Source: The Scotsman, 7th October 1907
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 7th October 1907
A Bustling Game.So that their team should be in the best of trim for Saturday's game, the Kilmarnock team and officials came north on Friday night, and after doing a round of the sights in the forenoon appeared at Pittodrie in the pink of condition to annex the points. That they were determined to take away at least one point was clearly borne out by their play, which, though lacking in prettiness, had plenty of the robust nature about it, to which more than one of the local players can furnish ample evidence. Play never rose to a very high standard of excellence; still there were some very exciting passages which served to keep up the enthusiasm of the spectators. In the open the ball was worked very skilfully, but at close quarters the shooting was faulty and very much off the mark. The goal which served to bring the points to Aberdeen was the result of a clever run on the right, and it was just a duel between Murray and Young as to who was to reach the cross first; the former getting his napper on the ball put it beyond the custodian's reach in the net. The shot looked simple, but there was the difficulty of angle to contend with, and the unexpected leap from Murray which diverted the course of the ball from the goalkeeper. On two occasions after this Aberdeen should have improved their goal register, but somehow the wrong screw was put on the ball, which went outside the net altogether. How O'Hagan missed one particular incident and pass from Wilson he can best explain himself, but there was a goal in it with a little less flurry on their part. Aberdeen's halves nipped in beautifully when their opponents tried any concerted move, spoiling the best attempts of that master footballer, Hugh Wilson. It was simply the watchfulness of Mitchell and Agnew that kept Aberdeen from further increasing their score in the first half. Kicking into touch to relieve pressure is a splendid safety principle to act on, but it can be overdone. The first half ended without any addition to the scoring. The most prominent feature of the second period was that the man was more frequently played than the ball. Particularly so was this the case with. Lennie; who had the sole attention of a half sticking to him, with the assistance of a back thrown in to stop him. Halket came in for a little attention, and it was not till towards the close that Kilmarnock gave us an idea of what they were worth. Their forwards hustled well, and combined effectively to elude the halves, and Aberdeen's backs were kept busy. There was real danger then, for if the home backs had made one slip the Killie lads would have scored. The burst came too late, though it was good while it lasted, and. Aberdeen won their fourth victory by 1 goal to nil.
Amongst the Players.Aberdeen had the pull in this game. They pressed most, were awarded most corner-kicks, and gave Young far more work than Macfarlane got. Kilmarnock were strongest in defence, which is constituted with a view to success and not fancy work. Anderson was the best half, though inclined to be too attentive to the man. Skileen and Wilson were most dangerous in the front rank, the latter being very unselfish with his young partner, and might have shot on his own with benefit to himself. Macfarlane got very little to do, and was only once in difficulties. Both backs were again sound and reliable in all their work. The halves were the mainstay of the team, Macintosh putting in most work, though there was really very little between any of them. Muir did not appear to be at home at outside right, and could not grasp Murray's passes, though he may come to do so with a little time. Murray worked hard, but let too many of his passes away for free kicks to the back. Wilson improved and kept his place, while a little more experience ought, to improve him. O'Hagan and Lennie were not so nippy as usual, but they were closely guarded by the opposing halves and backs, and got very little freedom to work with.
Chatty Bits.The talk of the week has been the Quinn sensation. We were better pleased with the Aberdeen team as a whole on Saturday. They deserved greater success than came their way. If they keep it up, their reputation is made. Wilson did well on Saturday, kept his place better, and looked more dangerous than he has yet done. There is talk of his being rested, but we fancy he should be persisted in until a better turns up. Aberdeen's defence will be thoroughly tested on Saturday against Falkirk's sharp-shooters. If they can stand up to it, there is no saying, what may happen. Lennie was too well watched by the "Killie" defence to get in his usual effective work. St. Mirren, along with Plymouth, are the only two League teams in the Kingdom who have not suffered defeat in their competitions. If the Saints do come a cropper, the race for the championship will be the keenest we have had for many years. Sunderland gave Henry Low a much-needed rest on Saturday. They were just taking a little too much out of. him. The Football Association have now issued their edict against clubs playing any of the new Amateur F.A. teams. All clubs connected with the A.F.A. are now considered suspended, and this drastic step has led to some searchings amongst the prominent amateurs, who did not realise the pos-sibility of such a drastic step being taken. This means that the S.F.A. will have to fall into line with the other bodies. The Lifeboat Demonstration on Saturday will effect the attendance at Pittodrie. Lochee have some good players just now. One or two are said to be worth looking after. This will be the first Northern League game at Pittodrie for a long time. We hope they will get a good reception.
Source: Bon-Accord, 10th October 1907