Orion had the Strathmore of Dundee as their guests at Central Park in a friendly match. The visitors were represented by: Macintosh ; Meson, George Linnen; Brown, Meston, George McHardy; Beatt, McGregor, Falconer, Cooper, James Linnen. The Orion team were: Edwards; Foote, Mackay; Wight, Low, Currie; Fraser, Macfarlane, Forsyth, Gloag, Leggat. Owing no doubt to the fact that so many good fixtures were down for decision, the attendance of spectators at Central Park was somewhat meagre. Mr James Philip was referee.
The Orion won the toss, and elected to play up the incline. The "Strathie" kicked off, and within the first four minutes they sent the ball behind three times. A tricky bit of play by Leggat on the left enabled the Orion to get in dangerous proximity to their opponents' goal, but the ball was kicked out. For some time after this the Orion romped about in front of the visitors' goal, but could not find an opening. Again the Dundonians broke away, and, from a throw in, James Linnen scored. Orion then pressed and forced a fruitless corner. Still they hemmed in their opponents, and Macfarlane had a likely chance, but was in too great haste, and sent the ball behind. The homesters continued to have most of the game, and some neat passing was shown by the forwards: Leggat, Gloag, and Macfarlane being conspicuous. Forsyth had a good try, but the ball went wide. At length, after some clever tackling and feeding by Currie, Leggat sent across a beauty, which Macfarlane easily put through, and the game stood level. For some time after this there was only one team in it, and that was the Orion. They made several attacks, and Leggat smartly scored a second, putting the Orion one up.
Repeatedly the home forwards invaded, and Gloag
put in a pretty snot, which Macintosh just managed to catch. Then a hot siege of several minutes' duration was laid on the same goal, and it was a marvel that the ball was not banged through. After this, Edwards was called out twice, but, although he had to face a brilliant sunshine, he kept a clever goal. Half-time arrived, with the score standing: Orion 2, Strathmore 1.
In the second period, the Orion, now playing downhill, quickly forced the pace. They had several good chances in front of the Dundee goal, but they seemed to be too slow in taking advantage of them, and failed to score. The Strathmore broke away once or twice, but were equally unsuccessful. When pressed, Macintosh, Meson, and Geo. Linnen maintained a fine defence, the backs punting out repeatedly in fine style. At length in the course of one of their attacks, the Strathmore got the ball through by Cooper, but the point was disallowed on the ground of offside. Shortly afterwards the Orion were more fortunate, Leggat heading through a beauty. The homesters continued to press, and forced four corners in as many minutes, but they did not score. Just before the whistle sounded they got another point from a foul near the goal, and the game ended: Orion 4, Strathmore 1.
Source: Aberdeen Journal, 6th March 1893