Source: The Scotsman, 11th January 1926
TWO GOALS FOR DEVLIN.Facing the wind in the first half, Aberdeen were immediately thrown on defence. Edward, Hutton, and Cosgrove all effecting smart clearances. Off a run and cross by Smith, Hopewell headed clear, and Cowdenbeath returning to the attack, Blackwell had to fist away from Pullar. Subsequently Cowdenbeath applied strong pressure, and a number of shots were blocked or charged down by an active set of Aberdeen defenders. In a retaliatory raid by Aberdeen, Jackson and McDermid both had shots blocked. Following this Devlin burst through between the Aberdeen backs to smash a terrific shot against Blackwell's crossbar, and Hutton cleared from the rebound. Following this Blackwell did well to stop a fast turn-in by Leonard. Before he could get the ball away the goalkeeper was knocked over, but never lost possession, and ultimately emerged from a prolonged scrimmage, and was able to throw the ball over the touchline. Aberdeen were kept on the defensive, and after twenty minutes' play Pullar crossed a fast ball which Devlin deflected past Blackwell as the goalkeeper endeavoured to kick clear. After an Aberdeen raid had been thwarted, Cowdenbeath again attacked, and Blackwell saved a great drive by Leonard, and tipped the ball over the bar from a fast shot by Rankine. After this Aberdeen forced a corner kick, and practically all the team went forward and left the defence open. The ball was cleared to Devlin, standing as it appeared in an offside position just over the middle line. He gathered quickly, and outpacing his pursuers, ran close in to tip the ball past Blackwell. Aberdeen got a goal immediately by McDermid following up a high ball and catching it practically under the crossbar to force it over the line. He was hurt in his effort, but was able to continue. Aberdeen warmed up for a brief period, and Falconer saved from Jackson, but towards the interval the game entirely favoured Cowdenbeath. Devlin again burst through, but on this occasion Blackwell ran out to meet him and the forward shot against him. Later Blackwell saved from Leonard, and Rankine just missed with a fast shot. It was largely due to the resolute work of the Aberdeen defence that Cowdenbeath only led at the interval by 2 goals 1.
A DOUR STRUGGLEAberdeen the second half in promising style. McDermid working through to shoot wide. Retaliation followed, and Blackwell had to fist clear from a free kick taken by Wilson, following which Rankine was wide with a shot. Jackson endeavoured to get Aberdeen on attack, but his efforts lacked backing, and were unsuccessful. Once, however, he got up to test Falconer with a header, and the keeper had to save a shot from R. Bruce. The game developed an element of roughness, and numerous free kicks were awarded both teams. Hutton twice blocked shots that might have beaten Blackwell, and on another occasion the goalkeeper only saved at the expense of a corner. For a time Aberdeen kept up a desultory attack, but Falconer had little of a serious nature to deal with. Once, however, he had to dive at the foot of the post to save from Cheyne. Off a free kick by Spencer, R. Bruce shot weakly into Falconer's hands. Ait the other end, a shot by Leonard was tipped over the bar by Blackwell, whose- goal was often in great danger. Near close Hutton ploughed his way forward and passed out to Cheyne, whose return was "first-timed " high over by Edward from a good position. On another occasion D. Bruce roamed ahead, but his pass into the centre was intercepted. In the game Cowdenbeath had chances to increase their lead and Aberdeen had opportunities to equalise.
Source: Press & Journal, 11th January 1926