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Scottish Cup Third Round 
25/02/1950
 
Celtic 0 - 1 Aberdeen
Kick Off:          Anderson.  
Attendance: 65,000
Venue: Celtic Park, Glasgow
FEAR-NOTHING DONS READY FOR NEXT ROUND
Anderson Was Hero of Game Against Celtic
DEFENCE WAS SOUND
By NORMAN MACDONALD

THE Dons await to-day's Scottish Cup fourth-round draw with eagerness, but certainly not with trepidation. They go into the ballot box along with Rangers, East Fife, Partick Thistle, Queen of the South, Raith Rovers, Stenhousemuir and Stirling Albion.

Saturday's Celtic-Aberdeen clash at Parkhead was no football classic. It was a dour, relentless, even struggle between two sets of players who practically fought themselves to a standstill.
The difference between them at the finish was a single goal. The game will go down in the Aberdeen record book as "Chris Anderson's match."
The right half, who springs from the ranks of Aberdeen junior football, carried the torch that lit the way for the Dons' entry to round four.
He it was who, in the thirty-fifth minute, stretched taut the rigging of the Celtic net. It was a well-taken goal - probably a gold-encrusted goal for Aberdeen.
Emery and Pearson played their part in it. The right back regained possession and forced Bonnar to concede a corner after he had cracked a free- kick against the crossbar. Pearson's flag; kick swung outwards. Baird failed to intercept and Yorston started to chase the ball. The inside right realised that Anderson was moving up and changed his mind. The right half wheeled half-round and hooked the ball high into the net from twenty yards. Apart from his goal, Anderson played magnificently. He was strong in the tackle and eager and forceful in defence. Celtic launched their big offensive in the second half. It was then that Aberdeen's thin red line gained glory. SWITCH FAILED The Parkhead attack was not a success. They did not possess the creative ability of the Aberdeen five. They played too-close football. A bid to find matchwinning blend switching M'Phail to centre. Weir to the wing and Collins to inside right in the second half failed. Other players besides Anderson stamped their personality on Saturday's game. There was Frank Watson in the Aberdeen goal, whose brilliant keeping in the second half brought despair to the Celtic faithful. Don Emery, the Pittodrie iron man, was another who had nightmarish effect on the spectators. His fame a deadball specialist had travelled ahead of him. Every time he took free kick there was an apprehensive murmur from the crowd. Ralph M'Kenzie was also a defensive stalwart. The centre half went about his job quietly and efficiently a veritable barrier down the middle. , Red-headed Bobby Evans worked unceasingly to stem the Aberdeen tide and get the Celtic attack flowing. A great little player is Scotland's right half. Weir and M'Phail were the most active of the Celtic forwards, but the line as a whole failed to knit into a unified striking force. Aberdeen's attack never attained the sparkle of the Hearts game, but; on the move they always looked more intelligent and dangerous than their opponents. HAMILTON BEST Hamilton, because of his energy and clever distribution, was Aberdeen's best forwa'rd, yet the C2ntre failed with two possible scoring chances. Both were in the second half. The j first was difficult chance. Hamil- 1 ton was side-on when he breasted down cross from Stenhouse, and before he could bring the ball under control M'Grory intervened. He was afforded his best chance when M'Auley passed back short, and the Dons' leader found himself a few yards out with nobody beat but the 'keeper. Bonnar managed to push down his shot. Celts had the ball in the net six minutes after the start, when M'Phail headed home a free-kick from M'Auley, but the whistle went for offside. This latest victory must leave the Dons second favourites to Rangers. They are taking the hard road to Hampden Park and the final, but with stout hearts. They claim amongst their vicims St Mirren at Paisley, Hearts at Pittodrie, and Celtic at Parkhead ?a record that commands respect. A happy moment at the finish of the final of the Scottish Universities squash rackets in dividual championship at King's College, Aberdeen, on Saturday. Mr A. Gray, president of the Scottish Squash Rackets Association, has just handed over the cup to J. Everett, Edinburgh (centre), who beat D. Townsend, Aberdeen. ("The Press and Journal" copyright.)
Celtic Teamsheet:  Bonner, Boden, McAuley, Evans, McGrory, Baillie, Collins, McPhail, Weir, Tully, Rennet

Bookings:

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Watson, Emery, McKenna, Anderson, McKenzie, Harris, Stenhouse, Yorston, Hamilton, Baird, Pearson.

Unused Subs:

Bookings:

Referee: J. R. Boyd, Denny

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