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Northern League 
02/10/1897
 
Montrose 3 - 1 The Aberdeen
Kick Off:    Alexander, Alexander, Cobb       From Scrimmage  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Links Park, Montrose
This Northern League match was played on Links Park, Montrose, in dull weather, and before a good attendance of spectators. Teams: Montrose - Bowman; J. Allan, McIntosh; Lamb, Burgess, Smith; Towns, Hardie, Alexander, Watson, Cobb. Aberdeen - Smyth; John Davidson, McIntosh; Joe Davidson, James Clark, Jones; McIntosh, A. N. Other, Mackay, Cadger, Gray. The opening stages were equal, both teams pressing in turn. A fine break away by the Aberdeen forwards was splendidly judged by Allan, and the leather was carried by the home right wing to Aberdeen territory. McIntosh headed out in the nick of time, but the relief was only momentary, an first Watson and then Hardie had capital but futile shots at goal. The game was very well contested, play being hard but not brilliant. Aberdeen forwards made determined efforts, but the home defence prevailed. Half-time: No scoring.

On resuming Montrose at once put on the pressure, but by fine combination the Aberdeen forwards got west. The stripes returned to the attack, and amidst enthusiastic cheers Alexander accepted a pass from Towns and sent the leather past Smyth, who made a good attempt to save. Alexander, with a low shot, scored a second point. For a time the visitors had somewhat the hotter of matters, but the home defence stood up well to the attack and kept their charge intact. Five minutes from time Aberdeen rushed the ball through from a free kick. Montrose returned, and Cobb headed through a third point from a pass by Burgess. The game ended: Montrose 3, Aberdeen 1.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 4th October 1897

 
It was confidently expected Aberdeen would manage to annex two points at the expense of the Gable-endies, even although they had to travel. At the last moment the Whites were disappointed by two of their team failing to turn up. The opening passages of the game were very equal. Aberdeen might have been two or three goals to the good before half time had the forwards taken advantage of the many easy chances they got. As it was, neither side had managed to score when time was called. Montrose had the best of matters on restarting, and Alexander opened the scoring. The same player netted a second almost immediately afterwards. Aberdeen had then a look in, and scored from a scrimmage. Towards the close the homesters got a third point, and play stopped with Montrose 3, Aberdeen 1.

Source: Bon-Accord, 7th October 1897

Montrose Teamsheet:  Bowman; J. Allan, McIntosh; Lamb, Burgess, Smith; Towns, Hardie, Alexander, Watson, Cobb

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The Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Smyth; John Davidson, McIntosh; Joe Davidson, James Clark, Jones; McIntosh, A. N. Other, Mackay, Cadger, Gray

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