Much interest; centred in this match, as it was the last in connection with the Northern League competition, and also because its result would have an important bearing on the championship. There was an attendance of fully 2000. The game on the whole was of a very poor order, and hardly creditable to the teams engaged. Science was at a discount on both sides. The play was of the kick-and-rush style, and in this the Orion found their equals in the Aberdeen. At the end of the first half the Aberdeen led by one goal to nil. The second period was pretty equally contested, and the Orion did not score, until half a minute before the whistle blew. There was a feeling that the game had been continued longer than it should have been.
Source: Aberdeen Journal, 3rd May 1897
This was a replay from the 5th of December after the League authorities ordered the teams to play again although neither had protested at the original fixture (q.v.) having started late and finished early.