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Celtic 3 - 4 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)
Celtic scorers: Kavanagh, McGrory, Scarff
Aberdeen scorers: Smith, Love, Cheyne, Yorston.

24/08/1929 | KO:


Three minutes from the start Smith scored for Aberdeen, and a little later a second goal was scored through Love. Celtic continued to play a strong game, but could make little impression on the Aberdeen defence. Half an hour from the start Cheyne added a third goal for the visitors, but a few minutes later Kavanagh reduced Celtic's leeway. The home side resumed vigorously after change of ends, and for some time Yuill was kept busy. In about 20 minutes Yorston beat Thomson. Aberdeen being now three goals ahead. In the closing minutes McGrory and Scarff scored for Celtic.

Source: The Scotsman, 26th August 1929

Pittodrie Forwards at Their Best

Dashing forward play and brilliant team work characterised Aberdeen's display against Celtic at Celtic Park, Glasgow, where fully 20,000 persons saw the Pittodrie combination run out worthy winners by 4 goals to 3. It was Aberdeen's second victory at Celtic Park, but on each of their two preceding visits they had shared in draws.
The latest encounter provided a thrilling duel in which there were many exciting passages.

Aberdeen's Early Lead.

Aberdeen had the assistance of a fairly strong breeze in the first half and Celtic were at the additional disadvantage of having to face the sun. Right away the Aberdeen attack got to business and, after Love had missed, Smith crashed the ball against an upright. Success was not long delayed. Yorston wriggled through to shoot, but the ball struck a Celtic defender and was deflected to Smith who promptly netted from close quarters.
There was a sensation a minute later when Aberdeen got a second goal. Black placed a free kick to Love who deftly flicked the ball into the net.
Following upon these reverses Celtic showed considerable improvement, McGrory, Kavanagh and Connoly being particularly lively. Yuill was in action to all three and his goal had at least two narrow escapes. Hill cleared from underneath the bar with the keeper out, and on another occasion McGrory headed against the post.
After having been kept on the defensive for a period, Aberdeen again took up the running and Yorston, Smith, Love, and McDermid, all had tries that either went wide or were successfully parried by the Celtic goalkeeper.

Brilliant Third Goal.

At the end of half an hour Aberdeen got a brilliant third goal. Love scampered away to centre accurately and Cheyne, alter taking the ball down cleverly with his foot, crashed it to the back of the net.
After this success Aberdeen were not so level in attack, but McGroroy showed a fine example to Celtic, and was largely instrumental in their opening their account. The centre-forward drew the Aberdeen defence and then lobbed the ball forward to Kavanagh, who without being challenged, ran in to score with a terrific shot. Until the interval, Aberdeen were kept defending, but they covered up well and crossed over with a comfortable lead of 3-1.

Yuill Kept Busy.

Celtic were soon in touch with Yuill after the interval, and during the opening ten minutes he was scarcely clear of the ball. He fisted away from Kavanagh and Conolly, and turned aside great shots by Wilson and Scarffe. At this stage the Aberdeen goalkeeper was the saviour of his side, but gradually his colleagues in front steadied up, and concentrating in front of him, blocked many shots. Scarffe, McGrory, and Kavanagh were repeatedly dangerous, but they lost several chances through shooting too precipitately. Thomson was unfortunate on one occasion to send against the cross-bar.

One for Yorston.

The Aberdeen forwards, and Yorston, Smith and Love in particular, seized upon every opportunity to relieve their overworked defence by raiding Celtic territory, and in one of these rallies they got a fourth goal. Smith raced away and centred but the ball was returned to mid-field, and Cheyne fastening on worked forward to lob beyond the Celtic backs, and just in front of Thomson. It was a thrilling race between Yorston and the Celtic goalkeeper, but the Aberdeen centre-forward was first, and just as the players collided, he returned the ball into the untenanted goal.

Celtic Revival.

This reverse, which appeared to put the issue beyond doubt, had an unnerving effect upon Celtic, and Aberdeen came very near to scoring again. A great shot by Yorston was saved by Thomson, and subsequently Smith let go a terrific drive which cannoned off the Celtic goalkeeper and went for a corner.
A Celtic revival followed, and McGrory, following up, took advantage of a misunderstanding between Livingstone and Yuill to run through and head the ball into the net. The Parkhead team subsequently made desperate efforts, and Yuill had to throw himself at full length to deflect shots by McGrory and Scarffe.
Four minutes from the close Celtic got a third goal. Scarffe sent over a high ball, which, caught by the wind, swerved into the net. This proved to be all the scoring, and in the last few minutes of the game Aberdeen were attacking.

Aberdeen's Superior Team Work.

Aberdeen owed their victory to the nippiness of their attack. Their forwards as a combination were superior to those of Celtic, and generally as a team the winners worked much better together.
Yuill was in brilliant form throughout, and in the second half especially brought off some great saves. Livingstone was the best back on the field, and Black was outstanding in a well-balanced half-back line. All the forwards played with rare dash and precision, and every one of the quintette carried a shot, Yorston, Smith, and Love being most dangerous.
Celtic were finely served by Thomson in goal, but their backs were shaky, Geatons displaying a lack of confidence. McStay was the best of the half-backs. McGrory was a dashing and virile leader, and Kavanagh was a big success at outside left, but none of the other Celtic forwards touched their best form.

Source: Press & Journal, 26th August 1929

Celtic Teamsheet
Thomson J; Geatons, McGonnigle; Wilson, McStay, Donoghoe; Connolly, Thomson A, McGrory, Scarff, Kavanagh
Attendance: 20,000
Venue: Celtic Park, Glasgow
Referee: J. Thomson, Burnbank
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