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Aberdeen 0 - 0 Third Lanark

HT Score: Aberdeen 0 - 0 Third Lanark

Div 1 (Old)

18/03/1914 | KO:

Hard Game at Pittodrie

Scottish League match at Pittodrie, before 3000 spectators. Both sides were strongly represented. In the first half Third Lanark had slightly the better of the exchanges, both Greig and Brownlie having much to do. Brownlie twice saved brilliantly from Main, and Brown and McTavish both tested Greig severely. There was no scoring at the interval. Aberdeen were the better side in the second half, when Brownlie's brilliant goalkeeping saved Third Lanark. Greig, too, was kept busy with shots from Brown, McTavish, and Smith, while Riley at outside left showed good form. Aberdeen were weak at close quarters, but they ought to have won. Result:- Aberdeen, 0; Third Lanark, 0.

Source: The Scotsman, 19th March 1914

A well-contested game was played at Pittodrie last night between Aberdeen and Third Lanark, and a division of the Scottish League points was a fair criterion of how it went. A crowd of about 3000 attended. The visitors had two new forwards on duty - Smith, Hartlepool United, a centre, and Cranston, Raith Rovers, an outside right. Aberdeen had the same side as fell had Falkirk.


Aberdeen, losing the toss, kicked off two wards the east goal against the wind, and immediately had to defend. The visitors, however, were kept out of Greig's reach, and the game was 5 minutes gone before they looked dangerous. Even then it was a misunderstanding between Wyllie and Hannah that let the ball go out to Cranston, who ran in and shot wildly from a good position. Next minute Brownlie took the ball from Main when the centre was almost through. Smith got well away between the backs to be tripped by Hannah. The free kick was fruitless. Greig fisted out from a corner. Riley was playing pretty football, and Smith and the right wingers missed a rare centre. At the other end Wylie at the post shot high over from a beauty swung over by Soye. Greig fumbled a hot shot from Smith, but recovered and cleared his lines. The Warriors shot at every opportunity, and shot well. Main, rounding Steele, made off between the backs, and had a good try. Walker was working in the most effective fashion in the home attack. He, too, had a capital try which scraped the post. Riley, outwitting Wyllie, dropped a beauty in front of goal. Greig missed the ball, and Smith shot past. At the other end, after Soye brilliantly dribbled up almost to the post, Walker put high over. The bar held a drive from Main, and Brownlee got away another great effort by the centre. Smith had a splendid try. Greig was not too sure and fumbled badly and drive from the left. Brownlee saved finely from Main.

Move Brownlie got a bit more to do after the resumption, the home forwards played more spirited football, and giving the famous custodian, Lennon, Ord, and Steel a lot of trouble. The Warriors were more spasmodic in their attacks than in the first period. Brownlie did not get at a fine cross from Soye, and Walker - the finest Aberdeen forward - had hard lines in not netting, his grounder just missing the post. The keeper brought up a splendid save from W. Wylie, who got a fine cross from Walker with his head. Main was well watched. Greig just managed to get one from Cranston at the post, and only the post prevented Smith counting. Play, however, was mostly in the Warriors' half of the field. J. Wyllie had a great header from a corner beautifully placed by his namesake, and in trying to get at another laid out Brownlie. Play was stopped, and the goalkeeper resumed with an injured eye. Greig in the last minute saved at the post.

It was an interesting game. Third Lanark played sprightly football. Forward Riley and Smith impressed most. The former reminded the crowd of Alec Smith, the veteran Ranger, and his palmy days. He always parted with the leather two advantage. Walker and he were the best forwards afield. The centre-half backs were the best in the maid lines, and the four backs put in a hard hour and a half. Greig seemed shaky at times. Brownlie was stolid and safe.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 19th March 1914

Aberdeen Teamsheet
Greig, Colman, Hannah, Wright, Wyllie, Low, Soye, Walker, Main, Travers, Wylie.
Third Lanark Teamsheet
Brownlie; Lennon, Orr; Hullock, Steel, Hannah; Cranston, Brown, Smith, McTavish, Riley
Attendance: 3,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: Mr. G. H. McKenzie, Glasgow
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