CELTIC 1; HIBERNIAN 0
At Hampden Park, Glasgow, in fine weather, and in presence of about 80,000 spectators. The gate drawings amounted to £9540 (exclusive of tax and tickets sold). The teams were:--
Celtic -- Shaw; M'Nair and M'Stay (W.); M'Stay (J.), Cringan and M'Farlane; M'Atee and Gallagher; Cassidy; M'Lean and Connelly.
Hibernian -- Harper; M'Ginnigle and Dornan; Kerr, Miller, and Shaw; Ritchie and Dunn; M'Coll; Halligan and Walker.
Referee -- T. Dougary (Bellshill).
The Hibernian captain, Kerr, won the toss for choice of ends, and Celtic, facing a slight breeze, kicked off. The wind, however, was not an important factor, and did not affect either the play or the result. Hibernian made progress, first on the right and then on the left, but the movements were not allowed to develop, and the first shot for goal was at the other end, where Harper smartly saved a low shot from M'Lean. Just previous to that Gallagher slipped a fine ball to Cassidy, who raced ahead, but just as he was about to shoot Miller stepped in and cleared. After Dornan had stopped another promising Celtic raid, the Hibernian forwards took up the running for Halligan to send in a fast shot which Cringan was fortunate to intercept. Shortly afterwards the Hibernian inside left with a good effort sent the ball wide of the goal by less than a yard. The next minute Celtic were in front of Harper, Dornan heading dow a pass from Cassidy to M'Lean, who without hesitating a single instant drove hard into goal for Harper to bring off a clever save, but only at the second attempt. The exchanges continued to flucuate in the most interesting fashion, first the one goal then the other being strenuously assailed. About this stage Hibernian were slightly the more dangerous side, but though hard pressed M'Nair and M'Stey never wavered. A long pass from Ritchie gave M'Coll and Dunn a scoring opportunity chiefly owing to M'Nair failing to get in his kick. A scrimmage close in and a high shot by Dunn which went over the bar were, however, the only outcome. Subsequently a fine pass by M'Farlane to Connelly allowed Celtic to secure a footing in their opponent's half of the field, and it was only after a defender had stopped a hard shot from M'Atee that Hibernian gained relief. Ritchie and Dunn then cleverly beat M'Farlane, but the Celtic left back with a timely tackle averted trouble, while Shaw fisted out a corner kick taken by Walker. Towards the interval Gallagher, the most assertive Celtic forward throughout this half, forced an unproductive corner kick. Shaw from a cross by Ritchie headed narrowly past, and just on half-time Celtic were awarded a free kick close in. This was taken by M'Stay (W.), who instead of shooting for goal passed to M'Lean, who had his effort to get the better of Harper charged down by M'Ginnigle. Half-time -- no scoring.
On resuming Hibernian attacked strongly, Shaw in the first minute saving brilliantly from Dunn. Three more hard shots were intercepted by Cringan before M'Stay with a long kick let Cassidy away, the movement ending in M'Ginnigle kicking into touch. From an awkward position M'Lean shot over, and a little later M'Ginnigle shot down a groat shot [that's what it says] from Gallagher, who in the course of his run into goal beat several opponents. Twenty minutes after resuming M'Atee sent across a long pass to M'Lean, who immediately centred, and Cassidy getting the ball after it had bounced, headed into a vacant goal, Harper having left his charge in an effort to save the situation.
During the next ten minutes Celtic were the more aggressive side, but in the last quarter of an hour the Hibernian forwards dominated the echanges, and but for the craftiness of M'Nair, the dash of M'Stay, and the soundness of Shaw, they would have drawn. They came very near to equalising when Walker surprised Shaw by kicking past a clearance by the goalkeeper, the ball striking the side of the net. Close on time Hibernian had a strong appeal for a penalty disallowed, the referee ruling that the handling of a shot from M'Coll by Cringan was accidental. Goal scorer:--Celtic--Cassidy.
At the close of the game the Scottish Cup was presented to Mr. T. White, the Celtic prseident, by Sir John Ure Primrose, Bart.
Glasgow Herald, April 2, 1923, page 9.