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Gershon Cup 
13/05/1897
 
The Aberdeen 4 - 3 Victoria United
Kick Off:           
Attendance: 1,000
Venue: Chanonry, Aberdeen
These teams met at Chanonry last night in the semi-final round of the Gershon Cup competition. The weather was excellent, and the ground was in splendid condition. An interested crowd of over 1000 persons watched the game, and Mr James Philip was referee. Aberdeen was represented by Ritchie; Davidson, Gall; J. Mackie, Henderson, J. Thomson; McIntosh, R. Thomson, C. W. Mackie, Milne, Gray; while the United's players were: Findlay; McConnachie, McNeil; Stopani, Thornton, J. Ritchie; Murison, Law, G. Burnett, J. Burnett, and R. Ritchie. The Whites had the best of the opening play, and were several times in evidence at the citadel mouth. The United also attacked, but were unable to accomplish anything in the way of scoring. At length the first goal was secured by Law, who headed in beautifully from a foul. Fifteen minutes later Burnett scored a second goal for the United from a pass by Ritchie. The Chanonry men now infused more vigour into their play, and considerably harassed the United's defence. R. Thomson succeeded in evading Findlay, and registered the first goal for his side. The Whites followed up this advantage by a series of smart tactics in front of the Blues' citadel, and shortly afterwards the equalising point was obtained, Stopani knocking the leather through his own goal. Shortly before half-time Mackie registered a third point from a penalty kick. Ends ware changed with Aberdeen leading by 3 goals to 2. Play throughout the second period was very fast. Shortly after the restart G. Burnett equalised with a beauty. Aberdeen strove hard to obtain the leading point, but for some time their efforts were in vain. About twenty minutes from the close, however, Mackie scored a fourth goal, and although the Torry eleven did their utmost to equalise, they were unable to do so. The game ended - Aberdeen 4, Victoria United 3.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 14th May 1897

 
Victoria United and Aberdeen met in the Gershon ties at Chanonry on Thursday evening. The game, which was rather forcible all through, ended in a win for the Whites by 4-3.

Source: Bon-Accord, 20th May 1897

The Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Ritchie; Davidson, Gall; J. Mackie, Henderson, J. Thomson; McIntosh, R. Thomson, C. W. Mackie, Milne, Gray

Bookings:

Victoria United Teamsheet:  Findlay; McConnachie, McNeil; Stopani, Thornton, J. Ritchie; Murison, Law, G. Burnett, J. Burnett, R. Ritchie

Bookings:

Referee: Mr. James Philip, Aberdeen

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