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match report 1890-91 fixture list
Victoria United 2 - 7 Raith Rovers
Kick Off:    Sinclair, Turner       Dall,Dall, Mackay, Leitch, Leitch, Bogie, Cowan  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Victoria Bridge, Aberdeen
In football circles, last Saturday had been looked forward to as a "red letter" day, when the Third Lanark was to meet the Victoria United, but at the last moment the Glasgow volunteers found it impossible to come, having to replay the Celtic, their match with whom on the previous Saturday was declared a "friendly." A fixture, however, was arranged between the Victoria United and the Raith Rovers, the holders of the East of Scotland Consolation Cup. Although many must have been disappointed with the change, there was a very large attendance ab the Victoria Grounds to witness what was expected to be a close game. The Victoria had their full team, with the exception of Connon, their goalkeeper, whose place was taken by Gray. At the commencement of the game, Watson and Turner at once set to work and drove the ball into their opponents' territory. Some good kicking on the part of the Raith backs relieved any danger of scoring, and a rush by their right forwards brought about a goal kick. The Rovers pressed, and touch was given near the goal line, from which a good throw-in imperilled the Victoria goal for some time. Danger was averted by some smart saving on the part of Gray. Two fouls were given close to the goal, from the last of which Dall, the inside right forward, easily notched the first goal. Attacking from the right, the Victoria forwards, prominent amongst whom was Turner, made some laudable attempts to relieve their position, but chiefly, through the deliberate defence of the Raith custodian, in this they failed. Back to the other end of the field came the ball, but thanks to Gray no additional scoring was recorded. Again the home team charged, but only to allow Neilson and Thomson to get in some effective kicking, which yielded an opportunity to Dall to improve the Rovers score by another goal. Still was the pressure maintained against the Victoria line, and save for a few spasmodic and ineffectual rushes they were completely hemmed into their own territory. A third point was obtained by the centre half, Mackay, with a high kick, which eluded the grasp of the goalkeeper. By the assistance of Turner, a chance was presented to Sinclair quite near the "sanctum" of their opponents, but he failed, and immediately after the "leather" was threatening the opposite goal. And not in vain, for Leitch, with rather an easy shot, which should have been kept out, increased the Rovers' score to four. Very slack play in the Victoria defence allowed the addition of another goal from the same player very soon after. Gray left alone with three of the opposing team in front of the goal line was useless in preventing scoring. Another opportunity was soon presented, and Bogie very cleverly added the sixth point. Throwing off a carelessness in combination which had become demoralising, the home team played up for the first time with anything like spirit, and a determined charge by the right division of the forward line gave Sinclair, from a pass from Turner, a chance to score, which was cleverly taken advantage of, and the first goal was obtained. Thus at half time the game stood 6 to 1 in favour of the strangers.
Early in the second period the home team evidenced a determination to improve their position and wipe off the heavy score against them. In this, however, although they had the best of the game and attacked with great spirit, they were only partly successful. They were very unfortunate on more than one occasion in not taking likely chances offered to them. The first opportunity was presented to Watson, who muddled a clever pass from the left. Again on claiming a foul quite close to their opponents' goal it was disallowed, but immediately after Turner managed to get the ball through, thus scoring their second point. From some vigorous kicking on the part of the halfs, Mackay and Cameron, play was transferred to the home end, and then the seventh and last goal of the Kirkcaldy men was notched by Cowan. Close and strenuous play continued until the call of time, when the strangers were leading by 7 goals to 2.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 1st June 1891

This was the first ever visit to Aberdeen by Raith Rovers.
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