Source: The Scotsman, 9th December 1929
Outstanding Features.Two features the game stood out - the fast, accurate passing of the home forwards and the strong, determined defence offered by the goalkeeper and backs of Hibernian. Against a less redoubtable trio the Aberdeen attack must have scored several more goals. As it was, the finishing of the home forwards was not up to the standard of their outfield work. Aberdeen held a big advantage at forward and half-back, and this proved the deciding factor in the game.
Cheyne In Form.On the home side Cheyne, who scored direct from the corner flag, was in brilliant form his swerving movements often bewildering the opposition. McDermid was ever prominent with forceful leading up work and Love, who got his thirteenth goal of the season, was in deadly form. Yorston, although failing to get his usual goal, showed admirable distribution and accomplished many clever things but experienced bad luck near goal, for which he made many good attempts. Smith alone was not seen to advantage. Black, McLaren, and Hill were a powerful half-back trio who ably backed their forwards, and the first also shone with sterling defensive play. Livingstone and Legge were a reliable pair of backs and Yuill's goalkeeping left nothing to be desired.
Best For Hibernian.For Hibeenian, Robb gave his usual display and effected a number of brilliant saves. He was splendidly supported by Wilkinson and Urquhart, who never wavered in face of the terrific onslaughts of the Aberdeen forwards and did as well as any back combination seen at Pittodrie this season. Dick was the best of a moderate half-back line. In attack, the visitors were well served by Brown - easily their best forward - and the veteran McColl, who shaped finely at outside right.
Run of the Play.Despite the fact, that they were set to face a strong breeze in the first half, Aberdeen made the running from the start, and for the first ten minutes Hibernian were kept entirely on the defensive. The visitors' goal was in constant danger, and ran a very narrow escape when Yorston got, through to send between Urquhart's legs but Robb was on the spot. Cheyne missed a chance soon afterwards when failing to collect a Love pass. Hibs made their initial attack, and, following a corner, Yuill saved from Robson. The home attack swept to the other end, and Robb punched over a smart effort by Smith, he was again in action a minute later to a splendid shot by Cheyne.
Aberdeen on Top.Although the Edinburgh side improved as the game advanced, Aberdeen still had the better of maters, and visitors' defence had a gruelling time. McLarcn shot over, and in a Hibs.' rally Yuill had difficulty in getting rid of a dangerous cross from Bradley. The citadel was again in danger when Yuill had to go to full length to a pass back from McLaren. A smart movement by Smith, Love, and Yorston resulted in the last named just missing with a surprise shot. A brisk raid by the visitors almost bore fruit, Yuill holding a header from Bradley at close range. Aberdeen kept up a persistent attack, in which Cheyne was the leading spirit. Prior to the interval the Hibernian goal had a narrow escape, Robb failing to get hold of the ball in a goalmouth scrimmage, it went to Hill but the home half-back smashed it over. Cheyne headed wide immediately after, following clever play by McDermid, and at the other end Yuill did well to clear a shot from McColl.
Cheyne's Feat.Aberdeen resumed the second period briskly, and within the first five minutes something of a sensation was created. A cornet was forced on the right, and Cheyne taking the kick emulated his Hampden Park feat by scoring direct. Immediately afterwards the home inside-right almost repeated the performance, Robb just managing to punch the ball over the top. Aberdeen were playing very convincingly at this stage. Yorston had a shot blocked, and before the ball could be cleared Love dashed in to score a second goal.
Hibernian Miss.The visitors were by no means a spent force, and the Aberdeen goal ran a narrow escape when Dobson got there to send against the keeper. Play once more swept to the other end, where Smith shot weakly when he might have done better. Cheyne took the eye with a dangerous oblique shot, and a minute later a terrific shot by the same player was inches high. Following a flag-kick by Smith, Robb saved fine tries by McLaren and Yorston. Subsequently Hibernian pressed, but could not get to close quarters. Cheyne was in his best form, and in another home raid had two shots which might have counted. Towards the end the Hibs defence was stretched to breaking point, but succeeded in holding out.
Source: Press & Journal, 9th December 1929