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match report 1891-92 fixture list
Aberdeenshire Cup Semi Final 
The Aberdeen 5 - 2 Orion
Kick Off:    Cobban, Cobban, Cobban, Opponent o.g., Brown       ?, Gloag  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Chanonry, Aberdeen
These teams met at Chanonry before an enormous concourse of spectators on Saturday afternoon to decide the long-deferred round of the Aberdeenshire cup-tie. The previous Saturday's result had raised the hopes of the Orion supporters, and in many circles the reverse of the actual outcome was not considered beyond the range of reasonable expectation. The weather was agreeable enough, but the ground was soft and treacherous.
The ground men kicked-off, and almost immediately the ball was sent behind. Whitehead brought the ball close up, and passed to Thomson, who failed to score; and thereČafter the Orion took up the running, but Ross, playing a splendid game, relieved in fine style. Play for some time was equal, the ball seldom leaving midfield, but when it did so, moving toČwards the Orion goal. After several transmissions of play from goal to goal, Cobban, amid considerČable excitement, put through the first point with a smart shot. A little later the same player sent through another goal - a beauty - from a pass from Key. The Orion made praiseworthy attempts to equalise, but half-time sounded with the score standing in favour of the ground men.
On resuming, the Orion invaded, and a foul was conceded them, but the ball went behind. Aberdeen then pressed, and a corner being granted, the aggressive was maintained with some effect. Key passed cleverly to Cobban, who added a third point. Pulling themselves together, the Orion made a determined attack, but in vain, Aberdeen retaliating with an unbroken front. Soon after a fourth point was gained by the "whites" under rather unfortunate circumstances for their opponents. In running out to relieve, Lumsden, the Orion goalkeeper, kicked the ball against one of his own backs, and it rebounded through the posts. Compensating for this, however, a well sustained attack by the Orion terminated in Gloag notching the second point for his side. But the Aberdeen were not long behind, as, on Reith passing to Brown, the latter secured the fifth and last point of the game, and soon after the whistle sounded with the score standing: Aberdeen 5, Orion 2.
The game was a good one and well contested, and from the result it was apparent that the Aberdeen men can play when they care to. Of their back division, Ketchen was not in reliable form, but his colleague was, as usual, useful. Ross, as half-back, was the best on the field indisputably, and the forward rank, one and all, did good service. Of the defeated team, Foote, Baird, Gloag, Leggat, and Andrews were indispensable in their respective positions.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 25th January 1892

The Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Low; Ketchen, Wood,; Scott, Ross, Reith; Cobban, Brown, Key, Thomson, Whitehead


Orion Teamsheet:  Lumsden; Smith, Foote; Baird, Low, Whyte; Henderson, Andrews, Innes, Leggat, and Gloag.



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