Minus Main and Soye through injury, Aberdeen were at Greenock yesterday under Scottish League auspices, and suffered defeat from the Morton team by 2 goals to 1. Eight thousand spectators witnessed a strenuous game in which Aberdeen were well beaten, and, indeed, they were fortunate to escape with such a narrow margin of defeat. The weather, threatening at the start of the game, completely broke down later, and after the previous heavy rains the ground was in a wretched state. The opening period of the game was equally contested, but in the second half Morton played up in great style, and but for the wonderful defense of the visitors and passages of misfortune at goal, Morton must have one more comfortably. In addition to the absence of Main and Soye, Aberdeen were further handicapped by an injury to Wyllie, which affected his play in the second half.
The opening stages saw McIntosh almost score with a head effort, and at Greig's end several likely shots from the eager Morton forwards were blocked by the defence or saved by Greig. A burst by the home forwards led to a penalty kick being given against Colman for charging, but Fulton, who took the kick, made a wretched effort to score. After the seascape, Aberdeen played up determinedly, and Walker dribbling through opened the scoring. Both goals were visited in turn after this, but Aberdeen crossed over with their goal lead.
From the offset of the second half Morton cut out the work, and Greig, Colman, Hume, and even Wyllie, injured though he was, put in periods of brilliant work. After 10 minutes Morton equalised, Torrance getting through after Greig had saved from McLean. After this Morton were irresistible, and secured the lead through a brilliant shot by Torrance from 20 yards out. The state of the ground was all against Aberdeen after this. The forwards were practically never in the eye, and but for the brilliancy of the defence Morton would have scored on many more occasions. Colman and Greig in particular were prominent, and there were times when their efforts brought out the plaudits of the home crowd. Considering the conditions, there were many bright passages of forward play served up by the Morton attack, and this was only rivalled by the equally brilliant efforts over Aberdeen's defence.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 2nd January 1912