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1934-03-10: Celtic 3-0 Motherwell, League Division 1
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- This victory was made in Fife, with Celtic's goals being scored by the Buckhaven-born brothers Frank and Hugh O'Donnell.
- Celtic enhanced their city rivals chances of winning the league title by defeating top club Motherwell, while Rangers took advantage of this by winning against Hearts. Rangers are now one point behind Motherwell with 2 games in hand. Motherwell's stand-in goalkeeper Jock Robertson was not protected by his backs who take some blame for the goals.
- In England Chelsea drew 2-2 with Newcastle at St James Park with the Scot George Gibson getting both of the London side’s goals. Second placed side Arsenal beat Aston Villa 3-2 at Highbury before 45,000 spectators.
- Serious disturbances are feared in Spain this week as a result of strikes and continued labour unrest. A General Strike proclaimed to begin at midnight last night was declared illegal by the Government, and it is stated that martial law may be declared at the first sign of trouble between fascists and socialists.Many fear that the labour troubles could lead to a Civil War.
Kennaway, Hogg, McGonagle, Geatons, McStay, Hughes, Crum, Smith, McGrory, F. O’Donnell, H. O’Donnell.
H. O’Donnell, (2); F. O’Donnell.
Robertson, Crapnell, Ellis, Wales, Blair,Telfer, Ogilvie, McMenemy, McFadyen, Stevenson, Ferrier.
Referee: T. Small (Dundee).
- Match Report (see end of page below)
ArticlesThe Scotsman - Monday, 12th March 1934, page 8
MOTHERWELL WELL BEATEN BY CELTIC
Motherwell did not play like champions at Parkhead, Glasgow. The Celtic were superior in every department, and their friends must have experienced deep regret that similar form had not been produced the previous week in the Cup tie at Paisley.
Only in the early stages did Motherwell threaten danger. McGrory was in sprightly form, and kept his line going splendidly, but for a time Motherwell's half-backs kept a firm grip on their opponents. Ogilvie disappointed when MacFadyen left him with an excellent scoring opportunity and soon the Celtic were pressing the visitors' defence back. The right wing played fine football, and Ellis was often beaten. It was from that quarter that the opening goal came indirectly. Crum went ahead to beat Blair and Ellis in turn before crossing the ball for H. O'Donnell to head into the net. That was after half an hour's play.
The visitors were almost completely subdued, and even this early it was obvious that they were a beaten side. Crum was also concerned in the second goal, which was scored five minutes before the interval. He was clear through when brought down by a defender, and there was no doubt about the penalty award. Considerable curiosity was evinced as to who would take the kick, and there was a gasp when F. O'Donnell advanced and drove the ball against the visitors’ goalkeeper. He met the rebound however, and made amends by scoring with a strong drive.
With the wind in their favour, Motherwell started briskly enough in the second half, but could make no impression on the home backs, and Kennaway was seldom called upon. Thirty-three minutes after the restart, H. O'Donnell went through to score the third goal, and although Motherwell tried hard later, they failed to beat Kennaway.
The Celtic new right formation was a decided success and Crum looks like going very far, he beat Ellis as he wished. Smith gave him excellent support, and with the brothers O'Donnell played a more open game than usual. McStay and his fellow-half-backs never allowed the Motherwell forwards much rope, and there was little of their much-talked-of combination.
Robertson could not be blamed for the goals, but the same could not be said for the backs, who were below form and easily beaten. Wales was the only half-back to make a good show, and of the forwards only Stevenson and Ferrier shone.
The attendance would be about 12,000.
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