Quick ScoringTen minutes later Kiddie had the Dons on the lead once more with a great goal, and Aitken levelled matters shortly afterwards with a very cute header. The teams changed over for extra time with the score 2-2. A minute after the start the extra half-hour Clapperton gave Airdrie the lead for the first time. He crossed a high ball, but Johnstone apparently misjudged it, and it went into the corner of the net. Once more, however, Williams got the equaliser for Aberdeen. Then came the climax. Baird headed the ball goalwards. Brown, the Airdrie 'keeper, was out and in an effort to prevent the ball entering the net the right back punched it over the bar. From the resultant penalty Baird made mistake to put the Dons ahead once more. Then with only a minute to go Kiddie scored the greatest goal of the eight. Getting possession well out he raced ahead, rounded Hadden, and drew Brown to place in the net. it was in the extra period that Aberdeen's superiority was greatest. Airdrie lost their bite, the half-backs failed to keep their grip on the Aberdeen attack, and the backs were overworked. Aberdeen, on the whole, were good and worthy winners. Aberdeen were without Hamilton and Taylor. Cowie was introduced at right-half, Waddell at left-half, and Strauss at outside-left. McCall was at inside-right, and Baird at inside-left. Airdrie were without Picken and Peden. Johnstone, in the Aberdeen goal, had many smart and effective clearances, but there were times when he did not altogether inspire confidence. No back on the field compared with the veteran Cooper. What a back! McKenna was erratic and did not time the ball well. Cowie was the outstanding half-back on view. He fitted into the right-half position as if he had played there all his career. Dunlop subdued Aitken to such extent that Scotland's leading goalscorer was shifted to inside-right in the extra period, yet there were times when Dunlop was uncertain in going for the ball. Waddell more than paid way left-half.
Brennan's BogeyOnce more the duels between the diminutive Williams and the giant Brennan were always interesting and keen, with honours fairly even. The little centre was always up and kept Brennan guessing the whole game. Baird was the best inside forward, but in the second half of the ninety minutes' play he seemed to tire. McCall was clever on the ball and distributed well, but his lack of height and weight was against him. Both Strauss and Kiddie had a grand game. The Springbok put life and bite into the Aberdeen attack. Kiddie's play at times resembled Alex. Jackson at his best. For Airdrie Brown could not be blamed for the defeat. Brennan enhanced his reputation, and forward the honours went to Aitken, McCulloch, and Watson.
Source: Press & Journal, 1st May 1946