At Pittodrie on Saturday, Aberdeen sustained their first Scottish League defeat at home since January 10, Hibernian gaining the verdict by 2 goals to 1. There were only about 4000 spectators, and they were retailed with and an interesting exhibition of football. The conditions were not that all suitable for accurate play, the pitch being sodden after heavy rain, and a strong across breeze prevailed. Aberdeen were without Colman and Travers, and Hibernian lacked Paterson, Hendren, and Smith of their cup-tie eleven. In the first half Aberdeen had much the better of the exchange's, but they were palpable eight weak in front of goal, although it must be said they were opposed to a sterling defence. Allan, Girdwood, and Templeton were brilliant on many occasions, and gave the home attack few loopholes. After 35 minutes and following upon good work with Walker, McLeod opened the scoring for Aberdeen. Aided by the breeze, Aberdeen maintained a brisk attack, but they were well held at close quarters. There was no further scoring up till the interval and, considering the breeze they were called upon to face in the second half, the home team's lead did not appear commanding.
The second half opened in favour of the home team, but the rear trio of the visitors easily held the opposing attack in check. After 15 minutes, Reid, following up a shot by Wilson, dispossessed Greig, who was out of his goal, and put through the equaliser. 2 minutes only had elapsed before read again followed up a long shot, and this time as possessing Greig on the goal line, gave the visitors the lead. For a time Hibernian shaped like increasing their lead, but Aberdeen came away strongly before the end, when several fruitless corners fell to their lot. The Edinburgh defence triumphed, however, and Aberdeen were beaten on their merits in what was one of the poorest of the many poor games seen at Pittodrie this season.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 23rd March 1914