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Third Lanark 1 - 0 Aberdeen

HT Score: Third Lanark 0 - 0 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)
Third Lanark scorers: Cross

14/10/1905 | KO: 15:45

These teams met at Cathkin before about 3,000 spectators. The weather was wet and a strong wind swept the field. In the early stages, Aberdeen, with the wind behind them, had the better of the game, play for a long time being confined to Third Lanark's end; but the defence was equal to every call made upon it. Latterly, the home team forced the play, and MacFarlane was given some awkward shots to handle. A pass from Johnstone was accepted by McKenzie, who shot past MacFarlane, but the point was disallowed for off-side, and at the interval there was no scoring. On resuming, Third Lanark, with the advantage of the wind, played a strong game, and after MacFarlane had held numerous shots, he was beaten by a fast one from Cross. From this point, the home team had most of the play, but failed to increase the score, the final result being:- Third Lanark, one goal ; Aberdeen, nil.

Source: The Scotsman 16-10-1905

Cathkin Park, Glasgow, was the destination of the Aberdeen premier team on Saturday, where they met Third Lanark for points in the First Division of the Scottish League. Unfortunately the weather elements were very much averse to a good game, while they also affected the attendance, there being about 2000 present at the kick-off. Mr J. Nielson, Thornliebank, refereed, and the teams were as follows:-
Third Lanark: Raeside; Barr, Hill; Comrie, Sloan, Neilson; Johnstone, Graham, Mackenzie, Cross, Munro.

Aberdeen: Macfarlane; Murray, gault; Halkett, Strang, Low; Robertson, Henderson, ward, McAulay, Edgar.
Linesman - Messrs J. Jamieson, Lochwinnoch, and S. Miller, Motherwell.

Fortune favoured the Aberdeen at the outset, and, of course, when Macfarlane named the correct side of the coin he took advantage of the high wind blowing. The advantage was no slight one, as the homesters soon found when their defence was called upon to repel an attack by Aberdeen's left wing. Edgar crossed dead in front of goal, and but for smart picking up by Raeside the chances are that the scoring would have been opened fairly. Macfarlane was not long left in placidity, and when the Volunteers romped up to his end, it seemed that his illness had not left him with his usual agility and saving power. He conceded a very soft corner, and although this was not immediately followed by anything sensational, "Rab" had not long to wait before an opportunity was given him to redeem his first blunder. The strangers were exerting themselves to the utmost, and, helped by the wind, they kept the game in the home quarters, but the strong factor in their favour did not altogether forsake the Third, many of the shots sent in to Raeside being carried wide by the breeze. Ward was all anxiety to get the ball netted, and, after diddling Hill in front of the home citadel, he just missed the haven by a hairs-breadth. Halkett gave McAulay a good opportunity to do the needful, but the inside left's old weakness for "trickiness" seized him, and he only parted to his pivot in time. Ward made another good effort, but its only reward was "hard lines" once more. The game was of a particularly brisk nature, Aberdeen giving a Roland for an Oliver every time, although both sets of forwards missed the ball to play at the crucial moment. The work in the Aberdeen's front line was almost wholly sustained by Ward and his left-hand partners, and when the ball came into violent contact with Edgar's head, Ward and McAulay had to sustain the attack on their own, Robertson and Henderson, adopting the policy of immediate parting. Half-time drew near, and Aberdeen had as yet failed to make a tangible impression on the Glasgow defence, and hard though they tried, the whistle sounded with the scores standing:-Aberdeen, 0; Third Lanark,0.

After a long rest, the contest was once more resumed and although Aberdeen had now to face the wind, the attitude was no less dangerous than it had been in the initial period. Their rush failed to bring them into close contact with Raeside, however, and they were soon thrown back upon their own defence. Murray and Gault had a warm 10 minutes work, and when the attack got beyond their control, Macfarlane proved himself reliable on every occasion. The siege was raised for a short spell by Robertson, who sprinted to wards Raeside, and outdistanced the whole field. With only the custodian to beat, however, he finished very weakly, and the ball bulged into the net from the outside. This was practically Aberdeen's last hope, a continuous pressure maintained to the finish resulting in the visiting citadel falling.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 16th October 1905

Third Lanark Teamsheet
Raeside; Barr, Hill; Comrie, Sloan, Neilson; Johnstone, Graham, Mackenzie, Cross, Munro
Attendance: 3,000
Venue: Cathkin Park, Glasgow
Referee: Mr. J. Nielson, Thornliebank
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