Source: The Scotsman, 15th September 1924
SCORING OF THE GOALS.The game opened in bright sunshine, and Aberdeen had the assistance of a stiff breeze. The Academicals' left wing was prominent at the start, and Hutton was conspicuous with good clearances. After give and take play, Academicals' took the lead at the end of five minutes. Steel slipped the ball forward to Brown, who followed up and shot a brilliant goal before the Aberdeen backs could tackle him. A combined run by the Aberdeen forwards followed, and the centre-forward shot wide. They returned to the attack, and from well out on the right Walter Jackson fond the net with a splendid drive. Following this success Aberdeen combined cleverly the wing's. Waiter Jackson shot high off has brother's accurate centre, and later the right winger brought Somerville to his knees with a powerful drive. A fine centre by Smith was missed by several Aberdeen players, and at this time the visitor could do almost everything but score. Even Hutton got into touch with the home goalkeeper, who had to save a fierce drive by the back, and a headed ball by Walter Jackson and a shot by Smith all but found their billet. Rankin in the act of shooting appeared to brought down in the penalty area, but the referee did not grant the claim of the Aberdeen players. An Academical revival followed, and Blackwell by a fine effort saved a great shot by Dickson. It seemed that the ball would reach the net off an opponent's shoulder, but the Aberdeen goalkeeper at full length was able to deflect it wide. No advantage followed to the Academicals off several flag kicks that came their way, and Blackwell effected another fine save, this time from Lister. With the game 35 minutes old, a free kick was given against Hutton for a foul on Brown. Hunt took the kick, and from 30 yards range netted with a lightning shot, Blackwell just failing to reach the ball, which crossed the line near the top of his right hand post. Aberdeen again came away following a centre by Alec Jackson, Rankin headed in, Somerville missing the ball which rolled against the bottom of the upright and was cleared by Hunter as it rebounded. James Jackson followed with a hard drive which the keener saved, following this there was a thrilling incident in front of the Academicals' goal.
WAS IT A PENALTY?Johnstone in clearing kicked the ball against Walter Jackson who promptly rounded the back and reached the ball before the advancing goalkeeper could get to him. The keeper however, effectively barred the way for a shot. Jackson in order to get into position then swerved to the left, and with the ball at his foot in front of the empty goal was about to shoot when he was unceremoniously bowled over by Hunter. Both players fell locked together and before the Aberdeen leader could regain his feet Hunt had dashed in and cleared. The Aberdeen players stoutly maintained that Walter Jackson had been fouled in the area but the referee decided otherwise. Near the Interval, Alec Jackson had several runs and centres, but the Academicals defence held out, and at half-time Aberdeen were unfortunate to be in arrears.
COLOURLESS PLAY.In the opening stages of the second half play favoured the Academicals, who forced Aberdeen on to the defensive. Brown skied from close range, and several shots were charged down. Smith ultimately relieved the pressure, and Hunt got in the way of a try by Rankin before Somerville was called upon by Miller. There was a prolonged period of midfield play, and with wild kicking and passing by both teams the play deteriorated greatly. To add to the discomfiture of the spectators the weather broke down completely, and so heavy was the rain that many left the ground very early. The combination on both sides was rank bad, and with little attempt at constructive effort, the spoilers held full sway. Lister finished a run for the Academicals by crashing the ball against the upright, and at the other end Alec Jackson forced a corner, and Smith shot behind. In an effort to redeem the fortunes of the side Alec Jackson and Miller changed places, but no real improvement followed, although Aberdeen were often In a position to be dangerous. Somerville had to save off a kick by Walter Jackson, and on another occasion was fortunate to be in a good position when that player headed in. The game was well contested to the close, but it was not one from which either side derived much credit. .
Source: Press & Journal, 15th September 1924