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The Aberdeen 5 - 1 Montrose
Kick Off:  7:00 PM   Turner, Cobban, Sinclair, Sinclair, Sinclair       Scott  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Chanonry, Aberdeen
This match was played at Chanonry last night before a large turnout of spectators, and resulted in an easy win for the local players by 5 goals to 1. The game was one-sided throughout, and, save at the commencement, the Montrose men had scarcely ever a "look in." Play began a little past seven, the Aberdeen having the disadvantage of a strong sun in their face. At an early stage of the game, the strangers pressed the home team into their own territory, the result being a goal-kick, from which the Aberdeen got the opportunity of breaking away, and, headed by Turner, operations were temporarily transferred to the Montrose end, where a resultless corner was secured. In reply, the Montrose forwards came well away, prominent amongst whom was Scott, who very cleverly scored the first goal in the match, having beaded the ball through from a pass from the right-wing man, Caithness rushed out to save, but was too late. From this period until the finish, the aggression was mostly with the city men, and their first successful attempt at, scoring was that of Turner, who shot a very clever goal after a sharp tussle at the goalmouth. Though some appeal was made against it, the goal was granted by the referee. Cobban soon followed up this success with a second, scored from a high kick beyond the reach of the Montrose custodian. Some clever passing between Leggat and Turner, tending to the discomfiture of their vis-a-vis forwards, evoked hearty applause from the spectators. These players had a good rush, assisted by Key, but they were ineffective in scoring. Retaliating with a determined charge, the Aberdeen goal was for some time in imminent danger, and Caithness only saved by fisting the ball over the posts, thus granting a corner. After some desultory play, in which the locals were seen to greater advantage, a hot shot was sent in by Sinclair, which the goalkeeper fumbled, and thus allowed a third point to be notched. The same player, from a well-placed pass from Gordon, again lowered the strangers' colours with a smart volley. Thus, the score stood at half-time, Aberdeen in advance with 4 goals to 1.
The attack in the second half was led by Turner and Leggat, whose aggressive tactics severely hampered the Montrose men. The first-named just failed to score from a very likely chance. The ball travelled several times from end to end, and Caithness had occasion more than once to adopt the defensive. Concluding these transmissions of play, Sinclair put in his third successful shot which registered the final state of the game, 5 goals to 1. Little further was done, the ball seldom getting in dangerous proximity to either goal, and the whistle blew with the score as mentioned. Too high praise cannot be accorded to the Aberdeen forwards, especially Key, Leggat, and Turner, the combination of the latter being frequently applauded.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 30th May 1891

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