Source: The Scotsman, 11th December 1911
PROGRESS OF PLAYAberdeen were early defending, and Greig fisted away from a corner before Gardner shot wildly past. This was followed by spirited runs by Steele and Elmore, but the latter's shooting was at fault. Raisbeck had a great drive, which pleased past the outside of the upright, and then at the other end McIntosh had a shot similarly directed. A hot pace was maintained, and with both sets of forwards opening up the game and nicely, the spectators were kept enthusiastic. Aberdeen opened the scoring. The whole forward line carried the ball along the field, and after the sphere had passed from Lennie to Wood and Main, Soye got possession, and returned to McIntosh, that player deftly turned it into the net. Aberdeen played sparkling football after this, and the Thistle goal had several narrow escapes, and likely shots from Soye, McIntosh, and Main just missed by short margins. After a time, Thistle came more into the game, and Greig effected some brilliant clearing. In a hot attack, Hume fisted the ball inside the penalty area. Greig saved Bulloch's shot, but accidentally threw the ball into the net, thinking he was put in it behind. After this, Thistle played strongly, and, although both goalkeepers were kept in the danger zone, the Aberdeen custodian had by far the more anxious time. Taking the ups and downs of the period, the half-time score flattered neither side.
A ONE_SIDED HALFThere was a different story to tell in the second period, when the Aberdeen defence were at their wits' end to keep out the eager Thistle team, this half-backs and forwards played a delightfully free game, which completely demoralised the opposition. Both the extreme and wingers repeatedly sent over ideal crosses, but weakness at close-quarters kept the score from rising. As it was, Greig had to fist away and field many dangerous balls before the first counting shot of the period came, while he had quite a long succession of goal kicks. Thistle's second goal came as the result of a cross from Steele. He sent well over the Aberdeen goalmouth, and Greig attempted to fist away, but could not reach the ball. Several Aberdeen heads also tried to clear, but failed, and the ball going to Coham, that player put it through. Maintaining the pressure, thistle overwhelm the Aberdeen defence, and it was all odds on their scoring again. Try as they might, the Aberdeen forwards could not resolve run, and it was a long time ere they were able to get over midfield. When the date, they muddled badly, and lacked a good leader. Main was repeatedly at fault in the centre, and seldom parted with the ball to the advantage of his colleagues. Partick's third and last goal came as the result of a scrimmage. The visiting defence blocked a shot from Coham, and before it could be cleared, Elmore had followed up and netted. Thistle finished the game with 10 men, Raisbeck having to be assisted off as the result of a leg injury. Aberdeen improved slightly in the closing stages, when, following a cross by Soye, Main sent wide. All over, the period was one sided. Aberdeen were mastered in every department, and were fortunate as not to suffer a heavier defeat.