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Scottish Cup Semi Final 
20/03/1926
 
Aberdeen 1 - 2 Celtic
Kick Off:    Hutton (Pen).       McInally, McGrory  
Attendance: 23,000
Venue: Tynecastle, Edinburgh
Aberdeen 'A' Easily Beat The University XI

Celtic Craft Overcomes Aberdeen

For a second year in succession the Celtic have qualified for the last stage of the Scottish Cup competition. They were too strong a combination for Aberdeen in the semi-final tie played at Tynecastle, Edinburgh, and while the men from the North played pluckily and stretched the Cup holders to a greater extent than had been the case in any of the earlier rounds, Celtic craft in the long run wore down and overcame a bustling opposition. For the most part it was an entertaining cup-tie. The play was fast and at times exciting, and in the first half at least the honours were well divided. There was danger than of Aberdeen's vigorous style succeeding against a Celtic defence that was not so confident as usual. Corners and free kicks were given away, and it required a fine display of goalkeeping on the part of Shevlin to see the Celtic through. His saving of shots by McDermid and Pirie was very fine. Subsequently the Celtic fell into a better stride; their play was always more methodical than that of Aberdeen; and their first goal, scored eight minutes before half-time was a definite step towards supremacy. McInally took his chance cleverly. With his back to the goal he guided the ball into a shooting position, and slipped it well out of Blackwell's reach.

Dons' Fine Defence

Aberdeen's challenge in the second half was rather short-lived. A penalty kick awarded for Reid being upset enabled Hutton to equalise, but almost immediately McGrory regained the lead by heading through a left wing cross. After that Aberdeen were closely held by a side who played with coolness and a good deal of understanding. Only in defence were the Pittodrie men a match for the Celtic. Hutton was in rampant form at back, inclined perhaps to be over-robust, but playing always with sound judgement, and no little dash. There was also fine work from Blackwell in goal, and Cosgrove was the leading half-back in a line that did much effective spoiling. Except for their good opening the Aberdeen forwards made little impression. That was where the Celtic had the pull. Even Malloy, who had to be substituted for the injured McLean, could be counted a successful forward, and that against such a man as Hutton. The Celtic got steady work from their three half-backs, and except for a short spell at the beginning the backs were sound, and took a creditable share in a well-won victory.

Although the weather was fine, the attendance was under 25,000, a much lower figure than had been anticipated. Apparently the crushing and the disorder at the last Tynecastle cup-tie had kept many people away. The drawings, excluding stands and tax, amounted to 959.

Source: The Scotsman, 22nd March 1926

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Blackwell, Hutton, Ritchie, Cosgrove, Edward, MacLachlan, Reid, Jackson, Pirie, McDermid, Smith.

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