Hibernian might have led early in the game when Young missed his kick and Martin had to race out and drop on the ball with Johnstone rushing in. Then came a perfectly placed header from a Rodger cross. For the rest of the half the first-time tackling of the home defenders foiled the leading-up play of the Hibernian forwards and Martin was rarely tested. During this period Harris was off for eight minutes after having collided with Allister. A great shot by Allister almost put Aberdeen farther ahead shortly after the restart but immediately afterwards Hamilton cleverly prodded the ball into the net following a corner kick by Hather.. The attendance was 42,000 and the gross gate £4407.
Source: The Scotsman, 19th March 1953
Source: Match Programme 21st March 1953