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match report 1892-93 fixture list
Scottish Cup Second Preliminary Round 
Orion 3 - 3 The Aberdeen
Kick Off:          Brown, White, Whitehead  
Attendance: 5,000
Venue: Central Park, Aberdeen
A Fierce Struggle and an Exciting Finish
Since the meeting of the Aberdeen and Orion last Saturday, when the match ended so disastrously for the former, the entire talk of footballers has been the appearance which the teams would present in the third round of the Scottish Cup. The Aberdeen had undergone several alterations since last week, Colin Ross appearing at his old place at half, Ketchen again being present at back, and the inside left being taken by W. S. Brown, who, it may be mentioned, has not played this season with the exception of the recent friendly meeting at Peterhead, when he took a team to play the local eleven for the benefit of Higgins. The Orion, on the other hand, appeared exactly similar to that of the previous Saturday, with the, exception that Baird was absent, and his place filled by Booth, who plays left half in the 2nd eleven. Notwithstanding the bitterly cold wind which prevailed through the day, accompanied by frequent saturating showers and a steady drizzle, spectators began to arrive at the Central Park fully three quarters of an hour before half past three, the advertised time of starting, and at that hour at least 5000 were present. The Orion were the first to enter the enclosure, and were received with an encouraging cheer. Aberdeen arrived shortly afterwards, and as the teams lined up, it was seen that they were : Aberdeen - Ramsay; Ketchen and Wood; Ross, Singleton, and Cobban; Black, Toman, White, W. S. Brown, and Whitehead. Orion - Edwards; Foote and Mackay; Wight, Low, and Booth; Duncan, Macfarlane, Gloag, Forsyth, and Leggat. Mr J. R. Hunter, Montrose, was referee.

Orion won the toss, and elected to play down the slope, and exactly at twenty minutes to four White kicked off. Aberdeen at once made off, but a foul stopped their career, and the ball was sent well down, only to be returned. The Whites, however, were early at it, and made two raids up the hill, but it was of no avail, for the Stripes made a grand descent, and three minutes from the kick-off Leggat scored the first goal. This early success was hailed with deafening cheers from the partisans of the Orion, who exerted themselves to the utmost by their lung power to encourage their favourites. From the half-field kick Aberdeen went up towards their opponents' citadel, and some pretty work was shown by Whitehead, Brown, and Toman, but the ball was kicked into touch. Reversing this order, the Orion retaliated, and were for a time in the immediate vicinity, of the Aberdeen goal; but their efforts did not succeed, although Duncan was showing wonderful form compared with that shown by him on the previous Saturday. Another descent was shortly afterwards made on the Aberdeen goal, and some neat passing by the right and centre was shown, but the defence was too good. A couple of minutes later Ramsay showed his old form, by keeping out a hotshot. For some time after this play was hard, but not above mediocre in style. Fouls were frequent, and the game had to be stopped for a time on account of an accident to Brown, who had to be taken off the field, Aberdeen playing ten men. On play being resumed several attacks wore made on the south goal, but Ramsay was not particularly bothered, and nothing practical resulted. A throw in fell to the Stripes, which was well taken, and a goal almost resulted, Ramsay being evidently under the impression that the ball would go through without touching the players. He, however, managed to wake up to the circumstances, and sent the ball out just in the nick of time. Up to this lime it could not be said that either team was playing in anything like its usual form, the attempts of both, with one or two exceptions, being very unconnected and spasmodic. A run by the Aberdeen forwards nearly resulted in a goal, Whitehead putting in a nice shot, but Edwards was all there, and kicked strongly down the field. From this the Orion retaliated and put on a good deal of pressure, but Ramsay cleared his lines very smartly. Not to be denied, the Stripes came down again, and swarmed round the south goal, where they continued for a time until Duncan, who was doing some smart work, put Orion two up, amid loud demonstrations on the part of the crowd, half an hour after the start. Before this point Brown was able to take his old place on the left. A foul was granted to Aberdeen at half-field, and another near the goal, but they were both fruitless, the backs and halfs, especially Low, being too many for their opponents. Aberdeen, however, appeared determined to score, and Whitehead, Brown, and White put on some pretty passing, which caused the goalkeeper to fist out. Retaliating the Orion came down at a tremendous rate, and after fumbling about near the south corner the ball was sent in front of goal. Ramsay foolishly left his quarters, and Duncan, who was lying handy, gave the ball the tip and sent it through, thus scoring number three for the Orion. These reverses seemed to put the Whites on their mettle, as they always managed to reach the opposite goal in a few minutes, but their efforts were invariably in vain, and half-time arrived with the score standing: Orion 3, Aberdeen 0.

On the game being resumed play was fast, both goals being visited in turn. Within a few minutes of the start the Aberdeen paid a second visit to their opponents' territory, and out of a scrimmage in front Brown scored their first point. From the kick-off the Orion pressed, but Colin Ross gave relief with a strong kick, and a foul which immediately fell to the Whites caused the Orion come anxiety. The game continued fast and rough, and the referee had to caution several of the players. Orion, it must be said, were the greatest sinners in this respect about this time, and the decision of Mr Hunter caused no small dissatisfaction to their followers. Still keeping up the steam, Aberdeen came away again, and, after some neat passing on the part of the half-backs and forwards, Whitehead had an opportunity to shoot but his attempt was too high. The Orion could not get away, and on two occasions at least their goal escaped by the greatest of good luck. At length, after a good deal of fast and rough play, Aberdeen got down, and Tomin sending a good pass across to White, that player, amid enthusiastic cheers, sent the ball through for the second time. The ball was not well kicked off before the Whites were again down on their opponents' goal, and the spectators were kept, on the tip-toe of expectancy. After a severe siege, in which Ross and Toman were prominent, the pressure way relieved by a run to the north end, but without result. The Aberdeen play was improving grandly, Ross, Toman, Brown, and White, being especially conspicuous. For a time the Whites continued to have all the best of the game, and sent in shot after shot which just missed taking effect. Edwards, however, rose to the occasion, keeping out some marvellous shots. Aberdeen were certainly experiencing hard lines, all their attempts being frustrated just when the spectators expected the equalising point. At last, after some of the most exciting play of the match, Whitehead headed the ball through, thus equalising the score. The scene which followed this was extraordinary, the followers of the Aberdeen lustily cheering their favourites, and waving sticks, handkerchiefs, and hats in the most enthusiastic fashion. The remainder of the game, with the exception of one or two occasions when the Orion broke away, was all in favour of the Whites but their efforts to score, although strenuous, were unavailing, and the game, amid excitement, ended in a draw with the scores: Aberdeen 3, Orion 3.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 17th October 1892

The Aberdeen and Orion faced tach other in the third (qualifying) round of the Scottish Cup ties at Central Park on Saturday, and the immense crowd which assembled testified to the popularity of the meetings of those redoubtable opponents. A strong wind blew down the pitch during the entire 90 minutes, and as a consequence play was confined to the south goal, not one point being scored at the top end. Winning the toss, the stripes took the benefit of the wind, and though they scored three times, it cannot be said their play ever exceeded mediocrity, the telling defence of Ketchen, Wood, Ross, and Cobban playing havoc with their combination, while Baird's absence in great measure handicapped them. On getting the breeze at their backs, the whites at once invaded, and were not long in breaking the ice. Keeping up the siege, Foote, Mackay, and Edwards got it warm from the Chanonry lads, but it was not till twenty minutes to time that the second point was registered. Then the whites gained heart, and went at it hammer and tongs. Time and again did they sweep down the incline, only to be repulsed grandly by Foote and Edwards, and "time" was getting on, and one point still wanted to square matters. Led on by Morley and Whitehead, the whites got dangerously near Edwards, and after a warm set to Whitehead equalised, and - yes, the heavens were rent, and a scene of Jubilation ensued among the supporters of the Senior Club that almost beggars description. As was to be expected, the game was energetically and somewhat roughly contested, but Mr. Hunter held his team pretty well in hand, and was not slow to bring the offenders to book. Though several were caught in the act - notably Macfarlane, Forsyth, and Singleton - there were others who, though escaping the notice of the referee, indulged in tactics which no player should demean himself to do - mean, behind-the-bush hacking and kicking. One would have thought that with the recent fatal accident staring them in the. face, players would have been more careful. The tie will be replayed to-day (Saturday), at Chanonry, at 8:30. Be up to time, players all! The light was very bad at the finish last week.

Short Kicks.

Though the Orion defeated the Aberdeen in their friendly match by 6 goals to 2, the supporters of the latter were in no way dismayed, and were pretty " sweet" on their fancy being able to reverse the order of things.
And they were not far wrong either.
The game was of the usual fast and rough order so common in Cup ties. Some of the men overstepped the bounds of propriety so far that the referee had to talk to them.
"Talking" had little effect, however, and the thing went on right through the piece, and no fair-minded spectator would have been surprised had the official made an example of the rough 'uns by ordering them off.
The strong wind played a prominent part in game, making the attack a comparatively easy task, while the defensive powers of the respective sides was taxed to the utmost. As an exposition of defensive play nothing finer could have been wished, both teams excelling in this department.
Ramsay saved well, and had a fine line in front of him. Tom Ketchen was back again in his old place, and he played one of those dashing, defensive games for which he is noted, bringing up his clever opponents in really irresistible style. He didn't scruple to use his weight, as Tom Leggat well knows. And why should he, as long as he uses it legitimately?
The Orion supporters were pretty rough on Tom, but really it was very unfair, and, we opine, had they a man of Tom's proportions in their own team, they would be the very first to "come down" upon him were he to neglect to put his avoirdupois into use.
True, his touch may not be of the gentlest, but then football is not a gentle amusement by any manner of means, as those who took part in Saturday's match very well know.
Wood was was another man from his previous Saturday's display, and played a game worthy of his reputation.
The defence of the halves was excellent, Colin Ross and Cobban excelling. Ross's placings into goal were capitally done, but Cobban's tackling and sure kicking were quite as serviceable.
Singleton is better suited with the centre half-back position than forward. He was somewhat rash on Saturday, however, and must be a little more judicious in his placings.
Morley infused life into the front rank. He was winded in the first half, and was absent for some time.
In the closing moments of the game he was seen at his best, both Whitehead and he playing with courage and great enthusiasm.
The others all exhibited improved form, and with practice together, the whites have now a promising line.
The Oricn threw away any chance they had by playing a loose, careless game in the first half hour.
Edwards could not be too highly praised - he was almost invincible - while Foote tackled, blocked, and kicked in brilliant fashion.
In fact, this couple, together with Low at centre-half, were the saviours of their side. Low had Borne hard things said of him by some of the Aberdeen supporters. He is no doubt one of the most energetic - robust, if you like - players in the city, but we don't think anyone can charge him with intentional roughness.
McKay at full and Wight at half were useful, but Booth was clearly out of his depth.
Gloag, Leggat, and Forsyth were the beat of the forwards, but neither of them were in tip-top form.
Duncan showed signs of Improvement, but is not class enough for the company.
Baird's absence crippled the halves, but with Wattie In his old place to-day (Saturday) and Fraser re-instated, the Central Parkers ought to give the old club a grand game.
To both teams we would say - Be energetic, enthusiastic, and courageous, but above all BE GENTLEMEN !

Source: Bon-Accord, 22nd October 1892

Orion Teamsheet:  Edwards; Foote, Mackay; Wight, Low, Booth; Duncan, Macfarlane, Gloag, Forsyth, Leggat

Bookings:  Leggat,   Duncan,   Duncan

The Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Ramsay; Ketchen, Wood; Ross, Singleton, Cobban; Black, Toman, White, W. S. Brown, Whitehead

Bookings:  Leggat,   Duncan,   Duncan

Referee: Mr. J. R. Hunter, Montrose

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