Source: The Scotsman, 10th November 1924
RESOLUTE DEFENCE: SPIRITED ATTACK.At the outset, Hearts made the running, and Smith sent wide after clever play on the right. When Aberdeen got away, Walter Jackson shot wide, and following this the Aberdeen defence was kept busy, both J. Jackson and Forsyth effecting several splendid clearances. A. Jackson brought out a corner, off which Wright transferred play, and then, after eight minutes Hearts took the lead. Smith, after manoeuvring for position, sent in a strong shot, which found the crossbar, and the ball rebounded to Edgar who netted from close range. After this, Hearts were rampant, and it was due to fine defensive play by Hutton, Jackson and Forsyth that further disaster was staved off. It took some time for Aberdeen to stave off the pressure, but when they did Hutton just missed the mark with a powerful free kick. The Aberdeen rally was sustained, and two centres by A. Jackson had Hearts' defence in a tangle. A fast shot by Grant was fisted into the air by W. White, and in the subsequent scrimmage in front of the Hearts' goal Aberdeen had a claim for hands ignored. The Aberdeen left wing came into prominence, and with his head W. Jackson just missed converting a centre by Smith. John White shot wide for Hearts from and after Blackwell had fielded an awkward ball from Edgar, the Aberdeen goalkeeper, while harassed, had to throw the ball behind, after stopping a shot from Murphy. In another Aberdeen attack, W. Jackson was fouled just outside the penalty area, but his free kick was wasted on a defensive wall. The Aberdeen right wing again had the Tynecastle defence in a tangle, but ultimately A. White cleared. After 25 minutes' play, Aberdeen were unfortunate to lose MacLachlan, their captain, who was ordered to the pavilion. MacLachlan had previously been warned for robust tackling, and the referee considered his tackling of Murphy was not in accordance with the rules. Handicapped, Aberdeen played up in spirited fashion. Grant fell back to left half and they set up a vigorous attack. They were rewarded after 30 minutes' play, when Paton received from A. Jackson and, running on, beat two opponents to score with a ground ball which entered the goal at an angle. End-to-end play followed. W. Jackson and A. Jackson both had runs which were only stopped in time, and Blackwell cleared a hard drive from Murphy. Near the interval, A. Jackson sprinted three-quarters the length of the field, but his pass to Smith was anticipated by Wilson, and there was no further scoring up to half-time.
EXCITING INCIDENTS.When play resumed, Hearts launched a vigorous offensive, but Aberdeen concentrated in defence, And Blackwell was well protected. Murphy shot against the outside of the net and J. White tested the Aberdeen keeper with a ground shot from long range. The home team forced three corners in quick succession, but Aberdeen crowded their goal, and the defence prevailed. Off a long pass by Paton, Smith broke away, and, after cutting in, delivered a fierce drive which hit W. White on the chest, and, in the scrimmage which followed, Wright scraped the ball away At the Aberdeen end Blackwell had to save from Welsh, and then A. Jackson broke away, and, rounding several opponents let go a fast shot, which White only managed to save at full length. Welsh (injured) changed places with Edgar in the Hearts' attack, who although often pressing, could make nothing of such as Hutton, Jackson, and Forsyth. Edward and A. Jackson carried out a bewildering movement on the Aberdeen right, and it was a wonderful diving save by White that prevented W. Jackson netting off his brother's lobbed pass. A. Jackson was fouled by Wright and injured, but was able to resume after treatment. The free kick, taken by Hutto, was stopped by White, who subsequently had to dispose of a high ball from Smith. Following these frights Hearts again took up the attack, and John White hit the crossbar with a terrific drive. Later, the Aberdeen goalkeeper twice thwarted John White and Welsh. On one offasion Smith got past the Aberdeen defence, but harassed by J. Jackson, he shot high over. In the closing stages Hearts had Aberdeen hemmed in, but, although forcing several corners could make no impression. It was a hard fast struggle from start to finish.
Source: Press & Journal, 10th November 1924