Source: The Scotsman, 29th February 1926
WELL TAKEN GOALS.Subsequently the visitors attacked, but Aberdeen offered a sound defence, and after 15 minutes' play, Doolan accepted a pass forward by McDermid to shoot a lovely goal. Shortly afterwards Aberdeen got a remarkable third goal. Reid lost possession to McQueen, but went after him and regained possession on the left side of the field. He then dribbled through to shoot hard at Ewart, who fisted the ball back, and Smith dashing in scored with a terrific shot. This rounded off the scoring, but Jackson should have put Aberdeen further ahead when he shot wildly over from close range.
DOOLAN IMPRESSES.Aberdeen were the better-balanced team. Blackwell, in goal, effected several smart saves, and did well to keep his charge intact. Ritchie gave a judicious and impressive display in Hutton's place at right back, showing fine judgment, coolness, and resource, and even Hutton could not have improved upon his work. Bruce, at left back, compensated for his fatal mistake by some good tackling, but was not so reliable as his partner. Aberdeen held a big advantage at half-back, Pirie's inclusion as pivot adding strength to the line. He tackled and covered up well, and his distribution contributed to the success of the attack. Cosgrove and MacLachlan, too, were very effective, the former showing a big improvement on recent displays. In nippy forward line McDermid was best, his cute moves puzzling the Airdrie defenders, and he kept the play open throughout. Reid and Smith also showed fine form on the wings, and were always dangerous and too speedy for the Airdrie defenders. Doolan at centre-forward, made a promising debut. His goal stamped him as an opportunist, and he took position well, while he can evidently shoot to some purpose. While his distribution can be improved, his inclusion enhanced the effectiveness of the line. Jackson was a fine forager throughout, although not so prominent as his colleagues.
AIRDRIE WEAK AT HALF.A clever Airdrie attack suffered because of the weakness of the half-backs. In front, McPhail and Rock were most prominent, both showing enterprise, but the wingers, Murdoch and Somerville, were not at their best. In the intermediate division, Neil was most successful. Dick and McQueen comported themselves creditably at back, but got too much to do, and Ewart did not inspire confidence in goal.
Source: Press & Journal, 1st March 1926