Source: The Scotsman, 12th February 1912
WAS IT A PENALTY?The game was fully 30 minutes old before Lennie crossed, and Walker opened the scoring within unsavable shot, after several likely chances have been lost. Saint Mirren played pluckily, and yet except on one occasion they were never unlucky in not scoring. The solitary instance was when Husband got past the Aberdeen right defence and was cutting into goal when he fell in the penalty area after collision with Hannah. The visitors confidently appealed for a penalty kick, but the referee unhesitatingly declared in Aberdeen's favour. After that, hard though they strove, Saint Mirren were never the same side, and even Husband will, who was their best forward, fell away. Aberdeen's solitary goal lead at the interval was well deserved, and none could have denied them had they crossed over with a stronger advantage.
GOALS GALOREOnly 6 minutes of the second half had gone when Lennie put Aberdeen two ahead, after delightfully clever work by Soye, who crossed, and a fine piece of strategy by Maine, who feinted to head the ball, but allowed it to go to Lennie, who had only Duncan to beat, a piece of work which he accomplished at the second attempt. The home forwards were a transformed lot after this, and, playing confidently, they continually harried the visitors' defence. At times the play was of the robust order, and in consequence of this several players on both sides sustained hurts, but after attention were able to continue. A third goal came to Aberdeen, Main netting after a brilliant try by Soye. The ball was skied in the visitors goalmouth, and Soye, catching it on the drop, drove first time with a terrific force. The ball rebounded off Duncan, and going to Main, that player piloted it past Duncan. Except for a few spasmodic bursts and a clever save by Greig, with Magner in attendance, played ruled entirely in favour of Aberdeen, and just on the call of time Wood added a fourth goal, after Walker had forced a corner and Soye had placed finely from the flag kick. During the last few minutes Saint Mirren played one short, Riddell having strained his leg, and had to retire. Aberdeen's was a convincing victory, and is well deserved as the score indicates.
ABOUT THE PLAYERSAll the side played well. Hannah, at right back, made a capable substitute for Colman, and kicked strongly, as did Hume. Wyllie was the star half-back, is destructive play being a feature of the game. Forward Soye was best, with Wood a good second. All did well in the later period, and against the tactics adopted by Saint Mirren acquitted themselves well. On the losers' side Duncan played finely in goal, and saved his team from a greater defeat. Reid was the better back, if he did not always part two advantage. Duff, at centre-half, was the outstanding player on the side, and was the motive power both in defence and attack. Husband was easily the best forward, and the much talked of Magner was so well attended by Wyllie that he was never in the picture.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 12th February 1912