Source: The Scotsman, 15th March 1926
MOTHERWELL FORCE PACE.A strong variable wind from the west proved very disconcerting to Aberdeen in the first half, when they had to face it. Naturally enough, Motherwell forced the pace with such a factor in their favour, and only a resolute defence, in which Hutton, Ritchie, and Pirie stood out prominently, staved off disaster. The home team were the first to press, however, but both Smith and Reid failed at the critical moment. Then Ritchie popped out his foot opportunely to kick clear a dangerous cross from Ferrier, which Tennant was waiting to turn towards Blackwell. Pirie let Smith and McDermid away on several occasions, but Craig and the two backs were keeping too close a watch on Doolan to allow of the latter getting in an effective shot. Ferrier was being well plied with the ball by Stevenson at this stage, but Hutton did not give the winger over much rope, and Jock's hefty and accurate punting was a feature of the game at this stage. Blackwell judged to perfection a neat centre by Ferrier, and just ran out in time to thwart the onrushing Tennant. Doolan neatly eluded Frame from a cross by Reid, but the back made a marvellous recovery and blocked the centre's shot. It was obvious that the visitors had a better understanding between themselves than the Aberdeen players, and the neat touches from half-back to forward and vice versa which marked their play was missing from the homesters' display. Fecklessness in the goalmouth, however, was the besetting sin of both sets of forwards. First Ferrier sent over from close in, then Tenant did the same on two occasions, while at the other end both McDermid and Jackson sinned in similar fashion. Smith almost made amends for home failures with a fierce point-blank drive which McClory was extremely fortunate to be in the way of. In the closing stages of the half McDermid headed narrowly over off a cross from Reid. At the interval neither side had scored.
A NARROW ESCAPE.A period of strong Aberdeen pressure marked the resumption, and McClory was early called on by Reid, who forced the keeper to concede a corner. Had Doolan been a shade faster he would have beat McClory for a rising ball from the right, but the keeper got there first. The Aberdeen halves, with the exception of Pirie, were keeping the ball too high, a fault which the inside forwards were also imitating, with the result that Doolan was having no chance against the big and hefty Motherwell defenders. He might have done better on several occasions than he did, however, and slowness and weak ball control were his main faults. Tenant got clear away, but could only shoot weakly past owing to the pressing attentions of Hutton and Ritchie. Reid and McDermid had good chances to give Aberdeen the lead, but delay in each case let a defender in to clear. Twice off corners Frame kicked and headed clear from the goal line with McClory beaten, and then Motherwell almost opened their account when Hutton missed a cross from McCafferty with his head, and Tennant all but beat Blackwell with a neatly placed header. The custodian threw himself at the ball, and just smothered it in time. Reid gave the home team their winning goal by ramming home a fierce drive from close in after his first effort had been blocked by Frame. This brightened matters up, and both sides pressed in turn, McDermid and Smith having hard lines at one end, and Tennant and Stevenson at the other.
Source: Press & Journal, 15th March 1926