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Aberdeen 0 - 1 Celtic

HT Score: Aberdeen 0 - 0 Celtic

Div 1 (Old)
Celtic scorers: McMenemy 61

05/12/1914 | KO:

The play at Aberdeen was of a poor standard. There was a fierce gale of wind in the first half and during the second period a storm of wind, rain, and snow broke over the ground, and of about 7000 present at the start, only about a thousand remained to see the finish. Three Aberdeen players, Soye, Main and Archibald, actually left the field before the end, being overcome by exhaustion. There was no scoring in the first half, when Aberdeen had the gale behind them, and in the second the home defence gave a plucky display, and it was a tribute to their work that only one goal was recorded against them. The point was secured by McMenemy sixteen minutes after the second half had commenced, and although the visitors attacked continuously, they failed to add to their score.

Source: The Scotsman, 7th December 1914

Nearly 7000 spectators at Pittodrie so Celtic inflict upon Aberdeen their ninth defeat of the season. The victory was narrowly won by the only goal of the match, scored by McMenemy after 16 minutes of the second half had gone. The conditions were deplorable for football, and the specially so in the second half when a heavy storm of wind, rain, and snow swept over the ground. The majority of the spectators acquitted the scene long before the close, and so bad were the conditions that Soye, Maine, and Archibald, of the Aberdeen team, were unable to continue, and sought the pavilion 5 minutes from the end. Aberdeen had the advantage of the strong wind in the first half, but they did not utilize it to their benefit, and indifferent finishing on their part, coupled with brilliant defence work by Shaw, McNair, and Dodds accounted for a blank score sheet at the interval.

With the development of the storm after half-time, Aberdeen played under a much greater disadvantage than Celtic had done earlier, and it was a tribute to the home defence that the margin of defeat was not greater. There were many exciting passages in the game, and both goals ran numerous narrow escapes. Celtic showed the more studied methods against the wind in the first half when only it was possible to make a comparison. Reviewing the circumstances it can be said that the referee would have been perfectly justified in abandoning the match shortly after the commencement of the second half.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 7th December 1914

Celtic Teamsheet
Attendance: 7,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
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