Aberdeen did not play with their usual confidence. Under pressure the backs wavered and Yuill had not much chance with the shots that beat him. In consequence the half backs had to concentrate more on defence than attack. The forwards played fitfully, only Yorston appearing likely to score. The exchanges in the first half mainly favoured Hamilton Academicals, a goal headed by McLuckie giving the team confidence. The thrills, however, were all reserved for the second period. Three minutes after the restart Legge headed out a long ball from J. Wilson, and Moffat, getting possession, went on to score a splendid goal. Ten minutes later F. Wilson scored a third with a swerving shot, the ball spinning out of Yuill's hands into the net. Subsequently Aberdeen rallied, and twelve minutes from the finish Yorston opened their account, McLaren following with a second goal direct from a free kick. In an exciting finish Hamilton got a penalty award as already described.
Source: Glasgow Herald, 7th April 1930
Plucky Aberdeen Defence.Yuill was in action several times, while Cooper and Legge battled gamely against overwhelming odds. For once the Aberdeen wing halves were not holding their own with their respective wings, and McLaren was forced back on the defensive. Only on very rare occasions did the visitors threaten Gilmour's charge, but when Yorston rapped in a curling shot from a Love cross the 'keeper was lucky to be in position. Love nodded a Dickie corner on to the crossbar, and Yorston struck Gilmour's body. That finished the Aberdeen attack for a time, and Yuill did well to save at full length from Moffat twice and McLuckie. The Academicals on play fully deserved their interval lead.
Business Not Pleasure.After a painfully ineffective Aberdeen attack, Accies got going again, and Legge in attempting a clearance gave to Moffat, who promptly put the ball in the net. It was at this stage that the Dons seemed to realise that football was a business, not a pleasure, and Gilmour punched clear from Black and Hill. Another raid by Hamilton bore fruit, F. Wilson, from well in adding a third goal. When their position looked hopeless, Aberdeen began to play real football, and Yorston heat Watson for a bouncing ball, and with indescribable coolness, lifted it into the net. Once they had tasted blood the Dons thirsted for more, but it appeared to be all too late.
McLaren's Fine Goal.Still, Gilmour was lucky to reach a Yorston try in time, and when four minutes from the end McLaren scored with a rocket shot, things did not look so hopeless. Love just missed equalising with a header and then in an Accies' raid Cooper and Legge were pulled up for fouling D. Wilson. This was just on time, and J. Wilson had no difficulty in netting a fourth goal from the spot.
Source: Press & Journal, 7th April 1930