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match report 1895-96 fixture list
Orion 6 - 3 Victoria United
Kick Off:           
Attendance: 0
Venue: Cattofield, Aberdeen
The Orion in Great Form.
These teams met in a friendly match at Cattofield on Saturday afternoon in fine weather, and before a large crowd. The first portion of the game was marked by frequent visitations of each team in the territory of its opponent, the United having slightly the best of matters. The second half was commenced with the score 2-1 in favour of the Blues, but the Orion now assumed the aggressive and beat Gillespie three times before Murison found an opening. After this the ground team maintained the lead, several efforts of the United to raise their colours proving futile, and the match ended - Orion, 6 goals; United, 3.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 16th March 1896

Taken all over the game on Saturday between the Orion and Vics at Cattofield was a poor one. The Orion fully deserved their 6-3 victory. The winners' forwards were in fine shooting form during the second portion of the game, and we question if they have been seen to such advantage this season. Certainly the Vics were greatly handicapped by the absence of Anderson at back, but, for all that, the Stripes' front rank were irresistible. Leggat was the shining light, and he had a clever partner in the person of Tarbet (late of the Vics). The Orion have made a good catch in the last named player, and should keep him on the left wing. His centring was beautifully timed. Thom, Benzie, and the evergreen Gloag were the other three forwards, and they were good and bad by turns, although, the goal that Thom scored was a really clever piece of play. Low and Currie carried off the honours at half, and both were equally good in defending and following up. Mackay and Ross made several bad misses it back, but both recovered themselves towards the close. McBean got little to do in goal, except when coming to the assistance of his backs, but he was generally equal to the demands.

And what about the Vics? Well, it seems that without Maconnachie and Anderson their prospects do not look at all bright. Murison took the outside right's place and Wingrove occupied the vacant position at back, It was in the latter department that the Vies appeared to lose themselves. Wingrove is not a patch on Anderson either In kicking or tackling, Murison is very speedy, but his parting effort is generally weak in the extreme. All the losers' forwards were a bit off, and in the early stages of the game lost innumerable chances. We seldom have seen the Cupholders so thoroughly outplayed as they were towards the finish, as it is generally at the finish that the Vics are seen at their best. Ririe was easily the most important man in the defence, and Gillespie could not be blamed for any of the goals scored against him. Annand worked hard all through, bat it seems strange that i player of his ability should so often resort to shady and questionable tactics. No doubt there was a good deal of hard knocks agoing on Saturday, but, at the same time, capable players should be above such tactics.

Source: Bon-Accord, 19th March 1896

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