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match report 1888-89 fixture list
Charity Cup Final 
Orion 8 - 1 City Rangers
Kick Off:    Whitehead, Fyfe, Borthwick, Gloag, Gloag, Borthwick, Whitehead, Whitehead       ?  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Chanonry, Aberdeen
In the final round of the Aberdeen Charity Cup competition played at Chanonry on Saturday in presence of a large crowd, the Orion defeated the City Rangers by 8 goals to 1 goal. Pleasant weather favoured the event. The Orion won the toss, and preferred to play with the sun at their backs, and against the wind. From the kick-off the Orion encroached upon their opponents territory, and Gloag getting the leather into his possession dribbled it down to the goal mouth and shot. The Rangers' custodian, however, fisted out, and the sphere was transferred to the other end of the field, where another narrow miss was made. The Orion came again. From the right wing Fyfe had an excellent kick which it took the goalkeeper all his time to turn aside, and thereafter McKay, from almost the centre of the field sent in a swift thing that went past the right goal post by about a couple of yards. After a short time of stiff play, Whitehead got an opening and scored number one. A foul against the Orion in front, of the Rangers' goal gave no advantage; a second foul against the same team also came to nothing. Fyfe pat in the power of his side to score; but the ball was missed by the whole of the forwards. A few minutes before half-time was called the same player (Fyfe) had a capital kick about 20 yards off, which, taking effect, put the Stripes 2 goals to the good.
The second half proved disastrous to the Rangers. Although fighting stubbornly, they utterly failed to check the Orion's march to their goal, and do what they could - and there is no doubt they did their best - point after point had to be conceded. First Borthwick had an easy goal, then Gloag put in a fourth and fifth in quick succession (the latter of which, though disputed, was allowed by the referee), and thereafter Borthwick, from a considerable distance off, kicked number 6, while F. Whitehead (who played better than he has done for some time back), notched the seventh and eighth points. An interval elapsed before any further scoring took place, when just a minute from call of time the Rangers had a stiff scrimmage at goal, and managed to register their first and only point of the game. The match accordingly ended, as before stated, in the victory of the Orion by 8 goals to 1 goal. The Orion played a very fair game, while the City Rangers, one or two of whom put in some creditable work, fell grievously short of many previous performances. Combination was perhaps their weakest point.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 13th May 1889

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