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Charity Cup Final Replay 
The Aberdeen 2 - 6 Victoria United
Kick Off:    Taylor, Taylor       G. McFarlane, A. McFarlane, Clark, G. McFarlane, ?, A. McFarlane  
Attendance: 3,500
Venue: Cattofield, Aberdeen
Teams representing the Aberdeen and Victoria United met in the final round of the Charity ties at Cattofield last night before an attendance of fully 3500. The players were: Aberdeen - Smyth; John Davidson, Gall; C. W. Mackie, Joseph Davidson, Thomson; Turner, Taylor, Toman, Gray, Mackie. Victoria United - Insch; Anderson, Burgess; Morrice, Ririe, Annand; G. McFarlane, A. McFarlane, Clark, Forsyth, Ritchie. Referee, Mr Black, Forfar.

Winning the toss the Victoria United chose to play uphill. Toman kicked off for the Aberdeen, and the Whites at once made for their opponents' goal. Hard lines were experienced by the Aberdeen at goal mouth, and eventually a goal kick relieved the Blues. The latter soon assumed the superiority, and, two minutes from the start, G. McFarlane landed the leather in the net amidst rapturous cheering. Give-and-take play was engaged in for some time, both teams failing to score owing to reckless shooting. Numerous fouls were being conceded by both elevens, in consequence of the rough play. A foul to the Aberdeen, 30 yards from their opponents' goalmouth, resulted in Taylor equalising with a beautiful low shot. A feature of the game all through was the decided lack of combination displayed by both teams. Burgess, who had been brought to Aberdeen from Montrose to fill J. Ririe's place at back, through the unavoidable absence of the latter, made himself conspicuous by his capital exhibition of defensive powers. Still, recklessness, caused by excitement nullified any attempts at scoring, and half-time sounded with the Victoria United pressing, and the scores standing - Aberdeen 1, Victoria United 1.

In the second half it was fully expected that, playing uphill, matters would go hard with the Whites. Enthusiasm was, however, infused into their play from the commencement, and it was evident that a hard struggle would ensue before the game was decided. Several splendid runs were accomplished by the Aberdeen, but each proved fruitless. The Blues came away with a beautiful combined run, and bore down upon their opponents like an avalanche. A scrimmage ensued, out of which the United, through the medium of A. McFarlane, scored the leading point. Shortly afterwards another run was made by their forwards, and Clark, from a beautiful centre by Ritchie, lowered the Whites' colours for the third time. With about 20 minutes to play, the chance of carrying off the trophy was fast fading away from the Aberdeen, but nevertheless they played very pluckily. Their efforts were, however, fruitless, as unquestionably the Blues, on the evening's play, were by far the superior eleven. Another run down by the United resulted in G. McFarlane notching the fourth point. Elated by their success, the Blues hemmed in their opponents at all points, and shortly added goal number five. The Aberdeen made one last effort to regain their position. With hare-like rapidity Taylor broke away, and, after several interchanges, brought up the Aberdeen's total to two. Their improvement was only momentary, however, for the Blues were again hemming them in, and A. McFarlane added another point. The United continued the aggressive until time was called with the game standing Victoria United 6, Aberdeen 2.

The drawings amounted to 39 8s 6 1/2d. At the close of the match the cup and badges were presented to the winning club in the Northern Hotel by Mr Litster. Mr Carnie, treasurer of the Royal Infirmary, was also present.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 21st May 1895

The Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Smyth; John Davidson, Gall; C. W. Mackie, Joseph Davidson, Thomson; Turner, Taylor, Toman, Gray, Mackie


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


Referee: Mr. Black, Forfar

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