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Forfar Athletic 0 - 1 Aberdeen

HT Score: Forfar Athletic 0 - 0 Aberdeen

Scottish Reserve League
Aberdeen scorers: Walker.

19/08/1911 | KO:

Reserves Win At Forfar

Aberdeen Reserves opened the season with a 1-0 victory over Forfar Athletic in the Scottish Reserve League at Forfar. Teams:-

Forfar: Mitchell; Chapman, Gibb; Murphy, Robb, G. Anderson; Easson, Clark, McGarvie, D. Anderson, Petrie.
Aberdeen: Greig; Hannah, Low; Davidson, Watson, Findlay; Dickson, J. Walker, Campbell, Edgar, Neilson.
Referee - Mr. Baird, Montrose.

Aberdeen moved in better unison than the Athletic. Robb, a Dundee lad, occupied the centre-half position for Forfar, and on one occasion he smartly pulled up Campbell when the Aberdeen centre was finely placed for shooting. Aberdeen were playing a much superior game to Forfar. Their forwards were very nippy, and they understood each other's play better. A very smart piece of work by the Aberdeen right wing nearly brought about a goal. Walker and Dickson nicely got round Gibb, and the former finished up with a drive which shot with great force over the crossbar. Forfar could not shake off the pressure from both wings. Neilson had a lovely shot, the ball crashing across the goalmouth. Forfar tried to waken up, but they were weak at half-back and forward. Clark and Petrie, the extreme forwards were the only pair who were shaping at all well. Whenever the forwards got down it was only for a moment. The Forfar goalkeeper had his hands well filled, shots coming in from all quarters. So far the Athletic had never visited the Aberdeen goal. On three occasions if the Aberdeen forwards had been able to shoot at all, and if they had accepted the chances they received, they would have led very comfortably at the interval. The play of the Athletic during the whole time had been exceedingly disappointing, and such form will not do if the team are to make a show at all in the Reserve League. Three corners fell to Aberdeen near the interval, and on each occasion the ball was just scraped away.

Forfar reopened a new team, the forwards infusing some life into their play, and it was not long before Greig had to handle. Clark sent in the first shot, which went past the upright. Easson on the home right bothered Low, and got in a good cross shot which, however, was cleared by Davidson. Aberdeen were undoubtedly the superior team, but shoot they could not. McGarvie came by an accident, and had to be carried off the field. Forfar playing with four forwards improved considerably, and Clark had a long range shot which was followed by a good shot by Easson. Both of these were cleverly turned aside by Greig. David Anderson, who was playing on the Forfar left wing, retired injured, and the Athletic continued with nine men. Anderson had scarcely reached the pavilion when Aberdeen scored, a very fine shot from Walker defeating Mitchell all the way. Forfar were now a beaten team. All along they had never been like winning, and, while it would be unfair to severely criticise the team, as this was the first match of the season, it must be said that there is room for large improvement in their ranks.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 21st August 1911

Forfar Athletic Teamsheet
Mitchell; Chapman, Gibb; Murphy, Robb, G. Anderson; Easson, Clark, McGarvie, D. Anderson, Petrie
Venue: Station Park, Forfar
Referee: Mr Baird, Montrose
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