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Northern League 
05/12/1896
 
The Aberdeen 2 - 5 Orion
Kick Off:    Cadger, Marshall       Thom, Leggat, Hogg, A. McFarlane, Thom  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Chanonry, Aberdeen
Aberdeen shared in the miserable weather, and there is therefore little cause for wonder that the play is the Northern League tie between the Orion and the Aberdeen at Chanonry was void of interest. The match was started ten minutes late, and the teams mutually agreed that should the game have to be stopped before time owing to darkness there would be no protest. The clubs lined up as follows: Aberdeen - Smyth; Davidson, C. W. Mackie; Ritchie, Smith, Thomson; J. Mackie, McIntosh, Cadger, Gray, Marshall. Orion - McBean; Ross, James Low; Wight, John Low, Dawson; M. McFarlane, A. McFarlane, Thom, Leggatt, Hogg. Aberdeen kicked off, and Orion at once attacked, but were repulsed. Orion's forwards, however, worked splendidly together, and time after time broke up the Whites' defence. Thom opened the scoring for the Orion about five minutes after the start. Orion were going very strongly; and Leggat added a second point, and shortly afterwards Hogg scored a third. Aberdeen afterwards threw off the pressure and worked their way down to Orion's quarters, and Cadger obtained a goal. When ends were changed, the Cattofield team were leading by three goals to one.

Orion, on opening the second period, played with a dash and vigour that took Aberdeen by surprise. As a result, the goal register soon began to increase. A McFarlane being the first to add a point. Thom was responsible for the fifth goal, but from this point Aberdeen offered a stubborn'resistance and defied all the efforts of the visitors to pierce their goal. The Whites broke away on the left, and before anybody was aware of the fact, Marshall had popped the leather into the net. By this time darkness had fallen, and, with ten minutes to go, the referee stopped play on account of the, failing light, the score standing 5-2 in favour of Orion. The Stripes have a notable addition to their ranks in the person of M. McFarlane, who throughout played an excellent game, and on the wing showed splendid speed. The other forwards, too, wore in fine form, and received able support from the half-backs. The defence was all that could be desired, McBean excelling in goal. The forward rank was the best part of the Aberdeen eleven, J. Mackie at times, however, shooting rather wildly. Ritchie, the erstwhile custodian, gave a fine exhibition at half-back, but Smith and Thomson were not far behind. Davidson put in some fine defensive tactics, but Smyth's appearance in goal was not what might have been expected from a player of his repute.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 7th December 1896

 
The game had started 10 mins later and was stopped after 80 mins due to darkness. Despite the two clubs agreeing beforehand not to protest, the match was ordered to be replayed on 1 May. The outcome of that match costing Orion a point.
The Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Smyth; Davidson, C. W. Mackie; Ritchie, Smith, Thomson; J. Mackie, McIntosh, Cadger, Gray, Marshall

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Orion Teamsheet:  McBean; Ross, James Low; Wight, John Low, Dawson; M. McFarlane, A. McFarlane, Thom, Leggatt, Hogg

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