PLUCKY GIRLSThe fact that it was their first appearance in public rather unnerved the Aberdeen side, and, not at all sure of themselves, they early had their confidence shaken when Haslam, the visitors' outside right, scored a surprise goal from a difficult angle. For the most part the home side were confined to the defensive, but if lacking the finish and kicking power of the visitors they never shirked their task, and raids into opponents' territory roused tremendous enthusiasm. As the game progressed what had been cynical curiosity on the part of the major portion of the crowd, turned into genuine admiration for the efforts of the players, and at times the enthusiasm was high. While many perfect passing bounce by Dick Kerr's forwards frequently nonplussed the Aberdeen defence, and Hugget in goal had repeatedly saved splendidly before Harris, the visitors' the elusive right, but the English team further on the lead. If persistence by the Aberdeen forwards brought no tangible result, there were two occasions at least one which was proved that the champions' defence was not invincible, although there could be no denying its solidity. Lowe, on the home right, and one great burst which elicited rounds of applause, but there was more danger for the visitors when White, the clever little leader of the Aberdeen attack, flashed a shot just wide of the goal. To be in arrears of only two goals at the interval reflected crowded on the home defence, in which Wallace and Hugget were repeatedly prominent.
A SCORING FEATIn the second period, as in the first, the winners showed that their execution was equal to their conception, and it is safe to say that while there was much individual cleverness, especially by Parr and Haslam on the extreme wings, and by Harris and Kell at inside right and right back respectively, the exhibition of accurate passing was ahead of anything seen at Pittodrie this season. There was open-eyed amazement when Parr, whose trickiness, control and centring powers and outside left had always been a feature, increased the visitors' lead with a tremendous shot from near the touch line. Harris, a wonderful trickster wound up a mystifying movement by registering a fourth goal. With the issue while in their keeping, Dick Kerr's XI gave an exhibition of shooting which, while more powerful than accurate, repealed their aptitude for what is popularly known as first-timing. A change of positions by the home left back and inside left made for improvement in the home team, and there were several occasions that fine leading out by White at centre forward had the visitors' defence in difficulties, but nothing more than fruitless corners fell to the home team. Were clever forward play by the visitors resulted in Redford scoring a fifth goal, and it was not altogether against the balance of play when the centre-half Woods beat the Aberdeen goalkeeper for the sixth time included the scoring.
MUCH TO ADMIREIn the play of the visitors, collectively and individually, there was much to admire, particularly the exhibitions of Kell, Pomies, Haslam, Harris, and Parr. On the Aberdeen side, that is sure to improve with experience and longer association, the players that showed much promise were Hugget, Wallace, Mackay, Whyte, and Beighton. The match was arranged by Mr. H. A. Gill, secretary of the associated bore comrades, under whose auspices the Aberdeen ladies club is run. Sir James Taggart kicked off. After the match both teams were entertained at the supper and dance in the Bon-Accord Hotel.
RECEIPTS OF NEARLY £800.It was officially announced by Mr. Gill, secretary of the Associated War Comrades, that the number who paid for admission to the match was 14,400, and the gross receipts amounted to £797 2s 1d, from which has to be deducted £178 9s 6 1/2d for entertainments tax, and a share to the Aberdeen FC for the use of the ground. After meeting the expenses of the visitors and the initial outlay in connection with the formation and equipping of the Aberdeen Ladies' Club, a sum of £280 would be available for the funds of the Associated War Comrades, on behalf of which the match was arranged.
Teams:Aberdeen: Hugget; Wallace, Mackay; Petrie, Forbes, D. Low; J. Lowe, Johnstone, White, Leiper, Beighton
Dick Kerr's XI: Grice; Kell, Clayton, Pomies, Woods, Walmsley; Haslam, Harris, Redford, Willis, Parr
Referee: Peter Craigmyle, Aberdeen
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 6th September 1921