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Scottish Cup Third Round Replay 
09/03/1912
 
Celtic 2 - 0 Aberdeen
Kick Off:    Travers, Travers        
Attendance: 40,000
Venue: Celtic Park, Glasgow
Unlucky Aberdeen
This replayed tie in the third round of the national competition took place at Celtic Park, Glasgow, before 27,000 spectators. The drawings at the entrances came to 670 and the stands to 130. Early play favoured the impression that the game would be hard and keen. With the wind behind them, Aberdeen came well into the game, but, despite their handicap. the Celtic gradually became the more dangerous lot. Soye, to begin with, could not get past Johnstone, while Dodds was also in grand trim. and along with McNair, made up a solid defence. Soon the Aberdeen defence was thoroughly tested, and it stood up splendidly. The difference between the tams was in the forward divisions. As the game progressed, the Pittodrie front division could make little or no impression, and while the Celtic attack was cleverly and stubbornly met. Travers succeeded in heading the first goal just before the interval. On changing ends, Aberdeen showed an improvement right away. Bothe Soye and Lennie came more prominently into the game, with the result that play was more equal, and the Aberdonians still had a chance of saving the tie. Repeatedly they looked like breaking through, but, better though they shaped, the Celtic defence stood firm. The second half was the better part of the game, and was very equal, until just before the close when Travers again found the net. Result:- Celtic, two goals; Aberdeen, nothing.

Source: The Scotsman, 11th March 1912

 
The ironies of football luck were in evidence at park head, Glasgow, on Saturday, where before nearly 40,000 spectators, and by 2 goals to 0, in the replayed third round tie, Celtic extinguished Aberdeen's hopes of winning the Scottish cup. The game was keenly contested throughout, and on the run of play the score flattered that the victors, whose goals were of the soft order. All over Aberdeen had quite as much of the game has their opponents, but mistakes by the Pittodrie defence proved their undoing. There really was little to choose between the sides, as first one was in the ascendancy and then the other. Aberdeen were not nearly so dangerous at goal as were the home team, but the resolute defence really never gave the Pittodrie attack much scope to shoot. In the play there was much that was high-class, and considering the game was a cup tie, the football at times was delightful, and the reputation of neither team suffered by the fare provided. There was but a minute of the first half to go when the scoring opened. Hume, hard pressed by McAtee, passed back to Greig, who was being assailed by Quinn. The goalkeeper got the ball first, but miskicked and gave away a corner, following upon which Travers headed through. Previous to this travers had missed an easy chance of getting through, and at Mulrooney's end Main had a raking drive which went wide, while Soye had the side net. Both goals had been assailed in turn by too eager forward lines, but on each side the defence was staunch. Aberdeen were really unfortunate to be in arrears when the teams crossed over.

Aberdeen showed pretty forward play in the second half, but weak finishing kept them from attaining their end. Afterwards Celtic showed clever work, Brown and McAtee, the two extreme and wingers playing with great dash and speed, jeopardized the Aberdeen goal. Greig had repeatedly to use his fist, and to rush out and clear, but, ably assisted by his backs he kept his goal intact. With 15 minutes of the period gone, but came an Aberdeen revival. The forwards whisked the ball from wing to wing, but all to no purpose, the sounds Celtic backs defying their every effort. It was left to Wilson from half-back to test Mulrooney with a terrific drive along the ground, but this was cleared, while, following up another Aberdeen attack, Main sent wide went fairly well placed. Ten minutes from the close Celtic again came away strongly, Quinn being a persistent trier, but he was repeatedly ball by Wylie and Colman. Aberdeen's goal ran several narrow escapes before Travers, from a corner, headed Celtic's second goal. Greig caught the ball, but in trying to throw it out he knocked the ball against the upright, and it rebounded into the net. Thus, by two mistakes, Aberdeen lost the tie in unfortunate fashion, and half the score would better have represented any superiority of Celtic.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 11th March 1912

Celtic Teamsheet:  Mulrooney; McNair, Dodds; Young, Loney, Johnstone; McAtee, McMenemy, Quinn, Travers, Brown

Bookings:

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Greig, Colman, Hume, Davidson, Wyllie, Wilson, Soye, Walker, Main, Wood, Lennie.

Unused Subs:

Bookings:

Referee: Mr. T. Dougary, Nitshill

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