Source: The Scotsman, 15th December 1907
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 16th December 1907
A Hard and Even Game.The weather was ideal for football at Cathkin Park on Saturday, though the early journey from Aberdeen had not a great inspiring influence on the players. It was quite evident that the Third have lost their hold on the Glasgow public, for they were tardy, in coming forth to show their faith in the "Warriors" winning. Desperation was characteristic of the opening stages when the teams took the field, the fact having been impressed on the home side that they had not earned a point for seven weeks, and must do something to retrieve their lost laurels. Lennie and Halket did not travel, and Muir and Davidson filled the vacancies. The start was not to our idea at all, for the home forwards got away with a rush, their intention being to carry the visitors off their feet. The backs took their gruelling like men, and when they were beat Macfarlane was able to stop anything, no matter where it came from. Aberdeen were doing little at this stage, but once they got going they gave everyone the impression they meant business. By one of the cutest moves we have yet seen Murray try, he eluded Hill, and had the ball in the net, leaving the back and goalkeeper to wonder how it was done. Shortly after this Macdonald whipped across a great ball which he picked up on the line, and Murray had Brownlee again beaten. This point was disallowed on the ground that the ball was out of play before Macdonald reached it. We hae oor doots. On half-time the Third had a golden chance by Hume giving away a penalty, which Sloan failed to convert. Aberdeen took a firmer hold of the game on resuming the second period, but the home side were not through with, and from a soft shot by Griffiths from a corner, the scores were equal. A ding-dong game till the last ten minutes, when Aberdeen simply peppered Brownlie with shots, just as hard as anything that Macfarlane had at the start. The game ended one goal each, which on play was value for no more to either side.
The Players.Aberdeen missed the presence of Willie Lennie and Ecky Halket in the team on Saturday. Muir was not at home for some time, till he came to understand O'Hagan's style, then he put in some good work, and under the circumstances was the best change the directors could have made. Murray was the best forward on the field by a long chalk, O'Hagan coming next. Simpson was just a trifle selfish by sticking too long to the ball. Macdonald was better than we have seen him for some weeks. The halves were good, Mackintosh being the cleverest, with Low not far behind. Davidson had a tricky pair to watch, and did fairly well. The backs were great, with Macfarlane on the very top of his form. There was a better understanding in the Third's defence than there was in any other department of the team. Sloan was great at centre half, but the forwards went too much on their own to be a scoring lot. All things considered, the game was worth no more than a draw, with Aberdeen deserving sympathy for travelling under strength.
Chatty Bits.Aberdeen keep mounting up the table, and are ahead of what they were at this time last year. Lennie and Halket were interested spectators at Pittodrie on Saturday. Early starts are a non-paying concern in the League just now. Macfarlane was in great form at Cathkin. We have not seen him to so great advantage this season. At the start he was unbeatable. Macintosh got a severe strain to the muscles of his right leg, and had to be medically attended to on arrival home on Saturday. Trainer Simpson thinks that the injury has been attended to in time, and that he will be fit for Saturday. The other two injured men are also reported to be on the highway to recovery and will be out this week. Tom Drain was reserve at Cathkin Park on Saturday. He entered the bonds of wedlock on Friday night. Muir, who assisted at the ceremony, was in fine condition at the match, but he took a little time to get into the style of play. On the heavy ground the Third ploughed through at a great pace, and satisfied their directors who were very anxious as to the result. If the Third had hard lines at the start in not scoring, Aberdeen had equally the same experience in the second half, when both Simpson and Macdonald hit the posts. The penalty given against Hume was not worth the decision as the ball was played against his hand. The A's overdid the close-passing game on Saturday, and but for the good defence of Brebner and Tait in keeping out the Thistle might have lost. Buckie have a splendid centre half who thoroughly kept Collins in hand. In returning to Northern League games this week the Reserves will have to put a little more vim in their shooting. Their fiddling in front of goal for position has been their un- doing in the last two encounters. It must be given up if they are to make any further progress. R. G. Tait was a success at back on Saturday. He has a wonderful turn of speed and kicks strongly. There was a meeting of referees last Friday in the Richmond Café, Owing to, the bad weather was decided to adjourn till Monday first, when another meeting will be held to elect office? bearers. As every official is invited, whether he is a referee or not, we trust to see a large number present.