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Aberdeen 1 - 2 Hibernian

HT Score: Aberdeen 1 - 0 Hibernian

Div 1 (Old)
Aberdeen scorers: McLeod.
Hibernian scorers: Reid, Reid

21/03/1914 | KO:

Pittodrie, windswept and sodden was the scene for Aberdeen's defeat by a weakened Hibernian team. Paterson, Smith, and Hendren being absentees. To fill Smith's place on the left wing a youth, McDougall by name, from Peebles Rovers, was introduced. Against the wind the Hibs very seldom in the first half got down on Greig, but Aberdeen on the other hand did not make the most of this advantage. Chances they had in plenty, but weak finishing robbed them of scores. Till within a quarter of an hour of the interval the game had for the most part showed the Dons up as attackers and the Hibernians as sturdy defenders. Then the men of the north got the reward of their merits. McLeod, who was playing in Travers position, cleverly beating Allan. Aberdeen fully deserved their interval lead, but subsequent events proved that it was not substantial enough. On the game being resumed ? before about 3000 spectators ? it was noticed that the wind did not help the visitors so much as was expected, though they gradually exerted themselves, and, with fifteen minutes gone, put themselves on level terms with their opponents. Reid profited by a misunderstanding on the part of the Aberdeen defenders, and had no difficulty in netting. A couple of minutes later Greig failed to hold a hard drive from Wilson, and Reid, nipping in, shot the ball into the goal before the keeper could clear. These successes infused more "life" into the Hibs' game, and acted as a spur to Aberdeen, but the score register underwent no change till the end, hard though the home lot tried to pull the game out of the fire. Result:- Hibernians, 2 goals; Aberdeen, 1.

Source: The Scotsman, 23rd March 1914

At Pittodrie on Saturday, Aberdeen sustained their first Scottish League defeat at home since January 10, Hibernian gaining the verdict by 2 goals to 1. There were only about 4000 spectators, and they were retailed with and an interesting exhibition of football. The conditions were not that all suitable for accurate play, the pitch being sodden after heavy rain, and a strong across breeze prevailed. Aberdeen were without Colman and Travers, and Hibernian lacked Paterson, Hendren, and Smith of their cup-tie eleven. In the first half Aberdeen had much the better of the exchange's, but they were palpable eight weak in front of goal, although it must be said they were opposed to a sterling defence. Allan, Girdwood, and Templeton were brilliant on many occasions, and gave the home attack few loopholes. After 35 minutes and following upon good work with Walker, McLeod opened the scoring for Aberdeen. Aided by the breeze, Aberdeen maintained a brisk attack, but they were well held at close quarters. There was no further scoring up till the interval and, considering the breeze they were called upon to face in the second half, the home team's lead did not appear commanding.

The second half opened in favour of the home team, but the rear trio of the visitors easily held the opposing attack in check. After 15 minutes, Reid, following up a shot by Wilson, dispossessed Greig, who was out of his goal, and put through the equaliser. 2 minutes only had elapsed before read again followed up a long shot, and this time as possessing Greig on the goal line, gave the visitors the lead. For a time Hibernian shaped like increasing their lead, but Aberdeen came away strongly before the end, when several fruitless corners fell to their lot. The Edinburgh defence triumphed, however, and Aberdeen were beaten on their merits in what was one of the poorest of the many poor games seen at Pittodrie this season.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 23rd March 1914

Aberdeen Teamsheet
Greig, Hannah, Hume, Wright, Wyllie, Low, Soye, Walker, McLeod, Main, Wylie.
Hibernian Teamsheet
Allan; Girdwood, Templeton; Kerr, McColl, Grosert; Wilson, Fleming, Reid, Wood, Macdougall
Attendance: 4,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: Mr. John Bell, Dundee
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