FEATURES OF THE PLAY.Play was fast and interesting throughout, and there was nothing of an end-of-season element about it. The Dundee goal was fortunate to escape early downfall, when with Paterson beaten Jackson headed against the crossbar. This escape was "countered" by Blackwell having to concede a corner off a shot by Bauld, and in brisk exchanges D. Walker at one end, and MacLachlan at the other, shot over from long range. Paterson ran out to deflect a hard shot from McDermid, and Blackwell had to fist clear from J. Walker. Subsequently both goals had narrow escapes. J. Simpson, when about to shoot, was shouldered off by Hutton and a slip by Gilroy nearly let Lowe in, following which Jackson whipped the ball over after a mix-up in front Paterson. A fine bit of combination by McDermid, Jackson, and Carroll finished with the first-named delivering a great shot, which Paterson knocked into the air, and only cleared with difficulty with Love in close attendance. Aberdeen had much better of the exchanges at this stage, and Paterson saved well from Smith and Jackson. Ultimately the United attack got going, and from a cross by McDonald, Bauld had a palpable chance, but only sent the ball weakly to Blackwell. On another occasion, McDonald was at fault when from favourable position he shot against the outside of the net. Towards the interval Aberdeen again attacked, and Paterson saved finely from Carroll and Love.
ABERDEEN ON TOP.There was a falling off in the pace of the play in the second half, and in the early stages it ruled from end to end. Cosgrove and Bauld both shot over from long range, and Carroll followed up a pass forward by Jackson to deliver a fine shot on the run, but his elevation was slightly wrong. Twice in quick succession, Paterson knocked out terrific shots by Smith. Gradually the United were forced back on defence, and until the end of the game Aberdeen monopolised the attacking. Paterson was repeatedly in action and effected many fine saves, notably off two fierce drives by Smith. It was easily Aberdeen's game, but there were several occasions when the United came very near to springing a surprise. Off a centre by McDonald, Campbell headed weakly into Blackwell's hands, and on other occasions Oswald and Bauld sent just wide of the mark. It looked if the United's defence would defy the Aberdeen attacks until the finish, but with two minutes left Smith took a corner kick for Aberdeen. The ball appeared to be safely cleared, but it went to Hutton who met it about 25 yards from goal and sent in terrific shot, the ball going into the net like lightning, head high, and about a foot inside Paterson's left-hand post. The goal came as a big surprise, and the manner its being taken roused the spectators to great enthusiasm. As they left the field both teams were heartily applauded in recognition of their whole-hearted display.
Source: Press & Journal, 5th April 1926