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match report 1895-96 fixture list
Orion 2 - 1 Montrose
Kick Off:    Leggat, Leggat       Stephen  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Cattofield, Aberdeen
"After Many Days. "
The "Gable-endies" journeyed to Aberdeen and met the Orion at Cattofield in a friendly game. There was a fairly large concourse of spectators. Teams: Orion - Morrison; Mackay, Ross; Currie, Low, Dawson; Leggat, Keith, Thom, Stopani, Mackay. Montrose - Alexander; Allan, McIntosh; Miller, Bowman, McLean; Fisher, Moir, Stephen, Thornton, Petrie. Referee, Mr D. Walker, Aberdeen.

The visitors won the toss, and the Orion kicked off with a strong sun against them. During the opening stages of the first period matters were equally divided. At times the Orion proved exceedingly dangerous, but lack of dash at goalmouth threw away all their efforts. It was evident that the Montrose, who during the past few weeks been badly beaten by south combinations, were to do their utmost to register a win. They entered into the game with an energy which was highly commendable, each player being determined to do his duty. Stephen brought up his wings in capital style, and their combination was a striking contrast to that of the Orion. The pressure which the strangers brought to bear could not be resisted, and, from a well-centred shot from Petrie, Stephen banged the leather past Morrison. As a combination the Orion forwards were poor, but the individual efforts of one or two were not so disappointing, Leggat accomplished several smart pieces of play during the first period, but his partner gave him little instance. The Montrose kept up a determined onset, and Morrison was called upon on several occasions. At last Stopani pierced the strangers' half-back line, and, on Thom getting the ball, he crossed to Leggat, who equalised.

A change was made in the second period in the Orion's front rank. Stopani partnered Leggat, and Keith was now on the left wing. The rearrangement proved a decided improvement, for throughout the second half the Orion were undoubtedly having the best of matters. From a pass from Keith, Leggat secured a second point. Final result: Orion, 2; Montrose, 1.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 21st October 1895

By 2 goals to 1 the Orion defeated Montrose, and, after many days, gladdened the hearts of their supporters, even Councillor Glass, who seemed to be looking through very dark optics till the second point was obtained, strutting off home with an elasticity in his movements which betokened a contented mind. It wasn't a great victory, but it was a welcome one, and one which the team worked hard to achieve. Clark was off through lameness, and Benzie, who was first reserve, failing to turn up, Mackay and Keith of the Reserves got a chance of showing what they are made of. The former was alongside Stopani, and Leggat had Keith partner, but the arrangement worked so badly in the first half (1 each), that on turning over Stopani and Leggat went together on the right, and the Juniors were placed on the left. This had a wonderful effect on the attack of the locals, Leggat and Stopani giving a dashing account of themselves, Tommie in particular shining at goal mouth, his taking of the leading point being a fine bit of judgment In goal taking. The novices did fairly well in the second half, and are both worthy of a further trial. To use a Yankeeism, Thom "made things hum" when he chose, but I would have preferred the humming to have been more sustained. If the lengthy centre could only be prevailed upon to "go all the time" the best of custodians would not find their position a bed of roses. Currie and Low were very safe at half, the centre working with his accustomed energy and pluck; but Dawson's was an unequal performance, yet quite meritorious for a player who only fills a place in the cast in an emergency. The defence of the backs was sound to a degree, their daring tackling and judicious kicking being as strong as it was weak against the Vics. Morrison's position was not a sinecure, and he filled it with distinction, turning aside assault after assault on his charge. Montrose is coming again. They are really a capital team, and with a little luck might have made a draw of it.

Source: Bon-Accord, 24th October 1895

Orion Teamsheet:  Morrison; Mackay, Ross; Currie, Low, Dawson; Leggat, Keith, Thom, Stopani, Mackay


Montrose Teamsheet:  Alexander; Allan, McIntosh; Miller, Bowman, McLean; Fisher, Moir, Stephen, Thornton, Petrie


Referee: Mr. D. Walker, Aberdeen

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