Source: The Scotsman, 21st January 1929
DESPERATE DIVE.The best effort came in the first ten minutes when, following a nice left wing movement, Telfer, the inside man, had his shot smothered by Yuill, whose desperate dive at the feet of the oncoming forward saved the situation in the nick of time. The real disparity between the sides was fully evident in the second half, when the Dons chalked up three more goals. Within three minutes of the resumption, Smith capped a brilliant touch-line run by finding the net, and seven minutes later McHale, with beautifully-timed header, added a fourth. The visitors' goal had many "escapes" before Yorston completed the scoring ten minutes from the end. The Star was not so much in the ascendant this half, and while every now and again they broke away, their efforts in front of goal were sadly lacking in finish, and the home defence was not seriously troubled.
NOT A WALK-OVER.This, then is the story of Aberdeen's first round tie. It was not a walk-over, for which the crowd was profoundly thankful, and they expressed their gratitude to the visitors for making a game of it by according them a well-deserved ovation at the close. Mention has been made of McBride, who was the hero of the match, and he had front of him two exceedingly tousy backs. The visitors' halves strove manfully all through to stem the tide of the Dons' attack, but theirs was an unenviable job. The Star forwards, like the rest the team, were full of pluck, but in front of goal they failed to make the best of those opportunities that came their way. Forsyth, their centre, was hard-working and opened out most of his side's attacks. But it was the left wing, Telfer and Keddy, who were the mainspring of an attack which could not hope to overcome a defence trained to the minute and giving nothing away. Aberdeen's form can hardly be fairly gauged from their performance against a team so much below their class. Half-backs assisted forwards in the '"great siege," and Black and mcHale were particularly prominent in having a shot for goal. The home forwards were in fine fettle, and the crowd seem pleased with Smith's dashing work on the touch-line. McDermid was his usual purposeful self, while the right wing was also at its strongest. Love signalised his return to the extreme berth by hard, powerful shooting, and with Cheyne, made the lot of the visitors' goalkeeper a particularly arduous one. Yorston, too, harassed the Star defence to some tune, but he has been in better shooting form, and he could have added more than two to his bag. Nine thousand two hundred and ninety six paid for admission, the gross drawings amounting to £482 7s 6d.
Source: Press & Journal, 21st January 1929