3 - 1
League (Premier Division)
Gerry Creaney (10)
Charlie Nicholas (58)
Derek Whyte (78)
Duncan Ferguson (71)
Freddy van der Hoorn
Tom Boyd for Dariusz Wdowczyk (46)
Tommy Coyne for Gerry Creaney (63)
Dave Bowman for Victor Ferreyra (15)
Ray McKinnon for Jim McInally (79)
D Miller (Garrowhill) (Referee)
A late withdrawal from the squad which was trying to register its first win of the season over Celtic was Finnish International Mixu Paatelainein who was Pittodrie bound. John O'Neil was his replacement and that was the only change from the eleven who had done so well at Pittodrie the previous week. After the disappointments we have experienced against Celtic we almost took a fifth minute lead when John O'Neil waltzed past Smith on the left and fired in a cross from which Duncan Ferguson's header was only kept out by the feet of Gordon Marshall. The match was then punctuated by a series of stoppages. First the referee Mr Miller had to retire to run the line and then Victor Ferreyra had to be escorted off with concussion to be replaced by Dave Bowman. Unfortunately, between these two events there was another break in play after Celtic had taken the lead. In the home side's first real attack Gerry Creaney met a near post cross to send a glancing header flying in at the far post. Celtic were now in the ascendancy as Alan Main pushed a Charlie Nicholas effort round the post and then saw Creaney's snap shot sail over the bar. However, in the lead up to the interval we peppered the Celtic goal with shots. Freddy Van der Hoorn forced Marshall to save at the base of the post and he then kept out a Grant Johnson lob from 25 yards. Shortly afterwards Marshall clung on to a Darren Jackson header from Brian Welsh's long throw. The Celtic keeper continued to be fully occupied when he pushed Jim McInally's long range shot round the post. Right on half-time came the incident upon which the eventual outcome revolved. Marshall palmed out a Grant Johnson shot and Darren Jackson netted, only for the substitute linesman's flag to be raised and the goal was chalked off.
The prospect of taking something from the match slumped badly 13 minutes into the second period when Charlie Nicholas cleverly chipped home Celtic's second from 25 yards out. Alan Main prevented a certain third Celtic goal by diving at the feet of Nicholas to block his shot, but hopes of a recovery sparked into life twenty minutes from the end when John O'Neil took a Grant Johnson pass and his cut back was pushed on by Jim McInally to Duncan Ferguson who wheeled to steer the ball past Marshall. Any chance of us pegging Celtic back completely vanished with 13 minutes left on the clock as Derek Whyte broke from defence to take a return pass and drag the ball past Alan Main, leaving him with the simple task of tapping the ball into the empty net. Before the end Celtic twice more struck the woodwork but Celtic ended two goals ahead and not 3-0 in front as shown on Celtic's electronic scoreboard. So for the first time since the 80-81 campaign, we failed to register a Premier Division win over Celtic.
|Alan Main (GK)||24||14||-||100||-|
|Freddy van der Hoorn||28||41||1||128||5|
|Dave Bowman (sub)||28||42||2||233||8|
|Ray McKinnon (sub)||21||24||4||60||7|
No league table has been added for this season.