Having previously beat in Dundee on three occasions this season, Aberdeen's heavy fall came like a thunderbolt to supporters of the Pittodrie team. Truth to tell, they were deservedly beaten, yet half the score would better have represented the run of play. They played in promising style at the start, and although Greig was not without his troublesome moments, it looked as if the visitors would open the scoring; but all those several likely, if difficult, chances came their way, they failed badly. They were clever and finished in the outfield, but at close quarters were completely out of the picture. The actual turning point in the game came about 20 minutes after the start. A double mistake by Aitken and Ferguson allowed Walker through with only Lyall to beat. Instead of steadying himself, the Pittodrie inside right drove first time from the penalty line, and the ball whizzing past the outside of the upright, the chance was lost. Just previous to this the same player, from a great cross by Lennie, had a header which missed the goal by the bee rest margin. Aberdeen's deterioration dated from the first-mentioned incident; they fell badly out of the picture. Dundee frequently made inrushes on Greig's goal, and, with the defence none too sure, it was not surprising that the homesters should have opened the scoring. The point came in easy-like fashion. Bellamy, who had been repeatedly threatening danger, send over to the centre, and Langlands rushing in headed the ball over Greig's head. Shortly afterwards in clearing a shot Greig kicked the ball against Hamilton, and it rebounded against the post and was cleared. After the seascape Aberdeen improved slightly, but, although they applied pressure, they did not look like getting level, and were deservedly a goal down at the interval.
Few were prepared for the sensational turn the game took in the second half. At the start Aberdeen swarmed in Lyall's vicinity, but they were singularly ineffective at close quarters, with the result that the goalkeeper had an easy time. After 10 minutes Dundee paid their first visit of the period to Greig and scored. Bellamy getting the ball and good position gave Greig no chance, and Dundee were two up. This goal appeared to have a demoralizing effect on Aberdeen, and subsequently the side went to pieces. Time and again the half backs and backs were circumvented, and when Wyllie put Dundee three a head from a brilliant cross by Bellamy, Aberdeen were beaten to the world. A short time afterwards, and following upon good clearing by Greig, Dundee got a fourth goal. There was a free-kick near the penalty line, an brilliant manoeuvring so Bellamy crash the ball into the net. Dundee were easily the superior side after this, and Aberdeen's efforts to get through one of the spasmodic and half-hearted order. The later stages of the game were marred by foul tactics on the part of both sides, and the referee had occasion to warn several players. The home victory created great enthusiasm among the Dundee Club's supporters, who welcomed their team's return to form.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 15th January 1912