Source: The Scotsman, 27th October 1913
AN EARLY REVERSEAberdeen started off as if they were to carry all before them. In the opening minutes Low had a great shot which hit the upright, and then after a corner Wilson sent over. Almost immediately the visitors' right broke away. Middleton beat Low and Hume, and crossed to Phillips, who beat Greig with ahead effort. After this Aberdeen attacked the term and lee. Travers just failed to improve upon a cross by Green, and McLeod had two good shots, one of which woods tipped over the bar for a corner. On another occasion travers was dribbling through when he appeared to be tipped in the penalty area, but the referee ignored the claim for a penalty. A smart piece of play by Main and McLeod allowed the latter to equalise with a great effort. Woods stopped the ball, but there was such force behind it that he failed to keep it from the net. Incursions by Gray, Phillips, and Middleton gave the Aberdeen defence considerable trouble, but Aberdeen were the aggressors for the most part. McLeod and Travers both had creditable efforts at scoring, but the forwards showed a tendency to get bunched up and to hesitate when near goal. Just on the interval Aberdeen got a corner. The ball was well placed by Soye, and Wyllie, brushing aside the opposition, headed through the leading goal.
FORWARD WEAKNESSWithin 5 minutes of the resumption Ayr were on level terms. Gray broke away and crossed in front of goal. Greig got the ball but palmed it to Phillips' feet, and that player promptly netted. Aberdeen were demoralised for a time following this reverse, but they gradually pull themselves together. Green twice sent in shots which nearly took effect and he sent the ball from the wing across an open goal, and Travers had two efforts, which just missed. Hard as Aberdeen attacked, the Ayr defence held out, the play of McStay being especially strong. Repeated failures after being in scoring position, coupled with the sarcasm of the crowd, appeared to pall on the home players. Near the end, Ayr came away strongly, and it was only some brilliant defensive play by Colman and Wyllie that prevented the winning goal from being registered. A disappointing game ended - Aberdeen, 2 move goals; Ayr united, 2.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 27th October 1913