Source: The Scotsman, 23rd November 1925
RUN OG THE GAME.Aberdeen were first to attack, drives by Pirie and Hutton just missing the mark. Blackwell, however, was the first to handle, being called upon save a ground effort by Dick. At the ether end Page had to run out and intercept a turn in by Love, with Jackson and Bruce in attendance. Another St Johnstone attack followed, and Kirkwood sent over from close range. Subsequently each side attacked in turn, and D. Kirkwood again failed when well placed. After a corner for the visitors had been disposed of, Aberdeen set up a vigorous attack. Page saved from Reid at close range at the expense of a corner, the goalkeeper conceding another in saving from Jackson. Finally Aberdeen were repelled as the result of Page punching the ball clear, but the relief to the visitors was only temporary. Twice McLeod let go capital shots which only missed by narrow margins. On another occasion he manoeuvred cleverly for position, and passed into the centre, but Bruce was unprepared. In a raid by the visitors Blackwell saved cleverly from Dick, and at the other end Page was repeatedly in action fisting away high balls and running out to the assistance of his backs. He saved finely from Jackson, and a lobbed centre by Love was dealt with in masterly style by the Perth goalkeeper. Thomson relieved the pressure, and following a centre by the St Johnstone left-winger, D. Bruce headed clear from underneath the bar. Most of the play, however, was in the vicinity of the St Johnstone goal. Following a raid on one occasion by Bruce there was a prolonged scrimmage until Page ultimately cleared. Once with the goalkeeper out, McLeod lobbed the ball over his head, but it slipped behind just wide of the post, Page making a wonderful though unnecessary effort at recovery. The Perth goal was repeatedly assailed after this, but Page was brilliant, and cleverly countered all attempts to rush the ball through. The Aberdeen pressure was maintained until the interval, near which McLeod had a splendid effort deflected from a corner by Page, whose work was the feature of the first half.
GOAL FOR ST JOHNSTONE.When play resumed, Aberdeen set up a vigorous attack, and R. Bruce had a great drive rather luckily blocked by Jamieson. After this St Johnstone retaliated, and a fine individual effort by D. Kirkwood nearly led to the first score. He parted nicely to McLean, whose cross was missed by Blackwell out of his charge, and the ball was going for the net when Bruce intervened. Following this, D. Kirkwood was in the act of shooting, when Dick dashed in and swept the ball over the bar from his colleague's foot. St Johnstone kept up the pressure, and Blackwell cleared with difficulty following a corner well placed by Thomson. At the other end, Page saved from Jackson at long range on two occasions. The Perth forwards continued to be very sprightly, and several times the Aberdeen backs were in difficulties. A long drive by MacLachlan was deflected at one end, and at the other Kirkwood, McLean, and Thomson shot over. After 20 minutes play St Johnstone took the lead. D. Kirkwood was fouled by Pirie Just outside the penalty area, and A. Kirkwood slipped the ball accurately to his brother, whose hard drive was handled by Blackwell, but with such force behind it he failed to prevent the ball going over the line. After this success, St Johnstone attacked with great determination, and Thomson and Black both had the home goal in danger. Ultimately Aberdeen again got going, and R. Bruce just missed with a surprise shot. Page was often in action, but was equal to all calls. A fine shot by Thomson was brilliantly tipped over the bar by Blackwell for a fruitless corner, but from this stage until the close Aberdeen attacked without however being able get the better of a resolute defence backed by a clever goalkeeper. In the later stages several players came by slight mishaps and required the trainers' attention, but none had to withdraw from the game.
Source: Press & Journal, 23rd November 1925