With the prospect of Aberdeen topping the East of Scotland League table, interest in the doings of the club in the competition has recently been accentuated, and this was particularly marked on Saturday, when the local team encountered the Edinburgh Hibernians at Pittodrie under miserable and depressing weather conditions. A heavy rain was falling when Mr. J. B. stark, Cambuslang, lined the teams up as follows:-
Aberdeen: Macfarlane; Willox, Gault; Halkett, Strang, W. Low; Robertson, Ward, H. Low, Edgar, Lennie.
Hibernians: Rennie; Main, Glen; Grieve, McConnachie, Harrower; Stewart, McQueen, Duguid, McDonald, McCann.
The opening minutes were marked by tame midfield play. Aberdeen were the first to break away with a run up the centre. The movement was well combined, and a pass out from Ward to his partner on the right allowed Robertson to cross over in front of Rennie, where the sphere was neatly caught up, and would almost certainly have found the net had not Henry Low's bulky frame intervened. A clearance was effected, and the Hibernians came well away on the right through Stewart, who was well attended by Wilfred Low. Lennie was having plenty of work, and the crowd were delighted to see that his form appeared to be at its best, while Robertson, on the other side, sent in a number of nice cross is, which tickled the Edinburgh defence. The Hibernians swept the field occasionally, but the local halves and backs were more than equal to repelling the attacks. Though nearing the close of the season, the Aberdeen front rank excelled in tricky, useful play. Edgar's showed some clever touches, completely outwitting his opponents. Stewart, on the right, tested W. Low and Gault repeatedly, one but between them the Aberdonians succeeded in keeping the fleet winger from getting into close range, although on one occasion he dribbled out from a "sandwiched" position, and sent in a lovely cross in front of the goal, to which might have proved fruitful had any of the other forwards being in position to finish the effort. The game, full enough of minor incidents, did not assume an exciting aspect till Lennie and Edgar initiated at the like full run up the left wing, giving the ball to Henry Low ultimately. Hard pressed by the back, the Aberdeen centre attempted a shot with his left foot, which just went over the bar. Edgar had a clever try the next minute, but it meant with a similar fate. The Aberdeen right division was on holiday for a considerable spell, and the starvation was hardly justified, for both Robertson and Ward made capable tries when the opportunity offered. Ward made a creditable effort at close quarters, forcing many to give away a corner, which resulted in the custodian having to clear a second hot shot from the inside right. Lennie and Edgar continued to fool the Hibernians' defence, but some are other there finishing work went for nothing save the forming of merriment to the spectators.
Aberdeen commenced in the second period with a rearrangement owing to the absence of Halkett, but as the absentee put in an appearance almost immediately, the combination resumed as before. The locals had now are any wind advantage that there was, and the first incident of note was created by Ward, who missed a good opportunity by shooting wide. Lennie was the next to get off, sending the ball to Edgar, who was robbed by Glen. A moment later the left winger was again conspicuous, but to no purpose. The game ruled almost entirely in Rennie's vicinity, and a free kick, neatly headed in by Robertson, was just lifted clear by the Hibs' goalkeeper, while a corner kicked, nicely placed by Robertson, was headed over by Henry Low. Tom Strang put in a deal of useful work, which gave the forwards many chances. Rennie was in capital form, and after clearing numerous shots in creditable fashion his citadel at last fell, a pretty cross from Lennie being directed into the net by Henry Low, who got his head on the ball at the crucial moment. Stewart was not allowed too much scope, and on one occasion when it seemed that he was to outwit Wilfred Low there was a keen tussle. Lowe, however, got there, and carried the invasion into the Hibs' Territory, where Rennie was once more called upon to clear. The Hibs were now are claiming a larger share of the attack, and Macfarlane all but gave the opposition the equaliser by leaving his charge. Fortunately, McQueen misdirected his final punt, and the situation was saved. Rennie picked up some marvellous shots in the course of the game, and it seemed that nothing would penetrate his defence. Lennie was responsible for the second goal. Dodging the right back, he sent the ball a cross in nice position to Ward, who drove direct for the net, allowing Rennie no chance on this occasion. The two goal lead had an inspiring effect on Aberdeen, and during the closing stages of the. The strangers seldom got within shooting distance of Macfarlane.
Up to the drawings amounted to £78 18s 7d.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 7th May 1906