Source: The Scotsman, 16th November 1908
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 16th November 1908
New Leaders.By the defeat of Aberdeen at Easter Road on Saturday, Dundee take top place, closely followed by Rangers, St .Mirren, and Aberdeen. The League games on Saturday were all pretty tame affairs,with the exception of the Rangers and Queen's Park game, in which the Amateurs drew with the supposed best team of professionals in Scotland. In such a spirited tussle as this, the Amateurs more than held their own, earning a point which was well deserved, and doing a great deal to open out the competition. Celtic seemed to be toying with Port-Glasgow, and only won by 2-1. St Mirren had to go all the way with Motherwell, but eventually emerged triumphant by 3-1. The most prolific scoring was that of Airdrie against Partick the 'Onians winning by 6-0, and at Dundee, where the new leaders beat Kilmarnock 5-0. Falkirk had a hard fight, with Third Lanark, the "Bairns" scoring the only goal won the game. Morton got a severe drubbing from the Clyde, 4-2, and these champion drawists, Hamilton Academicals, scored their eighth draw with Hearts. 1-1.
Aberdeen Lose a Hard Game.On the general run of play, it will be admitted by all fair minded persons that Aberdeen did not deserve to lose at Easter Road. A draw would have fittingly represented the abilities of both sides. The journey to the capital was a dispiriting one in the early morning, rain falling of the way, but it cleared before the game began, leaving the pitch, however, very treacherous. Aberdeen went away well, but their shooting lacked sting; otherwise Allan would have been beaten before the game was a minute old. The visitors carried the ball well into the Hibs' territory, but an opponent was always ready to divert the shot. Quite to the liking of the home crowd, the Hibs got into their stride, and gave Mutch several good ones to hold. Peggie had the honour of opening the score from a cross by Smith, which the inside right made every use of, beating Mutch all the way. In little time, Aberdeen were at the other end through Blackburn, who squared in lovely fashion. O'Hagan slipped back to Lennie, who brought Allan to his knees, and Charlie watching the rebound sent the ball home. As the result of a bout between Hume and Ritchie, a foul was given against the Aberdeen back, a double toot was sounded, and before the visitors were aware of it, the ball was in the net for a second goal to the Hibe. Fast and interesting play ensued after this, and the second period saw Aberdeen do almost everything but score. When MiNair was well set, and almost through, he was unceremoniously bundled over inside the penalty area, but R. Simpson failed to equalise, and at the end the Hibs very nearly added to their score through the halves lying down a bit. As already stated, the score, to have been a true reflex of the play, should have been level instead of 2-1.
Play and Players.It was quite openly stated in discussion at Easter Road that the Hibs had not lost anything by allowing Rennie away, for Allan and Main proved the undoing of the Aberdeen shots on Saturday. Main was inclined to be rough in his way, but Allan is a good "goalie." Birrell was the best half, and put in a lot of work. The forwards were a bit disjointed at first, but once they got going worked well, though Callaghan and Ritchie filled the eye most. Mutch kept a great goal; Colman was safe, but we have seen Hume a long way better. The halves were untiring, and never flinched till towards the end, when they appeared fagged a bit. As usual, the left wing were well supplied with the ball, but they could not do everything, and a sturdy back undid their work-too frequently. McNair was in fine form, and Blackburn proved himself one of the most dangerous forwards on the visiting side.
Chatty Bits.Easter Road has never proved a happy hunting ground for Aberdeen forwards. They have always failed at the pinch. The Hibs have always been fortunate in having a good goalkeeper, and Falkirk's last year's custodian is shaping as well as any that have appeared for the Edinburgh Irishmen. Aberdeen have yet to score their first League win in this enclosure, and they will have to wait for another year before they can do it. They can divide the points when the Hibs come north. The League race is now in a very interesting position, and will be keen till the New Year Holiday's are over, when places will be more easily allotted. It will be no surprise to learn that Dundee have fixed up with Kemp, the clever inside right, who played at Pittodrie on Saturday. This player hails from West Ham, and came north on the recommendation of Bellamy. He is a "veritable box of tricks." Aberdeen are badly off for half backs just now. Macfarlane and Simpson are on the injured list, and Low has left the town. Macfarlane was confined to bed all last week as a result of his accident at Arbroath. The semi-final of the Qualifying Cup on Saturday produced two great games. Brechin, City consider they were unlucky in their tussle with Ayr Parkhouse, and contend that full time was not played. All the same, they will have to journey to Ayr on Saturday. If they can repeat their last performance away from home all will be well. If not, that five minutes will be a sore point with them. Leith were lucky to draw with the Leven, and will have to do much better at Alexandria this week if they mean to enter the final. It is to be hoped both ties will be finished this week, so that the final may be brought off on the original date.
Source: Bon-Accord, 19th November 1908