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15/05/1899
 
Victoria United 0 - 4 Kilmarnock
Kick Off:          Muir, Findlay, Findlay, Muir  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Victoria Bridge, Aberdeen
In miserable weather, and before an equally miserable attendance of spectators, the Victoria United and Kilmarnock met at Victoria Bridge Grounds, Torry, last night. On a sodden ground variegated with pools of muddy water the teams lined up as follows: Victoria United: Findlay; Kilgour, Thain; Craig, Stronach, Thomson; McHardy, Watson, Burnett, Taylor, Ritchie. Kilmarnock: Craig; Busby, Brown; Carr, Anderson, JohnŽstone; McPherson, Findlay, Campbell, Muir, Maitland. Referee: Mr J. Philips.

On beginning hostilities, it was at once seen that the ground militated to a large extent against the niceties of the game, but the visitors began early to assert their superiority, the homesters losing by comparison, especially in the tactics, of the front rank. Again and again, by sharp passing, the Kilmarnock invested Findlay's citadel, but the defence was sound, and in occasional breaks away Watson and Ritchie strove gamely to beat Craig. Try as they could, the visitors could not pierce the defence, but at length, after the game had been some 25 minutes old, Muir scored from a melee closer in. Scrambling play followed till half time, when, the whistle blew with the scores standing: Kilmarnock, 1; Victoria United, 0.

Short time had been played, and on resuming after a short interval the visitors at once assumed the aggressive. More even than in the first half, the Kilmarnock tactics were clever and bewildering; and their extreme-wing men never failed to shoot when an opportunity offered, Findlay was, however, very much on the alert, and, covered by the backs, he repelled all assaults. The Vics, on the other hand, were not idle, and Ritchie, by some good bursts, frequently caused anxiety to Craig. The persistent attacks of the Kilmarnock were too hot to last without some tangible result, and from a rough and tumble assault in front of Findlay the ball was bundled through. In a trice the visitors were back at Findlay's end, and after a short fusillade Findlay, for Kilmarnock, beat his namesake with a good shot. Muir added a fourth a little later. The game tended to roughness at times, but though Ritchie tried hard to register a goal for the homesters no more scoring took place, and the game ended: Kilmarnock, 4; Victoria United, 0.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 16th May 1899

Victoria United Teamsheet:  Findlay; Kilgour, Thain; Craig, Stronach, Thomson; McHardy, Watson, Burnett, Taylor, Ritchie

Bookings:

Kilmarnock Teamsheet:  Craig; Busby, Brown; Carr, Anderson, JohnŽstone; McPherson, Findlay, Campbell, Muir, Maitland

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Referee: Mr. James Philip, Aberdeen

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