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Aberdeen 2 - 1 Celtic

HT Score: Aberdeen 0 - 0 Celtic

Scottish Second XI Cup Final First Leg
Aberdeen scorers: Hamilton 59, Wilson 66.
Celtic scorers: Connelly 80.

12/04/1969 | KO: 15:00

Weather wins first leg of the Celtic 'series'

by ALASTAIR MACDONALD

WEATHER conditions, which marred the first leg of the 2nd XI. Cup final between the young Dons and Celtic A as a spectacle on Saturday, also prevented the 8000 spectators who saw the Aberdeen team win 2-1 at Pittodrie from making a reliable assessment of the likely outcome of the remaining four meetings of these two teams before the end of the season.

In addition to occasional sleet, and snow showers, the players had to contend with a strong swirling wind which played tricks with the ball. Neither side fully mastered the difficult conditions, and it was understandable that players made mistakes they would not commit in more normal circumstances.
On pressure the Aberdeen side deserved to draw first blood in this series of contests, but their tendency to let their opponents deprive them of the initiative from time to time limited the young Dons to a single-goal victory - a narrow enough lead to carry forward to the second leg at Celtic Park.
Despite the fact that the Celtic team, in common with the home silde, included a number of players with first team experience, the visitors showed only glimpses of the clever combined attacking style which is so much the Celtic image.
most of the Parkhead team's efforts were destructive rather than constructive but this might have been deliberate policy in the away leg of a home-and-hom tie. The conditions, too, were ideally suited for spoiling tactics.

KEEPER'S SLIP

The Aberdeen goals, scored in a seven-minute spell in the second half, both resulted from the partiality the Celtic keeper showed for punching the ball rather than clutching it.
When Wraith fisted a drive from Ian Taylor over the cross-bar in 59 minutes, there followed four corner kicks taken by Tommy Rae, each of them accurately plaoed. The Celtic keeper punched the first two away for corners And the referee ordered the third to be re-taken as he had been talking to the keeper at the time.
Rae's fourth flag kick brought success when Jim Hamilton head-flicked the ball into the net near the far post.
The young Dons' second counter also followed a Rae corner kick. On this occasion the ball was cleared but Tommy Wilson, sent in a 25 yard shot and Wraith, attempting to punch the ball away, succeeded only in turning it into his own net.
The Aberdeen defence was guilty of bunching when Celtic scored what could prove a vital goal in 80 minutes. Bobby Clark seamed to have averted the danger when he made a brilliant diving save from McMahon, but before the home defenders could recover, Connelly netted with a hard shot.
The Aberdeen defence, which was rarely troubled in the first half was handicapped after the interval by an ankle injury which reduced the effectiveness of left back Jim Kirkland, who must be a doubtful starter for the young Dons when they meet Raith Rovers A in a Reserve League fixture at Pittodrie tonight.

Source: Press & Journal 14th April 1969

Celtic Teamsheet
Bobby Wraith, John Murray, Danny McGrain, Davie Cattenach, David Hay, Tommy Callaghan, Jim Clark, George Connelly, Pat McMahon, Lou Macari, John Gorman (Kenny Dalglish 69).
Attendance: 8,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: R.D.Henderson, Dundee
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