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match report 1915-16 fixture list
Div 1 (Old) 
25/09/1915
 
Aberdeen 1 - 1 Ayr United
Kick Off:    Robertson 81.       McKenzie  
Attendance: 1,500
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Aberdeen and Ayr United had a drawn game at Aberdeen before about 1000 people in rainy weather. On the whole the play was evenly contested. McKenzie scored for the visitors in the first half, and in the second Robertson equalised.

Source: The Scotsman, 27th September 1915

 
Aberdeen had another drawn game - the fourth in a total of six games played - in their Scottish League fixture with Ayr United at Pittodrie. The afternoon was most miserable for football, rain falling the whole time, and barely 1000 spectators were present. Despite the disagreeable conditions the game was a very interesting and keenly fought one. The result was about the value of the play. If the Ayr United forwards gave the impression of being nippier than those of the other side, the Aberdeen defence was more firmly knit. Aberdeen were without Colman, his place was taken by Chatwin.

Aberdeen won the toss, and pressed at the outset. Kerr was called upon once are twice, but the shots were of the soft order and easily saved. Ayr took up the attack, but were met by a firm defence. Some good work on the Aberdeen right brought Aberdeen into range, and Walker shot, but Kerr was on the alert and cleared his lines. By smart combination which outwitted Chatwin, Semple and Gray made progress for Ayr, but just as there were about to apply the finishing touch Hume stepped in and returned the ball to midfield. End-to-end play, without any mark feature, continued for some time. A tricky piece of play by Ayr's left wing forwards was deservedly applauded. Gray eluded Chatwin and gave the ball to his partner, Semple, and a pretty combined movement brought the pair into shooting range, but an offside decision gave Aberdeen relief. Aberdeen assumed the offensive, but only for a brief period, and again play was transferred to the home side's territory. In another raid by Aberdeen, Robertson and Archibald showed up well, but the inside left shot past. A few minutes later Robertson had an excellent long range shot, which, however, found Kerr in his place. Twice in quick succession the Ayr United custodian had again to exert himself to save his charge. Ayr's left wing attempted to outwit Chatwin, but the back was one too many for them, and averted danger by passing to Hume, who gave the ball to his forwards with a strong kick. Semple tested Anderson with a long oblique shot, but the goalkeeper fisted out. Aberdeen invaded and forced a corner. W Wylie's corner kick give the ball to J. Wyllie, who headed towards goal, but Bell kicked clear. Ayr had a flying run, and Anderson had to throw out. Excitement of rows near the interval, as Aberdeen made a lively attack on the Ayr goal. Once are twice as seemed likely that some one was to put the ball through, but Ayr's defence was firm. Getting possession the visitors' forwards broke through, and picking up a pass from the left Mackenzie scored with a swift shot. Just before the whistle blew for half time, Maine left the Ayr backs behind him but, with no one in front of him but Kerr, sent the ball behind.

Aberdeen were the first to progress on the resumption, but were repulsed, and Ayr in turn gave a brisk attack. It was a game of see-saw for some time. Wylie forced to earth to concede a corner, which proved on productive. A few minutes later Walker had a great shot, the ball skimming the crossbar. Ayr transferred play by a dashing run, and a try by McKenzie was brilliantly saved by Anderson, at the expense of a corner. Aberdeen again became the aggressors, and Kerr saved in splendid fashion from Walker. A corner for Ayr brought them no advantage, and a similar award to Aberdeen a few minutes later was equally barren in result. Play continued on give-and-take lines till about 9 minutes from time, when a raid by Aberdeen brought them the equalising goal, the point being obtained by Robertson. Both sides tried hard till the finish to get the winning goal.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 27th September 1915

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Anderson, Chatwin, Hume, Brewster, Wyllie, MacLachlan, Wylie, Walker, Main, Robertson, Archibald.

Unused Subs:

Bookings:

Ayr United Teamsheet:  Kerr; Bell, McStey; McBain, Getgood, McLaughlan; Middleton, McKenzie, Richardson, Semple, Gray

Bookings:

Referee: J. Binnie, Falkirk

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