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Aberdeen   1 - 3   Celtic

By Andy Campbell

Aiden McGeady and Scott McDonald
McGeady and McDonald menaced the Dons defence

Celtic opened their Scottish Premier League campaign with victory over Aberdeen at Pittodrie thanks to an inspired performance by Aiden McGeady.

The midfielder opened the scoring from close range and then grabbed a second with an excellent curling strike.

Scott McDonald made it three before half-time as the home side's defensive frailties were exposed.

Sone Aluko pulled one back for Aberdeen after the break but it proved to be no more than consolation for the Dons.

Celtic engineered several openings in the early stages with McDonald and McGeady both threatening before Dons goalkeeper Jamie Langfield twice denied Shaun Maloney.

At the other end, newly appointed Aberdeen captain Mark Kerr could not find the target with a half-chance on the edge of the Celtic box.

Marc-Antoine Fortune drew a save from Langfield with a low drive on 26 minutes shortly before firing wide.

And Celtic's pressure finally paid off on 29 minutes when Fortune's shot was blocked by Langfield and ricocheted back off the striker into the six-yard box where McGeady volleyed into the net.

Aberdeen continued to struggle to contain Celtic and Zander Diamond made a crucial block from Fortune's shot before Langfield pulled off a point-blank save from McDonald.

Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee tried to alter the pattern of the game by introducing Darren Mackie in place of Stuart Duff.

McGeady found the net again in the 42nd minute when he received the ball 20 yards from goal before twisting and turning past Kerr and unleashing a superb swerving shot beyond Langfield.

And McDonald finished the match as a contest when he capitalised on a poor clearance by Richard Foster by slamming the ball low into the corner a minute before the break.

Both sides made changes early in the second half with Scott Brown replacing Glenn Loovens for Celtic and Aberdeen's Michael Paton coming on for Chris Maguire.

Aberdeen reduced the deficit in the 61st minute when Paton's cross was cleared to Aluko, who chested the ball down and beat Artur Boruc with an impressive dipping volley.

Samaras side-footed effort was palmed away by Langfield as Celtic looked to dampen the Dons' rejuvenation and Fortune fired wide from an audacious angle before being replaced by Chris Killen.

The Dons suffered an injury blow when Diamond had to be stretchered off following an accidental collision with Kerr and the defender was replaced by Andrew Considine.

Aberdeen should have scored a second in the 83rd minute when Aluko escaped Andreas Hinkel and delivered a dangerous low ball but neither Lee Miller or Gary McDonald could convert, allowing Danny Fox to clear. McDonald then volleyed over from a promising position.

Langfield denied McGeady a hat-trick with a solid save and Maloney had to be withdrawn late in the match with a strain.


Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee: "We found it difficult to cope with Celtic's movement in the first half with the movement of their strikers.

"But within that there were individual errors which we can sort out.

"We had a new back four and I could see things I'll have to fix. But there were elements that I can take encouragement from. Now we go onto the next game."

Celtic manager Tony Mowbray: "Particularly in the first half, with our domination, we should have given ourselves a bigger advantage.

"Then, in the second half, we allowed Aberdeen to score a goal.

"I'm not 100% happy but obviously delighted to get a win away from home. This is a difficult place to come. We've got things to work on."


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Saturday, 15 August 2009

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Aberdeen 1-3 Celtic FT
(HT 0-3)
  • Aluko 61
  • McGeady 29
  • McGeady 42
  • McDonald 44

Aberdeen

  • 01 Langfield
  • 02 Mulgrew
  • 03 Foster
  • 05 Diamond (Considine 80)
  • 22 Ifil yellow card
  • 04 McDonald
  • 08 Kerr
  • 11 Aluko
  • 16 Duff (Mackie 38)
  • 07 Maguire (Paton 54)
  • 09 Miller

Substitutes

  • 21 Nelson,
  • 06 Considine,
  • 25 Crawford,
  • 14 Young,
  • 19 Pawlett,
  • 10 Mackie,
  • 24 Paton

Celtic

  • 01 Boruc
  • 02 Hinkel
  • 11 Fox
  • 22 Loovens (Brown 51)
  • 48 O'Dea
  • 06 N'Guemo
  • 18 Donati
  • 46 McGeady
  • 07 McDonald (Samaras 60)
  • 10 Fortune (Killen 75)
  • 13 Maloney

Substitutes

  • 24 Zaluska,
  • 52 Caddis,
  • 08 Brown,
  • 17 Crosas,
  • 53 Ferry,
  • 09 Samaras,
  • 33 Killen
Ref: ThomsonAtt: 16,803
ABERDEEN
CELTIC

Possession

  • Aberdeen 47%
  • Celtic 53%

Attempts on target

  • Aberdeen 1
  • Celtic 13

Attempts off target

  • Aberdeen 2
  • Celtic 9

Corners

  • Aberdeen 4
  • Celtic 8

Fouls

  • Aberdeen 13
  • Celtic 8
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:15 The referee signals the end of the game.
  • 90:00+2:25 Corner from right by-line taken by Charlie Mulgrew.
  • 88:14 The assistant referee signals for offside against Christopher Killen. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
  • 86:02 Richard Foster gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shaun Maloney. Daniel Fox delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing.
  • 85:49 Aiden McGeady takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.
  • 84:53 Effort from the edge of the area by Georgios Samaras goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 83:47 Shot by Gary McDonald from deep inside the six-yard box clear the bar.
  • 83:11 Outswinging corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew, Aiden McGeady manages to make a clearance.
  • 81:48 Michael Paton fouled by Massimo Donati, the ref awards a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew takes the free kick.
  • 79:11 Substitution Andrew Considine on for Zander Diamond.
  • 74:09 Substitution Christopher Killen on for Marc-Antoine Fortune.
  • 73:21 Marc-Antoine Fortune produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
  • 70:12 Corner from right by-line taken by Daniel Fox.
  • 69:07 Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Fox from the right by-line, Jamie Langfield makes a save.
  • 67:49 Lee Miller challenges Landry N'Guemo unfairly and gives away a free kick. Landry N'Guemo takes the direct free kick.
  • 66:52 Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.
  • 65:03 Shaun Maloney has an effort direct from the free kick.
  • 65:03 Booking Jerel Ifil goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 64:58 Jerel Ifil challenges Aiden McGeady unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 63:09 Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Langfield.
  • 62:54 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary McDonald on Scott Brown. Direct free kick taken by Scott Brown.
  • 61:41 The assistant referee flags for offside against Shaun Maloney. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
  • 60:45 The assist for the goal came from Richard Foster.
  • 60:45 GOAL - Sone AlukoAberdeen 1 - 3 Celtic Sone Aluko scores a goal from just inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Aberdeen 1-3 Celtic.
  • 60:25 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jerel Ifil by Landry N'Guemo. Jerel Ifil takes the direct free kick.
  • 59:46 Substitution Georgios Samaras joins the action as a substitute, replacing Scott McDonald.
  • 58:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andreas Hinkel on Sone Aluko. Free kick crossed by Charlie Mulgrew, clearance by Darren O'Dea.
  • 57:18 Shot on goal by Scott McDonald from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
  • 56:49 Gary McDonald challenges Landry N'Guemo unfairly and gives away a free kick. Landry N'Guemo takes the direct free kick.
  • 55:07 Marc-Antoine Fortune has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.
  • 54:44 Charlie Mulgrew concedes a free kick for a foul on Aiden McGeady. Andreas Hinkel restarts play with the free kick.
  • 53:58 Substitution Michael Paton replaces Christopher Maguire.
  • 51:03 Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Fox, Jerel Ifil makes a clearance.
  • 49:56 Free kick taken by Landry N'Guemo.
  • 49:56 Substitution Scott Brown replaces Glenn Loovens.
  • 49:56 Mark Kerr challenges Aiden McGeady unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 47:49 Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren Mackie on Massimo Donati. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Shaun Maloney, clearance made by Zander Diamond.
  • 46:56 Corner taken by Daniel Fox from the right by-line.
  • 46:07 Charlie Mulgrew takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Darren O'Dea.
  • 45:20 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew played to the near post, clearance made by Daniel Fox.
  • 45:01 The second half has started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:09 The ref blows to end the first period.
  • 43:55 GOAL - Scott McDonaldAberdeen 0 - 3 Celtic Scott McDonald scores a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Aberdeen 0-3 Celtic.
  • 43:44 Centre by Marc-Antoine Fortune, clearance made by Zander Diamond.
  • 43:18 Christopher Maguire is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Glenn Loovens.
  • 42:17 Darren O'Dea fouled by Christopher Maguire, the ref awards a free kick. Artur Boruc takes the direct free kick.
  • 41:25 GOAL - Aiden McGeadyAberdeen 0 - 2 Celtic A goal is scored by Aiden McGeady from just outside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Aberdeen 0-2 Celtic.
  • 40:36 Marc-Antoine Fortune takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.
  • 39:41 Foul by Darren Mackie on Daniel Fox, free kick awarded. Daniel Fox takes the free kick.
  • 36:46 Jamie Langfield takes the direct free kick.
  • 36:46 Substitution Darren Mackie on for Stuart Duff.
  • 36:46 Corner from the left by-line taken by Shaun Maloney, free kick awarded for a foul by Glenn Loovens on Richard Foster.
  • 34:12 Daniel Fox has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
  • 33:56 Corner taken by Shaun Maloney from the left by-line, Richard Foster makes a clearance.
  • 33:16 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Shaun Maloney, clearance made by Lee Miller.
  • 31:34 Shaun Maloney delivers the ball, Scott McDonald takes a shot. Jamie Langfield makes a save.
  • 28:47 GOAL - Aiden McGeadyAberdeen 0 - 1 Celtic Aiden McGeady grabs a goal from close in high into the middle of the goal. Aberdeen 0-1 Celtic.
  • 28:27 Marc-Antoine Fortune takes a shot. Blocked by Jamie Langfield.
  • 27:32 Effort on goal by Marc-Antoine Fortune from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 26:14 Free kick awarded for a foul by Glenn Loovens on Lee Miller. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew.
  • 25:53 Marc-Antoine Fortune takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.
  • 22:12 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sone Aluko by Landry N'Guemo. The ball is delivered by Charlie Mulgrew, Mark Kerr takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
  • 19:54 Aiden McGeady takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
  • 18:47 Shaun Maloney takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.
  • 18:11 Christopher Maguire concedes a free kick for a foul on Landry N'Guemo. Direct free kick taken by Artur Boruc.
  • 17:20 Shaun Maloney takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.
  • 16:14 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Zander Diamond by Scott McDonald. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.
  • 13:40 Corner from right by-line taken by Daniel Fox.
  • 13:11 Andreas Hinkel fouled by Christopher Maguire, the ref awards a free kick. Glenn Loovens takes the free kick.
  • 12:13 Lee Miller concedes a free kick for a foul on Massimo Donati. Massimo Donati restarts play with the free kick.
  • 8:39 Handball by Christopher Maguire. Direct free kick taken by Massimo Donati.
  • 6:02 Shot from just outside the box by Aiden McGeady misses to the right of the target.
  • 3:02 Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Fox on Richard Foster. Charlie Mulgrew crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Daniel Fox makes a clearance.
  • 2:12 Effort on goal by Aiden McGeady from just inside the area clears the bar.
  • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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Scottish Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 15 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 1 3 3
2 Kilmarnock 1 3 3
3 Celtic 1 2 3
4 Hibernian 1 1 3
5 Motherwell 1 0 1
6 St Johnstone 1 0 1
7 Dundee Utd 0 0 0
8 Hearts 0 0 0
9 St Mirren 1 -1 0
10 Aberdeen 1 -2 0
11 Falkirk 1 -3 0
12 Hamilton 1 -3 0

Scottish Premier League results

15 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Aberdeen 1-3 Celtic R
Hibernian 2-1 St Mirren R
Kilmarnock 3-0 Hamilton R
Rangers 4-1 Falkirk R
St Johnstone 2-2 Motherwell R


see also
SPL as it happened
15 Aug 09 |  Scottish Premier
Saturday's SPL photos
15 Aug 09 |  Scottish Premier



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