Source: The Scotsman, 14th September 1925
W. K. JACKSOIT'S GREAT GOAL.Play ruled exceedingly fast from the start. Aberdeen attacked on the right, and a centre by Reid was cleared by Dixon; then at the other end Muirhead swept the ball over Blackwell's charge. Rangers kept plying their left wing, and forced a corner off Hutton, for Pirie to head dear. Another Aberdeen raid ensued, and Walter Jackson and R. Bruce got in each other's way when both were well placed for shooting. Henderson and Archibald again put Rangers on the attack, but D. Brace cleared finely. A run and centre by Reid resulted in Smith shooting high. Aberdeen would not be denied, and after a clever run Reid hit the side net. After eight minutes' play W. K. Jackson got possession, and after cleverly feinting, shot from 20 yards' range, and the ball found the net close to Robb's right-hand post. Rangers were rattled, and quick passing took them to the other end, where Blackwell saved finely from Cunningham. Subsequently the champions crowded all sail on attack, but the Aberdeen half-backs and backs worked with great effect, and the home forwards were ever ready to break away and bring relief. Robb had to hold a high ball from R. Bruce, who tested him again shortly afterwards, and Smith just missed with a ball that crossed the Rangers goal and passed outside the post. Rangers returned to the attack, and a high ball from Muirhead was just missed by Henderson. Reid greatly troubled McCandless, and it was from this quarter that most danger threatened the Rangers goal. A centre by the Aberdeen right winger was headed away by Dixon. Following this Aberdeen were forced back on the defensive, and Hutton and D. Bruce were kept busy. On one occasion a shot from Muirhead looked like counting, when MacLachlan kicked clear from below the bar. In a comparatively short period three corners fell to the Rangers, but the Aberdeen defenders refused to be beaten. A raid headed by Reid nearly led to Aberdeen increasing their lead, but Manderson effected a fine clearance from Smith, who later, however, flashed the ball wide of Robb's charge from long range. The Aberdeen goal had a narrow escape when Henderson sent the ball against the crossbar, and shortly afterwards Blackwell effected a magnificent save, by diving at a ball from Muirhead. The Aberdeen defence survived this gruelling period, and were able to put their forwards again on the offensive. Robb allowed himself to be dispossessed by Walter Jackson, but McCandless came to the rescue. In another Aberdeen raid Reid was badly tripped by McCandless on the fringe of the penalty area, and from the free g kick W. Jackson headed behind. The exchanges continued in favour of Aberdeen, whose forwards were particularly lively, and it was only good work by Robb and his backs and Dixon that prevented further scoring. Rangers rallied near the interval, and Blackwell fisted clear from Muirhead, and later, following an Archibald cross, Henderson's fierce drive passed just over the Aberdeen goal.
THRILL SUCCEEDS THRILL.Rangers resumed in promising style. They forced a corner, and Cairns's shot, which Blackwell could not have saved, flashed a few inches wide. Play was quickly transferred, and a fierce drive by Walter Jackson was deflected by Manderson for Robb to save. Archibald forced a corner off Bruce, but Maclachlan cleared. Following this, Cosgrove let Reid away, and the winger forced a comer off McCandless for Walter Jackson to head over. At this stage Aberdeen took a firm grip of the game. A fine shot by R. Bruce just missed the mark, and a run by Smith brought a corner, which, was cleared. The home left winger again cams into prominence when he dashed past Manderson and swept the ball inches wide of the Rangers' goal. Thrill succeeded thrill. Walter Jackson, hampered by McCandless got through to send the ball against post, meet it, and turn it into the net. The goal, however, was disallowed, the referee holding that the scorer had committed an infringement, a decision which met with hearty disapproval from the spectators. Walter Jackson raced through at Robb's end to have his shot deflected by McCandless for a corner. Following the kick, Robb saved from the Aberdeen centre forward's head. In quick succession W, K. Jackson, Walter Jackson, and R. Bruce had Robb in action to very fine shots, and another effort by the last-named player was rather luckily deflected by McCandless for a corner. Rangers broke the monotony with dash down the centre, but Cunningham shot over. With fifteen minutes left, Aberdeen got another goal. W. K. Jackson passed nicely to Walter Jackson, who, bringing the ball down with his right foot, banged it into the net with his left. Play continued to rule entirely In Aberdeen's favour. Robb had no sooner cleared a terrific shot from Smith than at full length eh pushed away a wonderful shot by Walter Jackson. Another goal fell to Aberdeen. Walter Jackson rushed through to shoot, the ball being deflected out to Reid, who scored with a grass shot, the ball finding the net off the post. At this stage Cunningham was injured, and changed places with Muirhead. Robb continued to be the busiest man om the field. Repeatedly he was in action, and often had to go to the assistance of his backs. Three minutes from the end Henderson was going through when he was charged in rear by Pirie and, amidst a howl of disapproval, the referee awarded a penalty kick, from which McCandless gave the Rangers their solitary goal. In the last minute Aberdeen returned to the attack, and a shot from Walter Jackson flashed narrowly past with Robb at full length. At the close the Aberdeen team were enthusiastically cheered for their brilliant display, and the referee came in for some booing.
Source: Press & Journal, 14th September 1925