The Aberdeen team visited Brockville Park on Saturday andmet Falkirk in the first round of the North-Eastern Cup competition. Rain fell heavily prior to the start of the game, and continued throughout the first half, but the weather cleared up after the interval. The teams were:-
Falkirk: Stewart; Morrison, Orrock; McDonald, Anderson, McMillan; Simpson, Gilmour, T. Logan, A. Logan.
Aberdeen: King; Colman, Hume; Wilson, Wyllie, Millar; Soye, McIntosh, Murray, Travers, Lennie.
Referee - Mr. Mackenzie, Glasgow.
The game opened in sensational fashion, for after three minutes' play Falkirk were leading by two goals. Aberdeen kicked-off. and the visiting forwards at once made tracks for the Falkirk goal. The ball, however, was returned down the field by Morrison, and T. Logan made off in the direction of King. A pass to the left was smartly picked up by Brown, who, rounding the backs, had a clear run into goal and beat King with a fast shot. Restarting, Falkirk again took up the running. Brown and the brothers Logan being prominent in a spirited attack. The centre forward capped the movement with a second goal, King having no chance of saving. This rapid scoring came as a big surprise, but the points were well worked for, the Falkirk men losing no time in shooting for goal whenever they got the chance. Aberdeen, however, retaliated on the right wing, McIntosh and Soye being conspicuous, and the Falkirk goalkeeper did well in saving a difficult shot from the outside right. Gradually the game assumed a more even character until Brown broke away on the left wing, slipped past Colman, and finished with a fast shot on the run. King, however, was in readiness, and cleared splendidly. Good play by McIntosh looked promising for Aberdeen, but Murray's parting shot went high over the bar. The visitors were inclined to keep the ball too close on the heavy ground, while Falkirk went in for the long-passing game, which paid better, and also gave no end of trouble to the Aberdeen defence. Brown and A Logan were particularly active on the left, while T. Logan was always difficult to keep in check when once set agoing. A lovely cross from Brown was cleared by king with T. Logan in close attendance, while a minute later Simpson struck the outside of the net with a fast drive. The Falkirk half-backs - Macdonald in particular - supported their forwards with rare judgment, and, as a result, the front rank frequently got the better of the Aberdeen defence. But for King's clever saving at this stage, the home team would undoubtedly have held even a more pronounced lead. The best attempt at scoring on the Aberdeen side so far came from McIntosh. He worked the ball skilfully from the half-way line, got past the left-half and left back, and finished with a capital shot and just missed the net. The game was contested on exceptionally fast lines, and play was always bright and interesting. Falkirk, however, were the better team, and adapted their style of play to the prevailing conditions. Aberdeen, on the other hand, kept the ball far too close in the front rank, while Miller was the only half-back who could kick with any degree of accuracy. The backs, however, by this time had got over there early weakness, Colman footing in some very fine defensive work. Faulty kicking by Wyllie almost brought a third goal to Falkirk, but King rushed out and cleared in time. King again distinguished himself when he stopped the clever shot from Gilmour, while later on he got rid of a fast drive from A. Logan. Thus within 5 minutes the Aberdeen goalkeeper had saved three times in clever style. Good work by Millar was followed up by a combined movement on the part of the Aberdeen forwards, Lennie and Soye being conspicuous. The ball went from wing two wing, and then Soye crossed from the right. Stewart, goalkeeper, had left his position in getting rid of the ball, and before he could regain his place, Soye centred from the wing. The ball rolled along the goal line, and Orrock slipped back in order to clear, but instead of averting the danger, a left back turned the ball into the net. Falkirk responded with a brisk attack at the other end, the entire front rank joining in the movement. The ball was sent across to the right wing, where Gilmour was standing unmarked, and with a surprise shot he completely beat King, the ball landing high up in the net to the left of the goalkeeper. The home team continued to have the best of matters up to the interval, when the scores stood - Falkirk 3, Aberdeen 1.
The first noteworthy incident in the second half was a smart run by Simpson, but he overdid the fancy work, and finally lost control of the ball. Next minute King cleared a fast shot from A Logan, but Falkirk fell away after this opening attack, while Aberdeen improved right along the line. Ten minutes after the interval the visitors obtained their second goal, cleverly scored by Travers. Soye crossed the ball from the right, and the inside left darted through between the backs and just managed to reach the ball with his head with one knee on the ground. Aberdeen monopolized the play during the greater portion of the second half, but their forwards lacked the shooting power of the Falkirk front rank. Still the visitors were dangerous, and on the run of the play ought to have drawn level. Wilson, Wyllie, and Millar kept the opposing forwards well in hand, while Colman and Hume were equal to all calls. Time was wearing on, and still the Aberdeen team stood a goal down, Soye, Lennie, and McIntosh all tested Stewart, but the goalkeeper had invariably plenty of time to clear. A miskick by Morrison was covered up by Anderson running back and clearing, while Orrock just managed to get his left foot on the ball as it came dangerously near the goal line. Fifteen minutes from time an exciting bit of play was witnessed near the Falkirk goal. Lennie got clear of the backs, and then sent the ball across the goalmouth. And that moment McIntosh came rushing along and closed in on the goalkeeper. Stewart was in waiting, but was forced across to goal line, along with the ball by McIntosh. The charge appeared to be quite legitimate, but the referee gave a foul against Aberdeen, who were thus deprived of a good goal. Keeping up the pressure, the Pittodrie men hemmed in their opponents on all sides. Lennie, McIntosh, and Travers each having good tries for goal. Near the close Simpson came away splendidly on the right, and screwed the ball from the corner flag right into the goalmouth. King managed to clear, but only partially, and Brown, rushing up, just missed scoring. Simpson got away on another of his dangerous runs, and on this occasion centred to T. Logan, who made no mistake with a fast drive that Fairlie beat King. In the last minute Lennie got away on the left, but nothing tangible resulted.
The gate amounted to £85.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 12th September 1910