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match report 1901-02 fixture list
Northern League 
15/02/1902
 
The Aberdeen 3 - 1 St Johnstone
Kick Off:    Brash, McHardy, McHardy       Moir  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
At Pittodrie Park on Saturday afternoon, the Aberdeen and St Johnstone (Perth) teams engaged in a Northern League fixure before a large turnout of spectators. The weather was bitterly cold, and the pitch in a very soft condition. The teams were:- Aberdeen: Bisset; Douglas, Dakers; Sangster, Thomson, Robertson; Brash, C. Mackie, H. Livingstone, Davidson, McHardy. St Johnstone: McPherson; W. Buchan, Turner; Nairn, Imrie, J. Buchan; Blackburn, W. Cameron, Moir, J. Cameron, Doig. Mr. Golding, Dundee Wanderers, was referee.

Aberdeen won the toss, and the Saints kicked off towards the city against a fair breeze. The homesters set to work at once in a veryenergetic manner, and MacPherson was tested by both Brash and Livingstone. The visitors' left wing, getting possession,set off and Bissett was called upon to use his hands. For the next ten minutes the Whites monopolised the play, and but for Turner and MacPherson would have scored. A breakaway by the Perth forwards resulted in Moir sending past Bisset into the net. This was the means of putting more life into the game, and a moinute later, McHardy, getting possession of the ball a few yards fro the goalmouth, passed to Brash, who equalised. The pace now became very fast, but Aberdeen were the surer team when on the bal. From near midfield a combined rune by Brash, Livingstone, and McHardy, resulted in Aberdeen securing a second goal, all three players having a hand in it. The homesters had now easily the best of the exchanges, every member of the Aberdeen team playing a remarkably sure and steady game.

When the second part of the game had commenced, the wind had increased considerably. Aberdeen were called upon to defend for a time. Ultimately the forward line broke though the visitors' defences, and were soon in the vicinity of the Saints' goal. macPherson was tested, and saved with difficulty. Although playing against the wind, the homesters showed up better than inthe early stage of the game. Dakers was in grand fettle, and saved his side repeatedly from dissaster; while the half-back line played a magnificent game. Some bad feeling arose between Thomson and Moir, and the referee had to speak firmly to the Perth man. McHardy sent in a terrific shot, which struck the crossbar with great force. A few minutes later the same player sent the ball flying over the Saints' custodian head into the net. St Johnstone pressed creditably during the concluding stages, but the home cleared at every call. One of the keenest contested games seen at Pittodrie this season ended in favour of the homesters.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 17th February 1902

The Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Bisset; Douglas, Dakers; Sangster, Thomson, Robertson; Brash, C. Mackie, H. Livingstone, Davidson, McHardy

Bookings:

St Johnstone Teamsheet:  McPherson; W. Buchan, Turner; Nairn, Imrie, J. Buchan; Blackburn, W. Cameron, Moir, J. Cameron, Doig

Bookings:

Referee: Mr. J. Golding, Dundee Wanderers

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