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Scottish Cup First Round 
26/09/1891
 
Bon-Accord 2 - 5 The Aberdeen
Kick Off:    J. Flaws, Rice       Key, W. S. Brown, Key (pen), Whitehead, Thomson  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Holburn Cricket Ground, Aberdeen
This game was played at Holburn on Saturday before a fair turnout of spectators. A strong cross wind rendered good combination considerably difficult. Nearly ten minutes late the Aberdeen, with only ten men, kicked off with the incline in their favour, and play quickly centered towards the Bon-Accord goal, where several tries failed, and ten minutes elapsed before Key, from a good centre, eluded the Bon-Accord custodian with a somewhat soft shot. Matters became livelier, but the Aberdeen held the upper hand, and added another point through W. S. Brown. Towards the close of the period J. Flaws (outside left) had a good run for the Bon-Accord, which he finished by beating the Aberdeen goalkeeper, and shortly afterwards half time arrived with the score: Aberdeen 2 goals, Bon-Accord 1 goal.
The second half was almost a repetition of the first as regards play, the Aberdeen doing nearly all the pressing, relieved by an occasional break away by the Bon-Accord. For the first time in Aberdeen the "penalty kick" was introduced against the Bon-Accord, and Key was successful in adding to his team's score. Whitehead followed with a, brilliant goal, and Thomson furnished another. Nettled at these reverses the Bon-Accord, worked hard to make up their leeway, and at length succeeded in scoring their second point. No further scoring took place, and the game resulted in a win to the Aberdeen by 5 goals to 2.
As already stated, the play was greatly interfered with by the wind, the principal feature of the game being the strong defence of the Aberdeen backs and half-backs all playing a consistent game. It would be unfair to specially mention, one or two where all did so well. Ritchie in goal got very little to do, but should have saved the first point scored against him. The forwards were disjointed, probably caused by a junior having at the last moment to take the outside right position. Whitehead and W. S. Brown were the best of the line. Key and Thomson did not play up to form. For the Bon-Accord, Thomson, the goalkeeper, effected some clever saves, but the half-backs and backs, although very equal, were not fast enough for their opponents. On several occasions the forwards showed promise of combination, but tried it too close, and would have come on much better had they spread out more. Fouls for infringements were numerous against the Bon-Accord, who should at once remedy the defects. The Bon-Accord, it is understood, played under protest, of which more will be heard later on.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 28th September 1891

 
This match was played at Holburn Grounds on Saturday before a large turn-out of spectators. Winning the toss the Aberdeen played with a strong wind in their favour, and play commenced in the Bons' territory, but the ball was ultimately sent behind. From another invasion, however, they were more successful, the opposing goalkeeper missing his kick, the ball rolled through, the Aberdeen thus scoring a rather soft goal. The Aberdeen were doing most of the pressing, and W. S. Brown scored a second point, which was followed by J. Flaws scoring for the ground team with a fine overhead shot, the goalkeeper being attended to. No more scoring was done in the first half, and the teams crossed over with the score one up in favour of Aberdeen. It was generally expected that the Bons, with the wind in their favour in the second half, would make a bold bid for victory, but contrary to expectation they fell away a good deal. Shortly after the second half was commenced, the Aberdeen were awarded a penalty kick for the ball being handled by a Bon-Accord player, and they had no difficulty in adding a third goal. From a good run up Whitehead scored a fourth goal with a lightning shot, which was followed by a fifth from Thomson. Nettled at this reverse the Bons played up much better, and Rice scored a second point close upon time. No more scoring took place, and the game ended Aberdeen 5, Bon-Accord 2.

Source: Northern Figaro, 3rd October 1891

 

SHORT PASSES.

That the crowd on Saturday was the largest ever seen at Holburn.
That the game at the start was rather disappointing. but it grew livelier as it proceeded.
That the Bons' custodian made the Aberdeen a present of their first goal.
That the referee's decision in allowing Aberdeen a penalty kick met with hisses from the majority of the spectators.
That the Aberdeen played a kick and rush style, and kept the ball well in the air, thus having an advantage over their smaller opponents.
That the match was protested, but more of this afterwards.

Source: Northern Figaro, 3rd October 1891

Bon-Accord Teamsheet:  Thomson; Lamont, H. Flaws; Ingram, McBain, Black; Rice, Macfarlane, Forsyth, Hay, J. Flaws

Bookings:

The Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Ritchie; Ketches, Wood; Reith, Ross, Cobban; F. Brown, Thomson, Key, W. S. Brown, Whitehead

Bookings:

Referee: Mr. Aitchison, Victoria United

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