Source: The Scotsman, 9th October 1922
A Belated Revival.In the opening fifteen minutes of the second half there was considerable midfield play. Airdrieonians got their second goal in soft fashion, and the success was rather undeserved. It was only after Airdrie had lost the services of Murdoch that Aberdeen really struck form worthy of the league leaders. Rankine and Swan changed places, and play was nearly always in the vicinity of Shortt, who, however, had not a great deal to do. Following a cross by Middleton, Smith had a lovely shot, which went inches high of the mark, and Swan had one particularly fine effort which Shortt was fortunate to deflect over the top. On another occasion Thomson had a capital shot, and Rankine had several headed efforts which missed. In the last twenty minutes of the game Airdrieonians were left defending, but behind three capital half-backs, Dick and McQueen put up a vigorous defence, and kept their goal intact to the end.
Personal Notes.Aberdeen were too late in settling down, but, in any case, their attach never blended. The strong returns of Hutton and Forsyth often over-reached their forwards, and although the half-backs tackled well, their placing was faulty. Airdrie, on the other hand, owed their success to the fine play of their half-backs, whose tackling and fine backing-up made them a powerful factor in the game. On the Aberdeen side, Blackwell had not a great deal to do, and Hutton and Forsyth, if powerful kickers, did not help their forwards by sending their returns too far ahead. Milne was the best of the half-backs, who played brilliantly in a trying first half, but they were weak in the constructive sense. The forwards never really knitted together, and even when they were getting matters more their own way in the closing stages they did not move with much precision. Swan, in the centre, suffered largely from lack of opportunity, but even so did not shine in keeping the line moving. He was seen to much better advantage when he essayed the inside left role. Neither Middleton nor Smith did much, and the best in the line were Rankine and Thomson. On the Airdrie side Dick and McQueen were very sound backs, but the strongest part of the team was the half-back line, in which McDougall and Neil were always prominent. The forwards showed rare dash, and the best were Murdoch, Morton, and Findlay.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal 9th October 1922