The Weak Link.The weak link in the Aberdeen rear trio was Cooper. This position will have to be strengthened before the Raith Rovers and Rangers matches. The Aberdeen mid-line played up to form, both Hill and Black doing much to help the attack. McLaren was a tour (sic) of strength in defence. The shining lights to the attack were Cheyne and Love, although the latter was injured in the second half. The strong men in the Airdrie defence were Crapnell, McQueen, and Sharp, while on the offensive none did better than McDonald, Dougall, and Skinner.
Missed Chances.In the opening minutes of the game Aberdeen missed three fine chances of gaining an early lead. The three sinners were in order Cheyne, Smith, and Yorston. In a burst through, Skinner forced a corner off Legge, but nothing came of it. Neither team revealed match-winning form, but Airdrie missed a good chance when for five minutes they had the home defence in a tangle. The Aberdeen backs recovered, and play was soon taken to the other end where a snap shot by Yorston missed by inches. Twenty minutes after the start Aberdeen took the lead. Patterson and Yorston both made for a shot by Cheyne; neither got it, and the ball travelled into the net. The play of the home attack improved after this and Patterson held from Smith. Little was seen of the Airdrie attack for a time, and Patterson and his two backs were kept busy.
One for Airdrie.With thirty minutes gone Aberdeen lost their lead. In a burst through, Skinner evaded Cooper and ran on to beat Yuill with an oblique shot. Somewhat stimulated with this success the visitors were seen to better advantage, and Yuill was called on to save from Preston. Smith dashed off on the home left but sent wide, and a minute later Patterson held a close range effort from Love. Smith and Yorston had commendable tries, and at the other end, Yuill save at full length from Somerville.
Goal for Love.Just on the interval McDermid got away on the left, and from his pass Patterson only managed to deflect Yorston?s shot with his foot, and Love lying handy dashed in to plant the ball in the roof of the net. Airdrie attacked on the resumption, and Legge was prominent in the home defence. Aberdeen had resumed without Love, but he returned to the fray limping. The game at this stage was not of a very interesting nature, neither attack showing much pep. For a time Airdrieonians held a slight advantage, but they lacked a really effective marksman. Aberdeen gradually took matters in hand again, and Patterson saved from Love, and Yorston with header struck the crossbar. Yorston atoned for a missed chance, when, after seventeen minutes, he netted off a pass from the left. With a two goals lead the home team played with more confidence, but the attack never touched the previous week?s form.
Visitors Rally.Airdrie rallied and Yuill did well to save at full length from Somerville. A minute later the Aberdeen keeper held efforts from McDougall and McDonald. The homesters threw off the pressure and Cheyne sent over from close range. Yorston looked well set for a goal when going through on his own, but Sharp intervened. The visitors? attack got going again, and only good work on the part of Legge and McLaren kept them at bay. When they were in action Aberdeen was the more dangerous attack, and near the finish Patterson distinguished himself with a brilliant save from Yorston.
Source: Press & Journal, 13th January 1930