Source: The Scotsman, 25th November 1907
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 25th November 1907
Another Brace.Aberdeen never looked like going down to Port-Glasgow on Saturday, except at one portion of the game, towards the end of the first half, when the visitors not only crowded round Macfarlane, but missed several easy chances of scoring. At the start the home forwards put in a lot of work, Dunlop, by his length and bulk, stopping several good efforts in the way of shooting. The Port's game was to stop scoring, and they took the necessary steps by throwing themselves about, and doing any amount of running at the men, which proved effective for a time. First blood came to Aberdeen through a brilliant run by Lennie and O'Hagan on the left, the outside shooting hard and true. Clelland saved and nothing more. O'Hagan, picking up the rebound, put the ball beyond the custodian's reach. Murray or Simpson ought to have increased the score after this, both muddling an open goal between them. A little slackness by the home defence let the Port's forwards in for a time, and their play deserved some reward, but how they missed can best be explained by themselves. With five minutes or so to go, there was a regular muddle at goal-mouth, when the ball lay for anybody to kick away or to score. The latter course was chosen by Steel, who beat "Rab" easily. It was a good effort and deserved at that time. Port had slightly the best of exchanges till the half-time whistle sounded. On restarting, Murray all but scored from the run down which was a well-concocted effort, the centre just missing by inches. It was only a matter of time for Aberdeen to increase their lead, and it was only meet that Lennie should be the medium of the goal. Tricking Bulloch neatly, Martin was as easily left at the corner, and, shooting at an angle, the goalkeeper was only able to fist out, and Lennie fastened on, and shook the net with the second effort, which was as good as we have seen for a long time. Within a couple of minutes Murray put on a third goal, and the Port's fate was sealed. Aberdeen's play was in striking contrast to that of the first half. They held the whip-hand, and it appeared to us that if they had cared to pile on the agony the could have done so. It was evident that the visitors had suffered from their exertions in the first half, for they looked a worn-out team at the finish. To win by 3 goals to 1 was quite enough for the points, and as there was no element of luck in them the best team won.
Among the Players.Port's defence, especially Ross and Dunlop, with Clelland behind them, kept their side from a heavy defeat. Hamilton and Steel seemed their most dangerous forwards. Tom Ruddiman was too eager to shine, and spoiled his work in the open by bad finishing. The centre, as of old, works hard all the time, whether he meets with success or not; and only his impetuous rushes spoiled at least one chance he had on Saturday. Macfarlane was safe in goal, but neither of the backs, Colman or Hume, seemed to appreciate the rushes of the visitors' attack. Either of them might have saved the goal which was put up against them had they not been troubled with watching the men. Macintosh, Halket, and Low were a clever trio, and, in the second half, were exceptionally so. Each had a good try for goal, and, on Saturday's play, were immeasurably, superior to those on the other side. All the forwards were good; the stronger wing is the left, well watched though they were. Mac¬donald and Simpson were so clever for Dunlop that he must needs use nasty tricks to stop them. Murray was better in centre than we have yet seen him; and, as for keeping his wings going, nothing could have been better than his work against the Port. He had a strong, --------------- always on his track.
Chatty Bits.One thing is patent just now to the powers that be in football, that Aberdeen have justified their inclusion in the League so far. Clubs in the south-west, who were preferred to the north, are finding their vaunted superiority rapidly declining. It may be premature to boast at this time, but we feel convinced that the time is not far distant when the clubs in the north-east of Scotland will occupy the same position in the League as they do in the English competitions. The Port lacked the stamina of the Aberdeen on Saturday, and were unable to keep the dash of the first half. Tom Ruddiman received a cordial welcome from his old friends and many encouraging shouts. Dunlop, for size, has put all the other backs we have seen here in the shade. It was amusing to watch the pigmies "going for him." The way the Port players rush about, fearless of anything, is not the paying game. We do not wonder at accidents to players who go in for that style of play. Players like O'Hagan and Lennie, simply jinked these mad rushes almost every time and got away before their opponents had time to recover. When Aberdeen changed their tactics in the second half and swung the ball wide, the Port were lost and could not keep up the running. They will have to get away fast at Love Street on Saturday for the Saints are getting desperate for points. The Saints expect to have some of their cripples repaired by Saturday, and it will be no fault of theirs if they do not repeat their Pittodrie victory. We shall see. Aberdeen are a bit different from that time, and will let nothing slip if they get half-a-chance. Our local club stand in a better position in the league table this year than they did at the corresponding date last. Let us hope they will keep it up. Out of the last five matches "Gowie" Robertson has scored four goals. He was in at the death at Forfar. Collins got a nasty knock at Forfar and will be unable to play this week. George Wilson will be back in his old place. There is a strong determination, on the part of the A's, to wipe out the 6-2 affair at Lochgelly. In that case the game will be worth seeing this week. Two old Aberdeen favourites will be in the visitors' ranks, viz., Charles Mackie and Haxton. These two did a lot of damage at Lochgelly. The Hearts are the second team that has taken full points off Celtic. Aberdeen was the first on the September holiday. In refusing £1500 for Simpson, their crack right-winger, Falkirk have done the most commendable thing they could have done. George Wilson's transfer to Newcastle has not been accom-plished so easily as was anticipated. The F. A. wanted to make enquiries to see that everything had been done in the right way. They take nothing on trust at High Holborn, and must needs know how the deal was made, and that everything is in proper order.
Source: Bon-Accord, 28th November 1907