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match report 1897-98 fixture list
Northern League 
Montrose 1 - 4 Orion
Kick Off:    Burgess       Hogg, Thom, Hogg, Hogg  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Links Park, Montrose
Played on Links Park, before a good turnout of spectators. Teams: Montrose: Alexander; G. Allan, Macpherson; Lamb, Burgess, McLean; Macrae, James, Smith, Watson, Towns. Orion: McBean; Ross, Scott; Currie, Low, Dawson; Wabster, Grant, Thom, Leggat, Hogg. Referee: Mr. Cation, Dundee Wanderers. Orion kicked off and were the first to be dangerous. A foul spoiled their chances, however, and they had to retire. For a considerable time Montrose had the better of matters, and on one occasion almost got the ball through from a srimrimmage. The Orion put on the pressure, and forced two corners, which proved fruitless. On a return Thom, getting past Allan, passed to Hogg, who had no difficulty in scoring the first goal. The Orion continued to press, and were awarded a penalty kick. Thom shot, but Alexander saved and Allan cleared. Orion returned, and from a corner Thom scored a second point. Montrose tried hard to score, and at length were successful, a fine overhead kick, by Burgess resulting in the ball being rushed through. At half-time the scores were Orion 2, Montrose 1.

A minute after resuming Hogg scored a third point for the visitors, and ten minutes later the same player secured a fourth point. Montrose invaded, and almost scored through loose play by McBean. The Aberdonians easily kept the upper hand, and the match, which terminated in semi-darkness, resulted: Orion 4, Montrose 1.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 22nd November 1897

The qualifying semi-final being off, Orion were able to play their fixture at Montrose. Orion kicked off and immediately tested Alexander, but relief came through a foul. The visitors were having the best of the game and a fine pass by Thom enabled Hogg to open the scoring. For McPherson fisting out the Orjon were awarded a penalty. Jim Thom took the kick but banged the ball against Alexander and a fine chance was lost. Jim made up for this by scoring from a corner shortly afterwards. From a scrimmage Montrose reduced their opponents' lead by 1, and at half time the score was Orion 2, Montrose 1. The ball had scarcely been kicked off when Hogg added another point to Orion's score. Orion were having all the play, and Hogg gladdened the hearts of the Aberdonians present by cleverly scoring a fourth. Up to the close of the game Orion held the upper hand but did not score again. A rather one-sided match ended: Orion 4, Montrose 1. .

Short Kicks.

At Montrose Orion made no mistake. They had the ball through seven times but only got four.
The referee there was also a fancy article. He warned Hogg for rough play - rough, mark you, not dirty. Just fancy the little man playing rough. Why, the very mention of it is ridiculous.
The kicking of penalties must be getting a lost art to Jim Thom. He missed another on Saturday.
Orion play the semi-final tie against East Stirlingshire at Cattofield on Saturday. Raith Rovers' protest against East Stirlingshire was lost by one vote. Ayr Parkhouse were more fortunate against Port Glasgow, and with them are to get another chance of entering the final.

Source: Bon-Accord, 25th November 1897

Montrose Teamsheet:  Alexander; G. Allan, Macpherson; Lamb, Burgess, McLean; Macrae, James, Smith, Watson, Towns


Orion Teamsheet:  McBean; Ross, Scott; Currie, Low, Dawson; Wabster, Grant, Thom, Leggat, Hogg


Referee: Mr. Cation, Dundee Wanderers

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