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Charity Cup Final 
28/04/1898
 
Orion 6 - 4 Victoria United
Kick Off:    Webster, Murphy, Hogg, ?, ?, ?       Henderson, McIlvenny, ?, ?  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Chanonry, Aberdeen
Defeated yet victorious. Orion have walked away with the Charity Cup.
After getting beat by the Vics, they qualified for the final by defeating Aberdeen, and on again meeting the Blues they ran out victors by 6 goals to 4.
The weather was all against good football, and the display given was but moderate.

Source: Bon-Accord, 5th May 1898

 
Yesterday evening the Victoria United and the Orion met at Chanonry Grounds, Old Aberdeen, to decide who was to be holders of the Charity Cup for the year. The weather, though cold, was fair at the start, but during the later stages of the game rain fell. There was a poor attendance of spectators when the teams lined up as follows: Victoria United: Findlay; Kilgour, McNeil; Russell, Anderson, McKenzie; Riley, Henderson, McIlvenny, Burnett, Ritchie. Orion: Watson; Ross, Stopani; Currie, Low, Wilson; Webster, Murphy, Hogg, Leggat, Barron. The Victoria United won the toss, and the Orion kicking off, at once applied the pressure. The opposing backs relieved, but the Orion, keeping the ball well down, forced a fruitless corner. Play continued to be of a fast and exciting nature, the Orion having the best of the exchanges. As last, as the result of a grand burst by the Stripes' forwards, Webster outpaced McNeil for a long pass forward, and, with a low oblique shot, which Findlay failed to hold, scored first goal. Passing with precision and shooting strongly, the Stripes again and again raided their opponents territory, and, as the result of a good centre by Webster, Murphy screwed in under the left corner of the bar. Nettled at this, the Blues now made strenuous efforts to reduce the lead, but their forwards lacked the cohesion and dash of the opposing quintette. After a prolonged spell of end-to-end play, Henderson tried a single-handed run, and, parting to the left wing forward, accepted the return pass, and hooked the ball through at the right-hand corner. Play raged fast and furious, and fouls were frequent. At last Hogg banged through the ball a third time for the Stripes, and McIlvaney, responding with a second for the Vics, the half-time score stood: Orion, 3; Victoria United, 2.

After the interval, the game continued to be fiercely contested, McIlvenny had to be cautioned by the referee for jumping. Kicking duels were frequently indulged in by the opposing teams, but though the Blues tried hard to equalise at the close, the Orion secured a well-deserved victory by 6 goals to 4.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 29th April 1898

Orion Teamsheet:  Watson; Ross, Stopani; Currie, Low, Wilson; Webster, Murphy, Hogg, Leggat, Barron

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Victoria United Teamsheet:  Findlay; Kilgour, McNeil; Russell, Anderson, McKenzie; Riley, Henderson, McIlvenny, Burnett, Ritchie

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