Source: The Scotsman, 29th November 1926
BUSY GOALKEEPERSThe Aberdeen goalkeeper was first in action, having to turn the ball round the post from a long range shot by McCrae. Shortly afterwards he was again tested when he fisted the ball against the crossbar off a free kick by McDonald, McDermid completing the clearance. R Bruce and McDermid put Aberdeen on attack, and Bradford at full length did well to save from Miller. McSevich cleared from Morrison, and at the other end Bradford tipped a great shot by Reid over the bar for a corner. Following this Barclay for St Mirren shot just high with a free kick. Shortly afterwards McCrae ran through to shoot straight at McSevich. In another Aberdeen attack McDermid, after rounding three opponents was fouled outside the penalty area, and MacLachlan taking the free kick sent a terrific shot against an upright. Later, MacLachlan had another free kick which Bradford saved with difficulty, and subsequently the St Mirren goalkeeper brought off a smart clearance from R. Bruce. Aberdeen kept up the attack at this stage, and after Reid had centred, Love failed to get in his shot properly. After 25 minutes play Aberdeen took the lead, McDermid accepting from a free kick by MacLachlan cleverly hooked the ball high into goal, and it glanced into the net off the upright. Bradford, who made a desperate effort to save, collided with the upright, and required the trainer's attention. At the other end, Thomson when well placed shot against the outside of the net. In another Aberdeen offensive, R. Bruce headed against the upright. The ball passed quickly from end to end. McSevich saved off a header by Thomson, and Bradford full got rid of a great shot by R. Bruce. Gillies shot badly when well placed. Howieson sent over at the home end and at the other Cosgrove was only inches high with a shot from long range. Towards the interval play ruled distinctly in favour of Aberdeen, who deserved their narrow lead.
LIVELY EXCHANGES.A great shot by Miller while on the run, and a spectacular flying save by Bradford made a bright resumption to the game. For a time both defences were kept on the stretch, neither side claiming advantage, but Rankine got along to send in a ground shot which McSevich at full length knocked out and cleared before onrushing opponents could reach the ball. Clever play by the St Mirren left again had McSevich in action, and he fisted away from Thomson. The exchanges were keen, and in consequence free kicks became fairly numerous. R. Bruce was injured in a tackle and had to be assisted off. While he was absent, Aberdeen attacked vigorously, and Bradford and his backs were kept busy. R. Bruce returned, and following a free kick he delivered a header off which Bradford knocked the ball against the crossbar to clear from the rebound. Aberdeen maintained the attack, and after Reid had sent a lightning pass across the goalmouth, he sent in a fierce shot which Bradford saved at the foot of the upright. Gradually the St Mirren attack returned to view, and twice in quick succession D. Bruce kicked out balls that looked like finding the net. McSevich, too, was not Idle, although little of a dangerous nature came his way. A slip by D. Bruce nearly led to the equaliser, but Edward managed to deflect McCrae's shot when the Paisley leader got through. An appeal by Aberdeen for a penalty kick when Arnott appeared to handle was ignored by the referee, and following this McSevich did well to save from Thomson. At the other end, Bradford stopped a free kick by MacLachlan. Just after this the St Mirren goal had a narrow escape. Miller slipped the ball ahead to McDermid, who cleverly rounded Bradford as the latter advanced to meet him, but when attempting to locate the untenanted goal McDermid slipped and Hay dashed in and cleared. After this Aberdeen took the game in hand, and until the end kept up a vigorous offensive. Bradford just beat Miller in a desperate rush for the ball and kicked clear, and following this the goalkeeper effected a wonderful save from the Aberdeen centre-forward. Just on time Reid rounded Arnott, but when a goal appeared imminent he completely missed his kick.
Source: Press & Journal, 29th November 1926