Aberdeen made a one-goal draw of their Scottish League fixture with Kilmarnock at Pittodrie on Saturday, when the game was witnessed by about 8000 spectators, representing drawings to the amount of about £200. The weather was dull but dried, and the pitch was in good condition. Teams:-
Aberdeen: King; Colman, Hume; Wilson, Wyllie, Millar; Soye, McIntosh, Murray, Travers, Lennie.
Kilmarnock: Rennie; Kirkwood, Mitchell; Halley, Barrie, Train; A. Armour, Gilchrist, Cunningham, Howie, Templeton.
Referee - Mr. Kilbride, Polmont.
The visitors were favoured by winning the toss and securing the wind advantage, with which they played towards the east goal. From the start, Aberdeen came up, but Mitchell turned the attack, and let Templeton and Howie off on the left. The outside man was bustled off, but the game ruled that Aberdeen's end, and Millar drove behind. From the corner the same player cleared with his head, and this led up to a nice run by Soye and McIntosh, which was only terminated when Train intercepted a pass back by Soye. After an attack in which Colman and Templeton tried their sprinting powers, Wilson combined prettily with McIntosh, but the effort ended in touch, owing to Soye missing a pass. It came as a change, when Aberdeen moved up on the left, and the stubby defence of Kilmarnock was beat. Lennie put in a hard drive, but Kirkwood's body was in the way, and the result was that Rennie had an easy task in punting out a slow rolling ball. The visitors were playing a hard game, and Templeton gave his pivot are rare chance, but Cunningham was not smart enough, and had the ball lifted from the toe of his boot by one of the local halves. The home men were not allowed to settle, for the attack was up against a rare trio of halves and a couple of sound defenders. Kilmarnock were having father more of the game and was to the liking of the home crowd. Templeton and Howie were a strong couple in the attack, and Wilson and Colman found that they had a big handful. The left winger was tricky in the outfield, but except for an occasional cross and one shot which called for repairs to the side net, his work was rarely attended by good finish. For a spell it was as much as the Pittodrie defence could do to hold out the attack, and are welcomed relief came when Cunningham banged over the bar. A rush by Aberdeen saw Murray save a behind and deliver a fine cross, but his colleagues in the front line were not in position to improve on the advantage. From Kirkwood's clearance Kilmarnock moved up again, and Howie lost a chance by driving wide. Few were surprised when the visitors took the lead, but the goal could never have accrued had it not been for a double mistake on the part of Hume and King. The back tried, in the first instance, to slip the ball past Gilchrist, and failed, when the latter gave to Cunningham, the pivot dashed in. King misjudged, and rushed out to the penalty area, but the Kilmarnock man was on the ball first, and his drive for the open goal left King helpless. This was followed by a strenuous attack, which was well met by the visiting halves and defenders. Soye got in one of his drives, and wind Rennie returned that the defence recovered, and drove out the attack. There was a lot of good work by the locals, but against the wind he could not control the ball for finishing efforts. It was a hard, ding-dong game, with Kilmarnock giving as good as they got. Indeed the visitors for a time monopolised the game, and the crowd shouted and relief when the home right wing made progress towards Rennie. Their movement was perfect, and when Soye concluded with a good shot, Rennie had all that he could do to keep his charge clear. Towards the interval there was hot pressure by Aberdeen, and some feeling crept into the game. It was clearly Aberdeen's intention to equalize before half-time, and Lennie almost did the trick. The backs kicked their strongest, and kept the lines clear film whistle sounded.
Immediately on resuming Aberdeen took advantage of the wind, and the visiting backs found themselves facing a severe pressure. First Travers and then Murray had tries, and then Colman raised a cheer with a long raking shot from far out. The homesters meant business, and it seemed that the equaliser was to come early when Soye was given the ball at close range and with practically an open goal in front. The right winger was dead off form, however, and to the chagrin of the expectant crowd he missed his kick, and the chance was gone. From this Killie took heart, and playing a robust game, not only repulsed the attack, but paid a few visits to King's end of the field. Once more the Pittodrie men gathered their forces and made a tremendous onslaught, but they could do everything except score, a great goal from Willie Lennie scraping the paint off the upright on the wrong side for a score. Cunningham was ever on the qui vive, and he occasionally lead dangerous raids, which indicated to the crowd that their favourites would have to go all the way to get even a share of the points. Corner after corner came to Aberdeen, and yet the defence prevailed, sometimes by luck and sometimes by good judgement. It was only 10 minutes from time that Aberdeen drew level, and it came as a result of one of the many corners. A scrimmage took place in front of Rennie, and when Pat Travers got the chance he slipped the ball into the net. Then Aberdeen put on the screw, for they were not content with one point. Again and again they rolled up against Kirkwood and Mitchell, but the halves went back too, and the situation was saved. Only a minute after the goal, a great shot was blocked accidental eight by Rennie, and it was purely a matter of good fortune for the strangers that the custodian was in the way. Travers and Millar were prominent in a great pressure towards the close, but nothing further resulted.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 20th February 1911