Source: The Scotsman, 25th March 1922
Two Penalty Kicks.The second half was much keener contested and interesting than the earlier period had been. A fine shot by Thomson just missed the mark on resuming, but Ayr showing improvement, threatened the Aberdeen goal, McLean and McKenzie both ballooning at short range., and Blackwell had to clear a long shot by Slade. The latter was responsible for clever individual work, and after a brilliant dribble he gave McKenzie an excellent chance to open the scoring, but he headed over, thereby losing what until then was the best chance of the game. Play had lasted ten minutes when a cross by Milne was returned by Bainbridge, whose lobbed centre gave Thomson no difficulty in opening the scoring with a header. Subsequently play developed on more strenuous lines. Blackwell effecting a brilliant save from a short drive by McKenzie, and later from a shot by Gibson the ball struck the Aberdeen crossbar to go behind. At the end of twenty-three minutes McKenzie tricked Hutton to score a magnificent goal for Ayr, and just la.er the same player missed with a fine drive. In an exciting period the United were awarded a penalty kick for an alleged infringement by Milne, hut McClloy's spot kick was brilliantly held and cleared by Blackwell. Following upon this the Ayr goal had a wonderful escape. Nesbit, out of his goal, missed the ball, and Bainbridge gained possession to shoot, but Gibson on his knees on his goal line saved a certain goal, the ball hitting him on the chest. Miller was hurt, and retired for a time, but later was able to resume at outside, left, Rankine going into the centre. Play in the later stages favoured Ayr, and when Forsyth was adjudged to have deliberately handled in the penalty area, and another spot award was made to the United three minutes from the end, it looked as if a decisive result would be attained. On this occasion McKenzie took the kick, but completely missed the Aberdeen goal, and the game finished with the teams on an equal footing. Aberdeen did not unduly stretch themselves in this game, obviously reserving themselves for this week's cup-tie. The defence played soundly and well, but the fault with the forwards lay in their inability to adopt more open tactics. The outstanding players were Blackwell, Hutton, Forsyth, MacLachlan, Thomson, and Rankin. For Ayr United the best, on view were - Nesbit, Smith, Gibson, Low, McKenzie, and Slade. The attendance was 5000.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal 27th March 1922