Source: The Scotsman, 31st March 1913
PLAY IN BRIEFAberdeen's opening flattered, and suggested that Motherwell were to be over-whelmed. In the first minutes Main crashed in a ball, which Hampton tipped over. This was closely followed by a another try by Main and two lighting shots by Wood, while Main nearly surprised Hampton with a back-heeled effort. Time and again the home attack harried the Motherwell defence, but Wilson and P. Kelly, ably supported by the ever-watchful Hampton, the fagged all their efforts. After 35 minutes, Davidson initiated a movement by giving to Soye for that player to send over a goal square. Travers just failed to reach it, but Main, dashing in, scored with a ball that glanced into the net off the crossbar. Motherwell were not long and struggling for the equaliser. Nichol on the extreme right sent over an easy high shot. King, dazzled by the sun, made to feel the shot above his head, but allowed the ball to slip through his hands. Aberdeen played desperately hard for the lead, but they had to cross over on equal terms.
DUEL OF DEFENDERSThere was a great defensive duel in the second half, when Motherwell were a much faster and the pier team than they had been in the first half, even although their combination did not improve. The feature of the period, as indeed it was throughout the game, was the superb play of Colman. He repeatedly checked the Motherwell left wing and held up the visiting centre, but he did not prevent Motherwell from taking the lead. Colman had headed clear, but Hunter, catching on, sent in a hard blow drive. King partially saved at full stretch, but unfortunately for him the ball hit the upright and rebounded to him. In the difficult position in which she lay he failed to gather, and ere he could recover, the ball had crossed the line. Aberdeen struggled for the equalising goal, and after Lennie had placed a corner Travers headed through. The home team had the advantage of the short period that followed, and Soye, working in to the centre, volleyed in a terrific shot, which Hampton saved. At the other end hunter with an open goal sent behind, and thus Motherwell lost the one great chance they had of winning the match. Aberdeen pressed in the closing stages, but there was no further scoring, and a game in which, with a few individual exceptions, play never rose above mediocrity resulted - Aberdeen 2; Motherwell 2.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 31st March 1913