Source: The Scotsman, 9th November 1925
STORY OF THE GAME.Aberdeen soon found that having to face the wind was a serious handicap. Right away they were forced on the defensive, and first Connelly and then McGrory shot behind. A rush by Jackson to the other end was thwarted by Shevlin rushing out and picking up, and Celtic went back on the attack to force a corner on the left while Hutton was the touch line having an injury attended to. From the flag kick Thomson headed wide. Celtic continued to attack, and Hutton and Bruce distinguished themselves with some grand work. Baulked at close quarters, McGrory tried a shot from long range, but sent high over. Other two corners fell to Celtic, but defeat prevailed, and Macfarlane tried a long shot which dropped behind Blackwell's goal. A slip by Bruce allowed McLean a clear run in, but the Celtic left winger shot feebly and the ball went wide. From a free kick against Hilley, Cosgrove had the Celtic goal in danger, but McStey cleared. Subsequently Reid gave Jackson a chance to shoot, but he failed to get right behind the ball and passed wide of the mark. Another corner fell to Celtic, but Pirie headed clear, and following this, the Celtic goal had a narrow escape off a cross shot by McLeod, the ball passing inches wide of the post with Shevlin at the other side of the goal. Hutton forced the play for Aberdeen, and once gave Jackson a fine opportunity to shoot, but he delayed and J. McStey dispossessed him.
LEAD FOR CELTIC.Wife 20 minutes played Celtic took the lead. McInally dribbled past Pirie, and as he was about to be tackled by Hutton, shot, and Blackwell, whose view may have been partially obscured was beaten. Celtic continued hold the upper hand. On one occasion McGrory dribbled through on the right of the goal, but after having drawn out Blackwell, lofted the ball over the empty goal. A desperate rush by Smith led to his shooting narrowly over from close range. Aberdeen showed improvement at this stage. On two occasions Jackson got through to favourable position, but delayed to shoot, and at another time McStey headed away from Smith's cross when it seemed a goal might result. A high centre was sent behind by Smith, and subsequently Shevlin had to fist clear from Reid whilst beset by opponents. At the other end, Blackwell had to save from Thomson. After half an hour Celtic forced a corner on the right, and the ball was accurately placed from the flag kick for McGrory to head through. From this time until the interval the play was In the nature of a duel between the Celtic attack and the Aberdeen defence, which stood up to repeated onslaughts, and there was no further scoring at half-time. Celtic crossing over with a lead of two goals to nothing.
AN ABERDEEN SUCCESS.Aberdeen early showed what had been the effect of the wind on Celtic's play. Right away the home forwards bore down on Shevlin, and less than two minutes had gone when Cosgrove met a clearance by a Celtic defender to return the ball in front of Shevlin, and it was deflected off J. M'Stey to Jackson, who promptly netted from close range. This success obviously encouraged the home attackers. They surged down on Shevlin, and following a corner kick the Celtic goalkeeper had to fist clear during an exciting melee. A breakaway by the Celtic right resulted in an unexpected goal for them. From a throw-in Hutton endeavoured to head clear, but only sent the ball to Thomson who met it coming down to shoot a cleverly-taken goal, but Blackwell looked to be at fault for not saving the shot which crossed his front. For a time Celtic held the upper hand, and McLean missed a fine chance when, with a clear view of goal, he failed to gather the ball. Shevlin at the other end cleared at the foot of the post from Smith, and the Aberdeen goal had another "life" when Macfarlane having beaten Cosgrove and Hutton, slipped the ball across the goal for McLean, McGrory, and Thomson all to swing at it and miss.
ANOTHER FOB ABERDEEN.Aberdeen again took the game in hand after this. Shevlin had a brilliant close range save from Jackson, and the keeper just reached a terrific long drive by McLeod. The Celtic goalkeeper was kept busy, and shots by MacLachlan, Pirie, and McDermid all caused him uneasiness. After twenty minutes' play Pirie let go a fierce drive from long range, and Shevlin failed hold the ball, and before he could recover McLeod had netted. Aberdeen subsequently promised to equalise, but Shevlin was equal to all calls, and saved finely from Jackson and Smith. A terrific free kick taken by Hutton was deflected for a corner, off which MacLachlan headed narrowly past. Following this Connelly and Thomson on the Celtic right wormed their way through the Aberdeen defence, and it seemed that Thomson would walk the ball into the net, but finally Blackwell stopped his progress. McLeod and Smith both shot wide at Shevlin's end, and then Celtic got up to score a fourth goal, Thomson meeting a weak clearance by Blackwell to crash the ball into the net from twelve yards' range. In the closing stages Aberdeen attacked with determination, but Shevlin distinguished himself with several daring saves, and refused to be beaten a third time.
Source: Press & Journal, 9th November 1925