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Aberdeen 0 - 1 Morton

HT Score: Aberdeen 0 - 0 Morton

Div 1 (Old)
Morton scorers: Grant 88

08/04/1916 | KO:

Although having to play the first ten minutes without a half-back, and for the last twenty minutes without their centre forward, Aberdeen never looked like holding the Greenock Morton team. Injuries increased the difficulties, and the attack and the defence both suffered. Morton completely mastered them, and but for Anderson would have won by a handful of goals. The goalkeeper did some brilliant work, and was only beaten two minutes from time, when it looked as if, thanks to him, the local men were to share the points. Seven thousand spectators were present.

Source: The Scotsman, 10th April 1916

Aberdeen were luck and unlucky on Saturday. They were lucky to be only beaten by one goal, and unlucky in several respects, and most of all in losing a goal and at least one point - they at no time looked like getting two - in the last two minutes of the game. They were the victim of circumstances. First of all, Willie Wylie was unable to turn out, and to make room for Walker, Archibald went outside left. Then Perry could not partner Colman, and Chatwin, who was none too fit, was brought back into the mid-line, Jack Wyllie stepping back beside Colman. That was not all. The game was eight minutes gone before Chatwin came out, and the last 25 minutes were played without Main, who had shaped very well in the first half. As to the game itself, Aberdeen faced a stiff wind and a dazzling sun in the first half, and when ends were changed, the sun had gone and the wind had fallen. So much for Aberdeen's misfortunes. Morton had the whip handle for quite two-thirds of the afternoon, and the one man that stood between them and a pretty substantial win was Anderson. He was in brilliant form, and was pardonably the most disappointed man of the 22 when he ultimately had to pick the ball out of the net. Largely to his great work, Aberdeen almost snatched a plucky but a by no means deserved draw. Only in the closing stages of the first period did the home side look like holding their own. For the greater part of the game the home halves were kept running at the heels of the Morton forwards, the Morton halves and backs mastered the Aberdeen attack, and the Aberdeen defence was seldom allowed a rest. Anderson did grandly, and was given strenuous support by Colman and Wyllie. No more need be said. The other side was a better balanced, and altogether a fast, strong combination. Grant scored their one goal.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 10th April 1916

Morton Teamsheet
Bradford; Morrison, Ormonde; McIntyre, Wright, Gourlay; Grant, Paterson, Buchanan, Stevenson, McNab
Attendance: 4,500
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
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09 Dec 2023 / 15:00 / Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen