Source: The Scotsman, 7th February 1927
GOALKEEPER'S EXPERIENCE.McSevich, the Aberdeen goalkeeper, had a curious experience. Early in the game he was injured in effecting a daring save, and while suffering great pain, became sick and dazed. He refused to leave his post, and at the interval had to be assisted to the dressing room. He pluckily carried on in the second period, when, despite his dazed condition, he effected many fine saves, the executing of which aggravated his injuries. He had again to be assisted off at the finish, and it was not until some time after the game that he became aware that Aberdeen had equalised. Cheyne and R. Bruce also came by injury, the former sustaining a leg hurt shortly after the interval and going to outside right, but in his crippled state he was of no assistance to his team. Nor did the East Fife players escape. Wood, the right back, strained himself in the first half and went to outside left in the second period, but while the Methil team's rearrangement entailed more shifts than Aberdeen's, their handicap was obviously not as great as that under which the First Leaguers played.
OUTSTANDING PLAYERS.But for his dazed state McSevich would probably have averted the goal that was surrendered by Aberdeen. He effected many thrilling saves throughout the game, and can claim a large share of responsibility for Aberdeen living to fight another day. Jackson gave a fine display at back, his tackling being a feature. Edward was easily the best of the Aberdeen half-backs, and if he fell away somewhat in the second period Lawson was the best of the Aberdeen forwards. The others, Reid and Bruce in particular, also did well in the outfield, and worked exceedingly hard, but their shooting generally was wild, more particularly in the first half. East Fife gave a spirited display. Gilfillan was brilliant in goal, and others who excelled in defensive play were Wood (W.), Gillespie, and Robertson. In a dashing attack, Wood (J.) and Weir were outstanding. The official returns show that 8000 persons paid for admission, and the drawings, exclusive of tax, but including stands, amounted to £350.
GAME OF THRILLS.Aberdeen began as if they would overwhelm the home team. In a clever run Cheyne was fouled just outside the penalty area, and MacLachlan shot wide from the free kick. After some mid-field play, East Fife attacked on the left and from Nairn's centre Wood was through when McSevich dived and deflected the ball, in saving, the Aberdeen goalkeeper was accidentally kicked and there was a longish stoppage until he was treated. When he resumed it was seen he was limping badly and in distress. Following the clearance of a corner, Aberdeen again attacked and Lawson shot wide, but East Fife soon again took up the role of aggressor and McSevich saved fast shots by Barnett and Wood. For a time play ranged from end to end. Clever work by Lawson led to Love centring, and when the ball was returned to him in a scrimmage the left winger swept it high over from favourable position. After this "let off," East Fife attacked on the left, and when Nairn centred high in front of goal, McSevich dived, but Wood (J.) rushing in at the same time got the ball first and turned it into the empty goal. This was after twelve minutes. After this reverse Aberdeen locked like taking the game in hand. Gilfillan went full length to deflect a long shot by Bruce, and two corners in quick succession were scrambled clear by the home defence. Bruce and Cheyne both shot over from good positions, the latter doing this on two subsequent occasions. Bruce, after dribbling through, wheeled round to shoot from point-blank range and Gilfillan brought off a wonderful save. At the other end, a pass back by Spencer almost beat McSevich, who just managed to reach the ball and throw it into the "corner." Subsequently Aberdeen forced two flag kicks, Gilfillan fisting away from one, and Bruce heading narrowly over from the other. Paterson relieved the pressure with a clever run, which finished by shooting wide, and at Gilfillan's end Reid, Lawson, Cheyne, Love, and Bruce all had shots blocked. Wood, the home right back, was injured and required attention, but was able to continue. Following a free kick by Robertson, McSevich saved from Wood's head. Close on the interval Aberdeen came away with another spurt. Love forced a corner, and in a desperate scrimmage Lawson, after several players of both sides had missed, got in an indecisive kick off which the ball rolled into the net out of reach of the outstretched Gilfillan. Thus Aberdeen drew level. Half-time arrived immediately afterwards.
A GRUELLING PERIOD.The second half proved no less thrilling than the first. East Fife re-marshalled their forces, Wood (W.) going to outside left, Robertson to right back, and Barrett to centre half. Gilfillan was easily in action to a long shot by Cheyne, but East Fife were soon at the Aberdeen end, where, after Wood had centred, McSevich had to dive at Paterson's feet to avert disaster. Stoppages for injuries to players became fairly frequent, and the referee had to exercise a restraining influence. In the course of a sustained attack by East Fife, Nairn shot past a crowd of players for the ball to hit the foot of an upright, and Edward dashed in and cleared. At this stage Cheyne was crippled, and after receiving the trainer's attention changed places with Reid. For a time there was a tremendous duel between the home attack and the Aberdeen defence, and several shots were blocked and charged down in front of McSevich, who was being splendidly protected by his backs and Edward. The Aberdeen forwards again came into prominence, and off a pass by Love. Bruce had Gilfillan in difficulties. Later the home goalkeeper did well to clutch a dangerous header from Love, who jumped high to meet a centre by Reid. A ding-dong struggle continued, with East Fife responsible for most of the aggressive work. Jackson missed his kick and let Wood (J.) through, but the back recovered to prevent a shot. Wood, however, slipped the ball along in front of goal, and after several players had missed it Paterson ran it against the post. The Methil forwards, finely led by Wood and Weir, maintained a relentless attack, and Aberdeen's goal was repeatedly in jeopardy. McSevich fisted away from Weir, and Barrett and Wood (J.) both sent wide following scrimmages in front of McSevich. Near the close Aberdeen got back on attack, but an injury to Bruce further handicapped them, and Gilfillan was not troubled. The final whistle came as welcome relief to two tired and distressed elevens.
Source: Press & Journal, 7th February 1927