Source: The Scotsman, 13th December 1924
THE GAME.Aberdeen opened in brisk fashion, A. Jackson carrying the ball well up, but his centre was cleared by Orr. On Morton's first raid, Campbell tested Blackwell from long range, and at the other end, following a corner forced by Smith, W. Jackson headed into Fotheringham's hands. A run by the home left and return by French resulted in J. Jackson kicking out from underneath the bar, and after another raid by A. Jackson, Smith sent wide at Fotheringham's end. Following another sprint by the Aberdeen right winger, Cosgrove slipped when in the act of shooting, and Orr dashed in and cleared. Aberdeen continued to make the running, Smith, on the left wing, repeatedly outpacing the defence. Several balls from the Aberdeen left winger were only cleared in the nick of time, and once Fotheringham was lucky to be in position a hold a header from Bowie. The home attack seldom got going, and when they did they could not circumvent Hutton and Forsyth. After 20 minutes' play Aberdeen book the lead. Smith careered past Gourlay and Buchanan to slip the ball along the ground in front of the Morton goal. Hyslop only partly cleared, and Cosgrove running in placed the ball neatly out of Fotheringham's reach from twelve yards range. Following this reverse, the Morton attackers came into prominence, the right and left wings both developing danger, but Blackwell was not tested. Smith again raided the home lines, and following a centre by him Fotheringham just escaped being charged into the net by Bowie. French on the home right had headed several sallies into Aberdeen territory, and MacLachlan and J. Jackson twice intervened opportunely when Campbell looked like getting through. A corner forced by Brown was nullified by Blackwell's brilliant save from Campbell's head. Following a foul on Smith at the other end, W. Jackson swept the ball wide and later from a similar award MacLachlan sent the ball to the right and a from a shot from Edward brought out a corner, following which Bowie headed over. Near the interval, Orr executed a dribble and finished up with a long shot which Blackwell cleared at the second attempt. In the period Aberdeen had much the better of the exchanges, and were not flattered by their solitary goal lead.
PLENTY OF INCIDENT.In the earlier stages of the second half Aberdeen held the advantage. Both extreme wingers were exceedingly lively, and their centres caused the Morton defence much anxiety. In a breakaway by the Morton forwards, it was only a brilliant full-length save by Blackwell that prevented Brown securing the equaliser. Smith put Aberdeen back on the attack, and, after MacLachlan had taken a free kick for a foul on the winger, Orr cleared from the goal-line. Campbell was injured in a tackle, and, until he recovered, French changed places with him. For a time the Aberdeen defence was kept busy, Hutton excelling in some fine clearances. Later, the game again turned in favour of Aberdeen and, following a centre by W. Jackson, Fotheringham saved from Bowie's head and Buchanan blocked a hard drive from the Aberdeen inside left. The game continued to be full Incident. Blackwell, at full length, pushed away a shot by McKay, and at the other end a drive by Edward went narrowly past. After 25 minutes' play, Morton obtained the equaliser, French, who had again taken up the outside right position, carried the ball along, and passed to McKay. The latter in turn tricked Forsyth and J. Jackson and slipped the ball to Campbell who beat Blackwell from close range- Subsequently each set of attackers raided in turn. Following another foul on Smith, A. Jackson headed over from MacLachlan's free kick. Near the end Smith made a great single-handed effort to win the match. He beat opponent after opponent to cut in and lift the ball in front of goal, but Fotheringham saved Bowie's header, and close on time the Aberdeen centre-forward had a great first-time try, off which the ball passed only inches high of Fotheringham's charge.
Source: Press & Journal, 15th December 1924