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Aberdeen 0 - 0 Heart of Midlothian

HT Score: Aberdeen 0 - 0 Heart of Midlothian

Div 1 (Old)

03/04/1915 | KO:

It was a valuable point that the Heart of Midlothian left at Aberdeen where they played before some 7000 spectators. Keenness was a feature of the contest, but the lack of finishing ability on both sides was even more noteworthy. On the day's play a draw was not an unfair result, and if the Hearts played the finer football, the Aberdeen men were a strong bustling lot, and they had more real chances than the League leaders. But there was not a great deal of shooting in the match, the half-backs and backs being generally too good for the men attacking. Yet there were chances going, and if the Hearts had had a stronger man in the centre they probably would have won. Malcolm occupied that position in place of Gracie, who was unable to turn out owing to illness. It was Gracie?s first absence from a League engagement since he joined the Hearts, and it was a noteworthy coincidence that Saturday was the first game in which the Hearts did not score a goal. J. Wyllie, the Aberdeen centre-half, was too big and burly for Malcolm. The referee, did not put in an appearance, and one of the linesmen, Mr Montgomery, Aberdeen,and formerly of Glasgow, took his place.

Source: The Scotsman, 5th April 1915

Hearts of Midlothian had unfortunately to turn out to Pittodrie without Gracie, their great centre, and Wilson, their equally fine outside left. The former's thrustfullness was perhaps missed, but Brydon deputised effectively for the winger. Hearts played fine football all through. Their defence was sound, and Crossan, at right back, is as good a defender as has been seen in the north this season. Hearts and forwards combined nicely until the closing quarter of an hour, when the mid division began to show signs of fag under the strain of the repeated Aberdeen rushes. Greig made the home crowd shiver once are twice, and the home goal ran its narrowest squeak in the first half, when he fumbled close to the upright.

In the second. Peter Nellies had a great shot from a free-kick. Low and Brydon were prominent with beautiful crosses all through, but, like the home forwards, he got little time to finish. Move there was no comparison between the football played by the respective forward lines, but Aberdeen, if lacking the combination and neat foot work of their opponents, were just as often dangerous with their spasmodic swoops towards Boyd. Colman was a tower of strength, and Crossan and he can be put down as the best men of the 22. Wyllie put in a hard afternoon's work on one side, and, so did Nellies and Scott on the other. Hearts' best forwards were Low, Graham, and Wattie. Aberdeen's five were moderate, with W. Wylie about the best. It was a clean, hard game, and on the run of it, thanks to their backs and halves, who played the part of spoilers to perfection, Aberdeen were worth a point.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 5th April 1915

Aberdeen Teamsheet
Greig, Colman, Munro, Brewster, Wyllie, MacLachlan, Soye, Walker, Cail, Main, Wylie.
Heart of Midlothian Teamsheet
Boyd; Crossan, Currie; Briggs, Scott, Nellies; Low, Wattie, Malcolm, Graham, Brydon
Attendance: 6,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: Mr Montgomery, Aberdeen