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Celtic 2 - 0 Aberdeen

HT Score: Celtic 0 - 0 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)
Celtic scorers: McMenemy 75, Johnstone 80

07/09/1912 | KO:

Greig Again Injured

About 8000 spectators were present at a god hard fast game between these clubs at Glasgow. The Celts had always the pull, and notched the full points. In the first half the Parkheaders were a trifle unlucky at goal, several well-directed shots narrowly missing, and others were saved by King [sic.] in almost miraculous fashion. For the most part Aberdeen had to act on the defensive, but so well did their backs stand up to their work that at the interval there was a blank score sheet. The Aberdeen forwards had occasional flashes of brilliance, but only on one occasion were they dangerous, and that when Mulrooney saved from Lennie. In the opening stages of the second half there was an improvement in Aberdeen's forward play, and with Soye and Lennie sending in accurate crosses the Parkhead defenders were kept on tenterhooks. Milne, however, did not make the best use of his chances, and the game gradually veered round again in favour of Celtic. Gray found Colman difficult to circumvent, but he ultimately managed it, and giving the ball to McMenemy, the inside man beat Greig with a fast ground shot. Until the finish the Celts were masters of the situation, and five minutes from time Johnstone added a second goal. Result:- Celtic, 2 goals; Aberdeen, 0.

Source: The Scotsman, 9th September 1912

By 2 goals to 0 Aberdeen succumbed to Celtic in their Scottish League game played at Parkhead, Glasgow, on Saturday. On the run of play the winners were full value for their victory, all be it there were circumstances in the game which showed up Aberdeen in the light of unlucky losers. 12,000 spectators witnessed a game played in the rain, and there were over 200 excursion mists present from Aberdeen. Play throughout was fast and keen, and the specially in the first half it was exciting. In that period both goals ran narrow escapes, but the feature of the play was a magnificent goalkeeping of Greig, the Aberdeen custodian who, only recovering from a fractured collarbone, took up the position of the last minute, King being indisposed. His first half saving was daring and sensational, and it was unfortunate that just prior to the interval, while making his most thrilling save with three opponents on top, that he had his old injury renewed. This affected his subsequent play, and, although he saved well in the second half, had he been sound he would probably have cleared of the shots which gave Celtic the two goal lead.

The game was goalless up till 15 minutes from time, when McMenemy, after dribbling, found the net with a shot from 20 yards range. Five minutes later, Johnstone got through, and, although the ball went straight to Greig, handicapped as he was, the keeper allowed the ball to go into the net.

Play throughout was of the most strenuous nature. Aberdeen had to defend stubbornly in the first half, when their forwards failed to reveal their true form. Celtic, on the other hand, were brilliant in the field, but the finished badly, and to this and Greig's saving had to be attributed a goalless period.
Up play was of an even nature in the second half, when both defences stood up well. Celtic again had slightly the better of matters, and, although they got their points in lucky style, they nevertheless deserved to win.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 9th September 1912

Celtic Teamsheet
Mulrooney; McNair, Dodds; Young, Loney, Mitchell; McAtee, Gallagher, Johnstone, McMenemy, Gray
Aberdeen Teamsheet
Greig, Colman, Hume, Davidson, Wilson, Low, Soye, Walker, Milne, Travers, Lennie.
Attendance: 12,000
Venue: Celtic Park, Glasgow
Referee: Mr. J. Lyons, Hamilton
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