Source: Glasgow Herald, 29th December 1930
What Was Lacking.Although a draw did justice to both it was a game which Aberdeen might easily have won, but they lacked an opportunist. The Athletic, too, missed a player of that type, but while the attackers failed, credit is due both defences for the dogged resistance offered. The winning of the toss enabled Aberdeen to have the assistance of the wind in the first half, but they did not find it an unmixed blessing, ball control being very difficult and accurate shooting a matter for great judgment. Playing well on the wings the Aberdeen attack had the Athletic defence repeatedly in trouble, but none of the inside forwards could connect when it came to locating the net.
Two Escapes.The Athletic, although only occasionally on the offensive, were more dangerous; indeed they were twice unfortunate not to take the lead. Laidlaw had a shot finely stopped by Smith when the latter was out of his goal, and on another occasion the Leith inside right was unfortunate enough to shoot against the bar. Aberdeen essayed many shots, but these were mostly off the mark, and the others Steele rather easily disposed of. A mistake by Mitchell, the Leith right back, let Merrie clean through on one occasion, but he could only shoot into the goalkeeper s hands.
Bad Finishing.Against the wind in the second half Aberdeen made quite a good show, in fact attacked more frequently than the Athletic had done in the earlier period. The same weakness in finishing was again in evidence, the few shots that were gent in were mostly off the mark. Smith, in the Aberdeen goal, although frequently in action, had little of a dangerous nature to deal with, and generally it was a game in which defence was master of attack.
Outstanding Players.In front of a sound goalkeeper, Cooper and Jackson showed their best form, the latter evidently now having quite settled down to his new position. After a moderate display in the first half, Falloon came away strongly in the second, when he got through a tremendous amount of destructive play. Black and Hill both played well, but the conditions did not suit the forwards, among whom Yorston and McLean were best. The Athletic defence was not so convincing as that of Aberdeen, but it was the stronger department of the team. Steele was a dependable keeper, and in front of him, Forrest, Reid, and Crawford did splendid work. The best of the forwards were Carruthers, Laidlaw, and Young. There was an attendance of about 4000.
Source: Press & Journal, 29th December 1930