The Aberdeen team had little difficulty in disposing of Bo'ness in the first round of the Scottish cup competition at Pittodrie on Saturday. About 5000 spectators witnessed the match - postponed twice on account of snow and frost - which was played under favorable conditions, there being hardly a breath of wind, the only disadvantage being that the ground was soft and heavy. Owing to the illness of Hossack, the Bo'ness right half, there were several changes in the positions of the Bo'ness made and forward lines. Teams:-
Aberdeen: Mutch; Colman, Hume; Davidson, Macfarlane, Miller; H. Murray, Simpson, Wilson, O'Hagan, Lennie.
Bo'ness: Thomson; McLean, McIntosh; Lochead, Rankine, Rodger; Messer, Murray, Morton, had no, Macdonald.
Referee - Mr. Winter, Dundee.
From the determined and businesslike way in which Aberdeen set to work, it was evident that the First Leaguers were not to make the mistake of taking their opponents too cheaply, but the first 10 minutes' play proved that Bo'ness are not in the same class as Aberdeen. A full measure of clever footwork and calculated combination was exhibited by all the Aberdeen players, but the chief source of trouble was the O'Hagan-Lennie wing, which was at its best. Several times the Bo'ness goal was in danger ere it fell, 10 minutes from the start. Lennie was fouled near the corner flag, and, from the kick, Wilson headed to Murray, who snapped at the chance, and smartly tapped the ball into the empty Bo'ness goal, Thompson having left his charge in an effort to intercept the ball as it came to Wilson's head. The Bo'ness forwards seldom got past the Aberdeen half-backs, and when they did their plan was the old and simple one of kick ahead and follow up with a rush. These rushes were easily checked by the Aberdeen backs. Against a fast passing of the Aberdeen forwards the Bo'ness backs showed up well, and with the tackling and kicking at close quarters little fault could be found, although they had much to be thankful for in the bad marksmanship of the Aberdeen shooters. Wilson had a tendency to lie offside, for which he was twice checked, and he was suspiciously near an infringement of this ticklish rule, just before getting the pass, which enabled him to rush close in and score Aberdeen's second goal within unsavable shot. Aberdeen took up a close attack on the Bo'ness goal, forcing corners and trying Thomson, but failing to get the ball again into the net. Owing to slackness by Colman in a tackle, Bo'ness had their first dangerous run. Hume kicking out MacDonald's cross near Mutch. The next look-in by Bo'ness was following a three kick, their first shot at Mutch's goal, a long drive by Morton, going over the bar. Thomson held a fast shot from Murray after Simpson had missed narrowly. The game was too one-sided to be interesting, and after the first few minutes had little of cup tie uncertainty about it.
On resuming after the interval, Bo'ness played with greater energy and more purpose than at any other period of the game. For 5 minutes they made the running, and Macdonald on the extreme left, proved troublesome with his short-stepping sprints up the wing and his swinging crosses. Mutch had to save a long shot from Macdonald, and from one of the outside left's passes he had again to handle. Then the Aberdeen players again got to business, and repeated attacks converging on the centre from both wings provoked Wilson into some extraordinary exhibitions of Spartan-like disregard of life and limb, the centre rushing, diving, and throwing himself about as if eager to follow the ball over, under, or round the bar, or even underground if necessary, and how he escaped injury is little short of miraculous. Wilson's whirlwind exertions amused the crowd had worried the Bo'ness defenders. Thomson saved a fast ground shot from Lennie, and held another, not very confidently, from Simpson. The Bo'ness goalkeeper came well out of several severe trials, saving cleverly from Simpson and Wilson before again having to acknowledge defeat. Aberdeen's third goal was the best of the match, and well worked for, as it could be seen coming, so to speak, almost from midfield. Left with an almost clear field, O'Hagan dropped the ball out to Lennie, and the outside left, running down to near the goal line, crossed with rare judgement of breast-high ball, which O'Hagan simply walked into the net, Thomson having no chance to save. Wilson had the ball again in the net after the whistle had sounded for offside. With a three-goal lead, Aberdeen began to indulge in fancy work at the expense of the Bo'ness players. A poor cup tie, in which the visitors were completely outclassed, ended - Aberdeen 3, Bo'ness 0.
Aberdeen now meet Airdrieonians in the second round of the Scottish cup competition at Pittodrie on Saturday.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 7th February 1910