Stiff Opposition by Third Lanark " A."Aberdeen started off in the new Scottish Alliance Shield competition by dividing two goals with Third Lanark A at Cathkin Park. The young "Warriors" made a bright beginning, Brown's shot cannoning off David for a comer. Then Cumming to dive full length to reach an angular shot from Kerr. When the men from the north did get going they played precise, neat football. Through David, Warnock. and Adam they kept the ball bobbing about in front of Sharp, but the forwards were slow to improve upon the wing men's crosses. A long-range effort from Armstrong went over the bar, and the Thirds, through Hanson and Kerr, again made contact with Cumming, who was beaten with the winger's shot which, fortunately for Aberdeen, struck the crossbar. McCulloch did the same thing, and it was a marvel that the Aberdeen goal survived this pressure. The Aberdeen attack made little headway against the home defence, and play generally veered towards Cumming, but there was a lack of snap in the finishing of the home attack. Mooney initiated a Dons' breakaway, but Adam duffed his shot when given a perfect chance. On another occasion, however, he brought out a great save from Thirds' young 'keeper.
Thirds Superior.There was no doubt about the superiority of Thirds when the game was resumed. They almost got a goal right away. Kerr's fine corner was headed in cleverly by McCulloch, and it was lucky for Aberdeen that Cumming was on the spot to clutch and clear. The retort of the Dons was equally sharp, and Adam looked like getting through, but hesitated in front of goal. Curiously enough, Aberdeen played better against the wind, and Armstrong and Johnstone were dangerous raiders. In twenty minutes Aberdeen got the leading goal. They were awarded a free kick against Lennie. Johnstone squared across the goal, and despite Denmark's intervention Robertson beat Sharp easily. Just when it looked as if Aberdeen A were going to win the day Thirds rallied and obtained the equaliser. Brown crossed and McCulloch rushed in to get the ball past Cumming, who had played a splendid game throughout.
Source: Press & Journal, 9th January 1933