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Aberdeen 1 - 0 Celtic

HT Score: Aberdeen 0 - 0 Celtic

Div 1 (Old)
Aberdeen scorers: Williams 55.

18/08/1948 | KO: 19:00

Stan Williams Heads in Victory Goal

Brighter Dons Find Celtic in' Do-or-Die Mood

A GOAL headed by Stan Williams in the fifty-fifth minute gave Aberdeen their first points of the season last night.

The match with Celtic won't down as one of the classics played at Pittodrie, but it is certain that the Dons will seldom have to play harder to earn victory.
Cultured football was at a discount. Right from the start both sets of defenders adopted a first-time policy. Tackling was fierce and forwards got little chance to work the ball.
Celtic, playing with the wind in the first half, appeared a shade faster on the ball, and with Evans and McAuley coming up in close support the home goal had some close calls.
Later the Parkhead team lost their poise - and a goal - and it wasn't till Jock Weir shifted to centre that they made a determined effort to save a point.
With Johnstone in unbeatable mood, the Dons survived this nasty spell, and finished narrow but deserving winners.
Aberdeen certainly stepped up on Saturday's form. There was much more life about their play, and the changes on the right brought about a distinct improvement. McLaughlin cut out the frills, but was as good a back as there was on the field.

Missed Chances

Stenhouse Justified his inclusion at right half. Stuffy in defence, he got away some good balls in the second half. Waddell vied with Evans, the Celtic right half, for mid-line honours.
It wasn't a 100 per cent Dons attack. All were triers, but they found it difficult to combine well in face of the do-or-die Celtic tackling.
Harris was a hard grafter on the right and Pearson, although taking no liberties with Milne, contrived to get two of the best shots of the evening. The first of these was well saved by Miller, who did not impress so much as Johnstone.
It wasn't for lack of service from Evans and McAuley, especially the former, that Celtic failed to score in the first half. Both were continually urging on their forwards, but, with the exception of McPhail and Weir, the latter produced little combined play.
Celtic had periods of sustained pressure early on, but in the fifteenth minute Baird headed into the net after a mix-up on the left. The home players were jubilant until the referee was seen to be pointing to the penalty spot.

Johnstone Busy

There had been some infringement and from the spot kick Hamilton blasted the ball high and wide. That was let-off for Celts, and they kept Johnstone busy for long spells. The 'keeper was in his best form and ultimately the Dons got a grip again.
Pearson showed the others how to shoot, and just on the interval Williams was allowed to through from a suspiciously offside position. The South African shot past, and it seemed that he could do nothing right when he missed again soon after the restart, after Hamilton had cut open the defence with a through pass.
Retribution was at hand, and ten minutes after half-time he was on the spot to head home a Hamilton lob after Miller had pushed away a cross from Baird.
Celtic died gamely. Laverv went to outside right and weir to centre. Roy wasn't too comfortable against the former who caused Johnstone, McKenna and Waddell to scramble the ball clear in rapid succession.

Source: Press & Journal, 19th August 1948

Celtic Teamsheet
Miller, Milne, Mallan, Evans, Boden, McAulaey, Weir, McPhail, Lavery, Tully, Paton
Attendance: 35,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: A. Watt, Edinburgh
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