Source: The Scotsman, 13th December 1926
ABERDEEN ATTACK RAMPANT.The Athletic made a promising start, as after D. Bruce had pulled up Skinner, Dickson got along to centre, and the visiting centre-forward had a header which McSevich by a wonderful effort pushed round the post for a corner. This beginning ensured a hot pace. Reid led Aberdeen to the other end, where his swift pass along the ground was missed by McDermid and Miller in turn. Atonement for the miss was soon forthcoming. Reid again got possession, and lifted over a high ball to McDermid, who first headed it against the post, then against Shingleton, who punched it back to him, and finally the Aberdeen inside left headed into the net. Two minutes later Aberdeen got a second goal. Reid centred strongly, and Smith headed down to the feet of Miller, who netted from close range. Subsequently play ruled greatly in favour of Aberdeen, and Smith and R. Bruce had shots that went wide. MacLachlan from a free kick crashed the ball against the upright, and the rebound went abegging. Following this MacLachlan had a fierce shot pushed away by Shingleton, who saved full length, and was able to recover possession and clear before the onrushing Aberdeen forwards could reach him. Aberdeen continued to monopolise the pressure, and for the second time in the game MacLachlan sent a lightning free kick against an upright with Shingleton powerless to save. It was only occasionally that the Dunfermline attack made headway. Jack got up to test McSevich with a long shot, and later the Aberdeen goalkeeper had to intercept a lob forward by Clark. These proved isolated raids, and generally Aberdeen were much superior. The Athletic defence were making a plucky fight, but on several occasions were fortunate to save their charge. Following a run and cross by Reid, Smith shot against the outside of the net when he might have done better. Off another centre by Reid, R. Bruce had a great shot finely saved by Shingleton. McDermid, Bruce, and Reid were particularly lively, and it was surprising that the visitors' goal escaped further downfall. Reid shot against the bottom of the post, and McDermid landed the ball on the top of the net, while R. Bruce and Miller had excellent shots that just missed the mark. McSevich was seldom in action, but on one occasion he ran out and cleared a dangerous centre by Dickson in smart style. Skinner sent high over with a shot on the run, but close on the interval Reid took a pass from Miller to circumvent Wilson and shoot a third goal for Aberdeen, who easily deserved their lead at the interval.
DUNFERMLINE RALLY.A defensive duel developed in the earlier stages of the second half, both sets of defenders indulging in big kicking, but gradually Aberdeen again took a grip of the game. R. Bruce and Miller both shot against defenders, while two centres by Smith were allowed to go abegging. Aberdeen kept up a vigorous attack, and R. Bruce, Miller, McDermid, and Edward all had shots blocked by opponents. On another occasion McDermid failed to properly get in his kick, but as it was the ball bounced behind just wide of the post. Subsequently the Athletic rallied, and the Aberdeen defence was hard pressed, although nothing of a dangerous nature reached McSevich. Aberdeen again took up the attack, but while they had many shots these were off the mark. During a lull in the home team's offensive. Skinner got away, and finished up by finding the net with low shot, which McSevich would probably have saved but for the ball swerving as it neared him. This reverse put Aberdeen on their mettle, and Miller headed into the net, only to be given offside. Subsequently play was of a more even nature. McSevich had to hold a header by Skinner, and after McDermid and R. Bruce had shot wide from long range, Shingleton had to clear a curling ball from Smith. Near the close the Dunfermline goal had another narrow escape. Miller and Shingleton had a desperate race for the ball, and the Aberdeen centre forward getting there first shot for the empty goal, only to see the ball strike the upright and glance behind. In the finishing stages Aberdeen made all the running, but, though Shingleton was often in action, there was no more scoring.
Source: Press & Journal, 13th December 1926