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match report 1893-94 fixture list
Victoria United 1 - 3 Montrose
Kick Off:    Davidson       Ririe (o.g.), Macfarlane, Macfarlane  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Wellington Bridge Grounds, Aberdeen
Montrose Improves.
This holiday fixture was played at Wellington Grounds, Aberdeen, in cold and threatening weather, before a large and enthusiastic crowd of spectators. The teams were: Victoria United: Edwards; Foote, Ririe; Morice, Annand, Duffus; Turner, Benzie, Sutherland, A. Davidson, Clark. Montrose: Macintosh; Burgess, Bowman; Duncan, Paterson, Thornton; Gibb, Steven, Dunn, Coutts, Macfarlane.

The United kicked off, and Davidson and Clark were immediately conspicuous by a capital run on the left, which ended in the ball going behind. From the kick-off, they again swooped down on Macintosh, who had a few anxious minutes, as the players swarmed around his charge. The goal was cleared, however, but shortly afterwards had a narrow escape, as Davidson, who was suspiciously like off-side, headed over the bar. From this point the Montrose took the aggressive, and careered down the field in capital style, their heavy weight telling against the light but active Vics. Paterson. Dunn, Coutts, and Macfarlane were specially prominent in the attack. Gibb too worked hard, and Edwards for a minute or two had a hot time of it. He was much too careless, however, and frequently ran out of the goal an absurd distance. He escaped defeat till Macfarlane sent in a hard shot which Ririe, in attempting to keep out, sent between his own goal posts. The United after this reverse came away in capital style, and Benzie sent in a soft shot which Macintosh failed to hold, and allowed Davidson to send it through, thus equalising the score. Play after this continued hard and fast, neither side being able to claim the ascendency, and at half time the scores remained unaltered.

When the game was resumed the Vics, had the best of the opening passages, and experienced hard luck in not adding to their score. The forwards went off with a rush and Turner sent home a stinging shot which Macintosh just managed by the greatest good fortune to clear. Turning the tables on their opponents, the Montrose team went north. Duffus gave them the benefit of a foul, but the goal was cleared. From this point the pace became even faster and harder than ever, and the Vics, had all the best of the game. Thrice they swept down on Macintosh with irresistible force and only the worst of luck spoiled their chances. Duffus, Turner, Sutherland, and Benzie were all conspicuous, and only the grand back play of Bowman stopped them. For full twenty minutes the pressure was kept up, with the exception of a few occasions when the Montrose forwards managed to break away. When they did so Edwards had enough to do, and he frequently placed his charge in jeopardy through his "gallery" tactics by running out. From one of these attacks Macfarlane put in a shot which Edwards failed to hold, and gave the visitors the lead. Montrose again attacked, and Gibb sent in a capital shot which just grazed the bar and went over on the wrong side, and then a couple of fouls off Edwards gave the Montrose further chances. These however, were not taken advantage of. Montrose still continued to keep up the pressure, and Steven sent in a good shot, which Macfarlane converted into a third goal. Play slackened down somewhat after this, the Vics, playing with diminished vigour, and time was called with the scores: Montrose 3, Victoria United 1.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 26th September 1893

The match at Wellington Grounds on Monday was the best holiday fixture we have seen played in Aberdeen, and though Montrose won by 3 goals to 1, there was scarcely that difference between the teams. Some of the locals didn't seem in the best of fettle, and Edwards in goal was far from safe. Dick is a splendid custodian, but he is terribly rash at times. This is a fault easily remedied, and we trust that he will take the hint, and stick to his charge. Foote was superior to Ririe, who was often got round, and Morrice and Duffus played an excellent half-back game, the fisher laddie being specially fine in his returns, never missing a kick. Turner, Benzie, and Clark were all responsible for good work in front, though they were not in the beat mood. There is too much individual effort about the play of some of the forwards, who rush away on a single-handed expedition, to the utter neglect of their companions. This must be knocked on the head at once. Bowman was in great format back for Montrose, kicking and tackling in a most, attractive and effective style, while of the others - who are all capable piayers - Stephen was the most dangerous. It was a splendid game, and though conducted in a very energetic way on both sides there was little of the rough element which so oft mars the pleasure of the spectators at a holiday time. The blues go to Montrose to-day (Saturday) to fulfil their League engagement. Good luck them.

Source: Bon-Accord, 30th September 1893

Victoria United Teamsheet:  Edwards; Foote, Ririe; Morice, Annand, Duffus; Turner, Benzie, Sutherland, A. Davidson, Clark


Montrose Teamsheet:  Macintosh; Burgess, Bowman; Duncan, Paterson, Thornton; Gibb, Steven, Dunn, Coutts, Macfarlane



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