About 5000 spectators were present at Princess Royal Park, Banff, last night, when Aberdeen played Banff, whose ranks were strengthened by the inclusion of several Aberdeen juniors. For the most part the game was in the nature of an exhibition by the Aberdeen side.
Within a few minutes of the start, Aberdeen were one up, Russell placing the ball through his own goal in an attempt to clear. Aberdeen thereafter settled down to an exhibition game, and MacLachlan tested Cormack with two fine drives, which the goalkeeper did well to clear. Reid added the second goal, but was adjudged offside. Banff thereafter got a little more of the play, but, through a miskick by a Banff defender, Smith got through to beat Cormack.
Legge had a great chance of reducing the leeway, but shot into Blackwell's hands from few yards out. Reid succeeded in eluding the Banff defence, and a goal seemed sure, when Cormack ran out and cleared. Immediately after Reid beat the goalkeeper with an unsaveable shot. Brown next tested Blackwell, but shortly afterwards McDermid added No. 4 off a cross from Smith. A. Cormack tried a long shot, which Blackwell cleared. He then got another from Scott, who a second or two later sent over the bar when well placed. Towards the close of the half, after a spell of Aberdeen pressure, Legge had hard lines with a first-timer that brought Blackwell to his knees.
On resuming, Hutton took up the centre-forward position, and at once tested Cormack from about midfield. Aberdeen indulged in tricky play and long-range shooting. Scott got off and had a splendid parting shot, which Blackwell cleared with difficulty. Hutton got through on his own, but struck the upright, the ball rebounding into play. After a spell of pressure Duff Bruce put his team five ahead and shortly afterwards Hutton brought the total up to six. About ten minutes from time Scott got through the Aberdeen defence and scored a well-taken goal. >
The gate amounted to £50, a record for Banff.
Source: Press & Journal, 22nd April 1926