Source: The Scotsman, 8th December 1924
THE GAME DESCRIBED.Aberdeen made a promising start, Davidson, Paton, and Smith combining nicely on the left, but Barton dashed in and relieved: after Smith had centred. When Rovers got going Neish tested Blackwell with a lob. The Aberdeen left attacked, and following clever play and a melee in front of Rovers' goal, Paton crashed the ball against the upright. Equality developed in the exchanges, and for a time neither side could make progress. James manoeuvred cleverly for the Rovers, and following good work by him Morris shot over. A. Jackson on the Aberdeen right had several runs, but his centres were invariably cleared by Morris. Miller for the Rovers shot narrowly over, and following this Neish centred along the goal-line after it had appeared that he had run the ball over. It was only a great effort on Blackwell's part that enabled him to push the ball round the post when he threw himself at Ritchie's feet. A clever movement by Cosgrove and A. Jackson was negatived by the latter sending the ball near to the left corner flag when close in on goal. Smith, on the Aberdeen left, was in splendid form. Repeatedly he left Barton standing, and his crosses were always dangerous. On one occasion Cosgrove headed narrowly over, and off another centre by Smith Paton shot wide. Rovers took the lead in 25 minutes. James manoeuvred for position and slipped the ball forward to Miller, who without hesitation whipped it into the net from 20 yards range. Aberdeen claimed that Miller was offside, but the referee decided otherwise. Rovers improved after the success, and Neish narrowly missed with a great shot. Following this Aberdeen returned to the attack, and A. Jackson centred behind. Cosgrove fallowed with a capital first-time try which missed, and after two corners had been forced Smith had a shot which went two inches wide of the goal with the home custodian beaten. Aberdeen continued to make the running. Cosgrove, Smith, and Paton all had shots which missed counting, and after 40 minutes' play they drew level. Smith beat two opponents and centred accurately. The ball was missed by players of both teams, but ultimately went to A. Jackson, who returned it, and Cosgrove found the net from a difficult angle. Immediately afterwards Smith again centred but several attackers missed the ball and ultimately Innes cleared. A shot by Cosgrove was fisted down by a defender in the penalty area, but Aberdeen's claim for a penalty was refused as was a later claim when Barton with his hands knocked down a shot from Smith, who was also upset In the penalty area. Aberdeen maintained the pressure until the interval, but could not get ahead.
GOAL FOR EACH.Midfield play marked the resumption, but Jackson ultimately forced a corner which brought no advantage. At the other end, Edward conceded a flag kick, and Blackwell fisted away from Bell before J. Jackson ultimately cleared. In eight minutes Rovers took the lead. Ritchie beat Jackson, and slipped the ball through to James, who shot a brilliant goal from seven yards. There was a strong suspicion in this case, too, that James was offside. After this success the forwards played fast, tricky, and effective football and several times came within an ace of increasing their side's lead. James had a shot off which the ball struck Blackwell and rebounded against Forsyth, who was also under the cross-bar. The goalkeeper deflected a curling shot from Ritchie, and then at full length just managed to push out a fine shot by James. There were several scrimmages in front of the Aberdeen goal and but for the determined defence of Blackwell, J. Jackson, Forsyth, and Hutton further disaster must have befallen Blackwell's goal. Ultimately Aberdeen shook off the pressure, and following a corner forced by Smith, W. Jackson shot over. Cosgrove and A. Jackson both had shots which miscarried, but ultimately Smith dashed between the backs and gave to A Jackson. The latter, although harassed by two opponents, managed to return the ball to Walter Jackson, and that player equalised by placing the ball nicely out of McKenzie's reach. Subsequently play ruled from end to end. A centre from Chapman just avoided Blackwell's charge, and James had a shot which the keeper saved cleverly. At the other end, a long shot by Davidson was only cleared at the second attempt by McKenzie, who also had to field a high ball from Edward. Smith and A. Jackson both raided the Rovers territory, and off their centres Aberdeen narrowly missed taking the lead. A. Jackson was badly fouled just outside the penalty area on the right, but Edward sent behind from the free kick. Both sides strove desperately in the closing minutes. James and Paton for their respective sides just missed with good shots, after clever individual efforts, but there was no further scoring.
Source: Press & Journal, 8th December 1924