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Aberdeen 2 - 1 Raith Rovers

HT Score: Aberdeen 1 - 0 Raith Rovers

Div 1 (Old)
Aberdeen scorers: Archibald, Own Goal.

13/11/1915 | KO:

Raith Rovers flattered but to deceive at Aberdeen. They did so well in the first period against the wind that they looked like taking away both points once they turned round. Aberdeen, who had got a very lucky goal, improved in attack, however, and did quite as much pressing as their opponents, Archibald, their outside left, worrying the Rovers' defence continuously. The Raith backs were the poorest department of their side. The forwards were clever, and a better balanced lot than the home five. George Wilson was the pick. Gibson, in the first period, was brilliant. No one would have grudged the Rovers a draw. The attendance ? about 4000 ? was the smallest this season.

Source: The Scotsman, 15th November 1915

The crowd of 4000 was smaller than usually finds its way to Pittodrie on Saturday. It was a fairly interesting game, and, thanks to a revival in the home attack, or, to be more correct, the brilliancy of Archibald, in the second half, the finish was a good one. Aberdeen did not deserve to be a point ahead at the interval. It was a lucky goal, the ball being kicked by one Kirkcaldy defender against another, and then rebounding into the net. The Rovers played well against the wind and snow showers so well, particularly forward, the Aberdeen seemed to be in for a very hot time in the second period. But the unexpected happened. Rovers got the equaliser sure enough, but the home halves, did not impress in the first half, were more in evidence, and, with Archibald, kept the Kirkcaldy defenders on tenterhooks. The little left winger did as he liked, and it was fitting that the winning goal should come from his foot. It was Aberdeen's second win of the season.

Aberdeen's defence was distinctly better than that of the Rovers, and their halves were also superior. In Archibald they had the most effective forward on the field. The Rovers had the better-balanced attack. George Wilson, the famous international, who began his career with Cowdenbeath in the Northern League, and has since served with Hearts, Everton, and Newcastle United, was conspicuous throughout by clever individual play and "heady" distribution. Gibson was great in the first half, but was well watched later. Rovers came north with the reputation of being an unlucky side this season. On Saturdays form, their forwards looked like getting goals, and the defence like giving as many a way.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 15th November 1915

Raith Rovers Teamsheet
Brown; Scott, Inglis; McKerley, Porter, R. Wilson; Monaghan, McTavish, Turner, G. Wilson, Gibson
Attendance: 4,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: Mr. Tom Robertson, Glasgow