Source: The Scotsman, 15th February 1926
A GOAL AND QUICK RESPONSE.A fast pace was set from the start, and Aberdeen were first to attack. They were beaten back, however, and McLean forced a corner for Hart to shoot wide for St Johnstone. Another flag kick fell to St Johnstone, and Whyte sent wide. The Perth team maintained pressure for a time, and after Blackwell had turned a ball from Toner round the post, Jamieson shot wide from long range. Smith gave Aberdeen relief with a run and square, but Penman cleared before Pirie could link up. At the other end, Blackwell saved finely from Black. Smith again gave Aberdeen relief, his parting effort bringing out a corner, which Page fisted clear, and the Perth goalkeeper was lucky to be in position when Jackson returned the ball hard to him. Further raiding gave St Johnstone three fruitless corners in quick succession, Blackwell tipping a dangerous ball from McLean over the bar. Reid, for Aberdeen, followed with a clever run, but finished by shooting wide. A long range effort by Black just missed Blackwell's charge, and at the other end Page had to deal with a headed ball from McLeod, and stop a hard shot by Pirie. A great shot on the run by Black crashed against Blackwell's crossbar, but next minute the home goal had an equally narrow escape, a cross shot by Reid beating Page and striking the inside of the upright to rebound into play. Following this, Page tipped a shot by Pirie over the bar, and Jamieson headed out what looked like being a counting shot by McDermid, who shortly afterwards again had the keeper in action from long range. After 35 minutes' play, Reid gathered up a pass from Pirie to run on and shoot. Page was only able to return the ball to the Aberdeen outside right, who promptly netted. St Johnstone equalised immediately. McLean and Hart worked ball down from the kick off, and the latter netted with an unsaleable shot from 15 yards' range. In the closing minutes of the period Aberdeen attacked strongly, Page being troubled to save from Reid and Jackson, but there was no further scoring.
ABERDEEN'S STRONG FINISH.Aberdeen were forced on the defensive when game resumed, and following a corner kick, Blackwell had to save from Hart. Pirie ultimately led Aberdeen to the attack, and off his pass Reid shot behind. Shortly afterwards Page saved from Aberdeen's outside right following clever individual effort. For a lengthy period subsequently Aberdeen were kept defending, and two corners for St Johnstone saw the Pittodrie defence come out on top. A cross by Reid was miskicked for a corner by Penman, and at the other end Blackwell had to save from Toner, and McDermid headed away from a flag kick. Subsequently St Johnstone forced several corners, but following these they could make no impression on the Aberdeen defence. Blackwell saved finely from Whyte, who later had a shot that struck the crossbar. Aberdeen survived these attacks, and Reid carried the offensive to the other end. From a centre by Smith Pirie headed just over the bar when Page could not have saved, and later the Perth goalkeeper fisted clear from Reid as Pirie dashed in upon him. In the closing stages the Aberdeen attack was much more in evidence. Page at full length scraped away a ball from Reid with Pirie waiting his chance, and Penman and Jamieson were kept busy. Aberdeen finished very strongly.
Source: Press & Journal, 15th February 1926