Source: The Scotsman, 19th December 1921
Doubtful Goal.?p> The opening of the score was delayed until a minute from the interval, and there was some doubt about the legality of the goal. Bainbridge took a corner kick, and the ball curled underneath the bar, to be assisted into the back of the net by Thomson. The Motherwell players protested that the ball had crossed the goal-line direct from the corner kick before it was played by Thomson, and that no goal should be counted. After consulting his linesmen, the referee decided in favour of Aberdeen, and awarded a goal.
Better Ball Control.In the second half Aberdeen controlled the ball much better than when the wind had been in their favour earlier, but they were fortunate in that it had fallen in velocity. Motherwell frequently attacked, and on one occasion Tennant missed a fine chance of equalising, but as time wore on the Aberdeen attack took a firmer grip of the game. The left wing especially was lively, and with the visitors' defence often in difficulties, Rundell's charge was repeatedly in danger. Midway through the period Bainbridge forced a corner, and placing the ball to perfection, enabled Rankine to head through a second goal for Aberdeen. Subsequently, Aberdeen had the issue in their keeping, and a little more steadiness in front of goal would have seen them increase their advantage. On the Aberdeen side, Bainbridge, Thomson, and Middleton were outstanding in attack, and Milne and MacLachlan were clever in a strong middle division. At back A. R. Grosert and Forsyth were always sound, and Anderson safe in goal. Motherwell played clever football, but could never get the upper hand of the home defence. Rankine and Tennant were the most effective forwards. Brown was outstanding at centre-half - indeed, in the first half at any rate, he prevented his side from being further in arrears. The backs were shaky at times, but Rundell displayed skill and judgement in goal. The estimated attendance was 12,000.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal 19th December 1921