Source: The Scotsman, 11th January 1925
EARLY LEAD FOR CELTIC.Blackwell was early called upon to fist away from Gallacher, and went ahead in four minutes when Fleming accepted a pass from Connelly and scored from close range. Gallacher fitted in well at outside left, and Blackwell had again to fist away from the winger. Grant and W. Jackson relieved for Aberdeen, and, following a combined run, W. Jackson shot over. The visitors' right again attacked, and, when Grant lobbed the tail over, Bruce should have scored, but instead sent wide. Wilson for Celtic had a fine individual thrust, and, after working close in, was about to shoot when Blackwell dashed out and kicked away from him. Good leading-up play by Jackson resulted in Smith forcing a corner for Aberdeen, but W. McStey headed clear. At the other end, Blackwell ran out and stopped Connelly at the expense of a comer, following which the goalkeeper saved from McGrogan's head. Following this, the Aberdeen attack was prominent, but the inside trio played closely, and robust tackling from the Celtic defence nullified their efforts. Hilley, in passing back, conceded a corner, but McGrogan cleared, and later, Shevlin saved a long shot by James Jackson. Gallacher again put Celtic on the offensive, and Blackwell had to save at close range after the winger had cut in. Again Aberdeen took up the attack, and R. Bruce shot wide after clever manoeuvring by A. Jackson. Subsequently, the Aberdeen wingers both got over centres, but these were headed away, and Smith and Grant each shot wide after cutting in. Celtic got a second goal after 25 minutes' play. Following a free kick taken by McFarlane, Thomson hooked the ball over his head against Blackwell's chest, and it rebounded to Gallacher, who netted easily. At the other end Shevlin ran out and kicked away from W. Jackson after the forward had beaten W. McStey, and Grant, cutting in, sent narrowly past from scoring position. Towards the interval the play favoured Celtic, and Hutton, Bruce, and J. Jackson defended so strongly for Aberdeen that, apart from another overhead try by Thomson, Blackwell was not in further trouble.
TWO BELATED GOALSAberdeen attacked on resuming, and following a foul on W. Jackson by McGrogan, W. McStey blocked the Aberdeen centre-forward's free kick when a goal looked imminent. A. Jackson next dribbled half the length of the field, but delayed his shot, and W. MsStey cleared. At this stage, Aberdeen were pressing home a vigorous offensive. Smith centred and a hard drive by R. Bruce was blocked by Hilley. Occasional bursts by Gallacher were repulsed by Hutton, and at this stage Aberdeen were the better team. Shevlin, at full length, managed to push away a ball from W. Jackson, and a tussle followed between the Celtic keeper and A. Jackson on the goal-line, but the ball was got away. An injury to Wilson at this time caused he and Gallagher to change places in the Celtic attack, and shortly afterwards Grant and Edward exchanged positions on the Aberdeen side. The game again took a turn in favour of Celtic, and Connelly, Fleming, and Thomson tested Blackwell in quick succession. In another Aberdeen attack, Shevlin lost the ball, but recovered before W. Jackson could take advantage, and shortly afterwards the Aberdeen leader sent over with a good shot. An effort by Connelly at the other end was stopped by Blackwell shooting out his foot. The ball went into the air, and as it descended the goalkeeper fisted clear. Shevlin at the other end had to deal with shots from R. Bruce and Smith, and following a centre by the latter, A. Jackson shot over from close range when he ought to have scored. Aberdeen maintained a futile pressure until Gallagher got away on a bewildering run which finished up with his hard drive being finely saved by Blackwell. Eight minutes from the close, Edward lifted over a centre for Aberdeen, and W. McStey very clumsily deflected the ball past his own goalkeeper. Subsequent to this success Aberdeen attacked with renewed energy, but they did not test Shevlin again, and with minutes left for play they conceded a third goal. D. Bruce misjudged a pass back, and in a race for the ball Fleming just beat Blackwell and touched into the net, the ball rolling slowly over the line into an empty goal.
Source: Press & Journal, 12th January 1925