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match report 1888-89 fixture list
Charity Cup First Round 
The Aberdeen 1 - 4 Orion
Kick Off:    ?       Milne, Morrison, ?, ?  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Chanonry, Aberdeen
The first round of the Charity Cup Ties was played at Chanonry between the Aberdeen and the Orion before a large crowd of spectators. The ground fortunately was in capital condition. On the players entering the field hearty cheers were raised, the Orion coming in for a special ovation, and without loss of time operations were commenced. Orion lost the toss, and kicked off with the sun in their faces. An interesting tussle at once took place, the Orion pressing with dash, but the ball being sent into touch by the Stripes, the Aberdeen got the ball down field. The Orion, however, came again invading with great vigour and determination, and as a result of beautiful combination Milne got the leather, and with a swift shot registered the first goal after about eight minutes' play. A subsequent corner against Aberdeen came to nothing. Whitehead then had an easy chance, which he completely spoilt by skying the ball over the uprights. J. Key had the honour of being the first to take the ball down to the Orion goal, and though it was sent behind the performance deserved the cheer with which it was greeted. The Orion got away again and Morrison scored a second point. In the subsequent play great indignation arose among the spectators at an alleged attempt on the part of Irvine to strike McCann, the only apparent reason being that the latter charged him rather roughly. Cries of "Put him off the field" were raised, but the referee could not agree to this course and the game after a time was resumed. In the second period the Aberdeen had several close things, but the best of the play was with the Orion, who added other two goals to their score. The game ended: Orion, 4 goals; Aberdeen, 1 goal. It was rumoured on Saturday that the latter had protested on the ground of rough play.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 25th February 1889

Revenge is sweet and surely the Orion had their fill on Saturday. They turned the tables on the Aberdeen and gave a much more decisive beating than they received. With the exception of Morrison, centre forward for the Orion, the teams were the same as in the contest the former week, and the difference of result is hard to explain. Probably the Aberdeen thought their laurels were safe after last week and it may be that the defeat roused all the latent power of the Orion. Whatever the reason, the Orion had all the best of it and won a brilliant game by 4 to 1. To all intents and purposes they are sage for the C.C.

Source: Northern Figaro, 2nd March 1889

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