Source: The Scotsman, 28th March 1927
A GOALKEEPER'S PART.If either team should have won it was Aberdeen. They accounted for by far the greater amount of attacking, but their shooting was very badly directed. Neither defence was as sound as it might have been. Dempster, in the United goal, had much more to do than McSevich, and apart from a tendency to fist the ball upwards instead of outwards, came well out the game, indeed he did more than any other member of his team to save a point for the visitors. Kay was the better back, and Bauld showed cleverness at left half, although Walker, as pivot, got through some good defensive work. Forward. Meagher and McDonald were the only two to take the eye. McSevich in the Aberdeen goal had one or two smart saves, but it was an indecisive clearance by him that preceded the visitors' second goal. Jackson was the better back, and McHale and McDermid were prominent in the intermediate line. Cheyne and Bruce (R.) were the best of the home forwards, all of whom were weak when it came to finishing. MacFarlane, the reserve team centre-forward, who made his first appearance In the League eleven, did not make an auspicious debut, but did not get much assistance from his colleagues.
TALE OF TWO PENALTIES.MacFarlane might have given Aberdeen an early lead, but he failed to get his boot properly behind Smith's ground pass, and Dempster easily stopped the centre forward's slow shot. Almost on their first run up United, too, ought to have scored when Bruce (D.) missed his kick, but the situation found Simpson unprepared. In another United raid, McSevich fielded smartly from McDonald, and at the other end MacFarlane again failed to get in a decisive shot when he found himself well placed. Following warm exchanges in front of the United goal, Reid had a shot, and Aberdeen claimed that the ball was over the line before Dempster cleared, but the appeal was turned down. Play ruled greatly in favour of Aberdeen, and the lead was deserved when Reid netted with a penalty kick after Kay was held to have illegally charged MacFarlane. United retaliated in spirited fashion, and only a timely clearance by Bruce (D) saved the situation when Henderson had the Aberdeen goal at his mercy. United were only five minutes in arrears, as Jackson, while covering McSevich in the act clearing, was adjudged to have fouled Henderson in the penalty area, and Walker equalised from the spot. After a spell of end-to-end play, the exchanges again veered in favour of Aberdeen. MacFarlane lost a good chance by failing to gather a pass from the right. Henderson almost counted with a back-heeled effort for the United, but until the interval Aberdeen had the better of the exchanges, indifferent finishing accounting for their not being on the lead.
WEAK FINISHING.A shot by Cheyne had the United defence in a tangle after Dempster had fisted into the air following the resumption of play, but the danger was stalled off. Subsequently Smith shot wide with only Dempster in front, but later the Aberdeen left winger had a fine effort stopped by the goalkeeper when several yards out of his charge. Aberdeen maintained the offensive, and after MacFarlane had lifted high over from a pass from Smith, Dempster did well to stop a 'cute turn-in by the Aberdeen centre forward. United took the lead at a time when they appeared more likely to fall into arrears. McDonald got away to send in a high ball, which McSevich deflected to the right, and after another try had been blocked, Meagher netted from close in. Aberdeen equalised immediately, Cheyne scoring with a deliberate shot from the penalty line. Apart from occasional breaks-away by the United, Aberdeen were nearly always attacking afterwards, but although the forwards had many shots these were mostly off the mark. On several occasions, however, Dempster effected several smart saves, notably one from a shot by Smith, when the goalkeeper threw himself at the foot of the post to deflect the ball for a corner.
Source: Press & Journal, 28th March 1927