Old Aberdonians 0 – 1 Alford
Aberdeen FC Trophy Third Round on Saturday 3rd December at Balgownie
Old Aberdonians continued their recent run of cup ties with a home game against Alford in the Aberdeen F.C. Trophy. It appeared to be a favourable tie on paper but Alford went into the game showing a good run of form in Division 2 (North).
The Abos dominated possession in the first half but they failed to create any clear chances as Alford seemed content to soak up the pressure and attack on the break. Space began to open up on the right wing where Munro and Marshall combined to deliver crosses into the box.
After a number of corners the home side came close to opening the scoring when the ball somehow managed to stay out of Alford’s net despite MacArthur appearing to do enough to secure a precious lead.
Murison replaced Russell at half time and Old Aberdonians started the half strongly with a greater sense of purpose and pace to their passing. Wilson and Murison were getting the better of the Alford right back but despite a number of positive attacking moves no clear chances materialised.
Alford were able to hold the ball up successfully in forward areas and a period of pressure secured a corner for the away side. An accurate, driven cross was met powerfully by the Alford No. 6 giving his side a 1-0 lead.
Old Aberdonians continued to maintain the majority of possession but a lack of quality movement and a failure to stretch the Alford defence meant they failed to seriously test the Division 2 side.
Alford seemed to grow stronger as the final whistle approached and their tactics and commitment paid off to see them into the fourth round of the cup.
Old Aberdonians – MacLeod, Munro, Russell, Craig, MacArthur, Ashton, Marshall, Cameron, Fraser, Murt, Wilson. Subs – Murison (Russell), Johnston (Murison), Boutillier (Munro)