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Lochgelly United 0 - 3 Aberdeen

HT Score: Lochgelly United 0 - 1 Aberdeen

Northern League
Aberdeen scorers: Hamilton.

11/11/1905 | KO:

The Aberdeen Club's second string journeyed to Lochgelly on Saturday in quest of Northern League points. The weather was very boisterous, and there was a poor attendance when referee Davidson, Arbroath, whistled the teams out as follows:- Lochgelly: Bain; C. Smith, Splitt; Ramsay, Smith, Craigie; McCartney, Barkley, Burns, Anderson, Robertson. Aberdeen A:- Barrett; Murray, Brebner; Low, Thompson, Robertson; ward, Henderson, Hamilton, Cruikshank, Smith.

The homesters started operations, and the right wing made tracks directly for Barrett, but Murray intervened and sent them to the right about. The Aberdeen men had a couple of tries at the home defence, but huge punting kept the game going from end to end without anything really dangerous by either side being accomplished. The United swooped down on the visitors' defence, and kept Murray and Brebner busy for a time. It appeared that the citadel must fall, but twice were good chances allowed to go by the attackers. A regular scrum ensued in front of Barrett, and the home spectatorate were wild with excitement as the sphere bobbed about on the line, but failed to cross. To Hamilton is the credit due for saving the situation. The pivot fastened onto the leather, and literally threaded his way through the whole of the opposition, and carried the ball right up to Bain's end. The solo would undoubtedly have met with tangible result had not the pivot lost his footing on the soft ground just when he was on the point of finishing with a drive for goal. A heavy rain, which was now falling, led to deterioration in play, and while the locals had most of the game, the performance was characterised by palpable missing when a goal seemed a dead certainty. Aberdeen suddenly reversed the order of things, however, and from a determined rush up the field, Cruikshank delivered a strong shot at the Gelly citadel, which rebounded from the cross-bar to Hamilton's foot when the pivot made no mistake about the destination of the sphere. After this surprise, the home lot worked hard for an equalising point, but in every attempt they were frustrated, and when the interval arrived Aberdeen maintained their one goal lead.

The opening of the second period saw Aberdeen clustering round Bain once more, and it was only by their luck that a second point was saved the homesters. The strangers' defence was besieged for a time, but the United could not penetrate, and ultimately they were forced back into their own territory. The game was slowed down to a painful degree, and honours - if there were any - were equally divided, until the home pivot had to leave the arena through having sustained injury. This disaster appeared to have a serious effect upon the locals, and renewed pressure by Aberdeen yielded two more goals. Thus Aberdeen secured on unexpected victory, and at the same time inflicted on Lochgelly their first defeat this season on home territory.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 13th November 1905

Lochgelly United Teamsheet
Bain; C. Smith, Splitt; Ramsay, Smith, Craigie; McCartney, Barkley, Burns, Anderson, Robertson
Venue: Reids Park, Lochgelly
Referee: Mr. Davidson, Arbroath
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