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Aberdeen 4 - 1 Forfar Athletic

HT Score: Aberdeen 3 - 0 Forfar Athletic

Northern League
Aberdeen scorers: Nichol, Edgar, Davidson, Nichol.
Forfar Athletic scorers: Low (Penalty)

26/11/1910 | KO: 14:40


By a 4 goals to 1 margin Aberdeen A defeated Forfar Athletic in a Northern League game played at Pittodrie before nearly 2000 spectators. Halkett, the ex-captain of the Aberdeen team, appeared at right half for Forfar, but only gave a moderate display. Teams:-

Aberdeen A: Greig; Hannah, Harper; Watson, Macfarlane, Low; Hay, Davidson, WD Nichol, Edgar, Neilson.
Forfar Athletic: Paterson; Skene, Hannan; Halkett, Chapman, Bruce; Lovery, Low, Bowman, Easson, Petrie.
Referee - Mr. Winter, Dundee.

Disaster early befell the visitors, as with only a few minutes gone Nichol, with a terrific shot, opened the scoring, and Edgar followed this up by heading through a second. Forfar took a long time to get into their stride, but even when they were at their best they made little impression on the home defence. The locals attacked for the greater part of the half, and Paterson on several occasions did well to clear. With their strong lead the Aberdonians did not force the pace, and with their superiority being so marked, the game, to the spectators, became uninteresting. We'll know and Petrie made some futile attempts at raiding the home goal, but apart from these efforts the visitors were continually on the defensive. After he had cleared several times and rapid succession, Patterson fisted out from Hay, and Davidson catching on headed through the third point.

There was no improvement on the standard of play in the second half, and with Forfar again forced to defend, the visiting forwards were seldom in the game. It was apparent that Aberdeen were well satisfied with their advantage, yet even although the leaders eased down considerably, the visitors failed to take advantage, and play was all in favour of the ground side. Several chances were lost to them by erratic shooting and hesitancy, and though they scored again it was because the goal was inevitable. Hay tricked two opponents, and Nichol bind the ball through from point blank range. Near the close goal burst off for Forfar, but was filed in the penalty area, and from the ensuing kick scored the visitors' solitary point. An idea of the run of play they be gathered from the fact that Greig only wants touch the ball in the second half, when he had a goal kick. Aberdeen A were easily the superior side, and the issue was never in doubt.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 28th November 1910

Except those who expect to see the Reserves do everything that the League eleven do, and a great deal more, those who can differentiate between one style of football and another witnessed a good game in its class on Saturday. Many expected a closer result, but when a team gets into its stride at once and scores, it takes a lot out of their opponents. This was just what we saw on Saturday.

The local then got away, and, when reaching a good range, they let fly without hesitation. Nichol was in his bustling, scoring mood, and there was no holding him from having a try at everything. It did not always come off, but others could add; and when Edgar and Stewart Davidson had increased the total to 3-0, the Forfarians set about keeping down the score rather than do anything in that line themselves.

On crossing over, Nichol put on a fourth goal with a great effort; and here the scoring incidents ended till Hannah gave away a penalty at the finish, when Low, of Forfar, scored. We assert that though many chances were missed it was a good game, in which the A team did themselves no injustice, though we confess Forfar did not play like what they usually do on Station Park.

Source: Bon-Accord, 1st December 1910

Forfar Athletic Teamsheet
Paterson; Skene, Hannan; Halkett, Chapman, Bruce; Lovery, Low, Bowman, Easson, Petrie
Attendance: 2,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: Mr Winter, Dundee
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