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Third Lanark 0 - 3 Aberdeen

HT Score: Third Lanark 0 - 2 Aberdeen

Scottish Reserve League
Aberdeen scorers: Simpson, Towns, McKenzie.

28/08/1909 | KO:

At Cathkin Park. Teams:-

Third Lanark: R. Watt; R. Martin, Smith; McLean, Dickson, Barr; Cross, Hosie, McDonald, McFie, Dewar.
Aberdeen: King; Hannah, Harper; Wilson, Macfarlane, Henderson; Hay, Towns, McKenzie, Simpson, Jaffrey.
Referee - T. McKnight.

With the wind in their favour, Aberdeen were not long in getting in front of Watt. Play was mostly in Third's half till Macdonald broke away. Hannah was responsible for some good clearing, and Hay shot past. This was followed by a weak effort on the part of Jaffrey. The visitors were seen in the next few minutes to great advantage, as first Simpson and then Towns scored, and thus early Aberdeen were two up. Rallying somewhat Macdonald, at the other end, had a grand effort, which just went past. John Cross forced a corner, which came to nothing. Following this, play was much faster, yet Third's forwards failed against the strong wind. A good shot from Jaffrey was cleverly cleared by Watt. Dewar, after good play by McFie, just put to the wrong side of the post. The best shot of the date now came from Simpson, which, at the expense of a corner, was cleared by Watt. Aberdeen's defence were seen to advantage on more than one occasion. Hosie and Macdonald worked hard, but their efforts met with little result. Dewar again had a chance, but sent wide.

On resuming, third took up the running, and were soon attacking with energy. A surprise came their way when Mckenzie put on a third goal. Good chances were thrown away by McFie and Dickson, the former lifting the ball over when right under the bar. As a game it was proving highly interesting, good play being shown by both teams. Third at this point were certainly working hard for goal, and it looked as if this would eventually come their way. They failed to Pierce the defence, and the game resulted - Aberdeen A, 3; Third Lanark A, 0.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 30th August 1909


The most that was expected of the Aberdeen A in their initial game at Cathkin on Saturday against Third Lanark A was that they would make a good appearance. It was regarded on all hands that they were running up against a more experienced lot than they were themselves, and would have to play well to come out top. That they have done so, and that by the score of 3-0 clearly proves that they are a better side than some would-be critics give them credit for. It must not be inferred that they had an easy passage at Cathkin - not by any means - they had to work for their goals, and that right hard too. A fine movement about ten minutes after the start brought the ball into the danger zone, when Hay and Towns made the requisite move, and Simpson opened the visitors' account. Inside five minutes' Towns capped another good effort with a second goal, and gaining confidence with success, the forwards kept up a rattling pace. After the breather the Thirds were more in evidence for a short time, serving to show that the Aberdeen defence was as sound as their attack. Simpson let Jaffrey away on the wing, and sorinting past the defenders, he put across a lovely ball, which McKenzie as deftly shot into the net. This proved all the scoring, though some spirited passages were continued to the finish. The reserves have made a good name for themselves in St Mungo by their play, which was methodical forward, aggressive at half-back and thoroughly defensive at back, with King doing splendidly in goal.

Source: Bon-Accord, 2nd September 1909

Third Lanark Teamsheet
R. Watt; R. Martin, Smith; McLean, Dickson, Barr; Cross, Hosie, McDonald, McFie, Dewar
Venue: Cathkin Park, Glasgow
Referee: T. McNight