Source: The Scotsman, 5th December 1927
FORWARD FAILINGS.It was a hard, fast, and sternly contested game, which on the run of play Aberdeen might have won comfortably, but credit is due the Airdrieonians' defence for its splendid work, especially after being deprived of Skinner's services in the second half. Aberdeen accounted for about two-thirds of the attacking done in the game, but they were badly at fault in their finishing, and repeatedly the forwards were brushed aside by a resolute set of defenders. With both sets of half-backs excelling in spoiling tactics, many clever forward movements terminated abruptly, and with the forwards of both teams showing inaccuracy in their passing, the work of defenders was made easier than it appeared. Blackwell was safe in the Aberdeen goal, and although the backs were frequently in difficulties they did their work well. McHale was a great spoiler at centre-half, and Cosgrove and Lawson were smart at covering up, although neither was constructive. The forwards, who were tricky in mid-field, spoilt their good work by their poor finishing, and there was a tendency on the part of several to hang too long on the ball. This applied especially to Bruce, who was really the most prominent performer in the line.
STRONG AIRDRIE DEFENCE.The honours of the game went to the Airdrieonians' defence, especially Crapnell, McQueen, McDougall, and Bennie, who never faltered in the face of repeated onslaughts. They were finely backed up, too, by Russell, who proved himself a most serviceable and reliable goalkeeper. In a nippy attack that made ground fast, but, like that of Aberdeen, was none too effective near goal, Allison and Somerville were outstanding. Skinner shaped well at times, but was faulty in his passing, and was too closely attended by McHale to be really effective. There were quite a number of exciting incidents in the vicinity of both goals, and many shots were either blocked or charged down, but the game was not made noteworthy by the high standard of the play, and the majority of the 9000 spectators were not sorry when the end came.
Source: Press & Journal, 5th December 1927