Source: The Scotsman, 22nd November 1909.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 22nd November 1909
A FAST GAME.The fog and frost, which had been suspending everything in the early part of the week, decided on Saturday to seek pastures new. and the weather was all that could be desired from a spectators' point of view when we arrived at Cappielow. The pitch was quite soft on the top, but there was a good deal of frost underneath, which made the surface rather treacherous. On starting attendance was not large, but increased considerably as the game progressed. The composition of Aberdeen's attack had been the subject of so much talk during the week that we were prepared for something good or very bad, just as the players set themselves to view the situation. In comparison with the game at Hamilton we would not have thought it was the same team performing. Aberdeen went away nicely, and the progress they were always making made us feel at once that they would win. Morton were also doing well in the open, but their attack had a bit looseness about it which failed to give even their own supporters confidence. Mutch repelled some good shots, but they were not so difficult as P. M. Stewart Had to deal with from Simpson and Bert Murray. A ding-dong pace was kept up, but in fairness, it was only towards the close of the first period that Aberdeen had the upper hand of their opponents, the teams leaving the field with a clean sheet. On resuming Aberdeen went at it full steam ahead, one shot from MacEchern very nearly doing the trick. The others imitated the right wing, and Stewart had a very busy time repelling shots. The "Wasps" were not to be denired, and MacEchern, executing a clever move on the right, swung the ball across to Lennie, who was going strong, and, meeting the ball square, it was in the net before Stewart could make a move. Though Morton made several spirited attacks, they were always well held by the halves and backs, Mutch having few shots to deal with. Aberden won on their merits, and but for extra work by the backs and goalkeeper should have finished more than one goal up.
THE PLAY AND PLAYERS.Morton have found a gem in P. M. Stewart, their amateur goalkeeper, who saved them from a big fedfeat on Saturday. He was extremely clever on several occasions, when Stuart and Gibson were easily beaten. Nugent was the better player in the middle line, where his stature came in handy against Aberdeen's midget centre.On the right, Scoular and Walker put in good work, and in the first half the inside man looked like having a 'dead pinch', but Mutch effected one of the best saves of the day. Their chief defect lay in their being unable to sustain their dash for any length of time. Aberdeen played a more consistent game all through than we have seen them do for some time. A smoothness from halves and forwards made them move along quite nicely, while at goalmouth their shots generally had some sting behind them. Mutch was in tip-top form, and it would have taken a cleverer lot than Morton had to beat him. Colman and Hume were in their usual form, though the ball got greasy and made their returns appear somewhat lofty. The halves have seldom been seen in better form, the whole line doing grand work. A great improvement was apparent in the forward line, every man was a trier, and every was sent home hard and true. It was not their fault that the goal register did not show more than one goal. Some think the Morton goalkeeper was lucky yo stop several of the shots he got to deal with. Lennie was in his best trim, and Soye made a good partner. Simpson was ideal in centre, while Murray and MacEchern were splendid on the right, making a lot of ground, and seldom wasting a ball. We should like to see the same team against the Celts; in the same form, they would run the champions hard for victory. CHATTY BITS. The visit of the champions to Pittodrie is the absorbing topic thisWeek Will Aberdeen manage to keep them in check and put a stop to their victorious run of success?. The last League victory for Aberdeen was in season 1907-3, when Aberdeen won 2-1. George Wilson will get his work cut out for him in holding the famous Jamie Quinn. The Amateur International het ween Eng?land and Ireland played it Leeds on Saturday, and ? resulted in a draw of 4 goals each. The final tie of the Scottish Qualifying Cup is due on Saturday at the grounds of the Hibs in Edinburgh. Leith and Bathgate are the finalists, and the popular fancy is that Leith will win easily. A meeting was held this week, when arrangements were made to raise subscriptions for the purpose of erecting a permanent memorial to the late Mr H. S. Wylie. Aberdeen "A" will play the Dundee Hibs at Tannadice Park this Saturday. This will be their first meeting this season under Northern League auspices. As Dundee's First League team is away from home, there should be a good crowd to see Aberdeen's reserve team. Aberdeen "A" will likely be represented by: King; Hannah and Harper; Henderson, Macfarlane, and Robertson; Hay, Scott, Mackenzie, Edgar, and Jaffray. Tom Murray is home on sick leave, and will not resume training for a week or so.
Source: Bon-Accord, 25th November 1909