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Aberdeen 0 - 0 Kilmarnock

HT Score: Aberdeen 0 - 0 Kilmarnock

Div 1 (Old)

09/11/1912 | KO:

Aberdeen Drop a Point - The Cost of Weak Finishing

At Aberdeen. Aberdeen pressed hard at the start, but shot poorly. Kilmarnock seldom attacked, but when they did they showed more method than their opponents. The defence, however, of Aberdeen was sure. In the second half, Kilmarnock showed more spirit, but Colman and Hannah played strongly, and relieved Greig greatly. Towards the end Cunningham looked like scoring for the visitors, but Greig saved the situation. Result:- No scoring.

Source: The Scotsman, 11th November 1912

Although the previous week's display against Clyde at Shawfield held out hopes for better things sent home, Aberdeen were only able to divide the Scottish League points in a goalless draw with Kilmarnock at Pittodrie on Saturday. There would be 7000 spectators present and these witnessed a game which did not lack for the finer touches, in the absence of goals the one way or the other tended to make the game a more unsatisfactory. The features of the game were the solidity of the Kilmarnock defence, the failure of the Aberdeen forwards to clinch matters near goal, and a splendid rally made by Kilmarnock in the closing stages,when, after having had the worst of the play, they came away strongly and came near to winning the match.

In the first half the Aberdeen forwards practically dominated the game, but seldom came near to scoring, although Main and Lennie secured favourable chances. Blair, the visitors' custodian, gave quite a sound display, and dealt in clever fashion with several dangerous shots. The brunt of the defensive work, however, was borne by Kirkwood and Mitchell, who gave a splendid exhibition at back. Once Lennie sent over a ball which hit the cross-bar, and was afterwards sent over the bar. Meantime Blair and Main fell into the net. There was a fatal hesitancy to shoot on the part of the Aberdeen attack, and even when they did shoot, their direction was seldom true. Kilmarnock, on the few occasions they threatened, were always dangerous, it the home defence was a sound as that of the visitors'. There was a lot of vim in the play in the second half, when Aberdeen for the first half hour were for the most part the attackers, but the same weakness in front of goal asserted itself. Layer on several occasions saved splendidly, and once in particular, the cost of a corner, he cleared from Walker in good style. In the last 15 minutes the visitors came away very strongly, and a goal seemed imminent when Cunningham shot for Greig to effect a wonderful save. Subsequently Greig was much in the game, and he had to fist away and number of very dangerous efforts from the wings. Templeton had a good run, and Greig again saved his side. The last 5 minutes Aberdeen forced several corners, but the Rugby Park defence held out valiantly to the end, and the game ended without scoring. The failure of the home team to win did not please a large section of the crowd, but it was fully admitted that the visitors deserved to share in the honours.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 11th November 1912

Kilmarnock Teamsheet
Blair; Kirkwood, Mitchell; Shortt, Duff, Buchan; Bond, Goodwin, Cunningham, Cullie, Templeton
Attendance: 7,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: Mr. G. H. McKenzie, Glasgow
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