The resuscitated competition for the Dewar Shield concluded at Pittodrie Park yesterday, when the Aberdeen became the winners of the trophy defeating Falkirk in the final stage by two goals to nothing. This competition is restricted to the county cup winners of Aberdeenshire, Forfarshire, Perthshire, and Stirlingshire. In the penultimate stage Aberdeen accounted for St Johnstone, and Falkirk inflicted upon Dundee the only defeat sustained by the latter this season.
Yesterday's game was well contested, and brought out all the qualities of competitive football. Not at any stage of the game could it be said that one team held a decided superiority over the other, and from start to finish end to end raids were the order. Both clubs treated the match seriously by turning out their strongest available teams. In the case of Falkirk Gallacher, their latest acquisition, was a notable absentee for business reasons, and a chance was given to Cowie, a native of Buckie, who has been doing well with the Brockville team.
The first period of the game proved the teams to be evenly matched, and the only goal, which fell to Aberdeen, was due to a fine bit of opportunism by Reid, who clinched some good combined work by sending home from close range.
In the second half, as in the first, the teams were evenly matched, but there was always a suggestion of more danger in the work of the Aberdeen attack. This was capped by another goal, also scored by Reid from a pass by R. Bruce, after clever team work. Until the finish the match was keenly contested, both goals being visited, but Aberdeen were always the more aggressive. But for splendid defence work they would have increased their lead. Falkirk were well served by a strong defence, in which Ferguson, Cowie, and Gowdy were always prominent. In attack Hunter, Cox, and Paterson were the pick. On the Aberdeen side changes worked for greater harmony. Hutton was the best back afield, and in a strong halfback line there was little to choose between Cosgrove, Edward, and MacLachlan. In attack R. Bruce, Reid, and McDermid were most prominent. There were 6000 spectators.
Source: Press & Journal, 7th October 1926