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Gershon Cup 
The Aberdeen 2 - 2 Orion
Kick Off:    Toman, From Scrimmage       Thom, Stopani  
Attendance: 4,000
Venue: Chanonry, Aberdeen
A Hot Tussle and a Draw.
In very disagreeable weather these teams met at Chanonry in the second match of the Gershon Cup ties. The ground was in a very soft condition, and almost put good play out of the question. Despite the bad weather, a crowd, almost 4000 strong, found their way to the scene of hostilities. The teams were: Orion - Morrison; Mackay, ROSS; Currie, Low, Dawson; Gloag, Benzie, Thom, Leggat, Stopani. Aberdeen - Ritchie; John Davidson, Low; Alexander, Joseph Davidson, Thomson; Crawford, C. W. Mackie, Toman, Milne, J. Mackie. Referee: Mr R. Allison, St Mirren.

The Cattofield men won the toss, and decided to defend the east goal, with the sun and wind in their favour. Orion at once invaded, and Ritchie was kept busy fisting out the leather, but Jack of energy on the part of the Stripes at goal mouth failed to improve matters. The play was disappointing in the extreme. Neither of the elevens attempted combination. The Aberdeen's defence was a feature of the game, and was far superior to that of the Orion. Is fact Mackay, at back, was the only player whose efforts were effective in the Stripes' back division. Had the front rank of the Aberdeen combined better they could have augmented their total considerably. The Whites kept well together, and eventually a well-judged shot was sent in from the right wing, and, the ball dropping in front of goal, Milne and Toman rushed it through. Both elevens now tried bard to secure a point, but half-time sounded with the score unchanged: Aberdeen 1, Orion 0.

Immediately after the restart a corner was conceded to the Aberdeen, and Morrison only succeeded in saving the shot at the expense of a second corner. Eventually the Orion managed to clear their lines, and after about 15 minutes' play Gloag sent in a beautiful shot to the centre, immediately in front of the Aberdeen's goalmouth. Thom tipped it through. The Aberdeen kept up the pressure and out of a scrimmage scored a second point. Subsequently Benzie, with a well-judged shot, landed the ball at Aberdeen's goal mouth. Ritchie hesitated, and Stopani, with hare-like ability, rushed up and placed the matter beyond doubt by kicking the ball into the net. Final result: Orion, 2; Aberdeen, 2.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 28th October 1898

Chanonry was the scene of wild excitement right through the whole 90 minutes on Saturday, on the occasion of the drawn match (2 goals each) between the Aberdeen and Orion. The crowd was withall good humoured, and contained themselves with praiseworthy coolness, considering the high-strung nature of the proceedings. The Orion were perhaps the prettier manipulators of the sphere when they got possession - which certainly was less frequently than their opposers, but the Aberdeen fairly outshone them in the dashing way they went for goals. The Whites shot oftener, more accurately, and put a great deal more sting into their parting efforts, while they also followed up their work in a heartier way. The Orion's supporters "slipped into their boots," to use a vulgarism, on the Aberdeen taking the lead, but a few seconds to time the Aberdeen followers were made to change places, as the Stripes equalised the game, and thus dashed the cup of victory from their lips just as they were to gulp the last pleasant draught. It was a bitter disappointment, and I sincerely condole with them, as the Whites had decidedly the best of matters. Ritchie made a capital under-study to Smith, but wasn't so severely tested as Morrison, who acted a good part; the backs were slightly better than their compeers, though Mackay played a fair game; Alexander, Davidson, and Currie were the pick of the halves on either side; and of the forwards of the home eleven, all of whom worked with great enthusiasm, Toman. J Mackie, and Milne were most noticeable; while for the Orion a much-of-a-sameness pervaded the whole line. They didn't play badly, but they were indolent and shot miserably.

Source: Bon-Accord, 31st October 1895

The Aberdeen Teamsheet: 

Unused Subs: Ritchie; John Davidson, Low; Alexander, Joseph Davidson, Thomson; Crawford, C. W. Mackie, Toman, Milne, J. Mackie


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

Unused Subs: Ritchie; John Davidson, Low; Alexander, Joseph Davidson, Thomson; Crawford, C. W. Mackie, Toman, Milne, J. Mackie


Referee: Mr. R. Allison, Renfrewshire

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