STORY OF THE PLAY.After Clydebank's opening burst had been beaten back, a shot by Jackson at the other end was charged down by Scraggs. A miskick by Hutton gave Clydebank a corner, but the flag kick was sent behind. Following this, Aberdeen took up the running, and Reid centred in rear of Gallacher's goal. A shot by Jackson was deflected for a corner by Gallacher, and after this, in clearing from the Aberdeen centre-for- ward, the Clydebank goalkeeper had to follow the ball nearly out to the touchline. Before he regained his charge, the ball was twice cleared by colleagues. Off a raid by the Clydebank left, Smith shot wide. The game after this for a time ruled entirely in favour of Aberdeen. Smith hit the crossbar with a terrific shot, the ball rebounding behind Gallacher's goal, and subsequently several shots by Aberdeen attackers were charged down by Clydebank defenders. Reid, the visitors' centre-forward, was injured, and had to retire, but returned after ten minutes with a bandaged wrist. Gallacher brought off a wonderful save from Jackson, tipping the ball over for a corner, which did not avail Aberdeen. All the play was in Clydebank territory, and it was not surprising that Aberdeen scored. Reid carried along the right and centred strongly for Smith to take the ball as it came and crash it into the net. The exchanges continued to favour Aberdeen, and the Clydebank goal ran several narrow escapes. With the return of Reid, the visitors improved, and Blackwell had to fist clear from Houston. Following this Evans centred, and Reid nipped smartly between Blackwell and Hutton to send the ball into the net. In another Clydebank raid, Evans dropped the ball on Blackwell's crossbar. Following this, Gallacher saved from R. Bruce, and Smith twice shot against the outside of the Clydebank net. Ten minutes from the interval McDermid accepted a pass from R. Bruce to give Aberdeen the lead with an oblique shot from just inside the corner of the penalty area. Close on the interval following further pressure by Aberdeen, McDermid met a return by a Clydebank defender to go through and obtain a third goal for Aberdeen, who were worthy their lead of 3 goals to 1 at the interval.
MACLACHLAN'S GOAL.When play resumed Aberdeen took up the attack, and Maclachlan worked through to shoot high over. He made amends immediately, however, when he dribbled past two opponents to shoot a fine goal from fully 20 yards' range. Aberdeen maintained the pressure, and after McDermid had shot wide. R. Bruce handled when he appeared to be rushing the ball through from a corner kick. A raid by Evans resulted in Blackwell having to fist clear, but play was quickly back at Gallacher's end, where the keeper tipped over the bar from R. Bruce. At this stage play became very one sided. Smith shot inches high with a fierce drive, and Reid, after working into the centre, sent wide. In a scrimmage Gallacher was beaten by a header from McDermid, but McKendrjck headed out from below the bar. A great drive by Hutton was deflected over the bar by Gallacher, who subsequently was lucky not to have another goal recorded against him when out of his charge he missed, the ball, but Reid, the home right winger, slipped at the critical moment. A run by the Clydebank left produced a fruitless corner, and Aberdeen went back to the attack, Edward, Smith, Jackson, and MacLachlan all had shots that were just off the mark. In a run by Jackson, Gallacher did well to gather his parting shot at the foot of the post. Alec Reid, the home right winger, was injured, and was carried off five minutes before the end, but even shorthanded Aberdeen continued to hold the upper hand and were easy winners.
Source: Press & Journal, 21st December 1925