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Falkirk 3 - 1 Aberdeen

HT Score: Falkirk 0 - 1 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)
Falkirk scorers: Logan (pen.), Logan, Rattray
Aberdeen scorers: Milne.

14/12/1912 | KO:

At Brockville Park, Falkirk, before a good attendance. Aberdeen were the better lot in the opening stages of the game and pressed strongly, but after a time the home men took up the running and were prominent in attacks. This aggression by the "Bairns" was not allowed to become too dangerous by the visitors rear lines, who played a ice, steady game. The first goal came after a manoeuvre in which the Aberdeen brought the ball up to within close distance of the Falkirk goal by a series of short passes, Milne finishing the effort with a shot which found the net. After this reverse the Brockville eleven made vigorous efforts to equalise, but the interval arrived without their having succeeded in this. The second half was much more keenly contested than the first and right through with the exception of a few brief periods, the home club were easily the superior team. Despite their excellent efforts, however, they were denied a goal until Wilson committed an infringement inside the penalty area. Logan took the shot and made no mistake. The same player, a few moments after, gave Falkirk the lead with a beautifully taken header from a corner kick. At this time the play was of a thrilling character, the Brockville forwards being very keen on the ball and allowing few chances to slip. Shortly before the end Rattray put his team further ahead with a "grounder" which completely defeated Greig. Result:- Falkirk, 3 goals; Aberdeen, 1.

Source: The Scotsman, 16th December 1912

By the decisive score 3 of goals to 1 Falkirk added one more to Aberdeen's rapidly increasing list of Scottish League defeats. The match was played at Brockville Park, Falkirk, on a sudden pitch and under very unfavourable conditions. Aberdeen had much the better of the exchange's in the first half, and led to the interval by one goal. If they were well beaten in the second half, however, when Falkirk rallied in great style, and but for a great defence put up by Aberdeen, Falkirk must have won by a larger margin.

The Aberdeen forwards early got into their stride, and lashing the ball ahead, and from wing to wing, the demoralized the home defence. There were times when Falkirk threatened, but the Aberdeen defence was sound. A pretty piece of play between Davidson, Main, Travers, and Milne so the last-named score for Aberdeen in clever fashion. After this, Aberdeen repeatedly attacked, and Stewart and his backs were kept busy defending. There was no further scoring at the interval.

A Fateful Penalty

The second half was but 2 minutes old when Falkirk were awarded a penalty for "hands" against Wilson. Logan took the kick, and scored. Falkirk played in dashing style after this, and from a corner a few minutes later Logan again scored. Aberdeen made several spasmodic raids in Falkirk Territory, but for the most part the home side cut out the work. Several times the Aberdeen defence cleared when all appeared lost. Ten minutes from the close Rattray broke through and scored a third goal for Falkirk. The northerners strove hard to reduce the leeway, but in this they failed, and in the end were well beaten by three clear goals.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 16th December 1912

Falkirk Teamsheet
Stewart; Orrock, Donaldson; Morrison, Logan, McDonald; McNaught, Rattray, Robertson, Croall, Terris
Attendance: 5,000
Venue: Brockville Park, Falkirk
Referee: A. Allan, Glasgow
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