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Scottish Cup Second Round 
The Aberdeen 8 - 0 Caledonian, Aberdeen
Kick Off:  3:30 PM   Key, Whitehead, Ketchen, Key, Robertson, Robison, Key, Key        
Attendance: 0
Venue: Chanonry, Aberdeen
These clubs opposed each other at Chanonry Grounds in presence of a large turnout of spectators. Immediately on the kick-off, Aberdeen rushed the ball up, and Key scored in less than two minutes. They kept up the attack, and shortly after Ketchen placed well, and Whitehead notched a second goal. These early reverses had an enlivening effect upon the Caledonian, and they made an invasion upon their opponent's citadel, only, however, to be repulsed. Two corners fell to them in succession, and the second went behind. From the goal kick the right-wing of Aberdeen seized the leather and ran it up the field, and with a good shot Ketchen put through the third goal. The Caledonian, nothing daunted, again bore down. Only for a moment, however, for by a beautiful run play was transferred to the other end, where Key notched the fourth point. Before half-time another was added by Robertson, and although the Caledonian had several good tries - on one occasion the ball just grazing the cross bar - luck was against them, and the teams crossed over: Aberdeen 5, Caledonian 0.
The first part of the second half was in favour of the ground team, and several times the Caledonian defence was in difficulties. Two fouls next fell to the Caledonian, off one of which they nearly scored; but the ball was returned, and Robison managed to put on a sixth goal - a claim for offside being disallowed. Whitehead put the leather through a few minutes later, but in this ease an appeal for offside was allowed. Not to be done, however, they returned to the attack, and before the call of time Key put on other two goals. Aberdeen thus enter the third round with an 8 to 0 victory.
This result was hardly a proper indication of the run of the game. Indeed, the Caledonian had a good deal of the play, but they were weak in front of goal, and could never get past the Aberdeen front division. Aberdeen, on the other hand, never lost an opportunity when they got within shooting distance, and the forwards seemed to understand each other well.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 29th September 1890

Teams representing these clubs met at Chanonry on Saturday in the second round of the Scottish Cup Ties. The weather was favourable, and there was a large attendance of spectators. From the kick-off the Caledonian rushed away with the ball, but were speedily repulsed. The Aberdeen forwards, by means of some clever passing, were instantly at their opponents' citadel, and W. A. Key had scored the first goal of the game ere it was well begun. Soon afterwards A. Whitehead put on a second point. From this time till ends were changed, the Aberdeen had practically all the play, and when half-time arrived they had scored 5 goals - mainly by Key - while the Caledonian had failed to break through the defence of the Chanonry team. In the second period, the Blues had a good deal more of the game than they had in the first half, but when they got within range their shooting was execrable, and they failed to score. The Aberdeen, on the other hand, were always dangerous when they got up, and on four occasions they put the ball through, Key again being most successful. One of the points was disallowed on the ground of offside, and the final result was a win to Aberdeen by 8 goals to 0.

Throughout the game the winners maintained a good defence, and some clever passing play was shown by the forwards. W. A. Key and A. Whitehead were undoubtedly the best men on the field. The Caledonian played in a somewhat loose fashion, lacking altogether the combination exhibited by their opponents. The game was very pleasantly contested.

Source: Northern Figaro, 4th October 1890

The Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Mackie; Ketchen, A. Wood; G. Wood, Reith, Cobban; Robison, Robertson, Key, Morrison, A. Whitehead


Caledonian, Aberdeen Teamsheet:  J. Main (c); C. Sutherland, G. Martin; R. Fraser, J. Slater, Joseph McKay; W. McEwen, C. Annand, J. Fraser, John Fraser, James McKay



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