Source: Glasgow Herald, 3rd January 1929
Impromptu Changes.McLaren took Yuill's place in goal, and although unorthodox, brought off many clever saves. McDermid dropped back to the centre-half position, and Smith was left sole possessor of the left flank. On the slippery and treacherous ground Jackson and Livingstone were a sound pair of backs, while the mid-line, despite the fact that it had to be rearranged, as a whole played up well after they had adapted themselves to the conditions. Although Hearts did most of the pressing, the Aberdeen attack was always more dangerous. The outstanding men in this department the team were Smith, Yorston, and Wilson.
Luck of The Hearts.Hearts were lucky to collect both points and it was only in the last few minutes of the game that they managed to snatch the winning goal. Although sound in defence they were weak in attack, their forwards lacking punch in the goalmouth. The home team were best served by King, Shaw, Smith, G. Miller and Murray.
The Run of the Play,After a brisk opening by Hearts Smith got away on the Aberdeen left, but the home defence was sound. Play was quickly transferred to the other end where Yuill held a good effort by Smith. Shortly afterwards smart work on the home left wing resulted in A. Miller heading weakly over. At this stage Yuill had to retire. With ten men Aberdeen took the lead. Falloon got away on the right and crossed accurately for Yorston to head into the net. Hearts attacked with renewed vigour and Smith with a fast grounder soon put them on level terms. Hearts kept up the pressure and Aberdeen were kept mainly on the defensive. Close on the interval Aberdeen again took the lead; a shot by Falloon rebounding off the post into the net.
Hearts' Late Goal.On the resumption Hearts once more assumed the role of aggressors, and McLaren held good efforts from G. Miller and Smith. Aberdeen were seldom out of their own half of the field, but when they did get going they were always dangerous. The Aberdeen goal ran a narrow escape when a header by A. Miller struck the crossbar, and McLaren a minute later had to deal with a shot from G. Miller. Aberdeen broke away and Smith missed a good chance when he shot past after McDermid had drawn the defence. The home team were ultimately rewarded when Murray secured the equaliser. McLaren in the Aberdeen goal was kept busy, and distinguished himself with several clever saves. Eight minutes from the end, however, he had to admit defeat to a header by A. Miller. Hearts tried hard to increase their lead, while Aberdeen went all out to level matters. Neither were successful, however.
Source: Press & Journal, 3rd January 1929