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Airdrie 0 - 1 Aberdeen

HT Score: Airdrie 0 - 1 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)
Aberdeen scorers: Murray.

01/01/1908 | KO:

With three changes in their usual team, Airdrie met Aberdeen at Broomfield. During the first half the Airdrieonians were somewhat unlucky in not scoring out of numerous efforts, several of which MacFarlane saved in brilliant fashion. The only goal of the first half was scored by Murray, as a result of some smart work on the left wing. During the second half Aberdeen had much the best of the game. The Airdrie forwards showed no cohesion, and their finishing was eminently ragged. In fact, they never shaped to win the points. On the other hand, Murray fed his wings most judiciously, and the forward line kept up a steady attack towards Airdrie's goal. The halves, Davidson and Duncan, were not to be overcome, however, and kept out all assaults. The game ended up one to none in favour of Aberdeen, who in their general play were value for full points.

Source: The Scotsman, 2nd January 1908

Despite the discouragement of their reverse at the hands of Greenock Morton on Saturday, Aberdeen succeeded yesterday in adding a couple of points to their account on the Scottish League table, at the expense of Airdrie. The homey 11 was reorganised to a certain extent on account of the number of matches to be played this week, while the Aberdeen team travelled in full strength. The ground was somewhat hard, but in good condition, when Mr. Faichney, Falkirk, lined the teams up in the following order:-
To Airdrie: Duncan; Davidson, McLay; Young, McGran, Finlay; Breckenridge, Thompson, Gracie, Anderson, Ward.
Aberdeen: Macfarlane; Colman, Hume; Halkett, McIntosh, Low; Macdonald, Simpson, Murray, O'Hagan, Lennie.

Aberdeen started the game, but it was the home men who made the initial aggressive movements, and in quick succession Gracie and Anderson sent in shots which skimmed over the bar, while Thompson, a few minutes later proved even more dangerous, and drive from his foot causing Macfarlane to move in lively fashion. These attacks seemed to fire the Northerners' blood, and that once made off two wards Duncan, but Lennie, who led the invasion, shot wildly over the bar. Back again came the Airdrie forwards, and although the Aberdeen halves tried time and again to relieve the pressure and let their right wing off, the opposition of Young and Davidson was too strong. Macfarlane was always ready when Colman and Hume chanced to let the Airdrie forwards in. Lennie ultimately got away on the margin, and at the proper moment he crossed nicely to the centre, where Murray was ready. The pivot was at close range and his final effort was straight and true, landing the ball in the net, nicely out of Duncan's reach. The early lead taken by Aberdeen incensed the local lot to even stronger efforts than before, and right up to the interval they hammered away at the Aberdeen defence, but without result.

With the resumption, Aberdeen took the game completely in hand, and Davidson and McLay were hard put to it, while Duncan two had a occasionally to move smartly in order to clear his lines. This state of matters prevailed for a somewhat lengthy period, but the tide has turned, and Colman and Hume had a spell of strong punting, with Macfarlane working excitedly, but confidently, in their rear. Numerous fruitless corners came to Airdrie, but the front line was lacking in cohesion, and, with the exception of Thomson and Gracie, were painfully erratic in shooting for goal. As time wore on it was evident that Airdrie had little prospect of equalising, but to make sure of this, Aberdeen took up the running two wards the close, and frequently looked like adding to their score.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 2nd January 1908

After their defeat at Greenock, Aberdeen visited Airdrie on New Year's Day, and, playing for all they were worth, bagged the points by scoring the only goal of the match. All things taken into account, the visitors were value for their win, and the forwards, playing tricky football, should have scored oftener. The halves were the steadiest part of the team, while the backs and goalkeeper did all that was required of them.

Source: Bon-Accord, 9th January 1908

Airdrie Teamsheet
Duncan; Davidson, McLay; Young, McGran, Finlay; Breckenridge, Thompson, Gracie, Anderson, Ward
Attendance: 3,000
Venue: Broomfield Park, Airdrie
Referee: Mr. Faichney, Falkirk
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