Source: The Scotsman, 4th January 1910
Source: Bon-Accord, 6th January 1910
ABERDEEN SCOREAfter playing half-an-hour exactly, and pressing hard all the time, Aberdeen got their well-deserved goal. A bang along the ground had Howden beaten, the goalkeeper stopping the ball, but failing to get it away. The ball lay on the line for a second, until O'Hagan popped along and popped it into the net, with Howden down. Partick were not in the picture a tall, Aberdeen playing all round them. Offside against Murray brought Partick a little relief, and in a breakaway, Hume was prominent for cool, clever, defensive tactics with head and feet. Partick had seldom been over the mid-line. Simpson got the ball in his favourite position, dribbled, and shot, Bennett turning the ball aside with his foot and giving off a corner. Wilson headed over from the kick, and Simpson twice shot too high a good range. Mutch held the four alone, and he had to look far for the enemy, not having touched the leather since the start. The Aberdeen half-backs were playing a grand game. The only real breakaway for Partick was made by Reid, who was blocked when he was becoming dangerous. Howden held a header by Soye, and Wilson skied the return. Wilson beat Ballantyne in a race, and O'Hagan and Lennie got off, Bennett having to lash out and give the attack a corner. Howden dropped a header from Soye, but got the ball with his foot. Close on half-time mutch handled for the first time - an easy ball. Howden saved from Lennie. A funny mix-up near the Aberdeen penalty line - a "booroch"- was caused by Millar going down with the ball between his knees. The Aberdeen players got the ball out of the scrum and away. Partick were doing a little better, but their attacking was spasmodic. Offside against Callaghan at one end, and Lennie at the other, spoiled opportunities. There would be more than 6000 spectators when the game was resumed - not a great holiday crowd. On resuming, Partick went off with a bang, but there was no bullet. Then Aberdeen attacked, and Mackenzie blocked a cross from Lennie. The Aberdeen outside left again got the ball, and sent across a fast grounder, which Howden kicked out, rushing from his goal to do so. Mackenzie got the better of a desperate bout with Lennie, and sent the ball up the field. Back it came, and in a mix-up Simpson quickly snapped up the ball, and gave Howden a surprise shot to hold. Colman cleared in a brisk attack at the other end, and then a clever bit of play by Simpson let Murray off. McGregor, by a back shove, spoiled the outside rights chance. Mackenzie, if uncouth in his style, is a desperately hard worker. He made a bad miss, and O'Hagan carried the ball passed to Soye, who shot weakly instead of going straight in, the result being that Howden cleared easily. The Aberdeen forwards were now has changed a lot, and could do nothing right. With Mutch received by across, Robertson had an open goal, but missed badly, the ball going past the outside of the upright. A desperate Aberdeen attack, from repeated cross is by Murray, so some bad muddling by the Aberdeen forwards, who got in each other's way' Simpson finally shooting weakly past. Lashing the ball from wing two wing, Partick were now frequently dangerous, but they were profiting by the poor play of the Aberdeen forwards, Soye and O'Hagan being lamentably slow in taking their opportunities. Soye lost one easy chance, through paralysis of defeat at the critical moment. Partick, banging the ball about, and running better than in the first half, were much improved lot, but they could not get that close quarters with Mutch.
PARTICK EQUALISEWhen they did get close in after 20 minutes' play, the ball was headed about, until it dropped to Wilson's right foot, and the write half drove it high up into the net, giving Mutch no chance. Aberdeen, thoroughly aroused by the reverse, bore down on the Partick defence, but the old weakness in finishing was apparent. Howden foozled a shot from Lennie, and Murray was on his top, but then it came to the rescue and cleared. With the wind, which was rising, Partick were now going great guns, lashing the ball about, and leaving the Aberdeen defence worried and shaken. Simpson broke away for Aberdeen, and centred, to Hagan, who twisted his left leg with a fruitless effort, which Howden held. Aberdeen were playing desperately for the leading goal, but with half their forwards dragging they could not get home. A dangerous run by the Partick right wing was stopped by Wilson, has the whistle went for offside. Offside again saved Aberdeen's bacon, the Partick inside left netting after the whistle had blown, Mutch making no attempt to save. Simpson broke away for Aberdeen, and crossed to O'Hagan, who kicked to Lenny, the outside-left ran in, and, on Howden coming out, he shot past, the crowd being deceived and yelling "goal." Lennie might have done better with his chance. Fast and exciting was the game has it now ranged from end to end, and the leased slip of the defence would have given either side the lead. O'Hagan, by forcing play, got through, and passed to Soye, who shot softly into Howden's hands. Bad judgment spoiled Aberdeen's chances, when they were pressing with 5 minutes to play. Murray forced a corner, and Simpson, from the kick, swung the ball past. Back came the Aberdeen forwards, O'Hagan sending over the line. Ballantyne got a chance, but shot past. Colman forced play forward, Murray failing to pick up the backs pass.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 4th January 1910