Aberdeen and Kilmarnock met at Pittodrie Park in their return League engagement on Saturday. The ground was frost bound, but a covering of sand enabled the players to up to a good foothold. Kilmarnock were short of McCallum, right back, and Barton, outside right, while Halkett was unable to turn out for Aberdeen, the last named suffering from a weak ankle. Davidson took his place. About 5000 spectators witnessed the game. Teams:-
Aberdeen: Macfarlane; Boyle, Brebner; Davidson, Strang, W. Low; Macdonald, H. Low, McKinley, O'Hagan, Lennie. up to
Kilmarnock: Young; Mitchell, Agnew; Shaw, Anderson, Crichton; Morton, Maxwell, Graham, Drain, Brown.
Referee - Mr. Turnbull, Hurlford.
Aberdeen won the toss, and played towards the pavilion goal with the wind in their favour. Kilmarnock opened strongly, and for a time had the best of matters. Although the Aberdeen backs time and again cleared their lines, the Ayrshire players kept up a persistent attack on the Aberdeen goal. Macfarlane, however, was rarely troubled. Graham was prominent in the centre for Kilmarnock, and twice he got through the Aberdeen defence. Gradually the local players forced their way to the other end of the field, chiefly through the exertions of Lennie and O'Hagan. The game proceeded on brisk lines, and all over the play was evenly divided. First one side attacked without success, while the next minute the scene of operations was transferred to the opposite end. The ball travelled very fast on the hard ground, and many exciting passages ensued near both goals. The Kilmarnock right wing - Maxwell being specially clever - gave the Aberdeen defence a good deal of trouble, while the smart, tricky work of Lennie and O'Hagan kept the Kilmarnock defenders on the alert. A neat header by McKinley, followed upon good work by Davidson, almost brought a goal to Aberdeen, the Kilmarnock goalkeeper clearing in the nick of time. Still, one team could claim the full advantage over the other; indeed if anything, Kilmarnock were playing the better game. Their half-backs tackled and forced the pace with rare determination, only to be met, however, by reliable defence on the part of Aberdeen. W. Low opened out the game for his side, while O'Hagan, catching up a pass from the left-half, raced straight ahead for goal. The Kilmarnock backs were rarely at fault, however, and Aberdeen failed to find an opening, that even when they were monopolising the play. A brilliant run by Lennie evoked great enthusiasm. The left winger cut into the centre, and, working his way cleverly through the opposition, he passed out to O'Hagan. The latter crossed at the right time to Macdonald, who banged the ball into goal, Young saving finely on the post. By way of a change, Kilmarnock took a turn at pressing, but Strang and the backs were at the top of their form, and kept the opposing forwards well in hand. Lennie lost a rare opportunity of scoring with only the goalkeeper to beat, while Crichton was also at fault the next minute. A misunderstanding between Brebner and W. Low almost brought the downfall of the Aberdeen goal. Near midfield the two Aberdeen players got mixed up in tackling the outside right, who raced clean away, and when within a few yards of Macfarlane the Kilmarnock right winger was on the point of shooting when Boyle rushed across and robbed him of the ball - a narrow escape for Aberdeen. Near the interval Henry Low caught up a pass from the left wing and drove straight for goal, Young bringing off a wonderfully good save. At half-time the teams stood level - no scoring.
The second half opened greatly in favor of Aberdeen. That they were determined to open the scoring was easily seen by the quick movements of their forwards, who were capitally supported by Davidson and Strang. Shortly after the restart, Macdonald picked up a pass from the left wing, and with a terrific, low drive the right winger almost succeeded in a lowering the Kilmarnock's colours. Young's saving was of a marvellous order, and how he managed to clear from Macdonald is perhaps best known to himself. Aberdeen's continued bombardment of their opponents' goal at last brought its reward. Seven minutes from the restart O'Hagan got off on his own account. He then sent the ball across to Macdonald, while the latter judiciously transferred to Henry Low. The last-named saw his chance, and took it, shooting with great force without a moment's hesitation. The ball struck the inside of the crossbar, the goalkeeper having no chance of saving. Play thereafter slackened down. Aberdeen took the game in hand, but did not force matters. At times Kilmarnock broke away on the right and in the centre, while Drain at inside left also made headway, but there was no sting in their shooting. Played brightened up considerably when Lennie got lively on the left wing, the Kilmarnock defence being powerless to keep him in check. Time after time he dribbled, dodged ahead, and centred at his own free will. A momentary breakaway by Kilmarnock was followed by a corner, and they came very near equalising, Macfarlane picking up the ball in the midst of a crowd of players. A quick movement by Lennie, and a timely pass to Henry Low, gave the latter a fine opening, with the result that Aberdeen stood two goals up, Young having no chance with Low's effort. Close on time Lennie scored a third goal from a pass by Davidson. The winners were the better team, and the score in no way exaggerates their superiority.
Gate and stands, £109 12s 9d.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 21st January 1907