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30/01/1892
 
Victoria United 1 - 2 Raith Rovers
Kick Off:    Turner        
Attendance: 0
Venue: Victoria Bridge, Aberdeen
These teams met on Saturday afternoon at the Victoria Bridge Grounds, before a large assemblage of spectators. On the occasion of the Rovers' visit to Aberdeen last summer a seven-one defeat was imposed upon the local team, but, playing under more favourable circumstances, a different complexion was put upon the game by the Victoria. On starting, the Vics immediately invaded with a strong westerly wind in their favour, and the ball was sent behind. The Victoria maintained a close attack upon their opponents' goal, and repeatedly were within an ace of scoring, but this they were unable to do, owing to the determined defence of the Raith backs. With the exception of one or two spasmodic charges on the part of the left section of the for¬ward division, the strangers had scarcely a "look in" during the first period. About a quarter of an hour from the start, a clever combination on the part of Sinclair and Turner enabled the latter to send through the first point for the Victoria. No further scoring took place in the first half, although some easy chances were given the Vics, of adding to their lead.
On resuming the odds were completely turned against the ground men, the Raith team at once taking up the running and hemming in the Victoria, at every point. Dow, the outside left, showed fine form, and was instrumental in affording his colleague of the left several opportunities of scoring. After a sharp struggle at goal-mouth, the first point was notched by the Raith inside left. Soon after the same player succeeded in beating Cannon, the Victoria custodian. Towards the close of the game, the Vics, played with considerable dash, but their efforts to equalise were futile, and the whistle sounded with the scores standing: Raith Rovers 2, Victoria 1.
The play of the local team all round was most praiseworthy, Turner and Sinclair being conspicuous among the forwards, while Stewart, as half-back, and Ririe, as back, played a sterling game.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 2nd February 1892

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