Source: The Scotsman, 27th September 1909
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 27th September 1909
HIBS'FIRST CHECK.It was evident that there was something out of the usual on at Pittodrie when such a large crowd remained in town over the holiday to witness the game there. Still, the crowd was no so large as the management expected, in view of the unbeaten record which the Hibs brought north with them, but the attendace was larger than usual prior to a holiday. One sure drawback was the uncertainty of the weather, which had been playing havoc with everything prior to Saturday and in the early morning was not inclined to give way till noon advanced, and then with a soft smile Jup. Pluv. allowed the game to proceed on quite orthodox lines. the Hibs were playing the same team as in the previous two games, and Aberdeen were resting Murray, to give Soye a chance at centre. Allan was made to look active at the very start from an oblique shot which Bert Murray, put across at express speed, and, this was quickly followed by a howl of indignation at O'Hara for forcibly shoving Lennie into touch. Hume then relieved a bit of pressure on the, part of the Hibs, but their attack never gave the home defence very much anxiety. Once Peggie was very nearly through, but offside was given before the galloper got moving. It may be said that this was the only forward on the Hibs' side who gave Colman and his friends any trouble. With a strong, reliable defence, the Hibs were keeping out everyining that came for goal, and it baffled the home forwards to get an opening, try all they could. Lennie and Murray, the latter especialiy in the opening half, got round the halves' easily, only to be checkmated by the hacks and goalkeeper. Play ruled fast and exciting, and although Mutch seldom got to touch, the ball, Allan fielded some grand shots. Thirty minutes had gone, and it looked as if the half was to be barren, when a brisk attack was kept up on Allan, who was beaten by a low shot from Soye out of a melee in front of goal. Simpson had an excellent try shortly after, while Wilson lofted one over tile bar, which should have counted. Abeerdeen finished strong, and deserved their lead on play. The only incidents which marred the second half were several bits of temper, which did not go so far as to be serioue; still, it was a pity they were shown. Aberdeen pressed at the start, Lennie striking the wrong side once, and Simpson struck the bar with another, Soye finishing the assault with a soft one, which Allan got away easily. For a short time-the Hibs got towards Mutch, but all he had to do was of a soft nature. Only once did the defence make a mistake, and that was when a miskick very nearly let Edgar in, but Mutch got the ball first and punted clear. This was the only time that the Hibs were dangerous, or had a chance of drawing level. Aberdeen went away strong for another goal, and the kicking of Main and Allan left, nothing to be desired, so that the home club had to be content with their goal lead, and the points to the bargain. The play was dour while it lasted but was never brilliant.
PLAY AND PLAYERS.The outstanding feature of the Hibs is their fine defence. Allan, in goal, is safe, and Falkirk must regret having parted with such a custodian, for they have not his equal vet. Main and S. Allan are a couple of as fine backs as any club could wish to have serving them. Strong kicking, fearles tacklers, combined with a good turn of speed, they make a defence which has stood the club in good stead up till now, and they will keep many opponents from scoring, or we are very much mistaken. The halves are not a finished trio, but they get there, and rid themselves of the ball very quickly. There was nothing very striking in the forward line. Peggie being the most dangerous, with Smith coming next in point of merit, while the others were just fair. We have seen Aberdeen play a much better game all over than they did on Saturday. Mutch did his little bit very well, and all thought Hume the better back of the two on Saturday, while the halves, did their part very well, with Moffat slightly ahead with some capitally-judged heading to his forwards. In the front rank, we have seen them all do better, and the excuse given, which may be correct enough, is that the pitch being so greasy, made the ball much more difficult to gather than it otherwise would have been. That being so, we do not seek to find much fault with them, though, had they been in the same form as at Ibrox, our opinion is that they would have had a few more goals.
Source: Bon-Accord, 30th September 1909