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Aberdeenshire Cup Final 
14/03/1908
 
Aberdeen 4 - 0 Peterhead
Kick Off:  3:30 PM   Wilson, Robertson, Wilson, Simpson.        
Attendance: 0
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Aberdeen and Peterhead met in the final round of the Aberdeenshire Cup at Pittodrie on Saturday afternoon. Peterhead were at full strength, and as the home team were well represented a fair attendance turned out in expectation of a good game. Teams:-

Aberdeen: Mutch; Hannah, Brebner; Davidson, Simpson, Drain; Macdonald, Ritchie, Wilson, Robertson, Toman.
Peterhead: Pyper; Philip, Stevens; McIntosh, Davidson, Thomson; Imlach, Scott, Ross, Buchan, Cadger.
Referee - Mister J. Nisbet, Edinburgh.

Aberdeen kicked off, and Robertson, after manoeuvring for an opening, shot yards wide. The game soon opened up, and Peterhead made rapid progress on the left through Buchan and Cadger. They overdid the fine work, however, and Hannah relieved with a big kick. Wilson furnished Toman with a grand opening, and the winger rushed in on Pyper. He was tackled by Philip, and an unproductive corner was the result. Ross sent over a fine pass to Imlah, and the winger crossed dangerously. Buchan secured, but Brebner neatly robbed him of the ball when inside left was steadying himself to shoot. Phillip's defending was anything but masterly. The back miskicked frequently, and on one occasion he nearly put the ball through his own goal. Shortly after the same player gave away a corner. Macdonald placed finely, and Wilson banged the ball past Pyper. From a cross by Macdonald, Robertson added a second, the teams crossing over with Aberdeen leading by 2 goals to 0.

Aberdeen resumed without Toman, and throughout the entire period the locals played with ten men. Pyper saved not too confidently a shot from Robertson, and a great try by Wilson hit the bar with terrific force. At the other end Imlah drove for goal, but there was no sting in the shot, and Mutch easily saved. Aberdeen were soon peppering away at piper, and Macdonald forced a corner. The ball was again well placed, and Wilson added a third goal for Aberdeen. A great chance was missed by Cadger, the outside man, in his eagerness to score, missing the ball completely. Simpson increase the score to four, and to the end of the game Aberdeen held the upper hand. The visitors seldom looked like scoring, and only the splendid goal keeping of Pyper saved them from an even greater defeat.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 16th March 1908

 

The Aberdeenshire Final.

Why the public do not take the same interest in this competition as they used to do is one of those signs of the times that nothing but class football will please them. Before the advent of League football the County Cup could always be reckoned on to draw the best "gate" of the season, but since then the drawings have gone down considerably. It was a pity for the Association, who still exist and endeavour to do good work, that the weather made a break during the forenoon, which kept many away from Pittodrie on Saturday. Nevertheless, there was a fair attendance when Peterhead took the field first, with AberŽdeen A close behind. Referee Nisbet had his usual cheering ovation when he stepped into the arena to get the teams lined up. The home side lost the toss, and Wilson dribbled well down, the inside men lending a hand, the Peterhead custodian sending them to the right-about. Give-and-take play followed, the visitors showing a capital exposition of the swinging game, Cadger getting in a good cross which Brebner blocked. The A's indulged in close passing, which did not appear to pay at first, till the backs missed one or two simple-looking passes, and Pyper had to do great work to keep his goal intact. At length Wilson found an opening, which was closely followed by "Gowie" Robertson scoring a second, Peterhead responding gamely, but their efforts proved futile. They had evidently taken too much out of themselves in the first period, for they did not sustain the pace they started away with, the result being that the home side again were claiming for a goal in the first minute, which Referee Nisbet refused to give. Aberdeen were never very far away from goal, and on the odd occasions. Peterhead broke through they never seriously troubled Mutch in the closing half. Wilson again led the way with a shot from close quarters, and John James finished the scoring for the day. The game ended by Aberdeen A winning the cup for the second year in succession by four clear goals.

The Play and Players.

Taken all over Peterhead have a good team, capable of better play than they gave on Saturday. Their failure appeared due to nervousness more than a want of ability. Cadger and Ross appeared to us the best in the front line, with Thomson best in the middle, though Davidson did well, but we have seen this old warhorse doing better. But for miskicks, both backs did well, while the goalkeeper was great. On the winning side MacŽdonald was the chief factor in producing goals, but the mainstay of the whole team was the three halves. Brebner was the safest of the two backs, and Mutch had generally an easy time in goal.

Source: Bon-Accord, 19th March 1908

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Mutch, Hannah, Brebner, Davidson, Simpson, Drain, McDonald, Ritchie, Wilson, Robertson, Toman.

Unused Subs:

Bookings:

Peterhead Teamsheet:  Pyper; Philip, Stevens; McIntosh, Davidson, Thomson; Imlach, Scott, Ross, Buchan, Cadger

Bookings:

Referee: Mr. J. Nisbet, Edinburgh

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