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Heart of Midlothian 2 - 0 Aberdeen

HT Score: Heart of Midlothian 1 - 0 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)
Heart of Midlothian scorers: Wattie, Graham

26/09/1914 | KO:

The fourteen thousand spectators present at Tynecastle, Edinburgh, had the satisfaction of witnessing a rousing and keenly contested encounter with hardly a dull moment from start to finish, the Heart of Midlothian beating Aberdeen by two clear goals. The victory was all the more meritorious considering that Crossan, the Hearts' right back, and Wilson, the outside right, each developed a lameness comparatively early in the game. Of the twenty-two players engaged no one was more conspicuous than Currie, the Hearts? left back, who in addition to shielding his injured partner, repelled in splendid fashion the eager attack of the "Dons'" outposts.

Wattie, who opened the scoring about a quarter of an hour from the start, gave many evidences of his worth to his side, while Graham, who recorded the other goal shortly after the interval, was the best forward on the field. Chief danger in the visitors' side came from their right wingers, Soye and Archibald, the latter especially providing some attractive items, but not one of the Aberdeen forwards showed much enterprise at close range, and it was more owing to the weakened state of the "Maroons" rather than their own effectiveness that they in the game's closing stages monopolised most of the play.

Source: The Scotsman, 28th September 1914

It was up to Aberdeen to complete the series of surprises by damaging the Hearts' record, but only the only injury done was to four of the Tynecastle players, all put out of action at one stage or another of a game where not even a penalty kick availed the visitors.

Source: Unknown, 28th September 1914

Aberdeen sustained their third Scottish League defeat of the season at Tynecastle, Edinburgh, on Saturday, when the all-conquering Hearts gained the verdict by 2 goals to 0. Extenuating circumstances attended the Aberdeen failure since the team took the field minus such serviceable players as John Wyllie and Walker - a serious disadvantage considering they faced the hardest task this season. The rearranged side, with Chatwin and W. Wylie included vice the two injured players named, acquitted themselves well, and in the end Hearts were certainly flattered by the margin of their victory. The home team worked with the greater precision in their forward line, but, for sheer stubbornness, Aberdeen deserved every credit for their game fight. In the closing stages of the game and in a leeway of two goals, they had Hearts completely hemmed in, and it was more luck and good management that kept the Hearts' goal intact. That day to day they rejoice in an unbeaten certificate Hearts have in no small measure to thank Boyd, their goalkeeper, who, in his latest display, was unbeatable, and even saved a penalty kick taken by Hume. Play was fast and open throughout, and both defences showed up well. Hearts' a obtained their first goal through Wattie, after 15 minutes, but from that time until the interval the play was marked by an quality which suggested that when Aberdeen's turn of the breeze came the home team would be in difficulties. To some extent this proved to be the case, but at close quarters Aberdeen failed to improve upon the good work shown in the open. From a break-away, Hearts increase their lead through Graham, but even so, Aberdeen were wonderfully persevering, and had the Hearts' defence in great distress. Aberdeen, in the closing minutes the specially, developed a good forcing game, and the Hearts' forwards had to fall back on the defensive. In the last minute Cail was felled by cross and in the penalty area, but Boyd saved the kick, taken by Hume. The attendance at the match was 14,000.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 28th September 1914

Heart of Midlothian Teamsheet
Boyd; Crossan, Currie; Briggs, Scott, Nellies; Wilson, Wattie, Gracie, Graham, Speedie
Attendance: 14,000
Venue: Tynecastle, Edinburgh
Referee: N. McMillan, Glasgow
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06 Dec 2023 / 19:45 / Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen