Source: The Scotsman, 25th October 1909
SUMMING UPAberdeen's strength lay in their attack, and on the performance of the front line alone the homesters were worthy of a win by at least one goal. The whole five work well in combination, and were in strong contrast to the Motherwell quintette. Moffat and Taylor were the best of the half-backs, and the Motherwell defenders were probably stronger than the Aberdeen backs. Mutch had less to do than McDonald, but both were good. The attendance was about 6000, and the drawings approximately amounted to £160.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 25th October 1909
A DRAW AT PITTODRIE.Last week we had occasion to remark that the Aberdeen forwards played very poorly, and lost the game at Shawfield. On Saturday, at Pittodrie, the defence made two mistakes, and thus presented Motherwell with a point which they did not deserve on play. Contrary to general expectation, the management decided in playing the same eleven that lost to Clyde against Motherwell, and their wisdom was justified, for the team played capital football, and were superior to their opponents in every way. The visitors expressed themselves prior to the start as being quite able to win, but, play had not long started before they began to realise their task was a hit harder than they had hargained. for. Soye, by a brilliant move, had the hall in the net fifteen minutes after the start, but there are many who think the player was off-side when he received the ball. If, that was so, it was compensation for the one he scored later on - a beauty which the referee chalked off, and gave a free kick for Murray being illegitimately interefered with. While Aberdeen were doing the bulk of pressing, Motherwell got a corner off Hume, which was well-placed. The man who changes his mind in the middle of an exciting incident is sure to make a mistake, and this is what Mutch did. He intended to fist the ball and was advised to leave it alone, but the fist was up, and the ball touched it - a goal resulting. On play this was not deserved, for it was the only time the goalkeeper was asked to do anything. Then with Soye's next effort disallowed, and a splendid effort by Lennie thrown behind, half-time arrived all square - one goal each. Scarcely three minutes had gone, when another misunderstanding between Wilson and Colman let the inside left score one of the softest goals we have seen this season, and here again Mutch made a stupid effort in saving. It was certainly the goalkeeper's off-day, and it is a good job for the club he is not often taken that way. What an amount of excitement existed 'till Simpson got his side level with a shot that was unsaveable from short range. It was the best goal of the match, and while Bert Murray and Lennie had hard lines immediately after, the game ended even - 2 goals each.
THE PLAYERS.,/p> Motherwell possess a fine-balanced tea. McDonald kept a splendid goal, and of the two backs McLean impressed us most, while Taylor put in some grand work at centre half. In the forward line the extreme wing men - Johnstone and Robertson were most prominent, while Murray posseeses all the qualifications for a good cantre. On the home side, Muteh got little to do, and was not his usual in what he had to do. Hume made some very had mistakes, but his partner, Colman, covered them several times, and was the best back on the field. Moffat was best in the middle line, both in placing and accuracy in shooting, while the forwards were all on a level, the only man who seems to be off a bit just now is Lennie, who is not the shot he once was - or, perhaps, to put it more accurately., he is off colour a bit just now, but will come again
CHATTY BITS.Scotland won her first international on Monday, defeating Ireland bx 2-0. It was quite evident the home side were not exerting themselves to any extent, otherwise they should have scored more goals. Owing to an attack of lumbago, Lennie had to cry off from the, International against Ireland on Monday. The clever left-winger will have to stand down from the Falkirk igiame on Saturday, and the front line will be reconstituted in consequence to Simpson, Tom Murray, Soye, O'Hagan, and Bert Murray. Aberdeen have arranged a nice Christmas fair. On Christmas Day they play Airdrieonians, and then cross to Ireland, where they meet Belfast Distillery on the Monday, returning hone on Tuesday to prepare for Dundee on New Year's Day. If the terms are suiable, the International hockey game between England and Scotland will be played at Pittodrie next March. Aberdeen A got a severe gruelling at Motherwell on Saturday. The weather was wretched, and the forwards could not get the ball to travel at all. Over and above that, King gave away a couple of goals to the home side by failing to hold the greasy ball It is not expected that C. V. MacEchern will be available for this week against Falkirk A. More's the pity, as he may be required at ally time in the first team should any accident occur. Aberdeen have a certain amount of satisfaction in their draw with Motherwell for this season. Last year they lost all four points to the Fir Parkerrs, but they have a point in hand with a game to play. The topic of the week has been the reinstatement of Bobby Walker in the Hearts team. He made amends to the directors last week, and was included in the team against Hibs on Saturday. After beating St Johnston at the third meeting, Forfar succumbed to Leith Athletic in the Qualifying ties on Saturday. Elgin city also bade farewell to the ties, being defeated by Inverness Thistle by 1-0 on Saturday. After making their position for the Scottish Cup certain, both Particle Thistle and Morton have got knocked out of the Qualifying ties by playing their reserve teams. The former were defeated by Bathgate, and the latter by Ayr.
Source: Bon-Accord, 28th October 1909