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Dunblane 0 - 2 Aberdeen

HT Score: Dunblane 0 - 1 Aberdeen

Dewar Shield
Aberdeen scorers: McKay, Hay.

23/04/1910 | KO:

There were great misgivings as to what would happen to Aberdeen "A" in their journey to Dunblane last Saturday, the team being considered rather weak to beat the "Heather" on their own small patch. Prior to starting, Hannah found that his leg would not stand the strain, and he wisely cried off after having a kick or two at goal in practice. This necessitated a reshuffling of the team, which played as follows: King; Macfarlane and Low; Towns, Moffat, and Henderson; MacEchern, Hay, Nichol, Mackay, and Jaffray. It was a new position for Wattie Towns to be placed in, but he did not so bad, all things considered. Dunblane had the aid of a strong wind, but though they made a lot of ground, their finishing was wretched. Aberdeen did not work very well either for some time, as they found both the ball and pitch too greasy to make rapid progress. One thing that struck us forcibly was that when the visitors did get within shooting range they were more dangerous than the home side. By a clever move and centre from the left, Hay opened with a capital goal, the A's keeping their lead till half-time. Not long after the second half began, Nichol had to retire with a bad ankle, and with ten men Aberdeen were in difficulties for a bit, but King came to the rescue with brilliant work in goal, and once confidence was again re-established, they got into the game with spirit, Mackay settling the matter with a capital goal. Dunblane finished as they began, with miserable shooting, and retired from the competition defeated by 2-0. After the game a meeting of the Dewar Shield committee was held, when Falkirk and Aberdeen both claimed for the final to be played on their grounds. Eventually it was decided to toss for venue, and Aberdeen won, so that the Dewar Shield final will be at Pittodrie on Saturday.

Source: Bon-Accord, 28th April 1910

In boisterous weather, the Aberdeen A, shield-holders, met the Dunblane on Saturday at Ducksburn Park in the semi-final for the Dewar shield. Teams:-

Dunblane: Wilkinson; Crawford, Calderwood; Brough, Johnstone, Manuel; Buchanan, Guthrie, Borthwick, Stevenson, MacFarlane.
Aberdeen A: King; Macfarlane, Low; Towns, Moffat, Henderson; MacEchern, Hay, Nichol, Mackay, Jaffrey.
Referee - Mr. Lorimer, Edinburgh.

Dunblane had the benefit of a strong breeze in the first half. Nichol set the ball agoing, and Aberdeen made a determined attack on the Dunblane goal. Calderwood relieved with a good punt, and from this advantage Dunblane all but scored. Play was now fast and exciting, Dunblane having the upper hand. Offside relieved Aberdeen, and they pressed in turn. Hay and Nichol putting in good work. A halt had to be called owing to an injury to Mackay, who was able to resume. From the throw-up Brough let the Dunblane forwards off, but they were soon repulsed. Dunblane had another turn at pressing, King proving himself a safe custodian. Play was stopped 5 minutes owing to a hailstorm. Nichol retired hurt. Aberdeen continued with 10 men. Dunblane pressed hard, Johnstone having two good tries. Macfarlane sent over a lovely cross, and King saved with three or four players on top of him. At last Mackay scored for Aberdeen. At half-time this was all the scoring.

On resuming, Aberdeen pressed, but Wilkinson cleared. Play was now of the kick-and-rush description. Aberdeen, having the better of the exchanges, continued to press, but Wilkinson brought off a brilliant save. Manuel set the home forwards off, but they failed to finish. Dunblane secured a corner, but failed to press their advantage home. Aberdeen now had a turn, and after some good combination, the ball went over the home goal. The slippery ground was affecting the players, and there were many falls. Dunblane were once again at the visitors' goal, and, with several players on top of him, King brought off a good save. Dunblane lost a lot by the ineffective work of Stephenson. From a fouled the home forwards almost scored. Near the close of the game Hay added a second goal for the Aberdeen team, who ran out winners by 2 goals to nil.

The final for this shield will be played at Pittodrie.

Dunblane Teamsheet
Wilkinson; Crawford, Calderwood; Brough, Johnstone, Manuel; Buchanan, Guthrie, Borthwick, Stevenson, MacFarlane lead the Dunblane forwards off,
Venue: Duckburn Park, Dunblane
Referee: Mr Lorimer, Edinburgh