Source: The Scotsman, 6th December 1920
Plenty of Incident.If the first half was goal-less, it wat far from being without incident. Both goals were well visited, but had Aberdeen been a goal up at the crossing it would have been more than they deserved, considering the wind handicap. Apart from the good work performed by the goalkeepers, both teams had ample scoring opportunity, especially the visitors, who throughout showed an ineffectiveness at close quarters which did not tally with the record of the same formation when they were carrying all before them earlier in the season. On several occasions their centre forward, inside left, and outside left all failed at good opportunities. The Aberdeen misses, if equally numerous, were not so palpable, and the element of misfortune entered into their finishing efforts. Rankine in particular was unfortunate to hit the woodwork with an overhead try, and there were two occasions when he very cleverly turned the ball over from the left that his work was not improved upon. Against this, however, the home goal, too, enjoyed a little good luck. The circumstances of the goal I have already touched upon, and let it be said it came when Aberdeen's play most deserved it. Round about the time it was scored the Airdrie defence shaped like cracking up, but following the magnificent example of their goalkeeper, they rallied splendidly, and if a shade over-robust at times, they were stubborn, and the last half-hour saw as evenly matched a struggle as could have been wished. But tor Fotheringham Aberdeen could have increased their lead, fine shooting efforts by such as Rankine, and Flanaghan being well directed, and equally well saved by the custodian. On one occasion when Macdonald hit the crossbar and the goalkeeper was injured in a recovering save, there was a strong claim by Aberdeen that the ball had crossed the line, but the referee gave a free kick against the home team instead. Airdrieonians had two great chances to equalise near the finish. On one occasion Henderson was through the defence, but harassed, he shot weakly, and although the ball was some distance wide of him, Anderson saved finely. On the other occasion the visiting centre was left at close range with practically an open goal, but he belied his reputation as an opportunist by shooting wide. It was a game in which the winners had credit by their victory. There were times when their combination was not quite so good as that of the losers, but their dash was more effective, and the forwards had more punch, and they had a slight superiority at back.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal 6th December 1920