forward play. The first goal came from the left, who were late in getting into the picture. Edgar passing out to Neilson, who raced away and squared to Tom Murray, who hooked in the ball and beat the goalkeeper from close quarters. Aberdeen quite deserved the lead on crossing over, and with the wind behind them they were very much in evidence on resuming, MacEchern being quite dazzling in the way he eluded his opposing half, and volleyed across some capital centres, which were not always taken advantage of as they might have been. A great shot from Hannah was intercepted on its way by the centre-half, and Murray, picking up the rebound, had the goalkeeper defeated for the second time. Though many likely chances were lost, Aberdeen finished strong winners by 2-0.

Killie had a pair of sturdy backs and a good goalkeeper, but the halves were too strong in their work all through, while the forwards would have done better had they played the ball and paid less attention to the man. King was a trifle nervous at the star, but, getting over that, he did well: while no fault could be found with Hannah and Low. The halves were something like the "Killie" players - too strong in their kicking - but were more fortunate in their tackling. The star forward was MacEchern, and Hay came next. Tom Murray was good in the second half, and kept his wings going in fine style, though the left wing did not get so much to do as they might have done.

Source: Bon-Accord, 3rd March 1910

With the Aberdeen first team at kilmarnock, the A team had the Kilmarnock A at Pittodrie in a reserve league fixture. There was a small attendance of spectators. Teams:-

Aberdeen A: King; Hannah, Low; Davidson, Harper, Henderson; McEchern, Hay, T. Murray, Edgar, Neilson.
Kilmarnock A: Aitken; Kirkwood, Doolan; Ewing, Allan, Crichton; Chambers, Ramsay, Douglas, McNeill, Angus.
Referee - Mr. James Baird, Montrose.

With the wind and sun in their favour the Kilmarnock lads started in promising style, and for a time the Aberdeen defence was stretched to the utmost. The Aberdeen forwards, however, were the first to show goal getting capabilities, a dangerous cross by McEchern being badly taken by Murray. The ball went to Edgar, who shot smartly at close range, Aitken, in saving, sending the ball round the post. Kilmarnock, a sturdy, strong kicking lot, again forced Aberdeen into their own half of the field, and kept them there for fully 15 minutes. A fast grounder by Douglas was returned by king on the goal line, the ball rebounding off the inside of the upright. A free kick let Aberdeen in, but Edgar skied the finishing shot, and then another raking cross from McEchern was missed by Murray. Neilson picked up the cross, and lifted the ball over to Hay, who, in good position for a score, shot over. Aberdeen were now of caning the mastery, and half an hour from the start had the Kilmarnock attack well in hand. From a cross by Neilson, Tom Murray opened the scoring with a shot which had not much force behind it, the centre almost failing to reach the ball with a long lunge after he had Aitken beaten a yard out. The reverse caused Kilmarnock to play up, and king had to get towns smartly to hold a fast grounder on the post. Then Tom Murray broke away, and capped a hard run with a raking shot, which Aitken stopped on his knees. Aitken saved again from Edgar.Aberdeen pressed hard to the interval.

In the second half the Aberdeen team had three-fourths of the play, the forwards in particular being in rare fettle, the specially on the right, McEchern being the star performer of the 22. Douglas was the most aggressive forward on the Kilmarnock side, and he and Hannah has some what exchanges, in which some temper was displayed. Once Douglas got to within a yard from King, and had he not slipped might have scored. Murray got his second goal and Aberdeen's by smartly trapping the ball from a weak clearance by Doolan, and shooting into the net with great force, giving Aitken no chance. King was only once really tried in the second half, and his save, made on the ground from a great shot by Chambers, was loudly cheered. Harper, with a long drive from far out, gave Aitken a hot handful, but the Kilmarnock goalkeeper caught and held tightly. Aberdeen outplayed Kilmarnock to the finish.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 28th February 1910

Kilmarnock Teamsheet
Aitken; Kirkwood, Doolan; Ewing, Allan, Crichton; Chambers, Ramsay, Douglas, McNeill, Angus
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: Mr James Baird, Montrose