Source: The Scotsman, 22nd August 1910Photos: Evening Express 22nd August 1910
THE TEAMSBoth teams showed alterations from those which had appeared in earlier games. On the Aberdeen side, Macfarlane occupied the left-half position, vice Miller, injured. Raith rovers headed rearranged forward line, McAulay being dropped and McNeill drawn in at centre-forward. The sides were:- Up Aberdeen: King; Colman, Hume; Wilson, Wyllie, Macfarlane; Soye, McIntosh, Murray, Travers, Lennie. Raith Rovers: Ewing; Inglis, Cumming; Donacher, Aitken, Philip; Thorburn, Simpson, McNeill, Gourlay, Gibson. Referee - Mr. J. S. H. Mark, Parkhead. Fortunate in respect that he won the toss, Colman, the Aberdeen skipper, sent Rovers to face the rays of a burning sun. Travers assayed a movement in conjunction with Lennie, but an infringement sent play to the Aberdeen end, where Colman kicked clear. Wriggling work by Simpson allowed Thorburn a free field, but the winger finished weakly. Good work by Soye and McIntosh troubled the fife defence, and there was great excitement when Ewing had to leap to catch one of Murray's hooks. Simpson initiated of Rover attack. First he forced a fruitless corner off Macfarlane, and then his play led up to Hume having to head away from Gourlay. Several times Aberdeen tried to make headway, but worrying tactics by the opposing halves kept them out of Ewing's range. For a time interest centred on the visitors' left, where Colman was loudly cheered for magnificent clearances. Lennie, the ever-popular, once he got on the move, gave the Rovers' defence a most trying time, and although he was often repulsed by force of numbers, his superb dribbling drew out the enthusiasm of the crowd. Travelers let his partner away in splendid style on several occasions, but Cumming often proved a stumbling block to the pair's progress. Never once during a trying. Did the Fifeshire team Y. Lowe, and their quick footwork and rushing tactics completely disorganized the Aberdeen attack. A movement taken part in by the Aberdeen right met a fate which had been a lot of many others, and was made abortive by Ewing running out and kicking clear. Once up twice in the decisions of the referee did not meet with the approval of the crowd, and, in consequence, he was subject to some wordy abuse which a football field can well do without. Although play was not of a high order, it was by no means uninteresting, and there was plenty of excitement for the crowd. Murray, the home centre, was frequently sandwiched between the visiting backs, who had often little to spare in their clearances. At King's end, Thorburn had a typical centre, and the keeper tipped the ball from Gourlay's head when a goal looked certain. The Aberdeen forwards showed little signs of settling to their game, and the crowd were often ready to give their advice. Soye skied from a most favorable position, and then Murray had two fruitless corners. Lennie effected a wandering role, but although his elusive work was pretty to look at but did not please the crowd sighing for goals. The local supporters had there trying moments, and one of these came when Thorburn squared nicely past the backs, and Gibson, rushing in, had a great shot which skimmed the bar. Aberdeen after this showed signs of weakening, and Ewing was the central figure during the exciting moments which followed. He cleared an unexpected hook drive from Murray in great style, but no sooner had he done this than a scrimmage followed, and Travers tipped the ball past the outside of the post. With 35 minutes gone attention was riveted to the left, where Murray had worked the ball nicely out to Lennie.
ABERDEEN SCORESteadying himself, the winger drove hard and sure, and Ewing, striking the ball against the upright, allowed it to slip into the net. After this Aberdeen attacked vigorously, and Cumming, with a fearless tackle, repelled Travers and Lennie, only to see Soye fasten onto the bad return, and after some manoeuvring Lennie again tested Ewing. The home backs kicked with great vigour, and from one of Colman's returns Murray forced a corner, which was cleared, and half-time arrived with the scores dash Aberdeen 1; Raith Rovers 0. The sun had disappeared when the teams again took the field. The local men forced matters from the offset, and Murray had a drive blocked by Aitken. In jumping to head the ball along with an opponent Soye had his head injured, and had to retire for a time. By swinging passes Aberdeen made ground, and although corners fell to their lot, they failed to augment their score. A foul let Rovers into Aberdeen territory, and Simpson, who had ever been a trier, shot past. A narrow escape followed of Ewing's goal, Soye tipping past by inches, while the keeper had to fist away from Lennie. Wyllie essayed a shot, but was palpably off the mark. Never once did the Fife men lie down, and while they were active themselves, they kept all the divisions of the Aberdeen team on the move. From an ideal cross of Soye's Aberdeen's goal register might have been augmented by Lennie, who misjudged to goal by inches. Numerous corners fell to the homesters, but try as they would they could not Pierce the stubborn defence of the Rovers. Thorburn and Simpson occasionally tried to make headway, and were invariably spoiled by Hume. A great effort to secure the equaliser was made by Philip, who had a drive which grazed the post, with King at the other end of the goal.
ANOTHER GOALMurray and McIntosh got off from the centre of the field, and the last-named getting possession, beat Ewing with a rising shot from just inside the penalty line, after 75 minutes' play. At this stage the enthusiasm of the crowd was at a high pitch, and they clamoured for more goals. Back when the Aberdeen forwards to the attack, but in the face of great odds the Fifeshire defence never wavered in what for them proved to be the most trying time of the game, McIntosh got through again, but he slipped when in the act of shooting, Murray had a shot from 30 yards out, which Ewing saved at the expense of a corner. From this Rovers got off, and Simpson, after beating the Aberdeen defence, had dire luck in seeing his parting shot hit the Aberdeen cross-bar. Aberdeen again swooped down on Ewing, and twice within a minute Lennie might have scored. Once when he threw viewing out of his charge he misjudged the situation of the goal, and the ball rolled harmlessly past. At this stage the Rovers were completely outplayed, and the whistle sounded with the score - Aberdeen 2; Raith Rovers 0. The amount taken at the gate and stands amounted to approximately £190.
Aberdeen Daily Journal, 22nd August 1910
THE PLAYERS.The Rovers were best served by Ewing and Inglis in the defence, which the halves performed only moderately, Aitken being the best of the three. Forward, Thorburn is a flier, and has a capital control of the ball. He has a willing partner in Simpson. Gourley, too, fed Gibson well, and the latter appeared to be the best shot, but just a trifle reckless. On the home side King underwent his baptism well. and demonstrated that with a couple of good backs in front of him he can do as well as those who have been there before him. Colman and Hume were splendid, and saved the situation repeatedly. At the start the halves were very erratic, Wyllie throughout being most consistent, while Wilson could not anticipate the play as he usually does. Macfarlane, once he got to know his men, played capitally, though a bit slow to begin with. The forwards were eagerly scanned, although they could not at first be classed as Al. Before the finish it became evident they will make a good line, bar accidents, once they understand each others' little ways. Lennie early caught on, as he generally does, by some droll trickery. Travers quite upheld his reputation as a feeder, and is one who is not afraid to score on his own. Murray played unselfishly, and seems to have regained his strength, for we cannot remember his doing so well last season as he did on ,Saturday. Macintosh began very indifferently, putting in a lot of hard work which did not appear to come to anything. He is not so smart and nippy as his predecessor, but seems to be equally sure of where his goal lies. Up to the time Soye was hurt he was a genuine success on the wing, and will keep his place on Saturday's form. Altogether Aberdeen made a fair show to start with, and if the right spirit is there they will win a lot of games.
Source: Bon-Accord, 25th August 1910