Aberdeen scorers:Cail 12. Heart of Midlothian scorers: Welsh
11/03/1916 | KO:
Spoiled by the Wind
The Heart of Midlothian almost avenged their Tynecastle reverse at the hands of Aberdeen in December. Aberdeen had the benefit of a strong wind in the first period, but lost J. F. Cumming, their outside right, in the opening minutes. Despite that they had the pull until the interval, and looked like crossing over with a lead of a goal, when Welsh, who was ever a persistent trier, got the equaliser with a fine shot. Cumming came on in the second half, and was the most conspicuous man in the local attack. The Hearts pressed hard, and sent in shot after shot, but in the end had to be content with a draw. Aberdeen were in luck to get a division of the points.
Source: The Scotsman, 13th March 1916
The game at Pittodrie was completely spoiled by the gale. The ball was in the west half of the field for probably 70 out of the 90 minutes. Hearts came very near to winning, the Aberdeen goal running a number of remarkably close shaves in the second period, but Aberdeen were unfortunate enough to have to do without coming from 2 minutes after the start until the teams crossed over. Aberdeen were thus not able to take full advantage of the breeze, and it is quite possible that had they had five forwards open eating in front of the Hearts' goal instead of four they would've had a goal and two in hand at the interval. The pressure they applied certainly warranted it. Cail scored a lovely goal with 12 minutes gone, and although all their further efforts were baulked, the presence of such an opportunist as Cumming might have told. Hearts put up a strong defence, and their weakened forward line made things hum any time they got on the move. Welsh's equaliser was a bit of a surprise packet, but it was a great shot nevertheless.
Hearts in the second half kept the home defenders as well employed as their own had heather to bean, and repeatedly came within an ace of taking the lead. Anderson found the wind troublesome, and once are twice seemed shaky. Wyllie at back is not quite so good as at centre half, but he put in a hard afternoon's work. On a quiet day it would have been a game of worth seeing; but it was a featureless display, with more of the "kick and rush" about it than anything else.