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Celtic 2 - 2 Aberdeen

HT Score: Celtic 1 - 1 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)
Celtic scorers: McGrory 44, Gray
Aberdeen scorers: Hill, Love 35.

16/03/1929 | KO:


The first half was strenuously contested, Aberdeen holding a slight advantage, but it was late in the period before they secured the first goal, Love beating Thomson. A minute later McGrory equalised for Celtic, the teams sharing the laurels at the interval. On change of ends Gray gave Celtic thelead, but Aberdeen regained equality through Hill.

Source: The Scotsman, 18th March 1929

Aberdeen put up one of their best performances of the season at Parkhead on Saturday, when, before six thousand spectators, they drew 2-2 with Celtic.
The Pittodrie team put up a plucky fight and fully deserved to divide the spoils.
They held a slight advantage in the first half, but for the greater part of second period Celtic were superior.
The honours of the game go to the Aberdeen half-backs, all of whom gave a splendid display. McLaren and Hill, who were drafted in from the "A" team in place of McHale and McLeod, both revealed their best form. Hill being the scorer of his team's equalising goal.
Yuill played well in goal, and of a pair of sound backs Jackson was the better. In a nippy and dangerous attack Smith, McDermid, and Yorston were always prominent.
For Celtic, McGonnigle and McStay (J.) were good, while in attack McGrory, Connelly, and Thomson (A.) were best.

The Run of Play.

Aberdeen started in promising style, and after good combination Yorston three times almost succeeded in going through. A clever movement by the Celtic front line looked dangerous, but Yuill reached Gray's shot. Play once more travelled to the other end where Yorston had the home defence in a tangle, but Thomson was not troubled.
The Celtic extreme wingers adopted the long swinging game and play was soon hovering round the Aberdeen goal. Yuill did well to deal with efforts by Connelly and McGrory. Aberdeen retaliated through Love, Yorston, and McDermid, the last named shooting over. Aberdeen set up a determined attack on the home goal, which had a lucky escape. Love, Cheyne, and Yorston all went near counting. Subsequent play favoured the home team, and the Aberdeen defence was kept on the stretch. Yuill fisted away from McGrory, and Livingstone blocked a shot on the goal line, while it was only at the second attempt that Yuill got rid of an effort by Connelly.
Aberdeen shook off the pressure, and, with thirty-five minutes gone, opened the scoring. Love, on the right, let go a good drive which Thomson only pushed out; the winger followed up and netted with an unsaveable shot. Celtic rallied, and just on the interval McGrory collected a long pass from Wilson to level the scores.

Determined Celts.

Celtic resumed in whirlwind fashion, and Yuill did well to save a shot by Thomson, and a minute later an effort by Gray struck the top of the crossbar. Smith retaliated on the Aberdeen left, and Thomson was forced to save twice from the winger. Although the play was confined to midfield for a time, Celtic had the better of the exchanges, and ultimately took the lead through Connelly. Aberdeen attacked vigorously, and a shot by Cheyne went narrowly over, while Thomson had to run out to clear a cross by Black. The visitors sustained the rally, and a weak clearance by a Celtic defender resulted in Hill scoring a great equaliser from twenty-five yards' range.
Determined assaults by Celtic saw the Aberdeen goal in imminent danger, but the defence fought grimly and successfully.

Source: Press & Journal, 18th March 1929

Celtic Teamsheet
J Thomson; Geatons, McGoanigle; Wilson, McStay, Donoghoe; Connelly, A ThomsonMcGrory, Scaiffe, Gray
Attendance: 6,000
Venue: Celtic Park, Glasgow
Referee: T. Small, Dundee
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