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09/10/1897
 
Victoria United 0 - 3 Inverness Clachnacuddin
Kick Off:           
Attendance: 0
Venue: Victoria Bridge, Aberdeen
A Surprise at Torry.
A friendly match was played between these teams at Victoria Bridge Grounds. Mr R. Turner was referee, and the teams were: United - Findlay; McNeil, McKenzie; Stopani, Moffat, Thornton; McPherson, Hederson, Burnett, Carlin, Ritchie. Clachnacuddin - McGregor; L. McLean, McKenzie; McEchren, Godsman, Lyon; J. McLean, Mackay, DAVidson, W. Macdonald, J. Macdonald. From the nature of the play in the first period it was seen that the United had under-estimated the abilities of their opponents, who adopted bustling tactics throughout, and at half-time led by one goal to nil. The second half was pretty much a repetition of the first, the "Clach" easily maintaining their lead, which, before the whistle blew, they had increased by adding two points. The game ended: Clachnacuddin, 3;Victoria United, 0.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 11th October 1897

 
The Vics' exit from the qualifying cup ties leaving them with an open date, they engaged in a friendly fixture with the Clachnacuddin of Inverness. There was a good turnout of spectators. The game opened rather tamely, neither side infusing any dash into the play, but if anything the visitors were having the best of the exchanges, and about 15 minutes from the start Findlay was beaten by a good shot from centre. This reverse had the effect of making the Vics put a little more life into their play, but they were repulsed at every turn by a capital defence. No further scoring took place in the first half. The second half opened with a spirited attack by the Clachs on the home goal, which was several times in danger, the home defence being beaten time after time. The kick and rush play of the Clachs was again successful, Findlay being beaten by Godsman with a good shot. The Vies were now clearly beaten, their forwards being held up on every occasion, and just on the call of time the Clachs again scored, and ran out easy winners by 3 to 0.

Source: Bon-Accord, 14th October 1897

 

Short Kicks.

Saturday, 2nd October, at Torry, Orion 2, Vics 4: October 7, at Torry, Clachnacuddin 3, Vics 0 ; at Inverness Orion 3, Caledonian 0. " There's a picture for you."
The Vics' defeat, let us hope, will turn out a blessing in disguise. The United were not at full strength, Allan, goalkeeper; Allan, back; and Morrice being absent, their places being filled Findlay, McKenzie, and Stopani, respectively.
A great mistake was made by the Vics in taking their opponents too cheaply at the commencement, and when they tried to settle down found the Clachs' defence were a force, and a no mean one, to reckon with. The Vics' forwards did make a sad mess of it, and no mistake. Henderson and McPherson have not this season found a harder nut to crack than the left back of the Clachs. The way the little left back of the visitors bottled them up was a treat to witness, and the crowd did not neglect to cheer his brilliant play.
McKenzie has improved since the Forfar Athletic match, but Dan, not Dan Doyle, was a little bit off colour.
Stopani worked hard during the first half, but seemed to tire a bit towards the finish.
Craig, we think, is a better man, and ought to be given a further trial.
The Clachs are a well-balanced lot, have plenty of dash, and seemed to have no tiring. All the same, were the teams to meet again on Saturday, we would lay odds on the Vics.
The Vics are at present at the head of the Northern League, but if they wish to maintain that honourable position they will have to "buck up" a little on Saturday.
The Aberdeen have a knack of springing surprises. What price it comes off on Saturday?

Source: Bon-Accord, 14th October 1897

Victoria United Teamsheet:  Findlay; McNeil, McKenzie; Stopani, Moffat, Thornton; McPherson, Hederson, Burnett, Carlin, Ritchie

Bookings:

Inverness Clachnacuddin Teamsheet:  McGregor; L. McLean, McKenzie; McEchren, Godsman, Lyon; J. McLean, Mackay, DAVidson, W. Macdonald, J. Macdonald

Bookings:

Referee: Mr. R. Turner, Aberdeen

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