By a goal scored in the first five minutes by W. K. Jackson, Aberdeen's latest acquisition, the Aberdeen reserves qualified for the semi-final round of the Scottish Second XI. Cup competition at the expense of Hearts "A" at Pittodrie Park, Aberdeen, on Saturday. Only by their second half display, however, did they merit a win, for Hearts had much the better of the exchanges in the first half. They played much the better football in this period, and the Aberdeen goal had a series of miraculous escapes. Midway through the game the home team were lucky to be ahead. They more than made up the leeway in the second half, however, despite the fact that they played minus the services of Edwards, Grant falling back to the right half position, and filling the berth successfully. Seldom did Hearts look like scoring in this half, for Aberdeen were almost constantly in the vicinity of Gilfillan. The pressure, however, brought out the best that was in Crossan and Wilson, and those two old stagers gave a superb display of defensive work. They were a big stumbling block in the path of the Aberdeen forwards, for they covered up beautifully, leaving few openings. Nevertheless, Gilfillan had to save several testing shots from Bruce, Pirie, Forbes, and Jackson.
Source: Press & Journal, 16th March 1925