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Aberdeen 2 - 0 Raith Rovers

HT Score: Aberdeen 1 - 0 Raith Rovers

Div 1 (Old)
Aberdeen scorers: Wilson, Soye.

17/08/1912 | KO:

Home Team Superior

Ten thousand spectators witnessed this match at Pittodrie. The home team had the better of the play in the first half, little impression being made by the visitors' forwards, who were weak. The only goal before the interval came from the foot of Davidson, who beat Macleod from long range. Raith Rovers' play showed some improvement after crossing over, but the forwards were slow in front of goal. Soye registered a second point from a pass by Lennie. Rain began to fall towards the finish, making the ball heavy, and the visitors made a great effort to reduce the leeway. King, however, defied all attempts. Result:- Aberdeen, two goals; Raith Rovers nothing.

Source: The Scotsman, 19th August 1912

Aberdeen were full value for their victory over Raith Rovers, who were decidedly fortunate on the run of play not to have a larger score chalked against them. In the first half the specially the superiority of Aberdeen was marked, yet, although their outfield work bewildered the Kirkcaldy defence, they could not pierce the goal more than once. The visiting custodian had to deal with quite a number of dangerous shots, and, although he was none too steady, he managed to get the ball away. The opening goal was secured by Wilson, who scored from the penalty line after the defence had cleared. Two-thirds of the second half had gone before Aberdeen secured their second goal, although on play they should have held a stronger lead. Lennie and main carried the ball smartly up the field, and Soye netted from the cross. It was after this second reverse that the Rovers played better than they had done during the preceding period of the game. King had several dangerous shots to deal with, and, although he conceded a corner on one occasion, he was very safe. And in all departments of the game Aberdeen were the superior side. The Rovers' forwards never once cut into their swing, and compared badly with the local set. The home half-backs were always a match for the opposition, and supported the forwards well. The backs and goalkeeper alone played up to First Division standard on the losers' side. Philip and Cumming kicked strongly, and but for them Aberdeen's goal total would have been formidable. The best forward on the field was Travers, the home inside right, and Lennie and Soye were excellent extreme winners. Davidson and Wilson played finely in the half-back line, and Hume was the better back. King was very sound in goal, and generally the team gave a promising first-of-season display. The victory was very popular, and on all sides was admitted as well-deserved.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 19th August 1912

Aberdeen Teamsheet
King, Colman, Hume, Davidson, Wilson, Low, Soye, Travers, Main, Wood, Lennie.
Raith Rovers Teamsheet
Macleod; Philip, Cumming; McLay, Morrison, Logan; Cranston, Hope, Anderson, Stewart, Hunter
Attendance: 10,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
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