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Scottish Qualifying Cup 
Inverness Caledonian 0 - 2 Orion
Kick Off:          Webster, ?  
Attendance: 0
These teams met at Inverness in the third round of the Scottish Qualifying Cup. The weather looked threatening, but fortunately for the teams the rain kept off, and the match was conducted under favourable auspices. The Caledonian started well, racing into the Orion territory, but nothing resulted. Still pressing, the Caledonian worked well together. Ross and Scott were very steady, repelling the attacks of the Highlanders in good style. Thom began a useful run, but the ball was sent over the Highland lines. Again the Caledonian, led by Todd, rushed away to the Orion territory. McBean, the Orion goalkeeper, saved, but the ball was smartly caught by Godsman, who, however, shot wide. Beautiful play was afterwards shown by the Aberdeen forwards. With rare combination, they travelled along the field, and the final shot by Hogg was saved with difficulty. The players now went to the other end, where Cornet missed a good chance of scoring. The Orion forwards were showing decidedly good form. A penalty kick was awarded to them and Thom took the kick, but the Caledonian goalkeeper saved in grand style. After this, Orion played more determinedly, and Webster with a well-placed shot scored the first goal amidst cheering. This encouraged the Orion, who worked methodically together, and a second goal was scored from the left wing. Fast play followed, the Orion experiencing hard lines at goal. The Orion showed the better play, and at half time led by two goals.

With rare dash, the Caledonian began the second period. They assaulted the Orion goal with great determination, and once or twice the Orion's colours were nearly lowered. Smart play was shown by the strangers' halves, who repelled the rushing Highlanders. A stirring attack was made by the Orion, and some recompense might have accrued had Hogg not spoilt his chance A foul was given against Thom for a bit of forcible play, and a couple against the Caledonian for similar tactics. The game was getting a bit rough, but the referee -Mr Wm. Niven, Dundee - promptly checked such tactics. The Orion again played up, having a number of corners in succession, but the Highland defence could not be pierced. Todd again cleared the way, and the Aberdeen defence was tested, McBean proving himself no mean goalkeeper. Webster and Mafarlane now had a pretty run, and the Caledonian goalkeeper saved the ball while lying on the ground. Some fine play was shown by McBean (goal), who waved two grand shots from the Inverness right. The game toned down as the closing minutes came, and finished in a win for the Orion by two goals to nothing.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 11th October 1897

Orion, having declined to accept the Caledonian's offer to come to Aberdeen, journeyed on Saturday to meet the Highland host on their native heath. At the commencement the visitors had matters pretty much their own way and got a corner which, however, was badly negotiated. A penalty kick was awarded Orion soon afterwards and this also they failed to convert. Thom took the kick which was grandly saved. The visitors were not to be denied, and the opening goal was not long in coming, Webster putting the finish to it. The Caley had a few likely rushes but the defence was too good to be caught napping. Ere breathing time Orion had placed a second point to their credit. Half time arrived with Orion 2; Caley 0 The Caley opened the second half in much better style and a spell of give-and-take play was the result. Orion seemed to be quite content with their lead and did not exert themselves so much as in the first half. The home team during this period resorted to forcible tactics and the visitors suffered through their attention. Thom, in particular, came in for a good share of the hard knocks a-going. The Aberdonians kept their goal intact and Orion step into the next round of the Qualifying Cup, and into the first round of the Scottish proper by 2-0.

Source: Bon-Accord, 14th October 1897


Short Kicks.

An excited crowd gathered opposite Councillor Glass's shop on Saturday eagerly awaiting the result of the Inverness game. When the "tanner's worth" informed that Orion had won by 2-0 the enthusiasm knew no bounds.
Inverness were inclined to be rather rough, but it didn't pay.
Donald Currie was the best half on the-field, Jim Thom the best forward, while Hogg's centering was a feature of the game.
The shot Webster scored with was a scorcher. The goal-keeper had no chance whatever.
Orion go to Arbroath on Saturday to play a Northern League fixture. They should have played the Wanderers but the Dundonians have on a Forfar tie. Wilson got hurt at Inverness and will not be able to turn out. The Clach's left back who played so well against the Vies may soon be seen in the ranks of Orion.

Source: Bon-Accord, 14th October 1897

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Referee: Mr. William Niven, Dundee

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