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match report 1897-98 fixture list
Northern League 
Orion 2 - 1 Montrose
Kick Off:    Low (pen), Thom        
Attendance: 0
Venue: Cattofield, Aberdeen
At Cattofield, Aberdeen, these clubs decided a Northern League tie. Mr Dyer, Lochee, was referee, and the players were: Montrose: Bowman; Allan, McIntosh; Lamb, Burgess, McLean; Towns, Fraser. Fullerton, Watson, Anderson. Orion: McBean; ?Cooper,? Scott; Currie, Low, Dawson; Webster, Grant, Thom, Wilson, Hogg. The Aberdeen men were the aggressors in the opening stages, but the slippery nature of the ground affected the nature of their shooting. Both ends were frequently visited, but the defence was equal to any emergency. Hogg was tripped within the line, and Orion were awarded a penalty. Low took the kick, and scored a fine goal. Shortly afterwards, Dawson was severely kicked on the mouth, and had to retire for the remainder of the game. At half time the score was unchanged. In the second period, Montrose had the advantage of the incline, but, although playing with only ten men, Orion showed a plucky defence. McBean was ultimately beaten with a low shot, however, but just before the close Thom scored the winning point for the Orion.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 6th December 1897

Montrose brought north a strong team to oppose Orion at Cattofield. The opening passages were in favour of the homesters, but the soft nature of the ground was against accurate shooting. Montrose then had a look in, and McBean saved a good shot. For tripping Hogg a penalty was awarded, from which John Low opened the scoring. Dawson received a nasty kick in the mouth, and had to retire during the rest of the game. No further scoring took place in the first half.

Playing up hill and a man short, it looked black for Orion. Montrose managed to get on even terms early in the second period. The Stripes took up the running, and completely hemmed in their opponents. Montrose managed to keep their goal intact until about five minutes from time, when Thom got the ball past Bowman, and Orion secured the two points by the narrow margin of 2-1.

Short Kicks.

Saturday's result was rather close to be comfortable for Orion. The score does not anything like represent the play. During the second half, in particular, Orion were rarely away from their opponent's goal.
Dawson got severely injured. His lip was cut right through, and had to be sewed.
Jim Thom has retired from penalty kicking. John Low made no mistake about Saturday's one.
Orion are to make a big effort to land the League flag again at Cattofield. The Vics are their strongest opponents at present.

Source: Bon-Accord, 9th December 1897

Orion Teamsheet:  McBean; "Cooper," Scott; Currie, Low, Dawson; Webster, Grant, Thom, Wilson, Hogg


Montrose Teamsheet:  Bowman; Allan, McIntosh; Lamb, Burgess, McLean; Towns, Fraser. Fullerton, Watson, Anderson


Referee: Mr. Dyer, Lochee

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