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1891-11-21: Celtic 9-2 Linthouse, Glasgow Cup Semi-Final
| Matches: 1891 | 1892 | 1887-1900 | League Tables: 1891-92 |
- Glasgow Cup Semi-Final Tie.
- Played at Celtic Park, Glasgow.
- Before 1500 spectators.
The Scotsman - Monday, 23rd November 1891, page 5
Celtic v Linthouse – At Parkhead. The Celts were without Dowds and Maley. Twice in succession the Celts scored. McCallum scored a third after half an hour’s play. Linthouse made capital efforts to beat Duff, and were ultimately successful, Steel and Hurry scoring in succession. McMahon scored a fourth for the Celts. Half-time result:- Celtic, seven goals; Linthouse, two goals. Continuing to play in great form, the Celts opened the second portion by scoring another point, McMahon being responsible. The Celts had all the game. Result :- Celtic, nine goals; Linthouse, two goals.
Dolan, Reynolds, Doyle, Gallagher, Kelly, Kyle, McCallum, Brady, Madden, McMahon, Campbell.
Goals:- Madden, McMahon, McCallum, McMahon, Brady, McCallum, Madden, McMahon, Unknown
Leslie, Cameron, Bryson, H Smith, T Steele, Lang, J Steel, J Smith, Henderson, Hurry, Barker.
Goals:- Smith, Hurry.
- Match report (see below)
- Match Pictures
From a newspaper report from the time.
The semi-final tie between these teams was played at Parkhead on the ground of the Celts. there would be almost 1500 spectators when the teams took the field.
The game started auspiciously for the Celtic, who followed up the Linthouse kick-off by an attack at goal. McMahon gave Campbell a fine chance to score right off, but the opportunity was not accepted.
A few seconds later Madden promptly scored a goal. This early success of the Celts was totally unexpected by the visitors.
As a set off they broke away, and carried the ball right down to their opponents' goal. A fine pass from the left looked dangerous, but smith was not up in time.
Once more the Celts took up the running, and their progress to the other end was very rapid. Linthouse was forced to concede a corner, which was well placed. McMahon was in position, and he had little difficulty in heading a second goal for his side.
Still the Linthouse were showing some very fair form in the open, and the game was by no means one-sided. their back play was not quite up to Linthouse form, and the Celts were not long in finding out.
The general play of the Celts' forwards was first-class, and rattling it on they soon secured a third goal, McCallum scoring very smartly. the Celtic, were exhibiting magnificent action, their attacking division moving in concert, and at close quarters fairly walking round the Linthouse backs.
Goals were piled on very rapidly, and Linthouse created a surprise by scoring twice, Smith and Hurry being responsible for the goals. The Celtic, however, wakened up, and goals were put on by McMahon, Brady, McCallum, and Madden.
At half-time the game stood - Celtic 7; Linthouse 2.
On resuming, the play continued in favour of the Celtic, and the McMahon put through an eighth goal with comparative ease. The Linthouse strove hard to make a decent show, but were only partially successful. Try as they liked, the opposition was too formidable. Visits to the Celtic end were now less numerous, and, occasionally the wing forwards would steal a run and raise the sinking hopes of the large contingent of Govanites present.
The Linthouse half-backs - Smith, Steele, and Lang - were taxed very severely, and they bore the great strain bravely.
Had the full defence been as good, the match would not have been attended with such disastrous results.
The result - Celtic, 9 goals; Linthouse, 2 goals.
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