Source: The Scotsman, 18th August 1924
Run of the Game.The game opened quietly, and a long drive by McNair, which was saved by Blackwell, was the first incident of note. The Aberdeen left made headway, and Smith's accurate centre was kicked away by Harris. For a time the defences dominated the game, both sets of backs indulging in strong kicking. Neilson, for Falkirk, forced the first flag kick of the game, and Hutton cleared. Falkirk, however, would not be denied, and a free kick against Forsyth near the corner flag for a foul on Puddefoot had the Aberdeen goal in danger, Blackwell being in position to grip a shot taken in his stride by Gowdy. For five minutes the Aberdeen defence was sorely tried, but ultimately Paton brought relief with a long run which ended with his being dispossessed by Harris when about to shoot. The Aberdeen right wing returned to the attack, Grant shooting high over. A close passing bout between Paton and Miller let Smith away, and the winger's centre from the corner flag was fisted away by Ferguson. Shortly afterwards Rankin centred from the same place and on this occasion Ferguson required two attempts before getting the ball away.
Goals for Falkirk.A pass back by Scott to Ferguson was nearly intercepted by Miller, but the goalkeeper just managed to avert disaster. After this escape, Falkirk returned to the assault, and subsequently the Aberdeen defence had a gruelling time. Puddefoot and Laird both shot wide, and Pirie cleared off a flag kick by Wilson. At the end of half an hour Falkirk pressure was rewarded. Forsyth went out to meet a ball from the right, but it beat him and went to Goudy. The latter was "covered," passed to Neilson, who was unmarked on the left of the penalty area, and, taking deliberate aim, drove into the net, the ball glancing in off the underside of the crossbar. Aberdeen were unfortunate not to immediately draw level. A combined run resulted in Paton shooting, and the ball eluded Ferguson's grasp and appeared to be going into the net when Scott cleared from under the bar. Aberdeen maintained the offensive for a brief period, but frequently got off-side. Then came another goal for Falkirk. From a free kick on the left the ball appeared to be travelling behind on the right, but Puddefoot, following up, caught it just in time and squared. A scrimmage followed in front of the Aberdeen goal. Hunter shot into the net from close range. A minute later the same player dribbled through but failed at the final obstacle, Blackwell saving his shot from point blank range.
Forwards Without Punch.On the game resuming, Laird shot wide from good position for Falkirk, and after a corner forced Gowdy, Puddefoot failed to keep the ball in play from the flag. An Aberdeen revival followed. Smith and MacLachlan figured in some clever combination, but offside spoilt more than one movement which suggested possibilities. Paton wriggled past the Falkirk defence to centre, but Townsley got the ball away before Miller could reach it. Smith followed with a run and a high centre. Ferguson, out of his goal, failed to gather, but Scott came to the rescue, and then Jackson shot wide before the keeper could get back to his charge. MacLachlan, in a desperate effort to force his way through, had a shot blocked, and an effort by Rankin shortly afterwards met a similar fate. There was an extensive period of midfield play after this, both defences resorting to offside tactics. Paton, who was Aberdeen's most prominent forward, worked into position, and Ferguson did well to clear his effort. A raid by the Aberdeen right resulted in Grant lobbing over a centre, but off Smith's deliberate shot the ball went across the goal to slip behind just wide of the post, with Ferguson not in a position to save. Hunter and Neilson occasionally interrupted the Aberdeen pressure, but were baulked before they got within shooting range - an experience which was repeatedly the lot of the Aberdeen attackers at the other end. Near the close a high ball sent in by Puddefoot was not cleared by Blackwell, but in the subsequent scrimmage in the Aberdeen goal Hutton saved the situation by forcing the ball behind, and Falkirk got no advantage from the subsequent flag kick. It was a hard, dour game throughout, with the brightest football exhibited in the first half by Falkirk.
Source: Press & Journal, 18th August 1924