Aberdeen were value for more than the penalty goal by which did beat Kilmarnock at Pittodrie. There were 10,000 spectators, and these saw a strenuous game on a ground which, with the lines cleared, had a two-inch coating of snow. In the game both sides lost many opportunities of scoring, due largely to the uncertain footing, but also to a laudable over eagerness which reflected their enthusiasm on the trying ground conditions. The all-important penalty goal came 18 minutes from time, when, in a hot Aberdeen attack, one of the visiting team is that the ball within the penalty area. The Kilmarnock players appealed strongly against a penalty award, but the referee, after consulting one of the linesmen, allowed the Aberdeen claim, of MacLachlan flashed the ball into the net. Up to that time the Kilmarnock goalkeeper, and to a much lesser extent the home custodian, had been severely tested, but there was in addition much weak finishing and actual missing on the part of the home forwards when favourably placed. In each period of the game Anderson had a particularly fine save, but he did not nearly have the same pressure upon his charge as Blair had to contend with. Aberdeen's superiority was especially pronounced in the opening 15 minutes, when the Kilmarnock goalkeeper was repeatedly tested. Subsequently, for more or less prolonged periods, Aberdeen confined the visitors to the defensive, but were always weak in finishing. The play of Archibald, the home outside right, was one of the redeeming features of the game, and his many beloved individual efforts were warmly applauded. On several occasions he came near to scoring, and while he was distinctly unfortunate in that respect, he not infrequently nullified his own good work by showing the same witness has his colleagues at close quarters. The Kilmarnock defence, in which Blair, Hamilton, and Gibson excelled, came creditably after the game, and while their half-backs played a worrying game, their forwards were generally over-awed by a solid Aberdeen defence, only McPhail being seen to advantage. On the home side, the play of Anderson, Hannah and Hume was beyond reproach. Wright and MacLachlan were the best half-backs and Archibald was the outstanding forward on the field.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 17th November 1919