Although Aberdeen's half-reserve half-senior team checked Motherwell "A's" Alliance championship hopes at Pittodrie on Saturday by three goals to nothing, their victory was not so easily secured as the score would indicate. For fully three-quarters of the second half the Fir Parkers were in the ascendant, and only weakness attack baulked them of success.
Aberdeen frittered away many chances in the first half playing too close football. This policy did not pay against the rough-and-ready defensive work of the Motherwell team, and had the home men swung the ball more they would have been more than one goal the good at half-time. Love was the scorer of the point, and he got it with a header through being right on the spot where centre should be to meet a cross from the wing. Apart from that goal, however, Love was not a success as leader, and if his inclusion there was one of those "coming events which cast their shadows before," it did not achieve the desired result.
A change came over the game in the second half. The visiting halves, ably led by Arnott Craig, took firm grip of the game, and it was no fault of theirs that Tennant, in the centre-forward berth, was the only attacker to respond well to their efforts. They tried hard for the equaliser, and only McSevieh stood between them and the coveted point on several occasions. Gradually, however, Aberdeen got over their spell of "second fiddle" playing, and Smith won the match for them by his spectacular work on the left wing. He scored a lovely goal from a sharp angle, and, before the close, Cheyne, who had done little of note so far, redeemed himself with a fine scoring drive from thirty yards' range. About 8000 spectators watched the play which took place on a soft pitch and under damp and disagreeable overhead conditions. Mr W. Milne, Arbroath, was in charge of the game, and he had a pretty anxious time.
Source: Press & Journal, 6th February 1928