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Ayr United 1 - 0 Aberdeen

HT Score: Ayr United 0 - 0 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)
Ayr United scorers: Cassidy

12/09/1914 | KO:

A crowd of about 3000 people saw Ayr United take full points from Aberdeen by the one goal of the match scored by Cassidy shortly after the commencement of the second half. A blustering wind and heavy showers of rain told against good play, the greasy ball being difficult to control. Both teams excelled in defensive work, and Aberdeen were distinctly unlucky not to divide the points.

Source: The Scotsman, 14th September 1914

After a gallant fight, in which they did not experience much good fortune, and Aberdeen, without main and with are rearranged left wing, were just beaten by the only goal secured by Ayr United at Somerset Park. The weather was disagreeable, and the attendance was scarcely 4000. Play throughout was more exciting than brilliant, it some very clever moves were executed on both sides. Both sets of forwards were smart in the open, but the goal they were singularly ineffective, many scoring chances being lost. Aberdeen had the better defence, Colman and Hume both showing up well, as did Wyllie at centre-half. Forward, Aberdeen were best served by Soye and Archibald, the latter's dribbling being a feature of the game. Richardson, Cassidy, and Lyall were the best operators for a Ayr, who would have had no room for complaint had the game been drawn. Aberdeen should have scored in the opening stages when Wylie shot over from a favourable position, and Richardson committed a similar error of judgment for Ayr. Soye had a good effort brilliantly parried by Lyall, and Anderson was seen to equal advantage in disposing of shots by Richardson and Cassidy. In the heavy rain Aberdeen were kept busy defending, and two claims for penalty kicks against them were not allowed. Near the interval there were some exciting passages, Hume clearing from Richardson who was about to shoot, and Anderson had a brilliant save from Cassidy's hard drive.


Following up on the resumption, Ayr goal had a wonderful escape. Lyall, the goalkeeper, felled in intercepting a shot from Archibald, and Soye, catching on to the rebound, drove the ball hard against the goalkeeper, who was in the act of rising. With 10 minutes gone, Ayr scored, the goal being obtained in simple fashion. Richardson had a hard drive, and the ball rebounded off an Aberdeen defender to the feet of Cassidy, who left a Anderson no chance to save. Aberdeen strove determinedly to get on equal terms, but while they performed well in the outfield, they were never able to press home the advantage, and in the end were rather unfortunate lead beaten.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 14th September 1914

Ayr United Teamsheet
Lyall; Bell, McStey; McDougall, Dainty, McLaughlan; Middleton, Goodwin, Richardson, Cassidy, Connelly
Attendance: 3,000
Venue: Somerset Park, Ayr
Referee: G. H. MacKenzie, Glasgow