Source: The Scotsman, 9th March 1908
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 9th March 1908
Useful Points.Aberdeen had to take the field on Saturday, minus two of their best players, and had to face Motherwell with their strongest eleven. To take the two points was a really good bit of work for those left behind. On this occasion Halket lost the toss and had to face wind and sun, but this did not appear any disadvantage at the start for Murray had everybody beaten but the goalkeeper and he was lucky to save the shot sent in. It took Motherwell some time to settle down, but once they got their footing they were not easily shaken off. Aberdeen went in for close dribbling, and were robbed of the ball time and again, when in fine position, by their dallying too much at close quarters. Motherwell opened the scoring by half-back Nicol, who fastened on to a save from Macfarlane which the backs ought to have cleared. This infused more life into the play; Aberdeen showing excellent foot¬work in the open but woefully weak in ratting. Murray had the honour of equalising, and the manner in which he did it was worth going to see in itself. He tricked a half and both backs in the neatest manner possible, and racing right into goal gave Macdonald no chance. By simply wasting the ball with over-elaboration Aberdeen very nearly came to throwing away their chances in the second half, till O'Hagan with a rare solo run put his side on the lead. Many were the chances lost through this, the home side taking matters too easy in our opinion. However, they won, but we say they ought to have had more goals for their play.
On the Players.Motherwell ought to be proud of their goalkeeper, for he kept his side from being well beaten on Saturday. The backs were both good, though McLean resorted to unfair means more than the other. The halves worked hard but did not feed their for¬wards as they might have done. Reid and Stewart divided the honours in the, forward line. Macfarlane was very safe with all he got to do, Coleman being the better of the two backs, Hume miskicking too often to be judged in good form. Low was head and shoulders above anybody in the middle line; Simpson did well at centre-half, but was afraid to let himself out. The forwards gave a fine exhibition of dribbling, too fine to pay, but as they got the necessary goals to win they will be satisfied. They will not have to be content with two goals on the 21st, and the sooner they get on their shooting boots for practice the better.
Chatty Bits.Willie Lennie got a great reception on his arrival home on Saturday night. The demonstration of the crowd was well meant,but if they consulted the wishes of the player they would refrain from doing the same again. There is nothing that Lennie detests more than a scene like that which awaited him on Saturday. He would prefer to get home quietly, without being hustled about by admirers. Unanimous verdict of those at Dens Park was that Lennie is a sure starter against England. He was the only forward on the field who had supreme control of the ball, when he got it. There was a general outcry that Macfarlane would make a better partner to Lennie than McColl; experience showed the reverse. Unless Thomson is made to do duty as a back, the half-back line of Saturday will take a deal of searching to improve on. Of course the Anglo-Scots game may unearth something worth looking at. It generally trots out a new aspirant. The Irish international being due on Saturday, a halt will be called to these games till the semi-final round is past. Wales, having won the last three games, were naturally disappointed at losing on Saturday. The game at Pittodrie on Saturday was a trifle overdone with elaboration. We should have preferred a good lead in goals before this was indulged in. Muir had a fine goal disallowed on account of the ball being out of play before he fastened on. The refereeing left a lot to be desired on the offside rule. We are a long-suffering lot in the north, and have to put up with some queer decisions. We were not surprised at the A team going down to St. Johnstone, after we learned the team that was sent away. The forwards were a promiscuous lot, and were only feeling their way at the finish. They missed John James Simpson in the middle line, as the ground and play would have suited him to a nicety. The popular centre-half did not disgrace himself with the League team, and had a great shot which deserved a goal. His only fault was in lying too far back. If he had gone into the play more he would have met with more success. There will be another breaking-up of the A team on Saturday, with so many away and laid up with injuries. We expect to see a rousing final between Peterhead and Aberdeen A on Saturday. Mr. John Nisbet, Edinburgh, has promised to referee at the final, if his other engagements permit. We are informed that there is not an atom of truth in the report that Aberdeen had offers for several of their players. O'Hagan left for Ireland on Monday, and will spend a few days at home before he goes up to play against Scotland. In the opinion of Charlie, Scotland will have to get a strong team to cross the Channel if they mean success. Bristol Rovers and West Ham played a drawn game on Saturday. The three old Aberdeen players get special mention. Gault, on the one side, and Boyle and Strang, on the other, Seem to have played exceptionally well. There is some word of the great Celtic-Falkirk game, which is due this week, being postponed till a later date. The Celts want something soft before the cup-tie, especially when several of their best men are away on International Business.
Source: Bon-Accord, 12th March 1908