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match report 1896-97 fixture list
Northern League 
Orion 3 - 2 The Aberdeen
Kick Off:    Thom, A. McFarlane,Leggat       McIntosh, ?  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Cattofield, Aberdeen
The game at Cattofield between Aberdeen and Orion in the Northern League competition cannot be classed as exciting. On their own ground, Orion were fully expected to inflict defeat on Aberdeen, and these expectations were amply realised, although the margin of goals in favour of the Cattofield men is very small indeed, much smaller in fact than even the defeated team anticipated. The weather was of the most wretched description - dull and rainy, but despite this, there was a large turnout of spectators. Orion were represented by: McBean, James Low, Ross; Gordon, John Low, Dawson; A. McFarlane, M. McFarlane, Thom, Leggat, Hogg; while Aberdeen relied on Ritchie; Davidson, Gall; C. W. Mackie, Smith, Thomson; McIntosh, Cadger, J. Mackie, Gray, Still. The match had perforce to stark early owing to the failing of the light, but when hostilities were commenced only ten players of both teams had turned up. The "late arrivals, however, came on a few minutes afterwards. The game, as already indicated, was played under the worst climatic conditions, and a strong breeze sweeping from goal to goal still further hampered the movements of the combatants. Aberdeen won the toss, and chose to play with both wind and incline in their favour. The play for the first, few minutes was all in their favour, and a vigorous siege on Orion's citadel was kept up. McBean saved several times, but a swift shot from Marshall eluded him. Orion were evidently not to be behind, and by dint of hard pressure gradually worked their way towards, their opponents' goal. They were repulsed however, and the ball was driven to the other end. The Cattofield forwards again captured the leather and sped off in the direction of Ritchie. Thom sent in a fine shot, which the custodian failed to save, and the game was thus placed on level terms. Aberdeen had the best of the next few exchanges, and a few minutes' pressure in Orion's quarters resulted in another goal. Before half-time, however, Orion squared matters through A. McFarlane, and the teams crossed over with the scores equal - two goals each.

Great things were expected from Orion in the second period. With a combined rush they pounced down on the Aberdeen goal, and, but for the smartness of Ritchie, would have netted the ball. A number of attacks brought a similar result, the Chanonry men evidently determining to play a defensive game. Corners innumerable fell to the stripes, but they invariably failed to improve upon the advantage. Aberdeen broke away once or twice, but their efforts at goal getting were easily frustrated by the splendid defence of Orion. After half the period had gone Leggat was successful in putting on the winning point for Orion. Assured of victory, the Cattofield team now relaxed their efforts somewhat, and although Aberdeen made several determined attempts to score, they failed to evade McBean. The final result was Orion 3, Aberdeen 2. For the winners, McBean, Ross, Gordon, and the forward rank were the best, while on the Aberdeen side McIntosh, Gray, and Still were the most effective forwards, the defence being excellent.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 28th December 1896

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


The Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Ritchie; Davidson, Gall; C. W. Mackie, Smith, Thomson; McIntosh, Cadger, J. Mackie, Gray, Still



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