Source: The Scotsman, 30th August 1926
SPIRITED ENCOUNTER.In a spirited opening R. Bruce shot just wide for Aberdeen, and in the first five minutes that player had np fewer than live attempts for goal, Robb doing well to save on two occasions. Hibernian were first to score, however. From a breakaway on the left Halligan centred, and Dunn headed well out Blackwell's reach into the net. Subsequently, centres by Ritchie and Bradley had the Aberdeen defence in trouble, but the scores were soon levelled. Reid broke away and centred, and Dick handled in the penalty area, for Hutton to subsequently crash the ball into the net from the spot. Following this, Aberdeen maintained strong pressure, and Robb required two attempts to clear a high ball from Reid. A dour struggle developed, with the play changing quickly from end to end. Blackwell was penalised for carrying, and Dunn sent high from the free kick. Then Aberdeen went ahead. Bruce got possession near midfield. and, running right through the Hibernian defence, finished up by scoring a brilliant goal. Robb at full length got his hands on the ball, but could not stay its progress. For a time Aberdeen looked like increasing their lead, Robb on one occasion knocking a hall from Smith against the crossbar to catch the rebound and clear. At the other end, Blackwell stopped a shot by Bradley at the foot of the upright. In another Aberdeen attack the Hibernian goal was fortunate to escape downfall, when Robb stopped a ball that was deflected off McGinnigle after Reid had centred. Aberdeen lost their lead in an unfortunate fashion. Ritchie, who had all along been a source danger, cut inwards, and finished with a shot that struck MacLachlan and the ball was deflected to the left of the Aberdeen goal. Blackwell made a praiseworthy effort to save, and at full length got his hands on the ball, only help it into the side net. On equal terms, Hibernian attacked for a time, and forced two comers, from which nothing materialised. Miller got away, and beating the home backs, was left with only Robb in front. In an attempt to place the ball out the 'keeper's reach he misjudged, however, and Robb was able to bring off a fine save on the ground. Subsequently the Hib's goalkeeper was busy with shots from Smith, R. Bruce, and Reid, and Miller was unfortunate when he wheeled round to send in great shot, off which the ball caught the top of the upright and went for a bye. Hibernian were again dangerous near the interval, when Blackwell had to save from a free kick by McFarlane. There was no more scoring in the period, however, and the teams crossed over on level terms.
BRUCE'S WINNING GOAL.Aberdeen were thrown on the defensive when the game resumed, but shook off the pressure, and subsequently corners were conceded at both ends, but gradually Hibernian hemmed Aberdeen on defence. D. Bruce twice intervened when Dunn looked to be set for scoring, and on another occasion Blackwell ran out and practically picked the ball from off Walker's toes. The defence weathered the storm, and after a combined run McDermid just missed the goal with Robb badly placed. In another raid by Aberdeen, the Hibs' goalkeeper dropped a shot by Reid, but recovered possession. Hibernian returned to the attack, and Hutton was badly barracked when he accidentally kicked Halligan, who was injured and required attention. For a time the Aberdeen defence were kept on the stretch, and Ritchie, who frequently wandered into the centre, just missed the goal with a headed effort. Ultimately Aberdeen again took up the thread of attack, and R. Bruce catching on to a clearance shot a fine goal from twenty yards' range, the ball finding the net off Robb's right hand post. For a time Aberdeen looked like going further ahead. Robb fielded a header by McDermid, and shots by Miller and Smith were only inches off the goal. In a rally by the Hibs Walker sent the ball against Blackwell, but Aberdeen at this stage were accounting for the bigger share of attack. Following a free kick by Hutton, Robb stopped a header by McDermid, and the goalkeeper did well to dear a fierce effort by Miller delivered from the right. Near the end both goalkeepers conceded corners, and after Blackwell had fisted the ball down, Hutton brought off a timely clearance with Dunn about shoot. Aberdeen were attacking when the game finished.
Source: Press & Journal, 30th August 1926