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match report 1887-88 fixture list
The Aberdeen 10 - 0 Britannia
Kick Off:    Allan 3, Lumsden 2, McKenzie 3, Key, From a rush 1        
Attendance: 0
Venue: Holburn Cricket Ground, Aberdeen
The Aberdeen having no regular fixture for Saturday, arranged a match with the Britannia. The latter won the toss, and elected to play with the sun and what wind there was at their backs. Lumsden kicked off for Aberdeen, and in a minute or two Allan scored the first goal for the Aberdeen. The Britannia now had a look in. A foul near the Britannia goal looked dangerous, but they managed to clear their lines. A run by the Aberdeen right wing forced the Britannia to concede a corner, but the ball was sent behind. A foul near the Britannia goal caused them some uneasiness, but they managed to get the ball away. McKenzie now had a good run along the Aberdeen right, and wound up with a capital shot, which just escaped scoring. Shortly afterwards Clark almost scored, his shot grazing the cross bar. The Britannia now had a look in at the other end, but were brought up by Key. Another raid by the Aberdeen right wing looked dangerous, but the final shot went wide. Play now became uninteresting. After half an hour's play a good centre by McKenzie resulted in Lumsden snatching No. 2 for the Aberdeen. A fruitless corner fell to the Aberdeen, and a minute or two later Allan missed an easy chance of scoring. Clark had a good run up the left, sending the ball right across the goal mouth, and McKenzie, lying handy, scored point No. 3. The Britannia, goalkeeper at this point saved his charge very cleverly. Half time was then called with the score Aberdeen 3, Britannia 0.
The second half was much faster, the Aberdeen forwards wakening up considerably. A pass from McKenzie enabled Lumsden to score the fourth goal for his side, and a few minutes afterwards a rush by the Aberdeen forwards resulted in the fifth goal. McKenzie scored No.6 with a long shot. From this time till the whistle blew the Aberdeen besieged the Britannia goal. Allan was answerable for the seventh goal, the eighth was scored by McKenzie from a scrimmage, while Key scored the ninth with a long shot. Allan scored the tenth and last goal from a pass by McKenzie, and time was called, leaving the Aberdeen the winners of a very one-sided game by 10 to 0.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 31st October 1887

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