Aberdeen, if a trifle lucky, effected a smart performance at Shawfield, Glasgow, on Saturday, where in a game marked by brilliant defensive work on both sides, they defeated Clyde by the only goal of the match. It was unfortunate that midway through the first. Reid, the Clyde at centre forward, sustained a serious injury to his knee and had to be carried off, and subsequently taken to hospital. Aberdeen also were not without their misfortune in this respect. Wood, the inside left, scored for Aberdeen early in the second half, and in doing so has his ankles so badly injured that he too had to be carried from the field, and was unable to resume. The interesting. Of the game or three served till after Aberdeen took the lead. Subsequent upon this Clyde pressed almost incessantly. They were within an ace of the equalising on several occasions, and only the great defence put up by Greig, Colman and Hume, well assisted by the other members of the team, kept them from attaining their object. Clyde missed several chances of getting on level terms, and had the excepted these would have won outright.
Aberdeen won the toss, and in the first minute Clyde threatened danger. A foul shy by Wilson let the Shawfielders in, but Colman saved the situation. A few moments later the Aberdeen captain was obliged to concede a corner, but Wilson cleared, and Aberdeen got off. They were soon sent to the right about, however, and for a time Coleman and Hume had an anxious time. As the game progressed the northern forwards became more prominent, but Watson and Gilligan offered a stubborn defence, and as the result Grant was seldom troubled. There was little to pick between the teams, although Clyde threatened danger more frequently and their opponents. A quarter of an hour elapsed before Grant was really tested, and then in quick succession Wood and Wilson had creditable tries. The best shot of the match, however, came from a Walker, and it was only a brilliant save by Grant a prevented the downfall of the Clyde citadel. Shortly afterwards Greig just managed, that the expense of a corner, to tip a great cross from Hamilton over the bar. Play was being contested with great vigour on both sides, but the football was of a most mediocre description. The Aberdeen forwards could not get settled down, and although the opposing quintet had numerous promising runs, they could make little impression of the visitors' defence. An excellent opportunity was offered to Aberdeen when Lennie cleverly outwitted Collins and Watson, but the left winger's attempt and finding the net was woefully weak.
After half-an-hour's play, Clyde were deprived of the services of Reid, who had to be carried off the field as a result of twisting his knee. Following upon the centre's retiral the Aberdeen goal ran a miraculous seascape. Jackson sent in a raking shot, which hit the upright, and rebounded into play, but Lindsay, with an open goal, failed miserably. Towards the interval, played made desperate efforts to open their account, but the Aberdeen defence never wavered. Colman was playing brilliantly, and time and again he was cheered for his timeous and clever clearances.
Clyde were still with a read on resuming. Lennie was an early prominent with a fine shot taken at a difficult angle, but grand saved cleverly. Aberdeen for a few minutes were having the better of the exchange's. The forwards played with more cohesion and better judgment, and as a result their visits to grant were more purposeful. Play veered from end to end, and a well-directed shot by Hamilton so Greig bring off a fine save, which enabled his colleagues to once more get off. Gilligan was a thorn in the flesh of the Aberdeen forwards, who, time and again, found their efforts frustrated by the nippiness and fearlessness of the Shawfield defenders. At last, however, the Clyde defence had to acknowledge defeat, Wood seizing upon a well-judged pass by Wilson and beating Grant in brilliant fashion. In doing so, however, the left-winger came a cropper, and had to be carried to the pavilion. With both teams playing 10 men, the game continued on exciting lines, and in response to the eshortations of their supporters Clyde pressed to some tune. For 5 minutes the Aberdeen goal was in jeopardy, but Greig fairly rose to the occasion, and time and again he cleared his charge and brilliant fashion. The excitement was intense, and it was know that by far the most interesting portion of the game was witnessed. The more applied pressed, the more resolute seemed the Aberdeen defence. In the midst of a siege on the northerners' goal, Greig was injured, but soon came round. Aberdeen stuck manfully to their task, and retained their advantage to the end.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 9th October 1911