Source: The Scotsman, 4th January 1922
Archibald Outstanding.Archibald, the ex-Pittodrie winger, had a big say in the deciding of the issue, for although not the actual scorer, both his team's goals were the immediate outcome of brilliant individual play by him. The conditions helped the player in possession and especially a player of the individually-inclined type, such as Archibald. At the end of fifteen minutes he broke away, and cutting towards goal, drove with great force. Anderson did well to save the shot, but the ball rebounded to the foot of Dawson, who easily scored. The Aberdeen goal came five minutes from the interval, when, following a corner kick. Thomson forced the ball past a crowd of players to beat Brown. At this stage, Morris, the visitors' centre-half, had to retire owing to injury, and while he was away, Archibald had another brilliant individual run, which culminated in his final shot being blocked, but J. Duncan caught the rebound, to give the Rovers the lead. Aberdeen finished the period without Rankine, who had to be treated for injury in the pavilion.
Home Players Disappoint.The second half saw both teams again at full strength, but on the home side Rankine and Bainbridge changed places. Aberdeen forced the game at the start, and Brown had some good saves from Bainbridge, Miller, and Middleton, but later the Rovers again took up the attacking, their extreme wingers, and especially Archibald, keeping the home defence busy. On one occasion, Dawson again had the ball in the net, but the point was nullified, because of a hands' infringement. Throughout, Aberdeen never showed the same cohesion in their play as the visitors, who merited their narrow victory. In the home goal Anderson had a deal of work get through, and did well under the circumstances. Forsyth was best of the other defenders, although MacLachlan and, at times, Wright were seen to advantage. The forwards did not work well together, Thomson alone playing to reputation. Miller was again unfortunate with shooting, but suffered from lack of opportunity and support. The Kirkcaldy team left a very favourable impression behind them. Their defence was sound and covered-up well, while the forwards accounted for some clever work considering the circumstances. Brown, Inglis, Moyes, and Collier, in defence, were always outstanding, and, in the attack Archibald was conspicuous and effective, and had a clever partner in Bauld. In the later stages Duncan, at outside-right, came away strongly, and Dawson, if obviously lacking in experience, performed creditably with the centre. The estimated attendance of 8000 was highly satisfactory considering the atmospheric conditions.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal 4th January 1922