Source: The Scotsman, 6th December 1926
GOALKEEPERS KEPT BUSY.McSevich was early in action, having to clear from Murdoch. MacLachlan put Aberdeen on attack and twice Miller was pulled up when about to connect with passes from the halfback. Edward conceded a corner, and after the flag kick had been cleared, the home goalkeeper had twice to dispose of shots by Miller. MacLachlan, too, was likely in the Aberdeen attack, and twice had shots blocked by defenders. For a time both defences were kept on the stretch, but Aberdeen looked more likely to score. An injury to Miller handicapped Aberdeen for a time, but he was able to resume. Bennie dropped a high ball on the top of the Aberdeen net, and following this D. Bruce averted disaster by kicking into corner. A well executed move between Miller, Smith and McDermid almost brought a goal, Reid shooting against the post from Miller's pass. Subsequently the home goal had another escape, when Currie scrambled the ball away with Miller and R. Bruce in attendance. After McSevich had saved from Preston, Currie in lifting away from R. Bruce sent the ball to McDermid's feet, but the latter skied when only a few yards from goal. In a break-away by the home left Somerville centred and Weldon, while on the run, cleverly hooked the ball past the Aberdeen goalkeeper. Aberdeen were soon on level terms, R. Bruce equalising with a ground shot, which Currie would probably have saved but for slipping. Aberdeen played well for a time, Smith forcing Currie to concede a corner, and MacLachlan was inches high with a free kick. While at full length Currie just managed to deflect a shot by McDermid. Towards the interval Airdrie were the aggressors, and after Allison had shot against the crossbar, McSevich saved in quick succession from Preston, Weldon, and Allison, Miller at the other end just missing with a surprise shot. At the interval the teams were still on level terms.
THE WINNING GOAL.When the game resumed Neil and Preston changed places in the home team. Play had only lasted two minutes when Airdrieonians went ahead in unusual fashion. In a hot attack Neil headed goalwards, and Weldon, standing close to the goal-line, deflected the ball into the net with his head. The referee at first disallowed the goal on the grounds that Weldon was offside, but with the home players clamouring he consulted both linesmen and reversing his decision, awarded a goal. This reverse inspired Aberdeen to greater effort, and a desperate rush by their forwards Currie did well to get the ball away in a scrimmage. Subsequently there were considerable exchanges in midfield, neither side claiming advantage, Miller, McDermid, and Smith all having good efforts to get through. Somerville on one occasion looked to be on the point of scoring for Airdrie when Edward managed to deflect his shot. Following this, Weldon was brought down in the area, and Airdrieonians were awarded a penalty kick, with which Weldon completely missed the goal. At the other end, Miller, when close in, sent just outside the post. The Aberdeen goal had another narrow escape when Murdoch got through to shoot past the post, and Jackson, in endeavouring to clear, sent the ball against the other upright. After this the Aberdeen attack played in spirited style. A shot by Reid was deflected into corner, and following the flag kick the Airdrie goal had a narrow escape until the ball was ultimately scrummaged away. Smith, after steadying for a shot, sent across the goal, and the ball flashed behind just outside the posts. In another Aberdeen attack McDermid shot against the cross-bar, and before the close Smith and Miller had shots that were off the mark. The game ended with Aberdeen attacking, but just failing to draw level.
Source: Press & Journal, 6th December 1926'