Source: The Scotsman, 31st October 1927
HOW THE GAME WENT.Aberdeen were at a slight disadvantage with sun and breeze in the opening half, but they were first to be dangerous, Love and Cheyne having a promising movement negatived by Steele. In a raid by the home forwards Nicholson centred behind and at the other end Page ran out and fielded from Love, with Smith rushing in upon him. Following this, Cosgrove from long range shot over, with Page out of his goal. A corner kick availed the home team nothing. End-to-end play followed for a time. Love and Nicholson centring behind, but Aberdeen were unfortunate when, following a smart run and cross by Smith, Cheyne just missed the home goal with a fast ground shot. Aberdeen maintained a brisk attack, but resolute defence kept them out, and several likely shots were charged down. Following a free kick for hands by Jackson, the Aberdeen goal had a narrow escape, Main's header going inches wide. Bruce was inches off with a shot at Page's end, and following clever wing play by Smith and Love, Yorston was just off the mark with a shot. Ultimately St Johnstone shook off the pressure, and following a corner, Blackwell brought off a smart save from McBain (N.). Later, McDermid lost possession, and McBain (L.) got through to shoot against the outside of the net. Aberdeen again took up the attack, and after Bruce had wriggled through to run the ball over, Yorston was inches off with a shot from the left. An effort by Love was cleverly saved by Page, and at the other end McDermid dispossessed the home centre forward in the act shooting. Bruce let Smith away, and the winger finished with a tremendous shot which Page knocked down and cleared. At the other end McBain all but scored with a header from Gavigan's centre.
A DECISION REVERSED.Following this Yorston netted for Aberdeen, but Smith had returned the ball from beyond the goal line and no count was registered. Towards the interval, the exchanges were particularly lively. A free kick for an illegal charge gave Blackwell relief when he was beset by opponents, and Cheyne was inches off with a shot at Page's end. Close on half-time Gavigan sent over a lightning centre, which McDermid breasted behind, and the referee thinking the Aberdeen captain had handled awarded a penalty kick to St Johnstone. Aberdeen protested, and after the official had consulted the linesmen he altered his decision, and gave a corner kick, the ball being cleared, so that there was no scoring up to the interval.
ALL-IMPORTANT GOAL.Blackwell had to save from Gavigan on the resumption, and later McBain (L.) shot wide. Aberdeen were confined to defence for a time, but they were showing up well, and little of a dangerous nature reached Blackwell. An effort by Imrie from long range soared high over. Smith broke away for Aberdeen, but after cutting close in he passed to an opponent. He made partial amends on his next raid, however, when he finished with a terrific shot that grazed Page's crossbar. After ten minutes' play St Johnstone obtained the only goal of the game. Lochhead lobbed the ball in front of the Aberdeen goal, and a defender's return sent the ball to Stevenson, who transferred to McBain (L.), and the latter netted from close range. St Johnstone played better after this success, and McBain (L.). and Main were a trifle wide with good shots. At the other end, Cheyne had a terrific shot blocked by Jamieson, and Page fielded from Cosgrove. Later, Cheyne shot against the crossbar, but in any case was ruled offside. Bruce had a shot charged down, and Jamieson deflected an effort by Love that might have beaten Page. Aberdeen were maintaining a determined attack, and a great shot by Bruce was headed out by McBain (N.). Later, Love just missed the goal with a cross shot. Nicholson broke away for the Perth team, and Blackwell did well to stop McBain's (L.) header at the foot of the post. Love next gave Cheyne a chance, but he missed the goal, and following this Jamieson cleared after Page had knocked down a fierce shot by the Aberdeen right winger.
ABERDEEN HANDICAPPED.Livingstone was injured in a tackle with Stevenson, and after being treated made an effort to continue, but ultimately had to retire, and Aberdeen played with ten men during the last quarter of an hour. Stevenson had a great shot saved by Blackwell, and following this, Aberdeen monopolised the attacking. Jamieson was injured, but was quickly able to resume. McDermid endeavoured to force the game for Aberdeen, and shot over after fine passing with Smith. Aberdeen crowded all sail on attack in the closing stages, but they could not break down the St Johnstone defence, and for the first time this season failed to score in a league match.
Source: Press & Journal, 31st October 1927