A draw of one goal each was the outcome of a strenuous struggle between Aberdeen and Airdrieonians at Broomfield Park, Airdrie, on Saturday. The game was witnessed by over 7000 spectators, the largest crowd that has seen Aberdeen perform at Airdrie, and these for the most part, if it did not see a brilliant exposition of football, had no lack of material to enthuse over. There were many exciting incidents in the game. Victory might quite easily have gone to either side, both had it in the hollow of their hand, and both let the opportunities slip. Considering the circumstances and the run of play, a draw was quite a fair decision, and should be satisfactory to both sides. In the first half the Airdrieonians did the greater part of the pressing, but lost several favourable chances of scoring by reckless shooting. In the second half Aberdeen had easily the better of the exchange's, but they encountered a defence which, if not brilliant, possessed that estimable quality of dourness which is so indispensable on the football field. Airdrie opened the scoring after 20 minutes play. From a free-kick given against Davidson, McFie gave to Donaldson, who beat king with a lovely drive, the ball glancing into the net from the off goalpost. Aberdeen were not long and equalizing. Lennie carried the ball nicely up the field, and, crossing to Main, that player gave cleverly to Travers, who beat Brown in neat style. The teams were on level terms at the interval.
In the second period Aberdeen attacked with great vigour, but they failed at close quarters. Brown got rid of two high balls from Lennie, and Davidson had the best shot of the match, which hit the crossbar. Aberdeen, however, could not score, and, as it was, came near to being in the leeway. Reid burst clean through, and King effected a wonderful clearance. Aberdeen had one good chance to score. Main hesitated in front of goal and lost the ball, but Lennie, getting possession when very favourably placed, sent weakly behind. In the last minute the Aberdeen goalkeeper saved his side from certain defeat. Thomson beat all opposition, and a yard from goal he shot for King to anticipate him and effected a sensational clearance. Thus ended a game which lacked in good football, but was brimful of exciting incidents.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 14th October 1912