These beams met at Wellington Grounds last night before a large turnout of spectators. The weather, though somewhat misty, was favourable, and a very pleasant game was witnessed. Montrose team: McKie; Buchanan, Bowman; Thornton, MCIntosh, Duncan; Burgess, Murray, Gordon, Cairncross. Vics team: Gray; Anderson, Ririe; Ross, Stewart, Ewan; Ritchie, Suther-land, Annand, Ferries.
Within a few minutes of the start the Vics pressed, and Ritchie scored the first goal. The ensuing play was fast, the ball travelling from end to end with rapidity. Ten minutes after the game had commenced, Anderson gave the visitors an opportunity of scoring, which Burgess was not slow in taking advantage of. Spurred up by this reverse, the homesters returned to the charge, and, after an exciting five minutes, Turner sent home a splendid shot. Encouraged by this success, the Vics worked up well, and McKie had several times to use his fists. Ririe here made a disastrous mistake by missing the ball, and Burgess getting it rushed it through the posts. Shortly after, from a scrimmage at Montrose uprights, Sutherland put his team one up.
In the second half the game was, if anything, in favour of the Montrose. Immediately after the restart, the Vics' forwards had a rush down the field, but Buchanan brought them up by sending the leather behind. From the corner kick, the homesters made a gallant attempt to rush the ball through, but McKie was "all there," and fisted out in splendid style. The visitors then got away, and Burgess had a fine run up the line, but was successfully tackled, and Stewart sent the ball back to midfield. Murray was on the spot, however, and, along with Burgess, carried the leather back to the Vics territory, and Burgess, with a soft shot, which baffled Gray, scored the third goal for his side, thus equalising. Darkness had now descended, and it was rather difficult to follow the ball, but no further scoring took place, and the game ended in a draw, each team having scored three goals.
Source: Aberdeen Journal, 8th April 1893