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25/10/1890
 
Victoria United 3 - 5 Cowdenbeath
Kick Off:  3:15 PM   Turner, Watson,?        
Attendance: 0
Venue: Victoria Bridge, Aberdeen
These teams played before a large crowd at Victoria Bridge Recreation Grounds. When the ball was set in motion the strangers at once invaded, and with the long passing kick to the wings, got close up to the home goal. On the line Ririe fouled, and from the kick the first goal was notched. From midfield the Cowdenbeath continued the same tactics. The ball, however, was caught by the home half-backs, and being sent to the right wing Leggat dribbled up, and after a time consigned the leather to Watson. That player rushed it still further along the field, and his course was only stayed by one of the strangers deliberately tripping him. A foul was, of course, granted; the ball was landed well, and Turner neatly headed through. The game, being thus equalised, both teams now sought to secure an advantage. The home men pressed most vigorously; the goal was threatened several times, and both Stewart and Turner narrowly missed scoring. They had decidedly the most of the play for a long interval. Ultimately, the strangers got away with another of their combined rushes, and made straight for goal. The kick home was well sent in, but there was nothing to prevent Simpson or Gray from clearing. However, both failed, apparently making little attempt, and the strangers were credited with a second point. A period of even play followed. Watson, who made a fine effort to score a short time before, succeeded in getting well up, and sending in a swift shot the goalkeeper caught but dropped the ball behind the posts. The sides crossed over equal.
The home men fell away somewhat, and while their opponents scored thrice they only succeeded in adding one goal to their score. However, they had again and again hard lines, and it is no exaggeration to say that on their play they ought to have won the match. The Vics, were unfortunate in their goal-keeper, who never showed poorer form. Watson, late of the Black Diamond, made a good appearance; the forwards, as a whole, played a creditable game; and Ririe at back put in a deal of dashing work. The game ended: Cowdenbeath, 5 ; Victoria United, 3.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 27th October 1890

 

GIVING THEMSELVES AWAY.

It is not necessary to say much regarding the game which took place last Saturday between the Victoria United and the Cowdenbeath. The local men had throughout the most of the play - some of their rushes, especially those on the right, were admirably executed, and would have had a disastrous result on their opponents had it not been that the strangers were supported by a fine pair of backs and a goalkeeper who seldom made a mistake. The Cowdenbeath are experts in what may be called the long-kick-to-the-wings game, which generally brought them in a jiffy to the goalmouth, where the shoots home were stingers and no mistake. Turner, Watson, Stewart, and Ririe have to be complemented on their capable exertions; on the other hand, Gray and Simpson (specialty, though not only) have plenty of room for improvement. The match was lost to the local men by weak defence.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 30th October 1890

 
These teams played before a large crowd at Victoria Bridge Recreation Grounds. When the ball was set in motion the strangers at once invaded, and with the long passing kick to the wings, got close up to the home goal. On the line Ririe fouled, and from the kick the first goal was notched. From midfield the Cowdenbeath continued the same tactics. The ball, however, was caught by the home half-backs, and being sent to the right wing Leggat dribbled up, and after a time consigned the leather to Watson. That player rushed it still further along the field, and his course was only stayed by one of the strangers deliberately tripping him. A foul was, of course, granted; the ball was landed well, and Turner neatly headed through. The game being thus equalised, both teams now sought to secure an advantage. The home men pressed most vigorously; the goal was threatened several times, and both Stewart and Turner narrowly missed scoring. They had decidedly the most of the play for a long interval. Ultimately, the strangers got away with another of their combined rushes, and; made straight for goal. The kick home was welt sent in, but there was nothing to prevent Simpson or Gray from clearing. However, both failed, apparently making little attempt, and the strangers were credited with a second point. A period of even play followed. Watson, who made a fine effort to score a short time before, succeeded in getting well up, and sending in a swift shot the goalkeeper caught but dropped the ball behind the posts. The sides crossed over equal. The home men fell away somewhat, and while their opponents scored thrice they only succeeded in adding one goal to their score. However, they had again and again hard lines, and it is no exaggeration to say that on their play they ought to have won the match. The Vics, were unfortunate in their goalkeeper, who never showed poorer form. Watson, late of the Black Diamonds, made a good appearance; the forwards, as a whole, played a creditable game; and Ririe at back put in a deal of dashing work. The game ended:-Cowdenbeath, 5; Victoria United, 3.

Source: Northern Figaro, 1st November 1890

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