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match report 1896-97 fixture list
Victoria United 2 - 4 St Mirren
Kick Off:           
Attendance: 0
Venue: Victoria Bridge, Aberdeen
Fresh from their creditable performance at Dundee on Friday the St Mirren, the popular Paisley combination, were the opponents of the Victoria United at Torry, Aberdeen, on Saturday. Despite the United's downfall on the previous day, quite a large crowd gave their patronage in the hope that the Torry combination would show up better before one of the leading elevens. It was readily apparent that the St Mirren were the heavier eleven, but the subsequent play proved that this did not constitute a serous handicap to the United. Several changes had been effected in the Torry team. Anderson, the former member of the United and now in Glasgow, was included, and the forward line was as follows: Murison, Wingrove, Caie, Burnett, and Ritchie. As if determined to make amends in some measure for the poor exhibition of the previous day, the Aberdeen men entered into the contest in earnest. And before fifteen minutes had passed their determination was rewarded with success, for within that period they had placed two goals to their credit, one being scrimmaged through, and the other obtained by a swift shot from Caie. Resourceful as were the tactics of the St Mirren, the United went one better, and the southern combination had to bring all their football knowledge into play to thwart the repeated and effective attacking of the Aberdeen team. The improvement in the play of the United was remarkable as it was satisfactory, and the exhibition in the first period was of the most interesting kind. The St Mirren were very smart as far as combination went, but they lacked the persistent energy of the United. Every part of the Aberdeen combination was effective, and they were decidedly the better team in the first half at least. Two goals to nil in favour of the United at half time fairly represented the run of the play. While all the local men were seen to advantage in their respective places the back division was perhaps the strongest part of the team. Anderson and Grant seemed to be invincible, and Findlay never failed to clear, his fine judgment being displayed on several occasions. All the half-back trio were effective, but Davidson and Stopani stood out the most prominently. The forward players all performed their respective duties in fine style, and, altogether, the United gave an exhibition upon which they can be complemented. From the beginning of the second half the strangers worked hard, and their efforts were rewarded by four goals. St Mirren were the superior eleven in the latter period, but the United did not by any means give a poor exhibition. The rearrangement in the forward rank of the United team did not improve matters, and the crowd showed their satisfaction by loud applause when Caie again took his place at centre. The members of the back division were equally as good as in the first half, but the play of the front rank deteriorated somewhat. The game ended in favour of the St Mirren, by four goals to two. The St Mirren, it may be mentioned, had a guarantee of 20.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 4th January 1897

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