Source: The Scotsman, 28th October 1907
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 28th October, 1907
A Disappointing Result.A cold, cheerless sort of day awaited our arrival at Tynecastle on Saturday, when, despite the atmospheric conditions, there was, a good attendance to witness the start. If there was anything remarkable in the play at the start, it was the earnestness with which the Heart's players threw into their work. Aberdeen's defence stood up to the attacks like a solid wall for a short time, and then we had a spell of pressure at Allan, who saved from Simpson and Murray. It took our men a fifteen minutes to settle down, but once they got moving, kept the Hearts' defence on tenterhooks. Success was bound to come, though O'Hagan should have scored from a corner before. Macdonald cut in beautifully, and accepted a cross from Lennie, and had the ball past Allan before the goalkeeper knew where it was. Murray had a lovely chance a short time after, and how he missed it no one could tell. Leading at half-time by one goal hardly represented the run of the play, but the old fault of the Aberdeen forwards was more than apparent - foozling at goal-mouth. It was this hesitancy to shoot and throwing away chances that gave the Hearts some hope of pulling even, and when they did that their mission to win seemed easy. The last fifteen minutes saw the Aberdeen lying down its if they had never been in the game at all. It was sad to us to behold three goals going on after doing most of the pressing prior to that, and, to our memory, it was the first time we had seen Aberdeen defeated at Tynecastle.
The Play and Players.That Aberdeen lost by 3 goals to 1 was entirely due to their own foolishness at goalmouth. In accepting the crosses from the wing men, Murray and O'Hagan displayed exceptional weakness in shooting, and ought to have had their side three goals up before the Hearts got their chance. One thing has to be taken into account, however, and that is Charlie Thomson used his weight rather unceremoniously at times, but for all that the chances were there. Macintosh was also below form, and seems to want a rest in our opinion. The others all did well, especially Macfarlane in goal, who was in great form and saved the situation at the start. On the winning side Thomson and Walker stood out head and shoulders above the others, Colombo being greatly indebted to the internationalist for making his play look more than common-place. Next to Walker, Peddie was the most dangerous forward, while the wing halves were fair, and the goalkeeper exceptionally smart.
Chatty BitsAberdeen have still the old trouble to contend with in their forward line. A good shot, one who has little fear to use his weight and can use his feet, is wanted, and wanted badly. Is there none of the reserves fit to do this? They can always get above one goal in a match. This one goal business is getting a bit stale, and for their own reputation the forwards should make an effort to improve on it. The A's scored five times on Saturday and had two disallowed. They are working up the table rapidly. At this rate there is nothing to hinder them being top this year if the team is left alone. In the first round of the Aberdeenshire and District cup Harp easily overcame their Fraserburgh rivals (Victoria) by 8 goals to nil. . Peterhead, after a drawn game at Fraserburgh, beat the Hearts of that town by 7-I, in the first round of the same competition. There was a large crowd present to see the tie between Keith Strathisla and Huntly United. After a stiff game, Strathisla won by 2-1. Fraserburgh seem to have suffered badly on Saturday, but their time will come if they keep pegging away. For a town of its size Fraserburgh does well to keep so many senior clubs together, and all do well on their own grounds. It is expected Toman will be all right for Saturday, as he was able to move about freely after massage treatment. The accident appeared quite simple, but it might have proved dangerous had he been allowed to resume playing. We are afraid Dunfermline have seen the last of Innes, their centre half, for some time. He was quite unable to last Satur¬day's game, and had to retire, without coming in contact with anyone. Gault is still keeping his place for West Ham, and Boyle, for Bristol Rovers, is doing great work.
Source: Bon-Accord, 31st October 1907