Source: The Scotsman, 13th March 1922
Exciting Second Half.In the second period, when play was even more ragged than in the first, the Academicals were at full strength, McMillan being able to resume. The game continued on similar lines, both teams playing with great determination, and their efforts at times often led to stoppages for injuries to players, while there was a tendency on both sides to a robustness which did not breed the best feeling between the teams. One of the best scoring chances of the game came to Aberdeen when Wright got away, and outpacing the backs, shot too quickly, and the ball passed over the goal. Play again took a turn in favour of the Academicals, and once Bell with only Blackwell to beat completely missed his kick. The adoption of offside tactics by the Hamilton backs had a disconcerting effect on the Aberdeen forwards, and many promising moves were nullified through their failure to take cognisance of their position. At times the players threw themselves into the fray with an abandon that treated risk with contempt, and frequently the referee had to administer words of caution. Bainbridge headed a raid on the home goal, but he was easily stalled off, and at the other end Blackwell had to rush out and clear with three opponents rushing in. He only- regained his goal in time to stop a fast grounder from Bell, who might have scored but for hesitating. The Aberdeen forwards made spasmodic raids, and in one of these Milne shot; but his direction was wrong, and Thomson had a try which had a similar result. Near the end the Academicals made desperate efforts to avoid a replay, but the Aberdeen defence was staunch. Hanlon endeavoured to wriggle through, but clung too long on the ball, and was dispossessed by Hutton. In the last half-minute of the game, following a dropping centre by Bell, Hanlon shot, narrowly over the Aberdeen goal, and a stirring contest resulted in a goalless draw. The honours of the game went to the Aberdeen defence, which never wavered in the face of repeated onslaughts. Blackwell kept goal in great style, and Hutton was brilliant at back. The half-backs and inside forwards played a stirring defensive game, Milne and A. R. Grosert, being outstanding. The forwards never really got settled down, and lacked backing. The Academicals were a fast, and nippy side whose efforts brought out the sterling work of the Aberdeen defence. White, Kerr, and Hunter were a strong rear trio, and Hall and Steel were prominent in the half-back line. Of the forwards, whose outfield play was much ahead of their finishing, Hanlon, McLaren, and Cottingham were best,.
Replay on WednesdayThe replay will take place at Pittodrie Park, Aberdeen, on Wednesday, the kick-off will be at 4:30 p.m.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal 13th March 1922