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match report 1894-95 fixture list
Friendly 
12/01/1895
 
Orion 2 - 2 Victoria United
Kick Off:    W. Ririe o.g., Low       Clark, Clark  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Cattofield, Aberdeen
Cold cheerless weather greeted the appearance of the teams at Cattofield on Saturday to play in the Gershon Cap tie. The grounds were covered with about four inches of snow, which, in consequence of the thaw was soft, and players had difficulty in keeping their feet. It was a foregone conclusion that the cup tie would not be played, and there was a general agreement upon the part of the players that a friendly should be substituted. Despite the knowledge of this fact, however, and the unpropitious nature of the weather there was a large attendance of spectators. The teams were as follows: Orion: Morrison; Mackay, Ross; Wight, Dawson, Currie; Gloag, Benzie, Low, Leggatt, Stopani. Victoria United: Sim; Anderson, J. Ririe; Morrice, W. Ririe, Annand; G. Macfarlane, A. Macfarlane, Caie, Forsyth, Clark

The spin of the coin was in favour of Victoria United, and Orion kicked off against a strong wind and a heavy shower of sleet. After some promiscuous play, Stopani centred to Leggatt, who shot for goal. The ball struck young Ririe and rolled into the net - thus securing the first point for Orion. Bye-and-by an attack by the Victoria forwards culminated in a corner; and G. Macfarlane taking the kick placed it beautifully. It resulted in nothing, however, as Ross headed it out. The Blues kept up the attack, and another corner fell to them, but it also proved fruitless. Clark was within an ace of scoring, the ball just grazing the goalpost, Play was now transferred, and Stopani had a try at goal, Sim was on the watch, however, and saved with comparative ease, and Victoria forwards getting hold, forced their way down, securing another corner. Stopani again found his way across the line, to be repelled by Ririe, who gave the ball to Clark. The outside left had a brilliant run, beating down all opposition, and crowning all by sending in a well-directed shot, which Morrison failed to stop. Play now became "fast and furious," and fouls were of frequent occurrence, but no further scoring took place ere half-time one goal each.

The spirited play was maintained on resuming, and after a time a scrimmage resulted in Low scoring a second, time for Orion. Shortly afterwards Mackay and Ross were called upon to frustrate a determined rush by the two Macfarlanes. A foul was given against the Stripes near to their goal, and Macfarlane took the kick. The bail landed in the net, but as it failed to touch a player in its course the goal was disallowed. The left wing of the United forged their way up again, and Forsyth centred. Caie was not in his place, however, and the Stripes sent the bail well down the field. Powerful kicking on the part of Ririe and Annand put the ball within reach of Clark, who outstripped Mackay, but missed a likely shot. A few minutes afterwards Gloag scored for Orion, but offside was claimed and allowed. Ultimately Cark got behind and beat Morrison, thus equalising. The game ended in a draw - two goals each.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 14th January 1895

Orion Teamsheet:  Morrison; Mackay, Ross; Wight, Dawson, Currie; Gloag, Benzie, Low, Leggatt, Stopani

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Victoria United Teamsheet:  Sim; Anderson, J. Ririe; Morrice, W. Ririe, Annand; G. Macfarlane, A. Macfarlane, Caie, Forsyth, Clark

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