Source: The Scotsman, 8th November 1909
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 8th November 1909
ABERDEEN WIN COMFORTABLY.The early kick-off affected the attendance considerably at Pittodrie on Saturday, while there was a feeling that Aberdeen would have no great trouble in securing the points. Lennie was again in his place, though he was feeling none too fit for a hard game. His partner O'Hagan, was an absentoe on account of ill-health, and has left for England to recuperate. This led to Tom Murray being .placed alongside Lennie, the other members of the front line being left undisturbed. The Port appeared first and won the toss, setting the home team the unpleasant. ordeal of attacking with a glaring sun in their eyes. Aberdeen. should have scored in the first minutes of the game, a cross by Bert Murray being badly sent behind, and a shot by Simpson was blocked by a defender getting in the way, while a hard drive by Lennie only missed by inches. The visitors got away after this series of hard lines on the part of the home side, and their left wing kept Colman and his party in fidgets for some time. Hagan had one hard drive which Mutch cleverly held, and old Bob Find¬lay scraped the bar with another. A miskick by Hume very -nearly let Hagan do the trick, but Millar pounced in just in time, while a minute later he was laid out in saving a cross from Spiers. From this point Lennie fastened on to a pass by his partner, and speeding away he seemed set for a goal, when Jackson unceremoniously grassed him. A few kicks- followed, and then Bobby Simpson wound .through all -opposition and scored, but the whistle had gone for Soye being interfered with. From the. free kick, Aberdeen's centre scored the first goal of the match. The teams left the field shortly after, and on resuming, Aberdeen had very bad luck in not adding to their total, Tom Murray sending over the bar from almost underneath it. Aberdeen's marksmanship was very poor, and what was on . the mark lacked sting. Time and again they ought to have scored, but they simply placed the ball to a defender or foozled their shot. Port were not so good this half, and when almost ten minutes from time Bobby Simpson added the second goal the game was safe for Aberdeen; the same player being unmarked, again let drive into the far corner of the net, thus putting his side three up.
PLAY AND PLAYERS.As a game the play was poor, and the shooting on both sides execrable. There were moments when glimpses of combination were submitted, but it was of such short duration that the crowd became apathetic at times. The visitors plied the ball to the left wing, where Wilson did not hold this pair in the first half as he did in the second. Time and again the brothers Findlay put in good work, and were beaten by Colman or Mutch. Wilson being left ridiculously easy. The halves were a very moderate trio, but Jackson at back put in a lot of hard work, his only fault being his tripping of Lennie when the left winger beat him. Montgomery saved well, and was beaten by three unsaveable shots. Mutch was cool, clever and handled everything in a style that commanded confidence amongst the players on his side. Colman and Hune we have seen better many times. Both made mistakes, which with sharper forwards might have cost goals, especially in the first half, but they improved in the second period. Millar was the most consistent half on the field. Moffat was good at close quarters, but was a trifle slow in outfield work. Wilson was very poor in the first period, and could do nothing right, while in the second half he did nothing wrong, and fairly redeemed himself for his opening mistakes. Lennie was not himself physically, and the support he got from Murray was not what he gets from his Irish partner. Soye was splendid, and along with Simpson shared the honours of the game. Bert Murray was clever, but we have seen him shoot better.
CHATTY BITS.It was stated last week that Alec Halkett had gone to Reading. He has not played for them yet, and we got it that he is at present in Dundee, having failed to come to terms with the Southern League club. The early starts are beginning to tell on the gate drawings. Clubs are now entering on the lean two months of the season. Have you got a ticket for Lennie's benefit? They are now on sale, and are meeting with a hearty response. Willie deserves a bumper. The A team came a cropper at Forfar on Saturday, and the blame is being put on the goalkeeper, who let past one or two very simple ones. Burnet, who was tried at centre-forward vice Mackenzie, on the injured list, was not a success, and missed several easy chances. It is expected Mackenzie will be fit this week, though it is doubtful if Harper will be out, as has been in bed all the week with a bad cold. In a match to-day with Ellon United it is expected several new players will be given a trial in the A team. Charlie O'Hagan is recuperating in a hydro in Buckinghamshire, and expects to be fit and well for the Celtic fixture. There was no mistaking the fact that O'Hagan's absence from the team on Saturday made a big difference to the effectiveness of the left wing. Bathgate having disposed of Kirkcaldy United on Saturday, the semi-final for the Qualifying Cup to be played on Saturday will now be carried out as follows:- Leith Athletic v. Alloa Athletic. Dumbarton v. Bathgate.
Source: Bon-Accord, 11th November 1909