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Scottish Qualifying Cup Second Round 
Polton Vale 3 - 1 Victoria United
Kick Off:    Smith, ?, ?       Burnett  
Attendance: 0
The Victoria United journeyed to Polton, a village ten miles south of Edinburgh, and met the Polton Vale in the third round of the Scottish Cup ties. Strange to say, however, there were only three of the regular players included in the ground team, the remainder being drawn from Edinburgh and Leith. The Victoria United were, fully represented, except that Mitchell, late of the Albert, took the place of Ririe, who was unable to accompany the team. The following were the players: Polton Vale - Byres; Cowe, Shearer; Neilson, McIntosh, Nicol; Baxter, Waterson, Wilson, Nisbet, Smith. Victoria United - Gillespie; Anderson, Mitchell; Morrice, Gordon, Annand; Maconnachie, Forsyth, Caie, Burnett, Ritchie. The weather was of a very pleasant character, but the pitch was miserable in the extreme, thus presenting a striking contrast to the fast pitch the Victoria United are accustomed to.

From the first the Aberdeen men played most determinedly, Annand at half-back being especially conspicuous by his smart, sure kicking, and the dash be put into his play. Play was confined to the ground team's territory for some time, until Wilson with a long kick cleared the Vale's lines, and after several interchanges at midfield Smith, with a swift shot, scored the Vale's first point. Before half-time sounded Burnett equalised. The second period opened most auspiciously for the United, and for a considerable time they pressed their opponents hard, but luck was against them. The Vale's superiority then began to manifest itself, and despite the efforts of the United's defence the former added two points to their total, and the game ended - Polton Vale 3, Victoria United 1.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 30th September 1895

While we were quite sanguine as to the result at Perth, we were prepared for the 3-1 defeat of the Blues at Polton, and if our informant is correct - and he saw the game - the Vics, made a grand fight of it, considering the long journey to Edinburgh in the train and the eight miles drive from Auld Reekie to Loanhead, the ground of Polton Vale. As to the pitch, Loanhead is not a model one, and is about the size of Central Park, with an incline from goal to goal, while there is also a slope from centre to touch lines. Under the circumstances, the strangers played a fine game against their bigger and "beefier" opponents, who included Waterston, Nlcol, Wilson, and Nelison, Heart of Midlothian; Cowie, Leith Athletic; and Baxter, Derby County - all men of ripe experience. The game was a quiet and gentlemanly one, and the referee a fair and impartial official, only one decision giving rise to question, namely, his allowing the first goal, which was got through Gillespie being interfered with before he played the bail. The Vics, created a fine impression. Gillespie played a faultless game, and Anderson kicked strongly, and kept his head well, while "wee" Mitchell filled Pirie's place with credit, only making one mistake - in letting the Vale through for their first goal. All the halves played well, Frank Gordon improved greatly. With the exception of Burnett, who, by the way, scored the Vics' only goal, all the forwards came well out of the ordeal, Forsyth and Maconnachie occasionally making the Vale defence look pretty small, while the run from which they scored was the best of the match. The spectators, of course, were not altogether impartial, but they could give an Aberdeen crowd a lesson in good manners. The Vale comes to Aberdeen In the near future. The Vics' supporters numbered six all told. Good old Sandy Dorian was there, so was his chum "Pony" Ritchie, Johnnie Duffus (the old half-back), and Cantley (who vocalised), all looking as bright as bees. Pony walked the line, but it was not altogether fair of him to tell the people the Vics wanted eight of their team. Trainer Porter deserves a word of praise for the way he put his team in the field, and Mr Dorian, sen , did his utmost to make all comfortable. It was the jolliest outing the Vics have yet had, and all returned in time for morning service on Sunday.

Source: Bon-Accord, 3rd October 1895

Polton Vale Teamsheet:  Byres; Cowe, Shearer; Neilson, McIntosh, Nicol; Baxter, Waterson, Wilson, Nisbet, Smith


Victoria United Teamsheet:  Gillespie; Anderson, Mitchell; Morrice, Gordon, Annand; Maconnachie, Forsyth, Caie, Burnett, Ritchie



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