Source: The Scotsman, 27th November 2011
THE GAMEThe Hearts kicked off towards the road goal, but there was no advantage to Aberdeen in having won the toss, for there was no wind, and the sky was a typical dear and led in November one. The first important item was by Walker. The internationalist tricked several opponents, and, sending out to Abrams, the latter went straight for the Aberdeen goal. From long range he drove a hard, low shot, which Colman intercepted, and the danger was cleared. Beautiful play by the visitors' left wing looked dangerous, but a mistake on the part of Wood allowed Mercer to clear. A combined effort on the part of the home forward rank, which looked like bringing out a score. The Hearts still pegged at it, but after Greig had saved from Murray and Dawson, Colman cleared with a strong kick. From this the Aberdonians to cut the attack, and Allan saved a hard shot from Main. The Hearts' would undoubtedly having the best of matters at this early stage, and Dawson, receiving from Sinclair was almost through, when he overran the ball, and a glorious chance went abegging. A fine round and a hot screw by Abrams caused Greig to save at the expense of a corner. This was easily cleared. Midfield play followed for a time. A foul against Burden did not look too well for Hearts, but Allan cleared his charge beautifully, and from a breakaway by Sinclair and Murray the visitors' defence was nearly pierced, but again Colman came to the rescue and saved his lines in splendid fashion.
ABERDEEN PLAYING BETTERThe visitors now were playing the better football, their long crosses and bustling tactics being the chief feature. The Hearts again got on the move, and Sinclair was badly brought down just outside the penalty area. The ball was neatly dropped into goal, but Greig again brought off a brilliant save. Continuing to have most of the play the Edinburgh 11 forced a couple of corners, but Mercer headed the ball out of danger. The Aberdeen boys were a bit disappointing so far, and we're not very often passed the centreline. The Hearts made a determined siege on the Aberdeen goal, but all they could secure were a couple of furtive corners. The second nearly saw the downfall of the Aberdeen goal, Walker just gracing the upright. Following this escape Aberdeen came a little more into the limelight.
MAIN'S CLEVER GOALLed by Lennie, Aberdeen taxed the home defence to its utmost, and twice in quick succession Allan had to look lively to save a hard shot from Walker, and then another from Soye. Back came the visitors, and Wood, with a beautiful cross from the left, let Main score a clever goal. This was a little unexpected to the Hearts, and nettled at that, the home lot came away in a body, and from a pass from Nellies, Murray headed a grand goal into the net, and thus equalised. The goal was well taken, and the home 11 quite deserved it. The game know became fast and exciting, and from the restart Wood give Allan a hot shot to hold. Beautiful play by Lennie, Wood, and Main revived the Aberdeen hopes, and made the visitors really dangerous. The first-named, however, hung too long on the ball, and the Hearts' lines were cleared. From an individual effort Abrams screwed the ball into the Aberdeen goal, but again Greig came out with flying colours. Towards the interval the play was of a very even character, and, the Aberdeen forwards showed more determination in their attack. There was, however, no further scoring. When the second half began there would be 7000, a goodly number of local enthusiasts having gone to the Qualifying Cup. Aberdeen were twice very dangerous, and in the opening moments it looked as if they were more into their usual stride. Aberdeen forced matters, but Main again spoiled a fine opportunity by holding onto the ball too long. Files were now numerous, and from one the Hearts all but added to their score. The ball was sworn out to Sinclair, who shot straight for goal, and Greig had all his work cut out to save his charge. Following this, Lennie relieved the pressure, and after a brilliant individual effort he was neatly pulled up by Taylor. The game song from end to end, but the shooting on both sides was poured. The game was not a pretty one by any means, and at times it became rough. Aberdeen came with a hot siege on the home goal, but Taylor was sure and easily saved the attack. At the other end Walker, after manoeuvring for position, and tricking several opponents, sent the ball high over the bar.
ABERDEEN ON THE LEADThe Hearts were now playing well within themselves. Dawson drew the visiting defence, and, slipping the ball to Sinclair, the latter sent in to Greig, who saved on his knees. The pressure was only temporarily relieved, for back game the home front rank in a body, and although Abrams was well played, the Englishman shot far over the bar. With 15 minutes to play, the visitors forced matters' Soye receiving the ball at the middle line, and, after rounding Nellies and Taylor, he dropped it into the goalmouth from the corner flag. From a cluster of players Wyllie slipped the ball past Allan. Thus Aberdeen took the lead. Up this success early took the Hearts' supporters by surprise, other was loud demand for the home contingent to play up. Try as they could, the Hearts could make but little headway. The visitors' defence was sound, and could not be pierced. Towards the close Aberdeen looked like adding to their score, but the whistle came, and Aberdeen retired worthy winners by two goals to one.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 27th November 1911