Source: The Scotsman, 14th April 1925
Queen's LivelyQueen's were a lively lot. The forwards executed a delightful combined movement. Forsyth went in to tackle Gillespie, but the centre opened his legs and allowed the ball to run to Moreland. The latter was presented with a tempting target, but his shot was a mills-and-water affair. Several times Queen's broke down in front of the Aberdeen goal. The amateurs second count, at the end of half-an-hour, appeared offside. All the players, including Gillespie, halted for a fraction of a second, evidently expecting the referee to signal offside, but the official made no signal, and Gillespie ran forward and drove a low ball, which got in at the foot of Blackwell's right-hand post, the keeper evidently having been taken off his guard to some extent by dubiety as to whether or not Gillespie was in play. This lucky point put Queen's on their toes. They played with coolness and skill, and Aberdeen were very fortunate when a swinging drive beat Blackwell all ends up, and the ball caught the foot of the post and came out. Then Nicholson smashed one against the side netting, while Moreland missed a glorious chance under the bar when he drove straight at the custodian. Aberdeen did not lose their heads under the pressure, and they got their reward near half-time. Alec Jackson went sailing round two men like a yacht round a buoy. He cut the ball in for Bruce, but the latter ran past. Fortunately, Smith was following up, and the left winger drove a magnificent ball into the net. On play, Queen's deserved to lead at the interval, though the second goal was open to question. Heavy rain was falling when the teams turned round. Play did not slacken, however. Aberdeen opened proceedings with a drive from W. K. Jackson, then Crawford went tearing away on the right, but Forsyth attended to the centre. Aberdeen, tough pressing most, were a bit muddled in the middle. The three inside men were apt to get tangled when the obvious policy was to play the wings. Smith had two wonderful tries to equalise. The first was saved by Gibbs, and the second was only inches wide. Queen's defence was wilting, but they came through alright.
A Double SensationThen came a double sensation. Nicholson ran away on Queen's left, and his centre gave R. Gillespie another easy job of registering his third goal. A fourth followed from the same player. He cleverly eluded Bruce, and drove home a beauty. Aberdeen fought back desperately, and deserved a goal, but they had to retire decisively beaten. Queen's deserved their win. They were far superior in attack, in which department Aberdeen were woefully weak, apart from the wings. A. Jackson and Smith escape criticism, but the three inside men showed little cohesion or any great individual ability. Aberdeen were also poor at half-back. MacLachlan did well, but Edwards and Hutton were very moderate. Hutton did not seem suited for the role; at any rate Bob Gillespie got far too much freedom, and enjoyed a day's shooting such as he never has had this season. Aberdeen's defence was satisfactory. Queen's were sound in all parts, though Frank Gillespie was fluky at centre-half. The victory occasioned great jubilation among Queen's Park supporters. Aberdeen must beat Motherwell on Saturday week to make sure of a place in the First Division.
Source: Press & Journal, 14th April 1925