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Aberdeen 2 - 2 Falkirk

HT Score: Aberdeen 1 - 0 Falkirk

Div 1 (Old)
Aberdeen scorers: Travers, Main.
Falkirk scorers: Croall, Morrison

26/10/1912 | KO:

Falkirk Fortunate at Pittodrie

At Aberdeen, in presence of about 5000 spectators. Aberdeen, playing with the breeze at their back, had many opportunities to score, but the forwards passed poorly, and were erratic in shooting. A difficulty was experienced in getting proper control of the ball on account of the deceptive wind that was blowing. The feature of the first half was the brilliant saving od Stewart for Falkirk. In was only in the last minutes of play that Travers opened the scoring in favour of Aberdeen. Lennie, Walker, Main, Soye, and McConnell were prominent for Aberdeen. The second half had not been long in progress when Falkirk became aggressive. At the outset their efforts did not receive the reward they deserved. A splendidly executed run by the forwards got Main within the danger zone, and again Stewart suffered defeat. With Aberdeen leading by two goals, Falkirk's men did not appear in the least despondent. A few minutes later Croall, who played with artistic taste, beat King, and subsequently Morrison obtained the equaliser. Vigorous efforts were made by both teams to secure the winning goal, but these were without effect. Main sent in a great shot, but Stewart was equal to the occasion. Aberdeen throughout had the most of the play, but the forward line did not show any improvement on their ragged work of the past two or three weeks. Falkirk was fully equal to their opponents in the second half. Considering Aberdeen's loose methods when close in, they did not deserve more than a draw. Result:- Two goals each.

Source: The Scotsman, 28th October 1912

On the whole, Falkirk were lucky to get off with a draw at Pittodrie on Saturday. They were defending for quite three-fourths of the first period, and in the second half, with the breeze behind them, they did very little more pressing than did the locals. Aberdeen ought, with a pinch of lock, to have led comfortably at the interval. They had over a dozen corners, and, making duel of Hibs for the brilliant goal keeping of Stewart, they should really have found the net oftener than once. It was difficult to keep the leather under control, and Main oftener than once experienced cruel luck in that respect. Stewart's work has been mentioned. He repeatedly popped up and saved the situation when all seemed lost. No better exhibition has been seen in Aberdeen this season. Right through the initial. He stood between Falkirk and a disheartening leeway. He defied all attempts to beat him for nearly 40 minutes, and no one could have stopped the shot with which Travers netted.

The second half was very equally contested. Without trying to play the studied football which the home attack showed, the Falkirk forwards were in nippy, business-alike lot, with a keen I for any sort of opening. Aberdeen increase their lead, Main bundling the ball through in the course of a melee at the post, but in 2 minutes the advantage was gone, Croall, the visitors' inside left, an opportunist of repute, opened their account. Five minutes later the equaliser game. King ran out a few yards to put away a drooping cross from the Falkirk left. He failed to get any weight behind it, and the ball dropped at Morrison's foot. Before the keeper could return to his position the leather was in the net, shot through half-a-dozen pairs of legs. McConnell sprawled on the ground to reach it somehow, but failed. King might or might not have got it had he remained on the goal line. Strenuous end-to-end play followed right up to the close, and with no more scoring.

The most satisfactory feature of the afternoon from an Aberdeen Point of view was improved display by the home forwards, whose exhibition was perhaps the best they have given at Pittodrie this season. Main was the pick of the bunch. Colman was the shining light in the defence. Logan at centre-half was the most prominent man on the visiting side. He was the outstanding half-back on the field, his defending and aggressive work being noticeable all through. The backs did not impress, and it was fortunate a player like Stewart was behind them.
Falkirk Teamsheet
Stewart; Orrock, McMillan; Macdonald, Logan, Morrison; McNaught, Rattray, Robertson, Croall, Low
Attendance: 8,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: Mr. R. J. Kelso, Hamilton