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Aberdeen 0 - 1 Celtic

HT Score: Aberdeen 0 - 1 Celtic

Div 1 (Old)
Celtic scorers: Young

11/10/1913 | KO:

Pittodrie's Weak Forwards - Why Celtic Won

Aberdeen were unfortunate to lose to the Celtic by the only goal of the match at Pittodrie, Aberdeen. There were 11,000 spectators, and they were regaled with very fair football. The Celtic obtained their goal in the first half when a simple-looking shot from Young found the net. In the opening period Celtic had much the better of matters. They attacked almost continuously, and played good football as compared with the disjointed efforts of the Aberdeen team. Aberdeen were seen to much better advantage in the second half, when they attacked as determinedly as the Celtic had done in the first. Time and again they swept down on the visitors' goal, but the Celtic defence was sound. Main and Wood both had good chances, as had Browning for the Celtic. Aberdeen just failed to draw level, and they were unfortunate to lose. The best men for the Celtic were Shaw, McNair, McGregor, Johnstone, McAtee, and Gallagher, and for Aberdeen Colman, Wyllie, Wilson, and Main. Result:- Celtic, 1 goal; Aberdeen,0.

Source: The Scotsman, 13th October 1913

The weakness which has been manifest from the start of the season in the Aberdeen forward line was primarily responsible for Celtic taking both the Scottish League points at Pittodrie on Saturday by the only goal of the day. Eleven thousand persons watched a game in which the standard of play was always poor, and what little real football was shown came from the Celtic in the first period. It was a game which Aberdeen ought never to have lost, and had there been a player able to clinch matters near goal the spoils must have gone to the home team. Celtic had much the better of the argument in the first half, and although the goal they got was of the simplest order, a soft shot from Young completely beating Greig, they fully merited their lead at the interval. There was a vastly different story to tell in the second half, for a good three-fourths of which Aberdeen attacked. In their play, however, there was but little method.

At the interval there was a complete rearrangement of the forwards, but although they showed more dash than in the opening half, their football fell far short of that shown by Celtic earlier in the game. Ragged though the home team was, the Celtic goal had many narrow escapes. On one occasion Shaw in clearing kicked the ball against an opponent, and it was fortunate for Celtic that the rebound should have struck Johnstone, who was below the bar. Main and Wood both had good chances to score, but they failed, and Wilson had a great drive blocked by an opponent. Several times the home players nearly rushed the ball through, but Shaw kept a good goal for Celtic. A chance to increase their lead came Celtic's way in the second half, when Browning, after getting away with a clear field, failed to put through an open goal. The feature of the match was the play of McAtee at outside right for Celtic. He was the most dangerous forward on the field, and had some great shots. Best for Celtic were Shaw, McNair, McGregor, Johnstone, McAtee and Gallagher; and Aberdeen were best served by Colman, Wyllie, Wilson, and Main.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 13th October 1913

Aberdeen Teamsheet
Greig, Colman, Hume, Wilson, Wyllie, Low, Soye, Muir, McIntosh, Main, Wood.
Celtic Teamsheet
Shaw; McNair, McGregor; Young, Johnstone, McMaster; McAtee, Gallagher, Dodds, Cassidy, Browning
Attendance: 11,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: Mr. J. Anderson, Dunfermline
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