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match report 1894-95 fixture list
Victoria United 3 - 0 Montrose
Kick Off:  6:30 PM   G. McFarlane, Forsyth, Clark        
Attendance: 1,000
Venue: Victoria Bridge, Aberdeen
These teams, met in a friendly match last night at Victoria Bridge Grounds, before an attendance of over 1000 spectators. Teams Montrose: Alexander; E. Allan, A. Allan; Downie, Burgess, Tosh; Hardy, Milne, Miller, Bowman, Thornton. Victoria United: Insch; Anderson, Ririe; Morrice, W. Ririe, Annand; Murison, G. McFarlane, Forsyth, Clark, Ritchie.

Losing the toss, the Vics, kicked off towards the south goal. The Montrose tried a run, but were smartly repulsed by Anderson. The Montrose renewed the attack, but were again baffled by Anderson. Amidst loud cheering, the Vics, worked their way to their opponents' goal, but Murison nullified any attempt at scoring by shooting wide. Two fouls to the Vics in quick succession, very nearly resulted in the lowering of the Montrose colours, but Alexander saved grandly. Bowman tried a run, but Morrice relieved him of the leather beautifully. Annand, with a splendid run, passed four of the Whites and passed to Clark, who centred beautifully to G. McFarlane, that player finishing one of the best runs seen this season by landing the leather in the net, and scoring the first point of the game. The Vics continued to press their opponents exceedingly hard, each of the front rank having a try at goal, but each failing to lodge the sphere in the act. The Blues, however, never left the Whites' territory, and, from a pass from Clark, Forsyth lowered the Montrosians' colours for a second time. The Montrose endeavoured to break away, but the Vics proved too much for them, and the Whites scarcely ever crossed midfield. E. Allan was making himself conspicuous by his splendid defence. Shortly after half-time was called, with the Vics, leading by two goals to nil.

Resuming, the Vics soon got possession of the leather, and Morrice, who was undoubtedly the best half-back on the field, wriggled through the Montrose forwards and half-backs, and shot, but Alexander kept his charge intact. From a corner Forsyth headed the ball into the goal, but Alexander smartly returned. Clark, however, again got the leather and placed the matter beyond doubt by beating Alexander for the third time. A heated dispute took place as to the legibility of the goal, but "Rab" Turner, who was acting as referee, allowed the goal. The Montrose grew indignant, and a free fight was only averted by the stern interference of "Rab". At this point the Montrosians seemed to waken up a little. With a, fine run they made for the Blues' territory and looked dangerous for a short time, but the Vics, who were showing superiority, did not allow them, to revel long in that happy condition. Getting possession of the leather, Clark with a splendid run was again harassing the Whites, and a well-placed shot which he sent in was smartly returned by Alexander. The Vics, however, for the last ten minutes of the game kept their opponents at their own goal mouth, and time was called with the scores standing: Victoria United, 3; Montrose, 0.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 13th April 1895

Victoria United Teamsheet:  Insch; Anderson, Ririe; Morrice, W. Ririe, Annand; Murison, G. McFarlane, Forsyth, Clark, Ritchie


Montrose Teamsheet:  Alexander; E. Allan, A. Allan; Downie, Burgess, Tosh; Hardy, Milne, Miller, Bowman, Thornton


Referee: Mr. Rab Turner

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