Aberdeen met the Celtic at Parkhead, Glasgow, on Saturday in the third round of the Scottish Cup competition. The pitch was very soft after the previous night's heavy rainfall, or a strong wind greatly interfered with the play. There were fully 12,000 spectators inside the enclosure when the teams lined up as follows:-
Celtic: Adams; Mcnair, McIntosh; Dodds, Loney, Hay; Munro, McMenemy, Quinn, Johnstone, Kivlichan.
Aberdeen: Mutch; Colman, Hume; Wilson, Macfarlane, Millar; H. Murray, Simpson, Soye, O'Hagan, Lennie.
Referee - Mr. Stark, Airdrie.
Aberdeen won the toss, and had the benefit of a strong wind at their back during the first half. The start was distinctly promising from an Aberdeen point of view. Lennie got away on the left, I and, after beating the odds on the run, sent the ball spinning across to the opposite wing, where Murray just failed to beat Adams at close range. The game was fought out for a time in the vicinity of the Celtic goal, and two corners to the visitors kept the home defence busy. McNair and McIntosh were unable to shake off the persistent attacks of the Aberdeen forwards, and when O'Hagan was seen forcing his way between the Celtic backs prospects of Aberdeen opening the scoring were distinctly favourable. Adams, however, rushed out of his goal and nipped the ball from O'Hagan speak - a daring bit of work, but the only course open to the goalkeeper. The wind proved a severe handicap to the Celts, for they made little headway during the first 15 minutes' play. Although enjoying most of the game, Aberdeen were slow to turn their advantage to a count, for very few shots were directed at Adams's charge. Murray sent across several accurate centres from the right, but Mcnair and McIntosh generally got the ball away before the Aberdeen forwards had time to shoot. The Celts first dangerous run was easily checked by Colman, while a long pass down the middle of the field by Loney - eventually and met for Quinn - was cleared by Colman before the Celts' centre could catch up the ball. Miskicking by Hay enabled Murray and Simpson to make ground. The winger finished with a splendid cross, which Soye failed to catch up, and then dons came on the scene and cleared. The wind continued to trouble the Celts' greatly, but Aberdeen were poor near goal, and lost many chances of gaining the lead. Following upon a well-placed corner kick, taken by Murray, Soye almost beat Adams with the clever header, the goalkeeper getting the ball away just in time. At the other end, McMenemy was conspicuous than a strong attack on the Aberdeen goal. Kivlichan raced away on the left, and although closely followed by Wilson, the Celts' managed to cross the ball to the right, where McMenemy gained possession. Hume dashed in, but the inside right kept the ball under control, and finally delivered a stinging shot, which just missed the net. The game now went greatly in favour of the Parkhead men, and it was evident that Aberdeen had lost much of their early form. Indeed, the visitors had all the worst of the exchange's after the first 20 minutes' play, and it required all the best efforts of Colman and Hume to keep the eager Celts' from scoring. Munro, finely supported by McMenemy, was greatly in evidence at outside right, Millar being frequently beaten, the tackling of the left half being very weak. All over, the Celts were the better side, and as the game went on their superiority became more marked. Colman and Macfarlane had quite a busy time watching Quinn, who was repeatedly pulled up by the right back in capital style. The Aberdeen defence stood up to the Celts' attack in a most praiseworthy fashion, Wilson and Colman being repeatedly in evidence at goalmouth. The right half on one occasion beat Johnstone and Kivlichen and then raced ahead for goal, but was badly fouled just outside the penalty area. Later on, however, Wilson miskicked, and sent the ball to Kivlichen, who ran to within a yard of goal line. The left winger finished with a cross along the ground, which the Aberdeen defence ought to have cleared. They failed to get the ball away, however, and McMenemy pounced on the ball, and flashed it into the net, giving Mutch no chance. The Celts had the best of matters up to the interval, and the scores were - Celtic 1 goal, Aberdeen 0.
Facing the breeze on resuming, Aberdeen were early called upon to defend their goal, Munro and McMenemy forcing the pace on the right. Hume got the ball away, but it was soon returned by Kivlichen, a long shot from the left winger almost bringing a goal, the ball going past the top corner of the far post. Quinn followed with two more drives, but they were easily cleared. A strong return by Colman enabled Aberdeen to transfer play to the other end, and during a brisk attack on the part of the visiting front rank, McNair and McIntosh were hard pressed, Loney falling back to their assistance. Aberdeen made a great effort to get on a level with their opponents. Simpson tested Adams with a hard drive, which the goalkeeper got rid off with little to spare, but this was practically the only real attempt at scoring by the Aberdeen forwards. They had lots of chances, and were skilfully for position, but good shooting was an unknown quantity. The Celts were playing a winning game, and appeared to have the match in their own hands. Quinn was terribly keen on scoring, but Macfarlane and Colman kept a sharp look out, with the result that the Celtic centre was frequently robbed of the ball before he had a chance of shooting. In a vigorous attack on the Aberdeen goal Quinn was injured, but quickly got to his feet again. Twenty-five minutes after the interval the Celts' scored their second goal, and this point practically settled the game. Munro sent the ball across from a corner, and Quinn headed into goal. His effort was cleared by Hume, but Quinn got on the ball a second time and banged it into the net with terrific force. Play went greatly in favour of the Celts', Aberdeen being kept strictly on the defence. Colman and Hume, however, never flinched, and repeatedly save their side in a most daring fashion. A stinging shot by Munro struck the side of the net, the outside right driving the ball with terrific force within a couple of yards of Mutch. The visitors were now hopelessly out of the game. A sudden breakaway by Murray, however, looked promising for Aberdeen. He subsequently crossed to the left, but just as Lennie was in the act of running in to catch up the pass, Dodds dashed across the field and cleared. Towards the end of the game Lennie sent in a long shot from the wing, Adams clearing with difficulty. Five minutes from time Aberdeen obtained their only goal, the result of fine play on the part of Wilson. He got away on the right wing, and finished with a long drive into the goalmouth. The ball struck Loney on the foot, and then went spinning into the corner of the net.
DRAWINGS AND ATTENDANCE
The drawings at Parkhead, exclusive of stands, amounted to £520, representing an attendance of 27,000. The Hamden, where Queen's Park and Clyde met and through, the attendance was 30,000, the gate amounting to £625, with £75 drawn at the stands.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 21st February 1910