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match report 1894-95 fixture list
Gershon Cup 
The Aberdeen 0 - 2 Orion
Kick Off:  3:30 PM         Benzie, Thom  
Attendance: 3,000
Venue: Chanonry, Aberdeen
These teams met at Chanonry in a round of the Gershon Cup ties. The Orion team was the same as the previous week, but the Aberdeen had two changes. "Peters," of the Varsity was substituted for John Davidson at back; and Birnie, of 2nd eleven, played for C. W. Mackie at half-back. Teams: Orion - Morrison, Mackay, Ross; Wight, Low, Currie; Gloag, Benzie, Thom, Leggat, Stopani. Aberdeen - Smyth, "Peters," Gall; Birnie, Davidson, Thomson; Turner, Taylor, Toman; Gray, Mackie. Referee, Mr Macfarlane, Port Glasgow.

Losing the toss, the Orion kicked off against a strong wind, before a turnout of nearly 3000 spectators. The Aberdeen were not long before they had possession of the ball. Taylor had a beautiful, run down, and when near the goal mouth a touch fell to the Whites, which, however, after some interchanges, resulted in a goal kick. The Aberdeen for some time continued to press their opponents hard, and Toman, with a capital kick, landed the leather in Morrison's hands. The Orion goalkeeper had no difficulty, however, in clearing his lines. A strong kick by Morrison resulted in a touch for the Whites, who then gradually worked their way down the field. A corner was secured, but Currie relieved. Thereafter a goal to Aberdeen fifteen yards from the Stripes' goal was nullified by Thomson, who with a rash kick sent the leather over the crossbar. The Aberdeen, still pressing, were soon again at the Stripes' end, but Ross, who was playing a grand game, sent the leather well down the field. With a combined run the Orion worked their way up the field, but a foul to Aberdeen at goal mouth spoiled their chance of scoring. The Stripes were now beginning to waken up a little, and gave the Whites more trouble. Stopani, with a fine individual run along the wing, passed to Gloag, who shot for goal. Smyth cleared. Benzie got the leather, and, ten minutes from the start he beat Smyth and lowered the Whites' colours. The Aberdeen again made for their opponents' territory, but Toman, with a rather strong kick, sent the ball over the crossbar. For some time after this the Orion showed superiority, especially in defence. The Whites, once more in possession of the sphere, had a fine combined run down, but Ross proved one too much for them, and quickly sent them to the right about. Benzie, lying well down the field, got the leather, passed to Thom, who shot, but Smyth caught. Mackie then had a run, but unfortunately shot wide, From the goal kick, Mackie again got the ball, and sent in a stinging shot, which was splendidly saved by Morrison. The Stripes continued to press the ground team, and a swift shot by Low resulted in a goal kick. The Whites next pressed, and sent in shot after shot, which, however, were met in grand style by Morrison. The Orion had another run up to the Aberdeen territory, but were cleverly checked by "Peters," who was playing a capital defence. A scrimmage took place at the Orion's goal, but Morrison again saved his charge. At half-time the Orion were leading by one goal to nil.

Resuming, the Orion, with the wind in their favour - although it had considerably abated - pressed their opponents hard, and within a minute from the start Thom with a swift low shot heat Smyth for the second time. A foul to the Aberdeen near the Orion's goalmouth was nullified by Joe Davidson kicking wide. The Whites were again working their way up, but Low soon, relieved them of the leather and passed to Gloag, who kicked it to Thomson. With a fine run he reached the Stripes' goal but failed to score. Benzie now got the leather, and a splendid run was made futile by "Peters" who cleared smartly. The Whites for some time made it hot for their opponents, and must inevitably have scored had it not been for the combined efforts of Ross and Morrison. Mackie had another run down, but, shooting wide a free kick was given to the Orion. At this point the Stripes had a look in. The Orion were showing signs of reviving, and Gloag with a beautiful shot just missed by inches. Mackie tried another run, but was repulsed by Ross, who sent the ball well down the field. Gray and Mackie endeavoured to break away, but for the second time were baffled. After a few interchanges three corners fell to the Orion, but none of them had any tangible result. The Aberdeen managed to reach the Stripes' territory, and shortly afterwards a corner was given them. Nothing came of it. A grand combined run by the Orion forwards brought them dangerously near the Whites' goal, but a swift shot which was sent in was beautifully scooped out by Smyth. Mackie again endeavoured to break away, but Wight proved too much for him. Stopani made a fine run along the wing, and passes to Leggat, who, however, shot wide. The Whites had another fruitless try. From the goal-kick the Orion attempted to break away, but "Peters" getting possession of the leather, passed to Taylor, who ran up the field. A corner was given to Aberdeen which ultimately resulted in a goal-kick. The Orion were past midfield and working their way down to their opponents' territory when the whistle sounded full time. The scores were: Orion 2, Aberdeen 0.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 25th March 1895

Though the weather was not so congenial as on the occasion of their last meeting, the Aberdeen and Orion were patronised by a large attendance on the occasion of their Gershon Gap tie. The game was of a most interesting nature from beginning to end, and although the Whites were again on the losing side, they made a much better appearance than in the 'Shire final Their attack, if lacking in combination, was more deadly in the main, and the defence a good deal safer, and it wasn't so much the mediocrity of their play as the sterling defence of Ross and Morrison which brought about their downfall. Time and again was Morrison tried with shots that would have troubled the best of custodians, but he held his fort intact to the end, exhibiting saving powers of a class which on hit showing since he donned the striped jersey no one could have given him credit of possessing. The game was not a one-sided one by any means, as the Whites had a good share of the play, and had they exhibited more concerted action in the close there is no saying bat Morrison, in good form as he was, might have round It a difficult matter to keep them from getting the ball into the net. Mr McFarlane, Port-Glasgow, made his debut as a referee in Aberdeen, and he acted his part well.

Short Kicks.

Again the Orion triumphed. The Whites fought a good fight and died gamely. They improved remarkably from their last appearance. But still the halves were reckless, and the forwards didn't work together with that cohesion which we would like to see them exhibit.
Morrison gave a brilliant exposition of defence, and had more stinging shots to deal with than Smyth.
Tom made a serious blunder in not even attempting to stop the second goal. Perhaps it was past him ere he got his wits about him.
Ross outshone all the backs, being safety personified.
Between McKay, Gall, and Murray it was a toss-up. The latter, however, is just a trifle eager.
Wight, Lowe, and Currie were the superior trio of halves. There was more method in their work, and they were not so flurried as their compeers on the other side.
Thomson was the best of the Aberdeen lot.
Mackie was a striking figure among the forwards. His capital turn of speed was turned to good account, and he shot In dashing style. But he might have troubled Morrison more had he centered oftener.
Gloag and Benzie made a clever wing, keeping the defence opposed to them ever on the move.
Thom acted very well in centre, but his play would be improved with a little more backing up.
Leggat was smart, tricky, and full of go, but Stopani, though he played a good game, didn't shine so brightly as he did at Torry.
Toman displayed excellent judgment in centre for Aberdeen, and had Mackie not forgotten he was there, there is no saying what damage might have been wrought.
There is always danger in a combined attack, but when a custodian gets to know a selfish winger he keeps his eye on him, and is consequently more able to dispose of his parting shot, however difficult it may be, than when the sphere is kept revolving.
Taylor and little Gray dribbled and passed prettily, but Rab Turner didn't seem to get so much of the ball as is his wont.
The Whites had a good share of the play, but their attacks were overshadowed by the altogether safe defence of the Orion.
It was a good match - free from roughness, and fought out with a tenacity of purpose by both elevens which kept up the interest till the finish.

Source: Bon-Accord, 30th March 1895

The Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Smyth, "Peters," Gall; Birnie, Davidson, Thomson; Turner, Taylor, Toman; Gray, Mackie


Orion Teamsheet:  Morrison, Mackay, Ross; Wight, Low, Currie; Gloag, Benzie, Thom, Leggat, Stopani


Referee: Mr. Macfarlane, Port Glasgow

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