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match report 1888-89 fixture list
The Aberdeen 1 - 5 Montrose
Kick Off:  3:40 PM   Ketchen       Mackintosh, Mitchell, Hampton, A. Keillor 2  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Chanonry, Aberdeen
On Saturday afternoon, in disagreeable weather - a thick rain falling all the time of the match - Aberdeen met Montrose at Chanonry Grounds, Old Aberdeen. There was a small turnout of spectators. The game was commenced at 3:40. Aberdeen won the toss, and McIntosh kicked off for Montrose. Play was fast and exciting for the first five minutes, and Smith was held by Wilson when near the goal. From the free kick given, the Aberdeen got no advantage. Another followed shortly after and also came to nothing. The game was very hotly contested by both teams, runs and counter runs following fast after each other, the backs on both sides being kept very busy. Ketchen at last found an opening, and smartly headed the ball through amid the cheers of the spectators. On resuming, a pass by Smith put the Montrose goal in danger, but the ball was headed over. Shortly after Montrose brought the ball well up, and A. Keillor let go a well-meant shot which went past the post. McCann tackled Graham and Keillor in fine style, and cleared the way for his forwards. Both teams were working hard to score, but could not get within shooting range. McIntosh at last got a chance and took full advantage of it, making the game equal. Wood had soon after to concede a corner, which was badly placed, and let A. Clark off on a splendid run, but he was stopped by MacDonald. A foul against McGookin gave Wood some anxiety, and a few minutes after Mitchell eluded him, and scored the second goal for Montrose. The game was now very exciting, and Clark and Smith were working hard to equalise, but their efforts were of no avail against the skill of Chapman. Still was hard pressed, and had to give a corner. Half-time was now called, and found Montrose leading by 2 to 1.
On resuming, Hampton scored from a corner, and immediately after Ketchen headed over the Montrose goal, and lost a. good chance. An exciting run by Clark and McGookin ended by the ball going behind, and the Montrose forwards came away in a body, and A. Keillor scored with a fast, low shot. MacDonald was greatly troubled by Clark, who was pressing him bard, in spite of the good work done by his half-backs. Smith had a. good run, but Wilson was not to be passed, and the ball was sent well up the field. A. Keillor scored again, making the total 5 to 1. Wood saved a fast shot just before the call of time, which found the Montrose still pressing, and left them victors by 5 goals to 1. The game was a very fast one, and Aberdeen had hard lines at goal, while their opponents were always lucky. Wood could not have stopped any of the shots. Still was off colour a bit, but Key was in rare form. McGookin will be a good man, and only wants more experience to make him a fit partner for Clark. All the others played well.

Umpires: J. R. Hunter, Montrose; Hyslop, Aberdeen.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 17th September 1888

The Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Wood; Key, Still; McCann, Thomson, Glennie; Clark, McGooken, Ketchen, Christie, Smith


Montrose Teamsheet:  Chapman; Macdonald, Wilson; Clark, Hampton, W. Keiler; Mitchell, Mackenzie, Mackintosh, Graham, A. Keillor


Referee: Mr Smith, Orion

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